Ask an Instructor: Jumpstart Your Career in Tech

This is true and harsh reality. Internships are available only for college students, not for career transitioners.


I’m also in the same situation!

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We have interview prep content available on the website, and the Codecademy community can be a great resource for career advice as well! In general, we don’t give direct career counseling to individuals, but we have events like these every so often as well!

I have different MA degree in different feild, 7 years of professional experience is different fields (logistics, SAP user, taxes, various) I did start to learn code 5 years ago. I know SQL, Python, PHP, some JavaScript, some C but my incentive to start learning how to code was AI, mostly reinforcment learning. I am starting computer science degree at Uni now. What should be my strategy for landing my first job and setting learning path. Should I do more popular straight forward fields, like data science, web development, or try to learn reinforcement learnig. I am struggling to pick a path and what to focus on at this point. What should be my main priority?

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Thank you, I’ll definitely look into it.

Great question! We actually have a course called, “Choosing a Career in Tech.”

I’d also say in general, think of a job as a series of problems to be solved. What problems do you like solving? If those things are often found in tech related jobs, and it sounds like you have that context, that’s an instinct worth following. Speaking for myself as a former classroom teacher, I realized I liked thinking about the structure of learning more than the day-to-day of instruction, which led me to going to Codecademy!

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First of all, thanks for organizing this!
Secondly, how should one prepare for the technical part of an interview? Would going over the quiz/test material in Codecademy help tremendously? Do interviewers usually allow looking up information and/or bringing portfolio projects for reference?
Thanks in advance!

Thank you, I’ll take a look at that and give that some thought.

Hi, I am currently in college pursuing a degree in Artificial Intelligence. Thanks to Codecademy Team for making me love this subject! I am finding it difficult to study the Linear Algebra required for AI. I used to be great at Math, but lately this Linear Algebra has been putting me off and demotivating me. Is there any Suggestions for making the study of this Linear Algebra more successful and fun? And also how do you guys make everything so fun to do? How to make learning and also lives in general fun? I feel like that could improve all our lives.

Hey Pablo,

Interesting question. I would say you being in Uni, and your already extensive background, makes you a unique candidate. I would say this is the time to see what you are interested in, and where your strengths lie. Being at a university, you have the opportunity to speak with professors who may have strong insights into the field and give you personalized direction. With that in mind, as cliche as it sounds, your priority should be to try and make connections with your classmates and professors, and understand the ins and outs of what you are learning. Also, tap into career fairs and other events that may be held around your program. You may find yourself on a certain path without realizing it.

Hi, thanks for joining us! Typically for whiteboarding interviews, you’re not allowed to have extra materials with you to refer from. We have some Interview Prep content that you could take. Search “technical interview” on the platform to see the options and pick which is best for you - there’s content on JS, Java, Python, Swift, and data science.

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Hello! I’m breaking into tech and finished my front end bootcamp a month ago and applying to jobs. I’ve heard that getting certifications is good but what else can I do to stand out? I have my portfolio and have been working on a few projects, but I want to know how else I can show that I am learning and expanding my abilities?

Hi there - we’re so glad you’re having fun learning about AI! We have a course on Linear Algebra that might be helpful in your learning journey. Sometimes learning is a struggle - my advice for keeping it fun is to find projects to work on that align with your interests so you feel more invested in your work!

Hi there, I am finishing the Data Scientist path in Codecademy. Now, I want to ask some advice on how to proceed to find a job. I have an the equivalent of Master’s degree in Mechatronics engineering and my actual job is as a Project manager in manufacturing. How can I present myself on Linkedin and at inteerviews?

I’m a self-taught developer and I have some experience working part-time for a start up as a ‘tech all-rounder’, it’s more like an internship.
I’ve learnt so much in the past few years, mostly in web development. Through Codecademy, I realized that I’ve covered a wide range of topics to solve my immediate problems as they come up. Literally done it all from UI/UX design, to Development, Deployment and Maintenance. I really enjoy working with Cloud (DevOps) and SWE.

To cut my story short, I’m struggling to get a full-time job and I think my experience in most cases isn’t considered (most want agency experience or with a big company) and my lack of tertiary qualification.

Please advise what I can do to get a full time job? Another thing to note is that I am from South Africa and wonder if I should be looking outside.

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I just attended/watched the live event hosted by Jonathan Troung (with Jimmy Hua). Jimmy explained that a great portfolio means so much more than a certification. How does one ensure that their portfolio is impressive enough to complete with candidates who have acquired computer sciences/engineering degrees from accredited colleges/universities?

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How do you choose a project to contribute to on GitHub when you are a beginner?


First of all, credit to you for being able to consistently push yourself as a learner.

In terms of finding a full-time position, one option may be doing work with non-profits or similar organizations to get started. Due to them not paying as much, they will often give more responsibility and opportunity to individuals with non-traditional backgrounds. This is obviously not ideal in the short term, but can give you some of that concrete experience that larger organizations look for.

On the note about South Africa, I am not sufficiently familiar with the tech and freelance space in that country to give an educated answer. If you do plan to look outside, I’d say look up which firms tend to hire in South Africa, and see if you can make connections there. You could then get a sense of how others found their way into those organizations, and what their experiences have been like.

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Hey there alex12121212121212, Codecademy Docs is a great way to get started with GitHub contributions when you are a beginner! To pick up an issue, head over to the Docs repo and check out the issues tab for something you think you would like. Select it and make a request to contribute. The repo also has a lot of issues marked as “good first issue” which are great if this is your first time contributing to any repo! Good luck!

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Hello Alex,

Great question, in GitHub many organizations will use a ‘Good First Issue’ tag, which typically indicates that it is friendly to first time, or generally inexperienced, contributors.

I’ll also shamelessly plug Codecademy Docs here, which is our open-contribution resource, and is designed to be a friendly space for inexperienced contributors. This is our Contribution Guide.

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