I am going to take the liberty of substituting "a high-status well-run software company" as the target here rather than Stripe.
You should certainly want to work at one of them for your first job in industry. It will help you learn more quickly than working at a company which happens to employ engineers but where software isn't key to the success of the enterprise like e.g. a typical insurance company. I would try to find companies in the goldilocks zone of "Big enough to have mentors available who will have bandwith to help you grow; small enough such that your personal contributions actually matter and that you will own things that you can point to in the world and say 'That thing, that thing was mine' versus e.g. optimizing the SQL query which renders a preference page for the company's 37th most important product.
Given that you want to work at one of these companies, see career advice I have given before. The unique factor bootcamp grads have is that you as soon as practical want a better branding for yourself than "bootcamp grad" because the industry has not done you favors in teaching decisionmakers at software companies that that branding leads to successful engineers.
Specific things you should cultivate:
The great thing about our industry is that, given 2 years of execution at an employer, you're just "an engineer" not "an engineer who graduated from a bootcamp." A less great, but true, thing about our industry is that it matters a non-trivial amount what the status of that engineering employer is. If possible, consider getting one with good "resume value"; this matters disproportionately early in your career and when you otherwise do not have many proof-points that you'll probabilistically be a great engineer.
This question is part of an AMA with Patrick McKenzie.View entire AMA with Patrick McKenzie.
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