Four quick months later, I graduated with multiple job offers to choose from
How to Build a Career in Tech Without a CS Degree
Eli Kastelein

My experience has not been like this at all.

I have only gotten job offers after hours of grueling whiteboard questions. And, more often than not, I have not gotten a job offer. In many cases the company didn’t even contact me to tell me that I didn’t get the job.

Maybe the reason that my experience is so different is that I don’t have “four quick months” of training in programming with Udacity. Here’s what my experience looks like.

I spent the first third of my career designing and building compilers as a member of a small team of two to three people. I built compilers for Fortran 90 (for a supercomputer), C, C++, Verilog and Java.

I designed and built one of the first graph databases. I have built text search systems for large document collections. I worked on software to control airborne instrument systems. I have worked on software to map and analyze computer networks. I have built software for electronic trading (of stocks) and I have built a variety of models to trade stocks.

I have a masters degree in mathematical finance from a major university (this degree took a lot longer than “four quick months”). In earning my degree I did graduate level work in statistics, modeling and data analysis.

I am a full stack developer. I designed and built nderground. Every line of code, every web page.

I work in Java, C++, R and JavaScript. I have years of experience with SQL databases and with noSQL databases like DynanoDB.

I have written a book on a programming language. I have written a number of articles on topics ranging from computer hardware design to modeling investment portfolios.

Yet with all of this experience, I have found that job offers are few and far between. For every offer I’ve gotten, I had to interview with many other companies were I did not get an offer.

My experience is so completely different from what is related in this post that I am left wondering about the source of the difference. How honest is this post? Is this post just promoting Udacity and making promises that are completely unrealistic? At least in my experience, this is the case.

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