I've been looking at changing careers. I'm currently working in healthcare practicing as a dietitian/diabetes educator, so I have a strong clinical background- meaning, I'm able to analyze data and use it daily in my work BUT the idea of web development sounds like a lot of fun and different. I've been looking around for the last week, but I was wondering if there are any resources out there (a quiz, something, anything??) to help one decide which area is best for them.
I realize I need to figure out what I want before finding a school/bootcamp. Any help would be aprreciated.
Hi! Turing School offers a Try Coding evening or weekend workshop to check out coding and see if it’s something you enjoy. You can learn more and register at trycoding.turing.io.November 15, 2017
I would recommend that before you sign up for a bootcamp, make sure software engineering is what you are ready and willing to invest your time, energy and money in. No should get into software engineering on a whim, and not one becomes a software engineer over night. One of the questions you bring up, 'what area of software engineering should I get into' is an age old one. The issues being, you don't know what you don't know. Deciding to do a bootcamp will ultimately pigeon hole you into a tiny corner of software engineering, and will not expose you to all the complexities and nuances of the industry. Bootcamps are designed for students who already have the fundamentals of computer science and are know the area of the industry they want to get into. If you are a beginner, or you are ...November 15, 2017
I'm a mechanical engineer with a Master's Degree and over the last ten years have been working on immersive imaging applications as a DoD civilian employee. I have decided to make the transition to full-time VR/AR work in the private sector and would like to find an intensive program to get my UI/UX, C#, Unity, and other related skills up to speed quickly. I have active projects in VR/AR as freelancer, but struggling with the lack of a solid programming background. I want to take up to four month break from work to get up to speed and back onto an efficient workflow.
I am looking for a highly competitive program that will challenge me and bring out the best in the process.. I am having trouble figuring out which would be best for a path into VR/AR/XR. I am willing to relocate anywhere ...
I am trying to decide on a "Bootcamp Prep" course and am at a crossroads. I know there are many free options online, but I have learned that I need the structure, accountability, etc. of a classroom environment to succeed. I was a remote student with Bloc's Software Engineering track and found that it just wasn't right for me, so I am approaching my learning from a different angle. Currently, I am between First Step Coding and App Academy's Bootcamp Prep courses. If anyone has any knowledge/experience, could you please share?
If you are really looking to become a software engineer, and want the structure of a program but break free from traditional education models, you may want to look into a program like Holberton. It gives you enough structure to keep you accountable, and does it all in a project based enviorment. This gives you the practical skills to understand foundatinal concepts of computer science from the ground up. I too needed structure and dealines, but I didn't want to learn in a traditional format. I was also a complete beginner when I joined Holberton, and since Holberton is a two-year school, and not a bootcamp, it allowed me to have time to nail down the foundamentals of CS. https://www.holbertonschool.comOctober 13, 2017
tl;dr: I'm looking for bootcamps that don't offer pair programming or don't necessarily use it.
I had already had my heart set on another bootcamp but then the school closed :( Oh well I wish everyone the best- they were awesome during and after the admission process- had planned on July then deferred to October. So now I'm back to square one in what to do.
Right now I'm looking again (currently unemployed).. and I am wondering if there are any other bootcamps/schools that do not include "Pair Programming" in their teaching model? I love programming but not too comfortable with the pair programing mode and from years of experience (Mainframe admittedly) I've not seen this in action really. In my last "bootcamp" (so to speak- 7 months long and COBOL)- my classmates did help but we each ...
I want to become a Software Engineer, and I know Hack Reactor is a great school, but I'm having trouble convincing myself that the $17k+ is really worth it.
Any advice from Odin graduates would be helpful. Thanks in advance.
Hey! I've been an Account Exec (sales) for my entire career, and have recently been interested in pursuing a Sales Engineer career path, likely with a SaaS company, which is what my background is in. Curious if, to flesh out the technical side of my knowledge-base, there's a recommended lesson plan/course. Understanding it would depend on the employer and their specific specialties, I'm wondering if there's some base knowledge of certain languages/APIs that would be a good start.
Thanks for any insight!
I have a well formed idea with an MVP. Now I need to make it a site. Developer suggests responsive but others have suggested app. I don't agree with developer and the company is lazy - they take a LOT of vacation.
We recommend you check out Sabio's new Cyber Security course, which they are launching this fall.August 31, 2017
I am taking a gap year between high school and college. I want to do a 12-week intensive coding academy. I live outside NYC and would prefer full-time on campus classes. Any recommendations?
Okay, so it's not 12 weeks, and it's not in New York, but you might want to check out Holberton in San Francisco. If you want to get into software engineering, it's the place to be. They teach full-stack software engineering in a fast paced project based environment. Just a warning though, you might get hooked on software engineering and not return to traditional education once you've tasted the forbidden fruit.August 26, 2017
I have a master degree in Civil engineering, and I have zero coding or data analyze experience. I want to switch career to IT for the big money, what type of bootcamp will suit me? which direction should I go? I have read a little about full stack engineer and big data engineer, will they fits me, or would there be something else?
There is only one way to find out! Try out some courses online... Some people are more suited to data and some people are more suited to the software side of things - it is a personal preference. Without testing and trying things out - you will not be able to find out. We recommend starting with free online courses such as Coursera and moving slowly to paid ones like thinkful/bloc. Then finalize your career move with a fulltime bootcamp!August 22, 2017
I never suggest making a career move solely for the money. If you don't get enjoyment from what you are doing every day, you will never be paid enough.
Bootcamps are good at giving you some specialized skills, but it's best if you already have the fundamentals under your belt. They are generally too fast paced ...August 22, 2017
So, my question is will the bootcamps consider me eligible for their training program. And do the bootcamps give job assurance to all those who finish their training .
Is it worth it to do a bootcamp prep course? Will it help me get a job?
If so, what is the best prep program? Does First Step Coding give you more advantage over a free course or a bootcamp run course (like Fullstack or App Academy prep)?
Hi there! I'm going to do my best to answer while imagining I'm not the founder of First Step Coding and you're just a friend trying to figure out the best path to take : )
I'm going to frame this as a set of questions back at you.
How good of a self-learner / autodidact are you?
Have you taught yourself to play an instrument or other skill that requires 100s - 1000s of hours of practice? Most people are pretty bad at self-learning for a variety of reasons, but anecdotally I'd say the #1 reason is the lack of inherent accountability. It's all too easy to skip the hard parts or quit if no one's watching and checking up with you. For many people, the accountability that comes with a teacher and classroom full of people learning with them ...August 01, 2017
My suggestion is that if you need to take a bootcamp prep course, you may not be ready for the intensity of a bootcamp. Bootamps are best designed for students who are already well versed in the fundamentals and foundations of basic computer science principles, and move at much too fast a pace for student show are new to software engineering. They are best for students who want to gain a very specific skill since most bootcamps teach and focus on one specific thing.
If you are looking to gain some of those fundamentals and foundations, then you may want to look into a more comprehensive program. I didn't have too much experience in tech when I decided I wanted to start gaining the skills needed to build a career in software engineering. I found a school that was ...August 01, 2017
Hi there, Yes! Many bootcamps are now offering Bootcamp "Prep" courses. Check out SwitchUp's guide here: https://www.switchup.org/blog/the-best-bootcamp-prep-courses-do-you-need-one-and-how-to-chooseAugust 01, 2017