By the year 2020, there will be more development jobs available than skilled college graduates to fill them. People searching for more efficient means of tackling the skills gap (say, through coding bootcamps), already know this. They’re smart, willing, and able. But with so many bootcamps available, many people struggle to find the right one for them.
Look for a data-driven bootcamp
At Bloc, we’ve seen that students who are successful in the program and later on in their jobs are most adept at making decisions based on data or information. By collecting data from student experiences as they go through the program, bootcamps are able to make frequent and reliable changes to their programs. Instead of guessing which factors deliver the best outcomes, bootcamps use data to make informed decisions for students.
An example of how important this can be is the data Bloc collects on what we call “mentor ratings”. Generally, we find our mentors are rated by their students as highly qualified, strong communicators, and empathetic. By asking more nuanced questions we’re able to draw correlations about best practices for mentors. For example, how they should conduct their mentor meetings, how they set expectations for students, how much hand-holding they should provide students. As we monitor those ratings over time, we’ve been able to establish more consistent high quality mentorship to every Bloc student.
Know what to ask
As future developers, starting to build this data-driven mindset now is good practice. The great news is it’s easy to start applying this skill to your bootcamp research. The best way to collect information on whether your prospective bootcamp is using data in the right way is to ask questions. Many bootcamps offer info sessions or even the ability to speak with a Student Advisor before you enroll. This opportunity will be invaluable in more ways than one.
Here are some questions you may want to ask:
As the first online coding bootcamp, Bloc has had five years of student experiences to build upon. We’ve collected millions of data points across thousands of students to improve our programs for our students’ proficiency and success. One of the strongest data points is the risk students feel associated with changing careers.
Many bootcamp students have already invested a significant amount of time and money into a prior education, so being able to effectively choose which school will give them the best outcome is not something they want or can afford to do again. It’s important to be able to find a bootcamp that applies the same data-driven practice to its program structure that you apply to your search. You’re not leaving it up to chance, why would you choose a school that does
Schedule a call with a Bloc Student Advisor today to get the answers to the questions you have.