Good software design, problem analysis, and project process are technology agnostic. The language or technology that you first learn is not nearly as important as understanding good software design and having the desire and ability to continually learn new things.
What is important to our apprentices looking for their first job is having a skill set that is widely attractive to employers. For this reason, we offer learning programs in both .NET and Java. These two stacks are stable, proven, and in the highest demand in the enterprise. Do some research on your own and you will share our conclusion: Java and ASP.NET are more widely used on the web than other frameworks. Also, your research will lead you to the same conclusion as the Udemy blog which correctly concluded that the top lan...Read more
|Start Date||Rolling Dates|
|Class Size||16 students|
|Commitment||60 hours in class/wk|
|Start Date||Rolling Dates|
|Class Size||16 students|
|Commitment||60 hours in class/wk|
Once upon a time, I was in a miserable, horrible situation with my career and knew that something needed to change.
That change was The Software Guild, which — by way of a piece on NPR — made big ‘promises’ that in 12 weeks I could change everything. I could learn a trade [software/web development] and find a new career [via their career development efforts and hiring network].
It sounds too good to be true? For some in my cohort it was, and things didn’t pan out as expected. For me? I found a new life, and I am absolutely grateful to The Software Guild for that.
NOTE: I attended the January 2016 Java cohort. I was employed directly out of the Guild, though working with technology that I hadn’t studied [COBOL and C#].
Far and away, the best aspect of this program...Read more
When someone tried to sell me on this idea that I could change my whole world in 12 weeks, I was quite skeptical. Long story short, this was the best career decision I ever made in my life. If I could go back, I would do it again in a heartbeat.
As for a little background, I had a lot of education before I showed up at the guild. The problem was that none of my previous degrees helped me land a job doing much more than performing menial tasks for more than $18,000 a year. Just for the record, these weren't degrees in underwater basket-weaving from Mom-and-Pop's Community College, either. Still, after spending so much money in student debt, I was skeptical about throwing even more money at a vocational program. After a lot of consideration, I decided to bite the bullet and take a chan...Read more
Great so far. I'm enjoying the coursework in Intro to Web Dev. So far all assignments have been reasonable. I just discovered a Intro to Web Dev Slack Channel though which I couldn't see when logging in initially. There are little quirks like that where communication could be better about.
I was part of the Java cohort at the Software Guild from April to July 2016 in Akron, Ohio.
1) The Instructors were great! Pat Toner is a Java ninja with more than 15 years of professional experience.
2) The local employer network is strong: about 12 or so local companies came for speed dating interviews on site.
3) I had 4+ job offers a week after I was finished
a) gain the technical skills
b) learning how to learn
The title of this review is in no way an embellishment of my experience at the Guild. Prior to attending the Guild I was stuck in dead end job with no upward mobility. Two weeks after graduating I had recieved two offers from companies I was excited to join. If you are passionate about programming and motivated to change your career then attending the Software Guild is a no brainer.
I owe a lot of my success to my instructor Pat Toner. Pat was not only an expert in building enterprise business applications but also an expert instructor in this field. I always felt comfortable approaching him no matter what the problem. He is a master at providing non technical metaphors to assist in understanding some of the more abstract concepts in software development.
Pat wasn't the only ...Read more
I am still in the beginning stages of this program but so far, all of the staff have been helpful and clear. They quickly respond to my questions and give accurate answers. The pace of the program is no joke but with some dedication and will-power, it can be managed.
So far, the pre-work I've done has given me confidence that I'm on the right track for a brighter future.
I have no degree. I've been at work as a Software Developer two weeks now and I feel like the guild prepared me far better than a CS degree at many colleges would have.
All of the instructors are willing to put in extra time and effort for you if you are trying to figure something out, even outside of classroom hours. I feel like if I need something all I need to do is ask. Even after graduating from the guild, I have this support network on top of the one I developed with fellow alumni.
I'm a believer that someone can learn just about anything they want to on their own with the available resources on the internet. That said, after going through the guild I can see that a lot of the things I've picked up I might not have known about for years, and some of them I might never have ...Read more
What can I say other than the guild has delivered on every aspect. To succeed I had to work harder than I have ever had to work in my life for three month. The amount of information that was thrown at me was terrifying at first. The whole “drinking through a fire hose” is an understatement. After the first couple weeks when you have a foundation of programming knowledge it gets easier to absorb more information, and there is always more information.
Before I joined the guild I was a musician with 10 weeks of college experience when I was 18, and have never felt like I was wanted by an employer. After 11 weeks at the guild I have had three job offers and am excited to say I have accepted an offer. When I went to interview I was surprised at how ready I was for the interviews. I...Read more
This is my review of the Software Craftsmanship Guild's January ’15 .NET cohort, as we enter our final week.
I guess I will start off by saying that deciding to join the Software Craftsmanship Guild was one of the best decisions of my life and I have come to that conclusion with out even being completely finished yet but will be very soon. If you are looking for a change of career because you either just aren't happy doing what your doing or you just want to do something or want challenge yourself with something new The Guild is the right choice.
I enrolled in the .Net course and everything has been superb, Eric Wise is a great teacher who is very animated and very involved in the teaching of his students, he simply just cares. Every student is not just a number but a person and everybody there treats you like one. Its not about the money for them its about the education, they all just ge...Read more
Whether you have some very limited professional/educational experience programming, or the concept is completely foreign to you, the Software Craftsmanship Guild (SCG) does a lot more for you than most college educations will. I attended the guild with a B.S. in Simulation and Digital Entertainment (read: game development) already under my built, and at the beginning of the 12 week session, I didn't feel prepared for an entry-level programming job for any language.
