I heard the other day that of 65 people at a bootcamp only three were offered work at the end of it here in the UK, that sparked my interest so I did some research on google, it was mostly from the US but I found one guy who gave two graphs to show how well he did, he said he applied for 291 jobs had a whole bunch of interviews and was made 8 offers all with a salary range of between $60,000 and $120,000, he said it was about 3% of applications became offers, he goes on to say ‘My yield was low. Less than five percent of companies responded to me. I was throwing applications into a black hole’. I found that the average bootcamp is about 16 weeks or so and doesn’t have the breadth or depth of a computer science degree.
The reason this sparked my interest is because I have a higher national diploma in business information technology which I topped up to a bachelor of science in business information technology and I also have a teaching qualification called a PGCE at postgraduate level in post compulsory education and training. I applied for about 800 jobs between 2006 and 2017, of which I was given about five interviews and two offers, both were for twelve hours teaching a week and both paying about £12,000 a year, I knew one of the people doing the recruiting for one of the roles at Ealing College, I had previously taught with him for a year at Hammersmith college, and the other was at a college in the Midlands where I went for an interview and came away with 12 hours of teaching IT spread thinly throughout the week in what looked suspiciously like a student’s timetable and paid £18 per hour with no money for preparation or grading. Although these jobs were offered to me years ago they were the only two jobs I was offered in about a decade of trying, yet even in 2009 according to official data I was qualified in the top 7% of the adult population of the UK. What was interesting about £12,000 a year was that in the same year the Joseph Rowntree foundation published data that said a single person needed £13,400 for a modest council home, pay as you go mobile phone and bicycle which was £1,400 more that I’d be getting for about 20 hours a week teaching and I was married with two children and postgraduate qualified.
These were the graphs about bootcamp
If only I was made 8 offers from 291 applications all paying 60,000 or more, I had five full time years of university education and I was four levels up the lecturer scale in the UK, and with 800 or so applications I had two offers of part time teaching paying about 12,000 a year and that was it, no house, no car, I couldn’t borrow money anywhere and I got really agitated which was frowned upon as I can understand, but how I felt was really annoyed.
Where I slaved away for 1,200 hours as a postgraduate, that’s 30 full forty hour weeks at an accredited university studying postgraduate material. My reference said I had the potential to be an excellent teacher in 2004.
I was probably qualified in the top 5% of my home town.