About to start my degree in Network Administration, but also want to learn how to be a full stack web developer and be ready to work in 6 months. I have a really good work ethic and can put in the work and the time, but don't have a ton of money. Which Bootcamp is better for an overall learning experience, Thinkful or Firehose Project?
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Firehose Project has a longer track record of their full stack developer bootcamp. They have a lot of glowing reviews.
Thinkful recently launched their program within the last year. I tried a Thinkful part-time class on UI/UX and it was not that great. Just a bunch of free resources smashed together with a 30 minute meeting with a mentor. Great for getting some basics down, but you could only get a job if you were putting in significant time on your own over several months.
I'm not sure who the representative from Peaks Academy is referring to — Thinkful has been around since 2012. It's upsetting to see a bootcamp employee spreading inaccuracies about another bootcamp, especially when they're so negative.
To answer your question, though:
On top of that, you get Career Prep and the Job Guarantee. During the course, you gradually build a portfolio of original projects at each stage of your knowledge. You also have mock interviews with engineers who hire junior developers at each stage, to make sure you really know your stuff, and to get you comfortable with interviewing. By the time you graduate, you’re ready to impress employers, and your career coach will help you land your first development job. This is a hands-on, 1-on-1 process too: you’ll have your résumé revamped, get help picking the best job opportunities to apply to, and coached through interviews and negotiations to get the best possible job offer. If you graduate on time but don't get a job offer to work in web development, we'll refund your tuition.
All of those are, in my opinion, great arguments in favor of Thinkful. I don't want to speak on behalf of Firehose Project, that wouldn't be fair to them. When you do research them, make sure — at the very least — that they have public outcomes statistics for their students, and that those outcomes have been independently verified by a third-party audit.
In fact, hold every bootcamp to that standard. Every school should be willing to be transparent and put in the effort to earn your trust.
Since you didn't ask specifically, I won't labor the point, but they aren't the only 2 Online Bootcamps!
If you're still considering where to go, be sure to have remote.makersacademy.com in the mix :)
Our results so far have been pretty astounding - as good as Makers Academy onsite!