Curious to see if there are any that have gone before me that have found characteristics of programs that were or would have been especially helpful.
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Startup Institute isn't just for women, but the male: female ratio is good, as is age diversity—my cohort included people ages 22-61. The program is geared toward career changers, so it helps you to position yourself in the market and network into the tech industry while building skills. www.startupinstitute.com
We Can Code IT, a 5-star rated coding boot camp in Cleveland, very much welcomes women in tech! http://bootcamp.wecancodeit.org.
Hello, I am 44 and have been on "sabbatical" from Web development for 12 years. Right now I want to switch to something else so am looking for a Data Science Bootcamp. I consider myself new to that industry.
My requirements are mainly that it be Online, I'd like it self paced, but my experience tells me that its better if its intensive and you have to push yourself.
I'd probably like to see that some of the mentors/teachers on the bootcamp be women that have moved fast in their careers.
Not sure what else.. Anyone else have ideas?
I am, personally, wary of any school or institution that targets a specific type of person. The very problem with the tech industry is there there are too many people in the room that all think the same way. You are going to run into that exact same problem at a code school or bootcamp if you have only older females, or only minorities, or only young kids right out of high school. If you are looking for a school that targets a specific group, you will be limiting you experience by limiting the type of people you are learning with. That being said, I do believe that there are schools out there that are great for all sorts of diversity reasons. I attended Holberton school in SF, and it’s making some waves when it comes to attracting myriad students. The school does not have an age cap (unlike a lot of other schools out there), and the school does not specifically target for diversity, but instead focus on making our space open and welcoming, and by its very nature it appeals to students coming from many different walks of life. There is a strong emphasis on peer learning, and community, and helping eachother out and giving back is part of the school’s DNA. Holbeton is not the only school like this out there, but when searching for a school where you hope to thrive, look for one that has community as a priority, and you will most likely find a new place to call home.
Our bootcamp would fit the bill if you are interested in Data Science (www.k2datascience.com). We believe strongly in tackling the gender imbalance of the technlogy industry. Our head of curriculum and one of our teaching assistants are women. We also offer 1 half-tuition scholarship specifically for female applicants each cohort (www.k2datascience.com/edith).
Check out our syllabus and reach out if you have any questions.
I disagree that focusing on women or People of Color specifically is the wrong way to go. Let me explain:
As CEO of We Can Code IT, I've been a women in tech, a software engineer, information architect, Scrum Master, CIO, and more as I've made my way through this white male dominated industry. If you have ever experienced being a woman in tech or an outsider at all, you will know that there are specific challenges you will face in your career that the typical coder won't. We Can Code IT not only has phenomenal instructors who are savvy in both their skill, but in emotional intelligence. Our staff and instructors provide not only mentorship, but our Career Difference (tm) program is integrated into our coding program so that students learn about Impostor Syndrome, managing sexism and racism in tech, as bias, and other important topics to a student's career (resumes, interviewing, etc).
Women and People of Color need allies, employers who are interested in overcoming biases and stereotypes, and a support system. It's important to focus on these things in school as opposed to doing things the old way. The old way doesn't work.