I have a bachelors in Business Management that I've supplemented with over 10-years of small business management to great success, but at the same time I could've dropped out of high school and had the same degree of success I'm experiencing. In short, I feel completely let down from having gone to college and getting saddled with student loans to never get a job that would pay me a living wage. I want to attend a bootcamp because I know I could excel in the environment and achieve success at the boot camp, but I'm worried that it's just going to be another 17k down the drain and more disappointment. That being said beyond a potential assurance that if I don't get a job the boot camp doesn't get paid what should I be looking for both positive and negative in regards to potential job out...Read more
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Here's a few things I would consider:
- who is included in the statistics (are people who didn't graduate included, what about people who gave up looking for a software engineering job and took another job)
- are people who are hired by the bootcamp included in the statistics? This can inflate the hiring rates (I don't think that hiring alums to be instructors is a bad thing, a few of my instructors were alums and they were good teachers, just be wary of the stats)
- How long it takes people to find a job after graduating? When are they counting from? Keep in mind that the process is slow, so even if someone has great luck and is offered the very first job they interview for, it will probably take at least 6 weeks for them to be hired. I think 3-6 months is pretty typical.But if most students don't have jobs by 6 months that might be a red flag.
- what kind of jobs and salaries do people get after graduating?
- What is the background of the students who are accepted? This matters because if a bootcamp accepts mostly/only students with college degrees (or masters) some of the students' success and salary may be in part due to their past education. If there are 2 bootcamps and the average salaries of the one that accepts mostly college grads are much higher than the one that excepts students with more diverse backgrounds then that doesn't mean that YOU will necessarily have better outcomes at the first than the second. You will have YOUR background no matter what bootcamp you go to.
- Are the stats standardized or audited in any way? Are you comparing apples to apples?
- If you are considering New York bootcamps the department of education has some license requirements. You can check out that a specific school is licensed here: http://eservices.nysed.gov/bpss/bpsspublic/BPSSPublicSearch.do but this site does not have very much helpful information. I wouldn't rule out a school just cause they got fined for something small (like not turning their financials in on time etc). But it's worth taking a look at, I think.
- You can also search for alums of your school on LinkedIn. It's obviously limited as a way to generate statistics, but you might be able to get a quick gut-check from it. I also reached out to people on linked in who went to bootcamps I had in mind (send them a message with the connection request) and was able to schedule a couple phone calls to get their opinion on the schools (some people check linkedin about once a year, so don't take it personally or as a bad sign if someone doesn't message you back).