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Course Report recently published an article about JPMorgan Chase hiring coding bootcamp graduates. One of the key points involved what advice Global Technology Recruiting Hub Strategy Lead at JPMorgan Chase had for companies who were considering hiring developers who completed training at a coding bootcamp.


Chuck Xenakis, who heads up the Global Technology Recruiting Hub Strategy at JPMorgan Chase, shared this:

"First, you have to engage the right people in your company to be involved with hiring. Those people need to have the right mindset, be open-minded to hiring someone who doesn’t have a traditional CS background, but who does have the life experience.

You then need to make sure those new hires know how to acquire the softer qualities and skills. That means that you can’t just give someone a test and judge their code, but truly dig down to understand how people think and their capability for problem-solving. If you can get that right, you'll very quickly be able to judge the quality of the folks coming out of a coding bootcamp, and that feeds directly into the quality of the curriculum and the instructors."

Keeping an open mind about hiring people who don't have traditional computer science training is important because you are going to get bootcamp graduates who have been trained in the latest technologies and who have been applying their knowledge directly in creating products. Sabio has trained fellows who had a computer science background in college but weren't being taught in a way that the knowledge was applied in the real world. So having a computer science degree doesn't necessarily make a candidate a better fit for an assignment.

The other thing that the Course Report article mentions involves the diversity in professional backgrounds that a company will get in interviewing a pool of coding bootcamp graduates. These are people who have worked in different industries, who will bring different professional experiences with them to the job. Someone who has worked in music, entertainment, event planning, or even been in the military may approach problem solving in a slightly unconventional way than the typical computer science graduate. The wide range of professional experience that someone coming out bootcamp will likely have is a value added.


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