Can code bootcamp grads easily find jobs? How can I found my job after Hack Reactor?
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But, you are too early.Classmates are best friends and also the best teachers.
The reason why hiring has slowed so much for AUT candidates is that over the last few years companies have grown weary of the AUT outcome. Many AUT people simply are not ready to improvise on the job and deliver great software, and some even quit shortly after being hired. The reality of the industry is that over time the luster of a AUT has really dropped, and they have saturated the market with frankly beginner programmers.
Fundamentally a company is concerned with getting the work done, and AUT grads have this narrow field of tech that they know up to a beginner to intermediate level. This can be effective for some companies but hit a complete wall for others. That is an expensive prospect when you are paying a six-figure salary and cant deliver a product.
There are many strategies for improving your odds if you come from a cs background. The first is to Always Be Coding. Keep working on personal projects and other programming practice as this is the thing that will drive you to become a better and better programmer always.
The second, just as the video above suggests, is to look for a job outside of the Auckland. In the Christchurch Area, the demand is higher, but the supply of ready candidates is also superior. Unless you have the guts to go up against CS grads, you should try another strategy.
Also, go to meetups and get recommendations to companies that way.