2019 is in full swing, and many people are looking ahead to a new year of career milestones both large and small—whether that may be brushing up on coding skills, enrolling in a bootcamp, or switching to a completely new career.
The SwitchUp blog aims to provide the resources our readers need to meet these goals, regardless of where they are in their education journey. In 2018, several topics were especially popular with readers— including bootcamp scholarships, information on online bootcamps and resources, and tips to nail a pre-bootcamp interview, among other topics.
As you plan your goals, start by catching up with SwitchUp’s 10 most popular blog posts of 2018. Best of all- we’ve updated these posts to include up-to-date info on bootcamps for 2019!
In 2018, one of our most popular requests was for more information about bootcamp scholarships. We’ve now updated the list to include available scholarships for 2019 bootcamp cohorts. Check it out!
Bootcamps are often celebrated for helping to close the gender gap in tech. In fact, SwitchUp’s research shows that bootcamp enrollment is typically 37% female, compared to just 21% in traditional computer science degree programs.
We put this guide together to help female and non-binary students discover programs and scholarships to help them take the first step toward a new tech career.
As bootcamp enrollment for top-rated programs becomes increasingly more competitive, many applicants are finding that bootcamp prep programs can be a great way to fine tune basic skills, get a feel for the pace of a bootcamp, and ace their applications. Our guide outlines 21 of the most popular prep programs, and explains how they can help you get accepted to your dream school.
Although bootcamp programs are typically less expensive than traditional university programs, they can still be a hefty investment. For this reason, many students choose to begin coding with a free online bootcamp or course. Free bootcamps have become a popular way for up-and-coming software developers to get started and build a foundation for an in-person for paid online program. In this guide, we list our favorite free or low-cost bootcamps and courses.
Because bootcamps are a relatively new form of education, many students—understandably—have doubts about their ability to land a job after completing a program.
To help boost student confidence, an increasing number of bootcamps began to offering job guarantees in 2018. These agreements promise to refund a student’s tuition if he or she doesn’t land a job after graduation. Our post details the typical structure of a job guarantee, and what to watch for if you’re considering one. We also outline top-rated bootcamps that offer job guarantees.
Regardless of how much you’ve prepared, the pre-bootcamp interview can be a source of anxiety for many prospective bootcamps students.
Don’t stress out! This post outlines our top tips for putting your best foot forward in a bootcamp interview, and “do’s and don’ts” to keep in mind during the process.
While most bootcamps require a general interview (as described above), several selective bootcamps will also ask you to pass a technical interview prior to admittance. This is an opportunity to demonstrate your technical proficiency, especially if you’re coming from a non-technical background.
This post breaks down how a bootcamp will likely judge your technical aptitude, and expert tips on how to prepare.
One of our favorite developments in 2018 was the influx of bootcamps that announced programs to help veterans afford a bootcamp education. Bootcamps across the country began to accept the G.I. Bill, and many announced scholarships especially for veterans and military spouses.
Our guide outlines the bootcamps in four U.S. regions that accept the G.I. Bill, and details scholarships to help veterans jumpstart a tech career.
Many bootcamp students get started in computer science after first exploring a different career path. In this post, we talk with NYCDSA alumnus Andrew Dodd about how he became interested in machine learning and data science, why he decided to enroll in a bootcamp, and his journey from mechanical engineering to machine learning.
The tech landscape is constantly changing, and it’s important for software engineers to stay curious about new technologies. Keeping up-to-date on popular languages and frameworks is crucial for successful software engineers, and a big reason that bootcamps teach students how to pick up new languages quickly and efficiently.
In this post, we outline the five most popular programming languages of 2018, how they are used, and how to decide which language to start learning when you’re new to coding.