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My cohort at Startup Institute (summer 2014) had students ranging from recent college grads to 52 years old. There were five people in our group who were 40 or over, and they fit right in with the group and also, I think, found a lot of value in the program.
I imagine most bootcamps are age-friendly, but I can only speak first-hand about DigitalCrafts in Atlanta (http://www.digitalcrafts.com). Our current immersive cohort has 40% of students over the age of 36, with the average age coming out to 31.5.
People often ask me, "what's the average student like at a code school?" The literal answer is a ~30 year old male with an undergrad degree trying to switch careers into tech. The reality that we see is such a wide range of individuals that calculating an "average" is almost misleading. Our students come from all over but one thing they all share is a strong motivation to learn something new and exciting and a whole lot of time in a room together (~714 hours in a 16 week period).
Best of luck in your search,
I think it’s interesting how some bootcamps put age caps on who they will accept as applicants, as if there was an age cap to learning. I left my previous job to start a career in software engineering at age 27, and even then people thought I was late in the game. An even more stark contrast is the story of how my dad got into the tech world. He used to be the CEO of a family business. When he sold the business, he started to build a new career for himself. He started by teaching high school math, which then turned into teaching computer science. The school eventually asked him if he could teach app development. Since he had zero experience with app development, and iOS, he attended a bootcamp, and within a few months was teaching his high school kids how to build apps. There are all sorts of reasons why people want to attend bootcamps. SOme want to attend to jump start a career, others are looking for new skills to add to their already impressive resumes. No matter the reason, everyone should have access to that kind of education.
I ended up attending Holberton School in SF, to learn full-stack software engineering. The cohort that I joined had ages ranging from 18-50. Everybody was coming in with all sorts of different life experiences, and that lead to some pretty cool innovations. When looking for a school, make sure you are not just looking at the reputation of placement, or saliery, but look for one that has a mission that aligns with yours.
Our bootcamp does not discriminate based on age. Some other coding schools are known to do this. We actually like older, experienced applicants since we are in the data science space.
Check out K2 Data Science (www.k2datascience). The first online data science bootcamp for working professionals.
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