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Michael Woo3,476 Points
Career/Job Outlook With Treehouse Education
I'm fairly new to Treehouse and going through the web developer learning adventure. I was wondering if anyone could share their own experience(s) with landing a job or how marketable my skill set will be after six months to a year of studying Treehouse material as well as outside guides.
I see a lot of job postings asking for 2-3 years of experience and while I'm working on a portfolio these seem somewhat unobtainable without getting my foot in the door somewhere.
Any advice or comments would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Harry Abernethy10,007 Points
I can't share experience with job landings as finding clients is something that takes time and effort as a freelancer, however due to the level of skill set, I can confirm that this site has a far more detailed learning curve than going to education.
Personally I spent 3 years at college and have a diploma in interactive media and they barely covered any of the up to date
coding and in-depth tutoring that tree house provides.
Don't worry too much about the years of experience, if you can prove your work is worth it you still have a chance it's just preferred.
Just to summarize 3 years college = good general knowledge 2 weeks with Tree House dependent on effort = in-depth knowledge in specific areas of development.
Hope that helps.
John Locke15,479 Points
This is my own personal advice, not to be taken seriously by anyone. If a job is asking for 2-3 years experience, they want to see that you have built stuff and know how to build stuff again. They want to see a familiarity with the process. Be truthful of how long you've been developing, but use the first date that you publish something on the web as your start point for your experience.
Apply for any job posts that you feel comfortable doing so, and even ones that you feel 85% comfortable applying to. Show that you are willing to learn and have an aptitude for learning new technologies and that will go very far.
Jonathan Wilson5,437 Points
Thanks for posting the replies to Michael's question. This really helped me. I had the same feelings as Michael when it comes to not having the years of experience that is preferred by most hiring companies. Your responses helped to relieve some of the stress! :)
Michael Woo3,476 Points
Thank you so much for responding to my question. I'm glad Jonathan found the information useful as well!