Thanks @jibblyj for the tag. I’m really happy this conversation is happening.
We just had a pretty good conversation about this in our Codecademy Pro community Slack yesterday. If anyone here is a Pro member and interested in seeing the recording of our chat with our tech recruiter (Emma) and current software engineer (Emily) please let me know and I’ll be happy to set you up. They shared some clarifying points on this.
To pull some of the expert’s points out for this conversation:
Certificates, or proof of education helps. Completed projects in a portfolio helps. Showing your enthusiasm for learning and your area of skill REALLY helps, and the previous two are ways to show enthusiasm and commitment.
I invite everyone/anyone on this thread to share their thoughts on what a certificate means for them. Certainly, having something to show for what you learned here (or anywhere, really) is something we on the Codecademy team want to provide, but we want to be sure we’re doing so in an actually meaningful way. So, let us know what is meaningful here, please!
As for a scholarship, I really don’t have anything official to share on this, but please know that this team does everything in our power to bring the highest quality education at the lowest cost that we possibly can, to squeak by continuing operations. Perhaps one day we could be as large as the institutions that do offer scholarships—that would be a dream! Thanks for sticking with us.