Choosing to go to coding bootcamp is a big life decision and finding the right bootcamp for you can be a difficult challenge. To make your decision making process a little bit easier we’ve compiled bootcamp research and resources — some from Dev Bootcamp, some not — to help you find out whether a coding bootcamp like Dev Bootcamp is the right fit for you and your professional goals.
Generally, we’ve found that people who like creating and problem-solving tend to like programming. If you’re super into Sudoku, puzzles, and Rubik’s cube’s, you might enjoy coding! Same goes for tactile problem-solving — people who like taking things apart and putting them back together, like knitting or building your own bike.
While programming skills are certainly in high demand (a demand that predicted to only grow larger), we recommend figuring out if programming is something you love doing before diving into an intense experience like Dev Bootcamp. Here are a few resources to get you started:
That’s why you are here on SwitchUp, right? In addition, read blogs, websites, reviews and Quora posts about each bootcamp, attend events and meetups that they’re hosting (if you’re in the area). Attending a bootcamp is a big decision professionally, personally, and financially. Make sure you do your due diligence on what each program offers in terms of technical training and culture.
It’s important to experience the campus yourself. Dev Bootcamp offers tours and monthly info sessions at all our locations, as well as hosts weekly meetups, and many other bootcamps do as well, so shop around! Visiting campus allows you to ask lots of questions, see where you will learn, interact with students and alumni, and meet the staff. Online or in-person info sessions are also a great way to hear directly from teachers and students about the program.
The environment in which you’ll be learning is an extremely important element of your educational experience, and not all bootcamps are created equal. Some focus on pair programming (a technique where two programmers work together at one workstation) while others focus more on solo, self-directed work.
Want to know how successful a bootcamp is? The proof is in the alumni stories and outcomes.
Read their blogs and the reviews they leave of the program on sites like SwitchUp, or Yelp, watch the videos about their experiences, and read their testimonials. A few favorites from Dev Bootcamp alumni are:
Meet Melissa – Project Manager turned Programmer
Meet Jonathan – Teacher turned Software Developer
Meet Cari – Outdoor Adventure Guide turned Backend Developer
Discover more alumni stories on our Alumni page.
There’s a thriving community of bootcamp alums that regularly self-post about their experiences on platforms like Medium. These are some of our favorites:
A letter to bootcamp grads, 6 months as a Developer Advocate by Nathan Park, 2015 Dev Bootcamp Graduate
Earning my Dogtags at Dev Bootcamp by Laura Montoya, 2016 Dev Bootcamp Graduate
My Journey to Becoming a Developer by Stephanie Hutson, 2015 Dev Bootcamp Graduate
Open Letter to Employers on Behalf of Bootcamp Grads (and also to Bootcamp grads) by Tom Goldenberg, 2014 Dev Bootcamp Graduate
The Post Bootcamp Hustle by Mai Nguyen, 2014 Dev Bootcamp Graduate
Two of the most common questions prospective students ask when considering a coding bootcamp like Dev Bootcamp are: “How much does it cost, and how can I pay for it?”
We know Dev Bootcamp is an investment — that’s why we’ve partnered with an innovative lender who offers education loans for qualified Dev Bootcamp applicants with our partner Skills Fund.
While you’re enrolled in a coding bootcamp, you’ll be encouraged to focus all your time and energy on your learning. However, that doesn’t mean you should put your thoughts of a career post-bootcamp on the backburner before even getting started.
There are so many resources out there that provide statistics on how much developers make in various cities with various titles. While a number of bootcamps advertise their employment rates and starting salary numbers, you should know is that these claims can be misleading. After all, they're trying to get you to choose their bootcamp so numbers can be manicured to get the best results. Career-related sites like Glassdoor or PayScale offer insights into average salaries of tech related jobs such as “web developer” and “software developer” (two common job titles Dev Bootcamp grads get) in different regions around the country.