10 Types of Jobs You Can Land After Dev Bootcamp

By Dev Bootcamp • May 11, 2017

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The career paths available to those trained in code are much more varied than most people realize — whether software engineer, product manager, founder, consultant, and more. Most people associate bootcamp graduates only with titles like “software engineer” or “software developer”. While many Dev Bootcamp alumni do go on to positions with similar titles, the influence of technology is wide, and many alumni pursue career paths outside of the most common. Coding proficiency adds value across roles and practice groups: As the world becomes even more digitized, demand for talent in code fluency, technology, and data structures continues to grow.


The types of job titles and careers Dev Bootcamp alumni pursue run the gamut: Based on your previous interests or natural talents, your career post-Dev Bootcamp can take a multitude of forms. We caught up with a handful of Dev Bootcamp Alumni with varying jobs, and asked them about what got them there, and what they do in their roles.


1. Software Engineering Consultant, Emma Ritcey

Employer: SPR Consulting, a Chicago-based technology consulting firm.


What does your role consist of, day to day?

I’m on the open source team, so we work on open source projects for our clients, mostly in Java and Ruby on Rails. Right now I’m working on a website project using Ruby on Rails. We tackle and solve problems for our client, one project at a time. That’s the reason I wanted to go into consulting specifically — I love meeting new people and working on new kinds of projects.


How did Dev Bootcamp prepare you for your role as a consultant?

Dev Bootcamp was such a positive experience for me — I swear, I learned more in a couple months than I did in my entire undergrad. DBC does such a good job making sure you understand and grasp the key concepts, and there’s so much support for alumni.


2. Support Engineer, Andrey Slonski

Employer: Intercom, a company that builds customer messaging apps.


What does your role consist of, day to day?

I help people! My role is very unique because I get so many different questions about how to use Intercom with different languages, frameworks and setups that our customers have. No day is the same, and it keeps me on my toes. I learn something new every single day, whether it be how to debug push notifications on Android, create a new user in Intercom with PHP, or find a clever way to use our API. It’s never boring.


How did Dev Bootcamp prepare you for your role as a Support Engineer?

I learn something new every single day, and at Dev Bootcamp, one thing I came away with was a better understanding of how to learn. I utilize that knowledge all the time, and I know how to efficiently search, how to discover answers, and how to do that quickly. I pretty much utilize everything that I learned in DBC in my day to day, be it testing if something is possible with our API by using Ruby, or manipulating a JavaScript script on a webpage, or traversing the DOM and looking for errors.


Another thing that comes to mind is the ability to be honest and open with my manager in our meetings. I feel like that helps us both to be better at our job and figure out how we can help each other. That definitely wasn’t the case for me prior to attending Dev Bootcamp.


3. Quality Engineer, Julian Gallegos

Employer: TeeSpring, a crowd-funding e-commerce company — think Kickstarter meets Etsy.


What does your role consist of, day to day?

Today I’m a junior software engineer, but I started as a quality engineer. My main responsibility was manual testing, with a good portion of automation, as well. There’s a slight stigma around quality engineering roles, but my company made it clear that quality engineers were an important part of the engineering team. It’s a really open environment, and I’m always learning something new. I was in the quality engineering role for a year and a half and then I was promoted to junior software engineer!


How did Dev Bootcamp prepare you for your role?

Dev Bootcamp did a great job teaching me the importance of company culture, and identifying what type of people you like to work with. TeeSpring was looking for someone with experience in Ruby, who had good testing instincts, and that fit, but what ultimately really grabbed me was the company culture.


4. Startup Founder, Mack McConnell

Employer: Taster’s Club, a company that sends you great whiskey each month and teaches you all about it.


What does your role consist of, day to day?

I try to be a very hands-on founder. In a given day, I could be fixing bugs in our web app, negotiating with suppliers, making whiskey selections or speaking with customers. My job requires me to switch between contexts all day, and one of the most important is the tech side!


How did Dev Bootcamp prepare you for your role as a founder?

I can make sure we make the right tech decisions when rolling out a new feature because, now that I’m a developer myself, working with devs is so much easier. Depending on the time required, I may even develop the feature myself.


Learning to code has helped me solve all problems in a more systems-oriented way. I started to see the whole business as a bunch of interconnected systems — just like a web app — and began to structure it more efficiently. Our processes around dealing with customers, bottle selection and even things like social media all benefitted from this.


5. DevOps Engineer, Sean Marman

Employer: Marqueta, an open API issuer processor platform.


What does your role consist of, day to day?

DevOps is a very unique role. You get to bounce around between a lot of really interesting tech, which is why I think it’s a lot of fun. Mostly, my day-to-day consists of:

How did Dev Bootcamp prepare you for your role as a DevOps Engineer?

