From a waiter to Programmer: 'Military' workouts to change profession

Every day thousands of specialized technological works are left uncovered in Spain due to lack of candidates. A few years ago, a similar situation in the Unit

From a waiter to Programmer: 'Military' workouts to change profession

Every day thousands of specialized technological works are left uncovered in Spain due to lack of candidates. A few years ago, a similar situation in the United States, where it took half a million programmers, served as impulse for bootcamps. These intensive courses, which boast of high percentages of employability after training their students in the specialties that companies demand, begin to become a hole in Spain.

"Baccalaureate seemed a waste of time, because it was a lot of information, but there was nothing that served me," recalls Danny Athencia. Even though he recognizes that he likes to learn and have inclination for technology, after leaving the studies at age 16, he only thought about working, so he began to do so in a bar from the Almería in which he lived then. From there, he went to Madrid, where he arrived at head of room. "When the pandemic arrived, the hospitality was one of the most punished sectors," he recalls, and already 22 years old he thought "it was time to give a change."

However, the young man did not want to lose several years studying, so he opted for a bootcamp of digital School in programming and Full Stack web development. "It gives what you need to learn, solid foundations and then everything else you are learning as you develop your work," he explains. In the case of him, he finished on September 22 of this year and on day 24 had already got a one-month practices in the company for which he is currently working.

Daniela Rodríguez, Argentina, 32, took the step when he came to live in Spain. She left her career. She has not finished yet, but she has already found work.

"He knew the concept because I have a cousin who also decided to make a radical change: he had studied degree in foreign trade," explains Rodríguez. He made a Full Stack bootcamp and currently "he earns more than after having studied five years and exercising ten in the previous profession of him."

"I have a friend who has made computer engineering and knows how to schedule the same as me when I finished the bootcamp," he presumes atiance. Obviously, the race adds another kind of knowledge and supposes a more extensive training, but not everyone can dedicate that time. Not even the companies.

Each year approximately 20,000 stations related to technology that are not covered and the number has increased enormously with the pandemic - to them were 13,000- for the digitalization needs it has brought. The data provides it Iker Arce, co-founder and CEO of The Bridge, another of the schools dedicated to these courses.

The need is so great that companies end up stolen the professionals one another, because there are not enough for all. "If you look at the number of computer graduates, a year the Spanish university system is 5,000 people," Contextualizes Arce. "The demand quadrupically what the system can produce in one year; there is a huge lack of talent." In part, because in the case of posts related to cybersecurity or cloud, it is something "critical for the functioning of the company".

Precisely by one of these specific needs came the first bootcamp just 10 years ago. A message published on November 22, 2011 in Hacker News was looking for people who would like to become a web developer and lived in the San Francisco Bay area. He promised to teach Ruby on Rails programming language to whom he could dedicate to it five days a week during the months of February and March, regardless of his previous knowledge. "There is so much demand for good Ruby developers right now that I am willing to invest my time, money and energy in advance," said the author of the message. And free: it would only charge you training to companies that contract their students. That's how it went.

"Little by little this was repeated and went extending," explains maple. Even some companies did it internally. Finally, he took his name from the military camps in which the US military prepares his different divisions before becoming officially soldiers. "They are very focused curriculums in practice and in the series of competencies that are needed to work; there is no need to be studying years a lot of languages and methodologies, but simply what they need to start," says the manager.

Another advantage is that the sector changes at high speed, so "if you move too much there is much more risk that this progress is not useful." The programs, therefore, sacrifice knowledge that will not be necessary if it is not going to deepen them in exchange for an employability that, at least for a moment, few can reach.

Thus, Arce brings out an employability of 90% past 180 days in most of its courses, and only in 90 if they have to do with cybersecurity. In fact, in several of these schools, they say that only their students put on LinkedIn that they are studying any of these subjects, they begin to receive offers for when they finish it. Among students, there are both profiles and those of Danny and Daniela, who seek to change sector, as other professionals who want to add competitions or, simply, computer that they know is a simple way to start practices.

However, the bootcamps are not for everyone. On the one hand, its price can surround the 6,000 euros, which is already an initial investment. On the other, although almost all offered part-time places for more weeks, their own nature requires a dedication that complicates that among those who do not have time. And, in addition, the title itself is not official. Despite this, Maple aims that this last disadvantage is increasingly matters to students and companies. What is needed, he argues him, is "a little institutional support". "We operate from the periphery: it is a part of the educational system that is not regulated, but resolves a problem in the economic and social".

Date Of Update: 08 December 2021, 19:59

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