As of this writing, its nearly the end of week 11, and I feel much more confident than I did before. Which isn't to say that the guild turns you into an expert! Make no mistake, this is not a program that will give you the skill to net you a mid-level or senior position at any company. No development bootcamp can do that....Read more
Are you looking for a career change? Are you mature enough to put in dedication and hard work to get where you need to go? Willing to learn magnitudes of new techniques and languages all while crammed into a twelve-week course? If you are answering yes to all these questions and you are still excited then maybe Software Craftsmanship Guild is for you. To be blunt, you will have to work hard, but the rewards are tenfold. I have yet to experience as many careers where there is such a demand for the knowledge you attain in such a short time span. To be sure, my attending the guild was the best decision I made in my life.
I have attended nearly seven years of college, changing majors and schools multiple times, all in the pursuit of finding something tha...
I spent (am spending?) time as an Apprentice at the Software Craftsmanship Guild Java Jan 2015 cohort. It was one of the best decisions of my life.
A bit about me: I'm 23, lived in the Akron area my whole life, went to Kent State for biology, and had no experience with coding at all before the Guild. None. Can't stress that enough. I loved math, more specifically formal logic. I was a sous chef in the Akron area after college and was presented with a choice: pursue a career in the culinary field or do...something else. I wasn't sure. I heard about the Guild on NPR and, after a few days of intensive research on what a dev bootcamp is and how this one stacks up with the others around the country (incredibly well, by the way), I took the assessment and enrolled.
Not only did I quit a comfortable job at a company with a great name and environment to come learn at the Guild, but I also put every penny I had into the move and the cohort. I was particularly skeptical and demanding because I was putting everything into it, and bootcamps can be a hit or miss investment. You know what? the guild was the best career move I've ever made. I am now making $10.40/hr more than I was making before starting the guild. That means this program will have paid for itself in the first year. Twice. This is also just my starting salary. Their hiring network was growing at a serious pace as I was attending, but I had to go back home to my family. I got a job outside the network within 3 weeks after finishing the course, and I went on vacation for two of those. NOTE: ...Read more
I was an apprentice in the Software Craftsmanship Guild's Fall 2013 Java Cohort. The Software Craftsmanship Guild was an excellent experience, and I highly recommend it.
I believe that I am the first of our cohort to review, so I'll share some stats. 7 started, 6 finished. Job seekers who weren't already affiliated with staffing firms all received jobs. 2 received full tuition reimbursement.
Like many of the apprentices who left reviews, I had no background in software development. I had been teaching in a private school in Beachwood, OH for five years and I was looking for a change. I had really wanted to enter the software space, but was having difficulty figuring out how to do it.
I tried to take advantage of online coursework, both free and paid, but they were all lacking....Read more
I recently was laid of from my job of 10years and did not really know where to start over. I had..."
I recently was laid of from my job of 10years and did not really know where to start over. I had a job with a technical background, but not much programming. I found the guild through a job fair and I knew that this could be something special. I had very limited experience with programming coming into the Guild. I took two classes in high school 18+ years ago and two courses in collage 15+ years ago. I really did not know what to expect, but what I got was well worth the price of admission!
The Java Guild, taught by Eric Ward, was a class like I had never taken before. He is a great teacher who uses a multitude of teaching techniques to make sure you understand the concepts that are necessary for being a good programmer. There were a lot of long days, for me at least, ...Read more
After graduating from a fantastic university, with a degree in computer science and a minor in software development, I felt prepared to start a career. I envisioned a promising future in which my educational background would quickly propel me to great heights. Companies all over the United States need technology savvy people to fill the demand for a more digital world. Conditions were perfect to enter the work force.
I interviewed with a handful of companies shortly after graduating. All my interviews ended with the same result. I was unemployed and increasingly more skeptical about how relevant my C.S. degree was. I began to feel panicked. My educational background was fragmented and outdated. The pieces were not quite fitting together and my understanding of the bigger picture lack...Read more
Hello Future Developers, I know its a bit late but I have been very busy with the JOB I..."
Hello Future Developers,
I know its a bit late but I have been very busy with the JOB I landed after partaking in this program that is run by Eric W. I, like Anon, accepted a job within the the hiring network and also come from pretty much a clean slate when it comes to any type of development. I have dabbled in HTML/CSS in the past, but nothing serious at all.
My background isn't even in the realm of a typical CS student - Marketing/Public Policy, but after spending 12 weeks working with someone who is truly passionate and there for you has changed my life. The cohort is small and close knit which I liked. Everyone knew everyone else's business and found it to be a great experience.
Here comes the question. What did you learn? We...Read more
I'm an apprentice in the summer 2013 .NET/C# cohort at the SCG, and I've been very happy with my experience. I have accepted a job as a junior developer with a company in the Guild's hiring network, but prior to joining the Guild, I had little experience with coding. I was familiar with HTML and CSS, and had completed several tracks on Codecademy. Online tutorials are fine for learning syntax, but could not match the in-depth education I received in the Guild.
The first half of the twelve-week program is the most intense, covering topics including language fundamentals and data modeling. While a lot of this material came easily to me, (SCG founder) Eric did a good job providing a surfeit of exercises and projects so that I always felt challenged and was never bored. It's true that yo...Read more
It should be noted that I am a college student, and was not a part of the job placement program, so my perspective i...Read more
|Locations (5)||Akron, Louisville, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Online|
|Class Ratio||1 to 12|