Located in Hawaii, DevLeague is the premier technical boot camp in the Pacific, designed to provide mentorship and advanced technical training to motivated individuals seeking a career path in modern technology. We teach in-demand technical skills such... Read More
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"Bootcamp like no other"
Hello review seeker, I just finished DevLeague a couple weeks ago… be prepared for a long but genuine review of Hawaii’s only coding bootcamp. Let me also preface this review by stating that other than knowing a bit of HTML / CSS, I have absolutely no... Read More
Before enrolling myself in their immersive full-time program, like you and many others… I did my research and tried to find any review or resource I could get my hands on about this school. When I stumbled upon CourseReport and saw all their 5 star reviews, the cynic in me couldn’t believe this boot camp (let alone one all the way in Hawaii) could achieve so many positive reviews, so naturally I assumed most were fake. It wasn’t until I personally met (or saw around school) a lot of these “rando” names that were being used on CourseReport, did in fact belong to actual people and these are genuine reviews from REAL DevLeague alumni.
Taking the plunge with DevLeague as my sidekick was a huge risk for me as I was working full-time in a non-tech job but one of the major deciding factors in choosing this coding bootcamp was the fact that I WOULD be able to make this big career switch in just a few short months and I didn’t have to step foot out of Hawaii.
I remember when I first started attending prep class, I was really shocked (but impressed) with the sense of support and community from everyone at DL. Previous graduates would come back to help out or various alumni popped in to give some advice, even students from other classes would stop by to see how we were doing. Needless to say, I really felt the support system there and it’s obvious it trickled down from the top.
I wouldn’t be sitting here today, a DL graduate, if it weren’t for the help and support from Russel and Jason. I can’t count how many emails were passed between Russel and I before I started DevLeague. He was incredibly responsive and resourceful especially when I was going through the process to apply for scholarship, which I was generously awarded. I’m truly grateful for the opportunity they’ve given me.
It’s clearly impossible for me to write a shorter review, especially on something that has had such a big impact, but I’ll try to summarize my experience of the actual bootcamp program:
If you’re looking at the full-time program of 11 hour days, 6 days a week… it seems long, yes, but honestly it passes by pretty quickly especially since you’re jamming on code 70% of the time. My other classmates have the same view as me in this regard.
It’s extremely challenging. I felt so overloaded with information at times that I barely felt like I actually retained anything. That led to me asking myself “Did I make the right decision going through this program?” or “Maybe I’m not meant to be a developer?”
In the beginning, I felt like nothing made sense and it wasn’t until towards the tail end of bootcamp that the pieces started coming together to form a whole picture.
The curriculum is well thought out, projects on point for the topic and I enjoyed the humor in the slideshows. The readme docs are at times confusing (probably getting us used to reading real docs, lol) and some needed updates.
In the end, I wholeheartedly join in and agree with the others in saying “It was the best decision I made” career-wise and if you’re on fence about taking the course or want to ask me for more details about my experience, I’ll be more than happy to answer them for you… shoot me an email jennahscriptAToutlookDOTcom
The founders of DevLeague are extremely proactive in helping graduates find jobs after completing the program. Prior to graduating, all students are provided with assistance in developing their resumes and practicing for technical interviews. Following graduation, one of the program founders (Russel) continues to make himself available as a valuable resource in your job hunt (locally and abroad). Moreover, the DevLeague community has a strong network of alumni who regularly share job opportunities with other graduates.
My overall experience in DevLeague has been extremely positive, and I am glad that I took the plunge. If you are living in Hawaii (or considering moving to Hawaii) and are serious about entering the field of web/software development, you will not regret your decision to attend DevLeague. However, be aware that the time and effort required to succeed will be substantial.
"Things you should know"
First, DevLeague, or any other bootcamp, is not your fast-ticket to a high paying salary. If you're looking to join up at DevLeague looking for a quick way to hit that 6-figure salary, you'll be sorely disappointed. Take it with a grain of salt, since there probably are people making a lot of money with DevLeague credentials, but don't be fooled into thinking it was easy for them. Those of us "legends" (DevLeague graduates) making a decent income is from hardwork. Not from any big shiny spoons feeding us new job opportunities.
