3 ways vets can break into tech without a degree

Here are three ways for you to get the skills you need to bust into tech in as little as a month

3 ways vets can break into tech without a degree

As a chaplain assistant in the U.S. Army Reserve, Brandon K. Bassett, from Lindon, Utah, works for a publishing company that produces classroom curriculum materials. (Photo courtesy DVIDS)

So you want to get into tech? Maybe get your own startup off the ground or join one of the lavish tech giants like Uber or Twitter? 

Unfortunately, the military didn’t quite teach you all of the tech skills you need to get hired right after transitioning. Even worse, a four year college takes too long (four years to be exact..) and costs too much (tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars?!) No thank you. 

Here are three ways for you to get the skills you need to bust into tech in as little as a month.  

1. Vets In Tech (The Free Course of Action)
The goal is in the name: Get vets into tech. Vets in Tech focuses on three E’s: Entrepreneurship, Education, and Employment. If you 1) don’t know how to start a business, 2) don’t know what you need to know or 3) don’t know how to find a tech job, this is the place to start. Vets in Tech has chapters in most major cities along with deep connections at companies like Salesforce, Facebook, Microsoft, Cisco and an ever-growing portfolio of other tech giants. If there’s a lead in your city, this is the first stop to start building out your network and learning the lingo of the tech world. 

2. One Month (The Remarkably Cheap Course of Action)
One Month offers lightweight self-paced online tech courses taught by successful entrepreneurs and developers that you can finish in 30 days. If you want to get your own startup off the ground or grow your current business, this is the place to go.

They’ve got all the basics covered with courses on everything from web and app development to content marketing and payment processing. And the best part: It’s subscription based so you don’t pay course by course. You can either do one course per month for $49/month or unlimited courses for $99/month. Compare that to the price and quality of any college course.

3. Dev Bootcamp (The Expensive But Worth It Course of Action)
There are a bunch of these around the country and they range in price from $5,000 - $20,000. Yes, they cost a pretty penny compared to the previous options. BUT…. they’re substantially cheaper than a four-year college. These bootcamps are full-time in-person courses ranging from 3-6 months where they’ll teach you the basics to get an entry-level developer job (which rakes in an average of $83,000 annually in San Francisco).

The best bootcamps have direct employment lines to major tech companies, like the Twitters, Facebooks, and Ubers of the world. A substantial number of graduates from these programs go directly from the program into a role at a lucrative tech company. Three dev bootcamps that have garnered the best reviews from friends and fellow veterans are Dev Bootcamp, General Assembly, and Galvanize

Moral of the story: Options abound for you to get your feet wet in the tech world after the military. Obviously, there are some limitations based on location and available capital, but the opportunities are staring you right in the face. Which course of action will you take?