Unfortunately, the hope that I had about the software development apprenticeship that I applied to has come crashing downward as I thought about the training program that I attended in 2019. The IT training program that I attended in 2019 which helped me to the Cisco Certified Networking Associate certification was a bust. They offered absolutely no competent help with searching for and obtaining, meaningful employment. I spent a lion’s share of the second half of 2019 working my rear end off to make certain that I obtained the certification, only to have whatever optimism I may have possessed, torn to pieces. When reflecting on that reality, it made me consider how this training program could very well be the same thing.
When I take a serious and sober look at the details of the program, I see that they are rather scant and there are some really glaring grammar and spelling errors. For a company that is going to have two tracks, one of which is web design and marketing, this sends up warning flags. Furthermore, I have a feeling that this program partners with the same company that the Cisco program partnered with for the professional development aspect of the program. Finally, most job postings that I have seen for entry-level software development ask for a degree in computer science, software engineering, or mathematics. I guess I am going to have to ask some questions at the interview tomorrow. Why would a company hire a graduate of this software development apprenticeship instead of a college graduate in the aforementioned fields?
I poured my heart and soul into the Cisco program and I think the disappointment and lack of concern or help from the programs staff and professional development partner, was the beginning of the road that sent me to my first hospitalization last year. I have told myself that I am going to ask some tough questions at the behavioral interview for this software development apprenticeship. I will ask the questions about employment and what exactly the immersive phase of the program is. I do not really want to work for a billion dollar company for free in the name of an apprenticeship and have no hope of getting hired afterwards. If I am going to do real work, it should be compensated. Apprentice plumbers and electricians get paid to perform their work and they would never do this for free.
There are so many red flags. On one hand, I could just take this for the pure learning but I am going to be putting a lot of time and effort into this and they’re dangling a carrot of more lucrative employment. On the other hand, if it turns out to be anything like that professional development scam of a program that I attended in 2019, I risk mental health collapse. I will show up at the interview and when offered the chance to ask questions of my own, I shall do so politely. If they are unable or unprepared to answer these questions and give me a “politician’s answer”, I shall politely explain that I am no longer interested. I have literally zero idea how to write a program, let alone how to search for a software development career, let alone interview for this kind of thing. I am sure the skill sets are quite different than the ones I currently possess.
What I absolutely do not need is another five and half month scam leading me along and then practically abandoning me at the bitter end. I know that I will do good work and I will be able to complete the program but I will be giving up almost half of a year where I could be working, earning money, and taking concrete steps that will have an immediate positive outcome. The program ends on November 12 and this is towards the end of a company’s fiscal year. Hiring often slows down to a crawl when the days are counting down towards the holidays. Part of me believes that this program sees dollar signs in their eyes when they look at me. I can almost picture their accounts receivable folks saying, “We are going to get paid today!” Capitalism does not care about the downtrodden or underepresented; they only pretend to care.