|I had a conversation this weekend that made me think a little. It was with someone who had just finished a 12 week bootcamp and had received offers in the range of 100k-150k without much prior experience. I have >20 years experience and at the moment I work at a medical device company making a little more than 150k without much prospect for advancement.|
I have applied at a few jobs lately but I don't have much to show for the currently fashionable technologies and it seems saying "I can catch up in a few weeks/months" doesn't cut it anymore these days. Being 50 years old doesn't help much either probably.
I am wondering now if I did a bootcamp myself if that would get me up to speed with current stuff and open up new job opportunities. If people without experience are employable after 12 weeks I think I should do even better because I will understand the material quicker and should be able to go deeper.
i work a lot with younger people and I don't think the stereotype of young people being innovative and old people being conservative applies to me. Usually I am the one pushing my team to try new stuff and doing creative things. Unfortunately in medical progress is very slow so you pretty much always are 5-10 years behind state of the art.
So the question is: Would doing a bootcamp increase employability and possible open up higher salary ranges? Are there any that cater to experienced people? And what area to go into? I would love doing something around AI or large scale systems. Is it possible get a jumpstart there with a bootcamp?
Hope this makes sense.
PS: Trying too anticipate responses. Usually the advice is to have a network. This used to work for me but the last 10 years it slowly has dwindled because a lot of people left or had to leave the industry in the 2008 crisis.