With the proliferation of online bootcamps, many people ask us why they should consider an in-person program instead. After all, tuition at an in-person bootcamp tends to be a bit more expensive, and students are either limited to the schools in their area or they have to make plans to relocate.
This is a great question and it really gets to the core value of an in-person bootcamp. While it’s true that there are very good online resources to learn everything we teach (and then some), there are some really important advantages to in-person learning that prospective students should consider.
First and foremost, it’s often much easier for most people to focus and stay engaged with an in-person class. Many people suggest that’s because humans are social creatures, and real face-to-face communication and interaction with each other helps our brains stay alert and process new information better.
We’ve experienced this firsthand for over 13 years. CodeCraft School was founded as an offshoot of Boulder Digital Arts (BDA) which has been providing cutting-edge, digital skills training since 2004. Like CodeCraft, BDA also focuses on in-person classes and workshops. BDA’s long-term success consistently shows that, even today, many people simply prefer an in-person experience.
Ultimately, learning new skills is always difficult, so it’s a good idea to give yourself every advantage you can.
The fact of the matter is that self-guided learning can be slow. If you’ve ever experimented with online learning you can probably relate to this. Because of the enhanced focus afforded to our in-person classes, our specially designed curriculum and the real-time input and support from instructors, mentors and student peers, you will learn a lot more in a shorter time frame. If you’re excited to get going with a new career, this is a huge benefit.
Learning technical skills can be particularly hard. It’s very easy to get stuck for days debugging code and trying to wrap your head around an abstract programming concept. Having access to experienced instructors and teacher’s assistants who can help you quickly tackle these hurdles can keep you from getting lost or demoralized. A lot of people give up on coding because they get stuck on something tiny - like a misplaced semicolon! That’s enough to break your code and can be extremely frustrating- especially if you spend more time on small hurdles than advancing your learning.
Working with peers, building relationships and tackling complex problems with others are other advantages of an in-person bootcamp that are tough to replicate with an online course. For instance, at CodeCraft all our students work on both individual and team projects (including a hackathon). Not only is this a more fun and engaging way to learn, it also better prepares students for a real-world job where collaboration, communication, and the ability to work in teams is essential.
In-person bootcamps provide tons of opportunities for building your professional network.CodeCraft hosts a variety of guest speakers and panel discussions with professionals from the industry that provide students with a rich variety of perspectives and valuable networking opportunities. Here in Boulder, Colorado we are also lucky to have an incredible number of great meetups and tech events that we invite our students to attend. For students, these networks extend their sense of community and help them cultivate valuable connections to kickstart their careers.
CodeCraft is based in Boulder, Colorado and offers full-time and part-time courses in Web Development and UX Design. To learn more, visit codecraftschool.com.