I’ve never worked any “real” job. I’ve only ever worked for myself besides the few months I helped my family member who’s a freelancing tradesman. I was around 14 and only did simple things like sanding walls, caulking, and cleaning. I only completed high school and haven’t considered college.
I’m wanting to find a job as a web developer. I feel confident as a full-stack developer. I’ve most enjoyed back-end development. I don’t design very beautiful websites, but I can definitely get stuff done. I’ve read plenty of success stories with new coders landing jobs within a year of learning. It seems like most success stories come from those who’ve completed a code-camp. Should I consider completing a code-camp too? I feel like I can confidently make any website so long as the front-end isn’t too demanding such as animations. I’m unsure of a bootcamp because I fear that I would spend thousands just to relearn 90% of what I already know. I had a similar situation when I got something like a scholarship for a networking course during high-school.
My knowledge as a web developer pretty much comes from YouTube, Google, and Codecademy. I’m thinking maybe I have missed out on a lot of concepts. It would be embarrassing to land a job through a solid portfolio, but when working with co-workers, they throw terminology and concepts at me I don’t know of. I have a friend who is a web dev who has pretty much done the same to me, but when I asked what the concept was, I found out I knew how to do it, I just didn’t know the terminology.
I’ve been creating websites for around 5 years and have no job experience. I feel confident as a developer. I now want a job as a website developer, but I don’t know if I should go for a coding bootcamp or go straight to applying. I’m looking at bootcamps because I worry I might have missed key concepts or something else important to the workplace. Though I worry about bootcamps because I worry to spend a lot of money just to relearn most of what I already know. My knowledge comes from YouTube, Google(documentation, articles, StackOverflow), and Codecademy. I think I have a pretty solid portfolio as far as example projects go.
Should I consider a bootcamp or go straight to applying?