CKNW’s Drex spoke with Charlyne Fothergill, the Director of Career Services at Lighthouse Labs about their coding bootcamp, the coding industry and coding jobs in BC.
Lighthouse Labs is supplying the tech industry in Vancouver with talented website designers and coders, one junior developer at a time.
They offer an intensive eight-week intensive course for web and mobile software development. The placement rate? 100% The starting pay? Anywhere from $36K to $66K per year. Senior developers can make up to $120K per year. Not bad for an eight-week course.
But this is no normal program. Students are expected to put in 60 to 80 hours per week in order to develop the skills they need to get a job by Week 9. Talk about a brain buster, but past graduates have gotten jobs with the likes of Hootsuite, Mobify, Telus and Nike.
And the job market is only getting better, says Fothergill:
“The start-up scene here in Vancouver is also a very big focus of where our developers go.”
Lighthouse Labs has three different programs offered every 1-2 months, which is great if you want to get on with it already!
So what does it take to be a coder?
1. Passion for coding! Do you get excited when you hear words like XCode and Objective-C language?
2. Creative. Do you dream of building websites that are responsive, interactive and feel like a beautiful house you’d like to live in?
3. Ambitious. Are you willing to eat, breathe, and sleep coding?
4. Enjoys a Challenge. Coding is about as non-static as you can get when it comes to careers, and just when you think you’ve mastered it, a new way of doing things will come along. Hey, you may even be the one to invent it, which goes back to ambition.