The bootcamp world experienced a shake-up earlier this year when two high-profile programs, Dev Bootcamp and The Iron Yard, announced plans to close. The news took many by surprise, prompting students and schools to wonder: what does this mean for bootcamps and the students they serve?
In a new op-ed for Fast Company, SwitchUp’s founder Jon Lau talks about how bootcamps can grow sustainably in light of the recent closures. He emphasizes that a focus on long-term value is key, and can set a program apart in a crowded field.
As Jon explains, the closures should not be taken as a sign that bootcamp education is disappearing anytime soon. Demand for intensive, skills-driven programs continues to grow. And with more than a half million open tech positions in the U.S., there’s a clear need for skilled employees.
SwitchUp has tracked bootcamp education since 2014, and we have seen a number of exciting, results-driven programs open their doors. We’ve also watched first hand as schools that focus on outcomes, changing market needs, and student feedback earn marketplace credibility and an edge over the competition.
Now that the market has matured into a diverse, competitive field, many bootcamps are facing growing pains that would be familiar to any startup. It’s up to each individual bootcamp to decide how to grow sustainably in a new, ever-changing industry, and prove their value to a growing pool of potential students.
Read the complete op-ed on Fast Company to learn more about Jon’s advice for bootcamps.