Feb 07, 2020

YouTube and bootcamps: a new way to learn

HackerRank Developer Skills

HackerRank, a coding practice and interview preparation platform for developers, released its third annual Developer Skills Report. With responses from 116,000 developers across 162 countries, the report highlights how developers are turning to new resources to uplevel their skills.

Developers turn to YouTube. Younger generations are increasingly relying on YouTube to learn new coding skills. Roughly 71% of Gen Zers (born 1997-2012) and 61% of Millennials (born 1981-1996) watch coding tutorials on YouTube.

Only 47% of Gen Xers (born 1965-1980) and 41% of Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) watch YouTube. Instead, 63% and 68%, respectively, prefer to read books to learn new skills.

Bootcamps can be effective. When YouTube isn’t enough, more developers are enrolling in bootcamps to jumpstart their development careers. Nearly 1 in 7 young developers will attend a bootcamp and about 1 in 3 hiring managers have hired a developer that graduated from a bootcamp.

Graduates of bootcamps are usually well prepared for their professional careers, too. According to the survey, 72% of hiring managers that hired a bootcamp grad felt they were equally or better equipped for the job than other hires.

Many are focused on full-stack development. As developers expand their skills, hiring managers are increasingly focused on expanding their teams with full-stack developers.

That’s why 38% of hiring managers say full-stack developers are their top priority for 2020. While full-stack developers can have varying skill sets, hiring managers are most interested in hiring developers with experience with JavaScript, Python, and Java.

The main takeaway: How developers learn new skills is changing rapidly. Developers have many new resources to help them succeed—including bootcamps, online courses, and coding platforms.

A richer and more dynamic learning experience for developers can create a smarter workforce capable of filling the growing demand from technology companies.

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