What I found to be the most helpful was the approach to learning. At Dev Bootcamp, we did a lot of exercises where we would take on an unfamiliar topic and try to find a foothold to understand a topic on a deeper level. This approach to learning really helped me break through some of the mental barriers that used to plague me when I was learning development on my own. This has been one of the biggest assets — being able to adapt and learn new topics very quickly helps me to make informed decisions with new challenges that come up.


6. Product Manager, Natalie Baer

Employer: Verizon, wireless telecom company.


What does your role consist of, day to day?

I work in the new product group, and we focus on innovative solutions to traditional business models. I look at potential new products, how they fit into the market, if we have the capabilities to build them, or opportunities for partnerships in building them. I help prototype with the ultimate goal of productization. I love building things, taking ideas and concepts and bringing them to life, which is what I love most about my role.


How did Dev Bootcamp prepare you for your role in product management?

I work with engineers, and part of my job is to determine what is technically feasible, so having programming experience helps me make those decisions quicker and more accurately, and helps me know which questions to ask.


7. Developer Advocate, Nathan Park

Employer: mLab, a Database-as-a-Service that powers over 350,000 MongoDB deployments on AWS, Azure, and Google.


What does your role consist of, day to day?

How did Dev Bootcamp prepare you for your role as a Developer Advocate?

There was a lot of learning that needed to be done :  understanding web development frameworks, learning front- and back-end languages, whiteboarding algorithms, and generally being able to talk about code. Having this type of technical knowledge provided me the context I needed to learn new technologies and write technical pieces for our users.


Completing a coding bootcamp was just another step in the learning process. Becoming a Developer Advocate has been an unexpected and gratifying continuation of my learning process since I graduated Dev Bootcamp.


8. Software Engineer, K. Mannah Kallon

Employer: Stitch Fix, a fashion retailer that uses technology to personalize the shopping experience.


What does your role consist of, day to day?

I am a software engineer at Stitch Fix, a personal shopping service headquartered in San Francisco. I work on customer-facing apps that drive traffic, increase conversion, and promote retention.


How did Dev Bootcamp prepare you for your role as a Software Engineer?

Throughout the program at Dev Bootcamp, you’re solving complex problems with brand new tools. The best part of my job at Stitch Fix is writing code that solves problems, as opposed to meeting spec sheets. DBC’s Career Services were also helpful throughout my job search; they worked with me to draft a resume that highlighted my talents, both as a coder and that I developed through previous professional experience.

 

9. Jr. Full-Stack Developer, Derek Yang

Employer: theLab, an advertising and production company.


What does your role consist of, day to day?

I got a job as a Junior Full-Stack Developer at a creative agency called theLab. I started working on a new client app from day one. My first week was spent drawing, and redrawing, database schemas. I even used the DBC schema designer! These days I'm mostly working on the back end. The app is coming along. I'm also learning a ton about the production process, which involves working with graphic designers and UX specialists.


How did Dev Bootcamp prepare you for your role as a Web Developer?

What DBC taught me was immediately applicable. The tools and architectural paradigms that we are taught are extremely prevalent and in-demand right now. More importantly, I was taught how to learn on my own, under a time crunch. I wrote it off at the time, but DBC's emphasis on collaboration also prepared me for building real-world apps as part of a team.


10. API Specialist, Holly Stotelmyer  

Employer: Braintree, a global commerce company building tools people need to build businesses, accept payments, and enable commerce for their users.


What does your role consist of, day to day?

The API Specialist is a part of the support team that specializes in helping developers with specific questions or challenges, and how that integrates with braintree’s libraries. You learn an intimate knowledge of your company’s code base. You’re answering more intricate questions and solving intricate challenges of customers.


Braintree fosters a lot of interdepartmental exchanges and problem solving, so I’m always in constant contact with the Support Team and the Product Team as well. We’re a resource for feature requests and bugs that other parts of the company don’t see on a meta level. I have to learn the code base in order to triage someone’s problem; I need to understand their languages and frameworks.


How did Dev Bootcamp prepare you for your role as an API Specialist?

I made myself a deal that if I couldn’t translate the skills I had already to get a role as a project manager, I knew I would need to build out new skills. I knew I wanted a career change, and knew that depending on the change, I was going to have to go back to school and learn new skills. I knew general information about programming languages but I wasn’t great at teaching myself. When I was looking at the different schools, I knew I needed a school that catered to people without a lot of experience, and DBC stood out.


A coding education opens up doors to many role roles beyond “Software Developer” — finding your path and figuring out where your natural talents can combine with coding proficiency is just part of the fun of a Dev Bootcamp alumni. Ready to take the next step? Read more alumni stories, or start an application today.

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