The Big 3 - What Do Programming Students Look For?
What traits do prospective students look for in a coding program? Are students looking for the fastest way to learn to code? Are they looking for a degree? Or are they simply looking for a program that will provide them with the best value and a chance to develop real-world skills? In this piece, we'll outline the top reasons Holberton School students decided to enroll in our full stack software engineering program, and explore why Holberton's emphasis on an in-depth curriculum is incredibly valuable for programming students.
Pathway To A Career
The leading reason people choose Holberton is that it provides them with a seamless pathway from beginner to a rewarding tech career. While there are many reasons to attend a code school, most prospective students tell us that they value a school whose top priority is helping them feel confident in their ability to land a tech job soon after graduation. All too often, we see students pursue an education only to settle on a job unrelated to their field of study. This can be true for traditional 4 year degrees, training programs, or bootcamps. At Holberton, we think it's important to set our students up for a lucrative, long-term career. The results speak for themselves: Holberton produces students now working in technical roles at a range of well-known companies, such as Cisco, Pinterest, Tesla, and LinkedIn. In addition, 100% of students who completed the program went on to accept a software engineering job.
Depth and Breadth Of Curriculum
For many students, Holberton is their first interaction with software engineering. When surveyed, many students listed the breadth of our curriculum as a driving factor in their decision to attend. In particular, students loved that Holberton covers a wide range of topics and languages, and felt that this would set them up as stronger candidates while applying for jobs.
For our students, Holberton School provides them with a complete programming toolbox. Holberton School student Lisa Olson explains why Holberton's curriculum stuck out from the rest, saying, "Quality of curriculum to me means that the topics covered were not easy to find anywhere else besides Holberton. Looking over the curriculum covered at other bootcamps and intensive programs, it was common to see full stack web application development but very little programs covered C and low level algorithms." Many students complete their first year at Holberton feeling confident in their ability to interview for jobs, thanks to their varied skill set. Our curriculum, designed in collaboration with mentors from the industry, covers low-level programming, high-level programming and system administration in the first year, and a specialization of students' choice for the second year.
Going to school can be an arduous endeavor. For many folks, there's no option that suits their budget. With Holberton's no-upfront tuition model, we're removing the financial barrier to high-quality education. Our program is free until students secure a well-paying job.
These top 3 reasons are interesting to look at because of their overlap; due to the high quality of the curriculum, students feel more confident in their future career prospects. Thanks to the program's affordable financing structure, students are willing to invest their time and eventually their money into the Holberton community. These factors result in a coding program that is truly unique, and allows Holberton to attract a talented, driven group of prospective programmers.
This is a sponsored post by Holberton School.