First of all, I feel my situation is not typical. I have been working in the Maritime industry since 2012, and finally came to a point where I knew a change was needed. This whole coding thing kept popping up everywhere, such as research on high income... Read More
Having said all of that, the class was only 2 nights a week and 8 weeks long. For me, the benefit came from dedicating the time to learning the subject. Had I tried on my own via online, I would never get as much done as I wanted to. The curriculum is good for beginners. The class revolved around Ruby/Ruby on Rails. The instructor was very approachable and knowledgeable. Ultimately, we didn't finish the project we were working on during class because we ran out of time. I think the class needs to be a bit longer. The best part, however, was the community part of it all. They set us up with tours of some of the best Tech companies in town, and had guest speakers regularly. This is where the pay off was. I made it a point to attend anything and everything. And every time I went to an event or tour, I made sure to get a couple LinkedIn connections out of it. This alone led me to get several interviews. None of the interviews led to a job, but it got my foot in the door, and they now have a face to my name.
With my particular situation, the only class I could take was the part time Code Immersion. After 8 weeks, my boss at the full time job needed me back on the same schedule as everyone else, so I couldn't take anymore classes. However, I kept attending the tours and events that I could make. I also kept attending the weekly meetups from the beginning of my story. I kept meeting other alumni, past and present, and through these alumni connections, I landed a job as a QA tester.
My whole point is no bootcamp is going to be a magic bullet. As with anything in life, it comes down to what you put into it. Some people may just want to learn a little bit out of interest, but I was looking for a career change. As for Tech Talent South, I would absolutely take more classes, if my schedule had allowed, but after class I kept learning all that I could and had to rely on other online sources. The people were great, I really enjoyed class, and I love being plugged into the Tech scene now in New Orleans. If you're thinking about trying Tech Talent South, go for it. Compared to other schools, if its not for you, at least it didn't cost you $15K - $20K to figure that out, and if it is, you can build your own path. Stay connected, put in the work, and go to all the events!