The tech industry is growing rapidly. But there’s a shortage of skilled talent to match all the new positions being created. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has estimated that by 2026, careers in software development will increase by 24%. Which translates to a lot of open career opportunities in tech.
Fortunately, there are many ways for people to learn these skills such as following the traditional path of a college. But for some, going to college isn’t an option – it’s expensive, it takes years and it can be difficult to get a career after graduation. Being self-taught is great, but can sometimes result in a learning plateau and lacks relevant networking and coding portfolios.
On today’s episode of Igniting Startups, our guest is a major advocate of one popular alternative: coding schools and boot camps. Ruben Harris is the co-host of the Breaking Into Startups podcast, he is also the CEO of Career Karma, an organization that matches people who want to learn to code with the right support circle and coding boot camp for their needs.
Throughout this episode, Ruben will explain how learning certain skills in tech can ignite your career. He will also discuss the importance of making and building connections through networking, and choosing the right boot camp for your needs. Tune in for more!
In this episode with Ruben Harris, you’ll learn:
- What people should know about work in startups and how it’s different from a large company
- Ruben’s thoughts on who the best companies are to work for
- Ruben’s advice for people who want to break into tech
- How to approach your tech job search after graduating from a bootcamp
- Why networking is important for your career
- How Career Karma finds the best boot camps
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Ruben Harris quotes from this episode of Igniting Startups:
“I’ve been blessed to have a pretty healthy dose of confidence. But I will say on this entrepreneurship journey there have definitely been moments where you know I’ve convinced myself of what I know is right.” — @rubenharris on @PowderkegCo
“I think a lot about the tech industry and how it’s very similar to the music industry where they’re very accepting of anyone from any background. But at the same time, they aren’t either.”— @rubenharris on @PowderkegCo
“I think the biggest insight, not just software engineering but across the board with different skill sets is that there’s a minimum barrier of social skills that people need.”— @rubenharris on @PowderkegCo
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