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General Discussion

Jack Doyle
Jack Doyle
5,042 Points

Is treehouse enough to land a job?

Hello all, I am new to treehouse taking the front end development track. Liking it so far. But anyways, my questions is, does this track provide enough information on education for you to be able to land a jr web dev job?

Assuming that you have a good portfolio, and understand the concepts of course. I'm basically just wondering if I do this track, understand it, and build a solid portfolio, will that be enough to get a job?

Also, how long does it typically take to accomplish these things? I am willing to work on it for at least an hour everyday. At least 20 hours a week I would say. Thanks!

Jack

Acie Slade
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Acie Slade
Front End Web Development Techdegree Student 10,895 Points

Hi Jack. If you are familiar with Quora.com then I would recommending heading there and "asking" your question in the search window and then peruse the responses that are returned to you. I think you'll find the responses very helpful and chock full of advice and suggestions.

To answer your question in short, I suspect that it's possible, but to be sure, I think that it would be valuable to supplement your Treehouse knowledge with experiences from other quality sites in the marketplace.

Jack Doyle
Jack Doyle
5,042 Points

Thanks for the responses. I'm basically just wondering if people are willing to hire someone without a college degree.

4 Answers

Rob Turner
Rob Turner
1,458 Points

Based on some of the education sites I've sampled in the past, Treehouse stands out by far. As for your original question, it might be worth reading these (and possibly reaching out to them directly?)

http://blog.teamtreehouse.com/category/success-stories

Ariel Aronica
Ariel Aronica
6,646 Points

I would say no. It's not just about WHAT you learn, but about HOW you apply what you learn. Build some websites, gain some experience and then get out there. It helps to look at job boards online and see what people are looking for. Treehouse gives you the tools you need to succeed, but it is your responsibility to take what you learn and apply it in the real-world. Download a program such as Brackets (http://brackets.io/) and play with some ideas. I even recommend finding a website, taking a screenshot and trying to re-create what you see. Practice, practice, practice.

Ariel Aronica
Ariel Aronica
6,646 Points

Additionally, I believe you can learn all of the concepts in a matter of months if you are persistent, but actually understanding and applying said concepts correctly takes more time.

Rob Turner
Rob Turner
1,458 Points

@Jack - based on your comment RE: college degrees, companies prefer you can prove your skills.

I agree with Ariel, build up your skills and go make things :)

Jonathan Grieve
MOD
Jonathan Grieve
Treehouse Moderator 90,719 Points

Personally I use Treehouse to supplement my business. It's by far the best website I've used to learn technology and coding. It's my belief that continuing on Treehouse will stand me in good stead for the future and I've always noticed the benefits of Treehouse in my personal development over the last year.

But that alone won't get me a job because at the moment I'm simply not looking. When I'm ready, if say my business doesn't work out I'm hopefull by that time Treehouse will have given me all I need to know to get to where I want to be.

Treehouse will help you but you've got to help yourself too. :-)