The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates software development jobs to grow by 26% over the next decade. As our lives and work become increasingly dependent on technology, companies and the culture at large rely on software developers to help us communicate, innovate, and drive our future.

But who are the people filling these software developer positions? Colleges can’t churn out graduates fast enough, so many of them are people who decided to take the leap into a new career field. In this article, we’ll meet a few people who successfully completed coding bootcamps and changed careers to create a life and future they love.

Learn Skills That Pay Out for Years to Come

Technology changes at a rapid pace, but certain foundational coding principles remain the same. Our coding bootcamps are designed to give you skills that will serve you long term in the workforce. Stanley is still referring back to his bootcamp experience two years after graduating:

I have been working as a developer full time for nearly two years now and continue to use techniques that I learned while studying at the Software Guild. This program has been incredibly useful propelling my career and the community is great even after graduating — I still talk with friends I made in the program regularly and sometimes go back for Wednesday night board games.”

Get Help With Your Job Hunt

Job hunting is one of the more trying parts of being in the workforce. Hours spent hunting down openings, filling out applications, and creating résumés and cover letters can start to feel discouraging, especially when you’re on your own. That’s why The Software Guild partners with you in the job hunt, to make sure you can put your new skills to work. As Thomas puts it:

They really do help you with finding a job, résumé reviews, networking, interviews, etc. Basically the entire part after completion of the program. I found a job after about a month and the job market was slowing down when I was applying because of the holidays.”

Keller was able to secure multiple job offers before he even finished the program:

The work was hard, but I put my time in and came out with 3 job offers the week before the program ended. I never imagined that after only three months, I would be in a position to pick the job of my choosing. I was able to double my salary and enter a new career as a software engineer in 3 months, all thanks to the instructors, employment team, and my classmates at the Software Guild. I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

Switch Careers

Even in a rapidly growing field like software development, switching careers can be intimidating. That was how Adam felt; he spent the first part of his career as a therapist, and he had no idea what full-time coding would be like. But the community he found in The Software Guild eased his transition and made him feel prepared for his new adventure:

I came to The Software Guild to change careers from being a therapist, and I did not really know what to expect other than that it would be intense and I would learn Java in twelve weeks. In that twelve weeks, I learned more than I could have possibly imagined, and I was extremely impressed with everyone. From my instructor David who was an incredible teacher who spent so much time making sure every person understood the material, to Josh who handled the day-to-day operations and made everything run smoothly from a logistical standpoint, to Kipp who did an amazing job getting us all prepared to find our first career in software development.”

How a Banker Became a Software Developer

Ben Lindau was nearing the end of his economics degree when he was first introduced to coding. He knew right away that coding was what he wanted to do with his life—but he was so deep into his degree that he graduated from the economics program and went into banking. Check out the article From Banker to Software Developer with The Software Guild to see how TSG’s online bootcamp helped Ben pursue his passion and find a job he loves.

Find a Job You Love

Are you looking to change your career? The Software Guild can give you the skills you need to start a lifelong career in coding. No prior coding knowledge is required, and we’ll walk alongside you every step of the way—including finding a job that will use your new skills. Check out our different courses and tracks:

  • Introduction to Web Development: Not sure if coding is for you? Take our Introduction to Web Development course to get your feet wet and see if this is the right career path for you. Plus, this course fulfills a requirement for our beginner-level Java and .NET/C# bootcamps!
  • Java Bootcamp: Gain the skills you need to become a junior programmer. If you’re interested in mobile app development, the Java track may be for you. Check out our Java bootcamp page or chat with one of our counselors for more information.
  • .NET/C# Bootcamp: Gain the skills you need to become a junior programmer. If you’re interested in Microsoft technologies or game design, the .NET/C# might be up your alley. Click on the link to find out what you’ll learn each week, or contact our counselors to learn more.