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June 4, 2024 38 mins

Ever wonder what it's like to break into the tech world without a fancy college degree? Marcus shares his journey from barely graduating high school to becoming a self-taught developer. Forget the typical route —Marcus shares how he went from dreaming about mechanical engineering to hitting up a coding bootcamp and scoring interviews with a killer resume. He dishes out real talk on what it takes to be job-ready versus just interview-ready and shares why knowing your tech stuff inside out is key. Plus, Marcus and Jonaed get into the nitty-gritty of DIY projects, leveling up your skills, and dodging the pitfalls of bouncing between jobs. So, if you're curious about cracking the code to a career in tech, tune in for some straight-up wisdom and hindsight advice from these two pros.


  • (0:00) Introduction to the episode and today's guest, Marcus Young  
  • (1:30) Marcus Young's background and struggles with job applications  
  • (4:11) The reality of boot camp promises versus job market realities  
  • (7:24) Marcus' experience with Hack Reactor boot camp  
  • (9:41) The importance of self-learning beyond boot camp  
  • (12:22) Addressing the lack of a college degree during interviews  
  • (15:03) Sponsor: Get Your Dream Career Course  
  • (15:56) Learning and upskilling techniques  
  • (19:51) Importance of personal projects in tech  
  • (25:51) Financial implications of job transitions  
  • (36:56) Closing remarks and gratitude  
  • (37:19) Sponsor: Support NoDegree on Patreon


Key points discussed:

  • The job market in 2023 and 2024 is challenging, with limited job opportunities and companies not investing as much.
  • Having a good resume is crucial in getting interviews and standing out in a competitive job market.
  • Being job-ready and interview-ready are two different things, and it's important to have a foundational knowledge of the technologies you work with.
  • Projects and self-learning outside of formal education can be valuable in gaining practical skills and deepening understanding. Building your own projects is a valuable way to learn and grow as a developer.
  • Upskilling and expanding your knowledge in different technologies can make you more competent and resourceful.
  • Job hopping can have its pros and cons, and it's important to weigh the stability and long-term prospects of each opportunity.
  • The job interview process can be challenging, and it's important to be prepared and adaptable.
  • Reflecting on past mistakes and learning from them is crucial for personal and professional growth.
  • Taking care of your physical and mental health is essential for overall well-being and success.

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