Second, the staff are awesome. Simply put, all of the TA's, administrative personnel, even the outsourced HR mock-interview provider are genuine, awesome, people. They are helpful and passionate about what they do and it shows in their guidance and work. Instructors may vary based on your preference: some of them are brilliant coders, but lack the ability to lead a teaching environment. Others excel at teaching, but might not have the "know-everything" expertise. However, the DevLeague staff make an excellent team, as a collective, and are great at what they do.
Lastly, job search is very much self-directed. The school offers an expansive network of employers, but given that not many of them are hiring, it makes job searching a grind. If you have dreams of being a developer in Hawaii, then honestly DevLeague is probably your best bet, but even if it's the best bet, it's most definitely not a sure bet. If you don't have a preference for Hawaii as your home, then finding a school and network in the up-and-coming tech hub might be most rewarding. I personally wanted to work in Hawaii, which is why I went through DevLeague.
In closing, I just want to say that my experience with DevLeague was phenomenal. From not knowing how to write a single line of code to writing fullstack, scalable applications in under 6 months is something that this school can help you achieve. I'll say it again, "something that this school can help you achieve." In the end, it comes down to how much grit you have and what you're willing to do to get into this field. I honestly worked my ass off for 6 months and it's paying off now. If you're slacking and waiting for opportunities to drop into your lap, you'll probably be searching for another fast-ticket to a better career not long after a coding bootcamp. So if you're considering a coding bootcamp, make sure you reflect on what it is that you want, first.
"The hardest, most rewarding time of my life."
My time at Dev League was definitely one to remember, a whirlwind of constant information, long hours, and the persisting thoughts of WHAT THE HECK AM I DOING HERE?!?! But amongst the never ending chaos that is Dev League lies hope, a light at the end... Read More
"Worth the investment to a Dev Career"
- They provide an immense amount of support, lots of encouragment.
- During the 12 week program they become your family and afterwards they continue providing support via Slack, introducing you to alumni/legends, supporting you at Hackathons, provide continued support at their campus.
- Jesse and Ed the FT instructors have lots of experience with software development and equally strong skills in teaching.
- The supporting instructors are always available and willing to support with your learning experience.
- After graduation they provide resume and job search support, by sharing job openings, introductions, stories, and continued tech classes.
"Best instructors and curriculum with a strong network of great managers and developers"
After being out of Dev League for a little while now and seeing the caliber of developers out there on the market, I'm realizing that Dev League instilled VERY high quality developer skills and best practices. Their network of developers that are both... Read More
"Great learning experience, could use more organization"
Quick pace of class allows us to get a feel for real-world learning on the job. Definitely a boot camp feel.
Topics covered are relevant and useful to current job requirements
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"Above and Beyond"
- Highly knowledgeable and dedicated instructors. The instructors... Read More
- Not enough time to learn everything. This is to be expected. Learn what you can with the time that you have.
Attending DevLeague was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It was challenging, rigorous, exciting, and fun! I spent three months on the edge of my seat, trying to absorb as much information as possible. Like anything else, the more effort you put into this program, the more you will get out of it. If you're on the fence about taking the plunge, just do it! You will come out on the other side ecstatic that you did.
Hey hey! I attended DevLeague from Sept - Dec 2017 with no coding experience except for their prep course. Feb 2018 I accepted an offer for a non-entry-level position as a backend engineer for a game company in Tokyo.
-Good curriculum. After DevLeague... Read More
-Some very talented instructors left during my cohort (**Note to my personal secretary: bold this sentence)
-Located in Hawaii, so if you're looking to get a job anywhere else it'll be more difficult to network
-DevOps lectures were ALL OVER the place
-Didn't let me bedazzle my keycard
"Not your ordinary Coding Bootcamp"
I am so thankful that I stumbled upon Devleague. I can tell they genuinely care about their students from start to end, and even after graduation. During the screening, they could have just admitted me while being pregnant, but because they care about... Read More
Devleague instructors were really passionate on what they're teaching and has been truly patient. They also give precise feedback on how to improve your learning style. Overall, the curriculum is great and Devleague is expecting that you play your part as a responsible student. I also want to add on how cool the co-founders and the whole team, very approachable and truly supportive.