Future-Proof Your Career as a Full-Stack Developer
Never heard of full-stack development? Not even after scanning through the most exciting tech job offers? Wondering what's the buzz about it and how studying it could help your career? You're at the right place. Let us explain.
When you decide to start a new career in IT, obviously you'll go to course X to fill job X, right? It's that simple.
For example, to be able to do a front-end developer's job, you go and find yourself a front-end developer course. But if you rather would like to become a sysadmin, then you go and take a system administrator course. And if you want to work as an IT project manager, then you go and find yourself an IT project manager course instead. Easy-peasy.
But what about full-stack development? It's an odd one out, isn't it. There are not so many full-stack developer job adverts. You're far more likely to first meet the term "full-stack" in the context of programming courses than in the name of open positions.
Why is that? Why do bigger programming schools offer some kind of a full-stack course then?
You might have already guessed that the secret is in the name, „full” stack. And you’re right.
Imagine full-stack like a complete, multi-storey geeky tool-box, instead of just a set of screwdrivers. One that could in fact serve you as your future-survival kit in a few years’ time.
Why so sure?
We'll get to that, too. First, let’s look at the big picture, and the „future-proof” part of the story.
The future looks digital – and quite unclear otherwise
Of course, we could just as well just get blown up in the air in a huge nuclear explosion tomorrow, or fall victims to an even trickier virus next year. Or to an alien civilisation casually deciding to destroy our planet on a sunny Thursday (in which case you'll just need a towel as a survival kit on you, as we all know).
But we humans like to believe that we actually do have a future - a hopefully bright and exciting one -, and can prepare for it.
The question is: how to prepare for an unpredictable, but most probably digital future?
You need two basic skills to get prepared
The two skills are: coding and empathy.
Coding, because if the really future is going to be digital, then it's better to be the one to build it - starting today.
There is a huge tech talent gap in the world already, and experts say it will only grow in the next ten years. Most low-skill jobs will be taken over by automation and brand new, high-skill tech-related specialist jobs will be created. Prepare for a long, gradual change. Take your first step getting a solid education in tech today, and you might be more ready to reinvent yourself in one of those sci-fi jobs in the later future.
And empathy, because of all the uncertainty.
Empathy is "the action of understanding, being aware of and being sensitive to the feelings of others". It helps with identifying problems and coming up with solutions to them - even to future problems later, that we cannot yet imagine. You can teach a lot of things to robots, but it would be most difficult to teach human-like empathy.
Notice, that in a digital future both hard and soft skills are likely to come handy.
Coding - okay. But why full-stack?
Study full-stack development and you can be anything you want. Now, that's of course a generalisation, but not as far from the truth as you'd think.
A full-stack developer can handle all the work of databases, servers, systems engineering, front end and back end.
Full-stack development is the jolly joker of digital skillsets and always a safe bet - especially if you don't know too much about any specialisations yet, or if strong foundations are your priority.
Ever heard of the T-shape professional? It means that the person has a solid understanding of their field overall (symbolised by the wide horizontal top of the "T") and in-depth knowledge in one the special areas in that field (which would be the long vertical leg of the "T").
At a good full-stack development course you get to become a T-shape digital professional. You get the multi-storey geeky tool-box and a real expertise in using some tools of your choice.
In a largely unknown digital future just in front of us, who knows which digital tool will you be lucky to have in your box in 5 years' time?
Not all full-stack dev courses are created equal
It's easy to say "learn everything now to be on the safe side for tomorrow" - but really, who can afford that?
Full-stack courses are usually longer then more specialised ones, because there is more content. And one needs to make a living during that time, too, just before breaking into the tech industry for a fancy lucrative career.
There are normally three kinds of approaches followed by prog schools to make FS courses attractive and affordable:
a) They either try to shorten their course as much as possible, or
b) offer weekend classes (so that you can keep your job), or
c) they offer some kind of post-payment options with their full-time courses.
We offer options b) and c), depending on location.
We have an 18-month weekend course (with an option to pay in instalments), while our flagship 12-month full-time courses come with flexible post-payment options.
But how can you make sure you will be able to afford post-payment, when you will just be another newbie in a brand new field of expertise? Well, for example with a job guarantee.
If you enroll to our full-time full-stack course, you will automatically be eligible for our job guarantee, and we'll help you land your very first tech job at one of our 200+ business partners.
Too good to be true? We know, still, it is. We have a 98% success rate in finding a job for our students. And they like their new jobs so much, that 80% of them is still with the same company we found for them originally.
Fine, you might say. But how can you be sure that full-stack development is for you?
First of all, you will know much better by the end of our short application process, where we will help you find out if you have all it takes or not. We will ask you some simple questions for a start, then invite you for a short interview, and then test your logic skills in a cool little game.
You don't need to have any tech background whatsoever to study with us. You just need to be 18+, an English-speaker, and up for the ride!
If you pass, you will have a few weeks to get a feel of the kraft. We charge a very limited fee for the first module to give you a chance to change your mind before making a real commitment.
You will experience the Codecool way of learning during the first module already. Our mastery-based, project portfolio building methodology is built to bring the world of coding closer to you. Our pro mentors and their growth mindset will help you to bring out your hidden digital talent. You will learn key soft skills, including empathy, in parallel with working on hard skills, like a variety of programming languages and platforms, and an agile way of working.
And in the last module you will have the chance to pick a specialisation, and work on the vertical leg of you "T", too.
These are some of the things that we see our students find important, and our clients also appreciate.
However, as we mentioned in the beginning, not all courses are the same, and all of this is not important for everyone. It might be good idea to make a list of your priorities and preferences, and check out more than one available courses before making a decision.
Full-stack graduates - full of opportunities
After finishing one of our full-stack courses (and even during your studies) you will soon see that there is a world of opportunities opening up for you. You will not just be skilled enough to become a junior full-stack developer, you will be a strong candidate for almost any junior tech jobs - like a front-end developer, back-end developer, sysadmin, tester, IT project manager, or any other similar junior position.
You will have the chance to collect a nice salary even in a starter position. Tech jobs are known to be well-paid because of the required valuable, quality skillset you will have acquired by that time.
And you will have a peace of mind from the fact that you are on the right track. You have just proved yourself by completing a demanding tech course, gained a bunch of new friends and built a skillset, ready for a digital future.
Can't wait to talk to you!