I am trying to transition to front end development from computational sciences research. I recently completed Udacity’s front end nanodegree (I did way more work for each project than required in order to develop an impressive portfolio). I’ve been applying to companies in the bay area (that’s where I live) )for the past few months with no luck. I looked up the linkedin profile of the companies I applied to and noticed that almost ALL of them have hired bootcamp grads from elite schools such as hack reactor, app academy, dev bootcamp etc.
I can’t afford the high tuition of these bootcamps so other resources such as FCC, Udacity are my only options. I am almost done with FCC’s front end course and will work my way through the data visualization, backend projects and hopefully the non profit projects while going for meetups on the side and trying to network my way through an interview at the least.
But honestly, I am feeling very demoralized and dejected as I feel that I am no match to the bootcamp grads as their curriculum is highly intensive and they seem to be way more smarter and talented than me. Even though bay area is known to be a job haven for software developers , It looks like you should either be a CS grad(preferably from MIT, Stanford or UC Berkeley) or a bootcamp grad to even get an entry into the companies in silicon valley.
Any encouraging thoughts and advice will be greatly appreciated.