Becoming a software engineer via the self-taught method is totally valid. In fact, a lot of software engineers have some degree of self-taught education because a lot of software engineers are in their very nature, tinkerers. You certainly can make it in this industry being self-taught; you just need to make sure you are staying clear of a few major pitfalls.
Make sure to find time to network. You may have some mad tech skills, but if you haven't done the work of reaching out to other engineers, then when it comes time to look for a job, you might find it quite difficult.
Make sure you are building your stuff from scratch, and not just following tutorials. If you plan to make it as a software engineer, you will need to exercise your critical thinking muscles. Tutorials are good ...
Both Hackbright Academy and Grace Hopper Academy are great schools. But to answer this question well, I think I need a bit more information. Choosing a programming school is a big step in becoming a software engineer, and I recommend you don't take this decision lightly.
There are a few things you might want to think about to help you make your big decision.
1) Cost. Education is not cheap these days, but you will find a variety of price ranges out there. Don't take the price at face value. Some of the more expensive schools are worth the money, and some of the more affordable options may not offer the quality education for which you are looking.
2) Location. You want to go to a school in the area in which you want to work. Hopefully, if the school ...
In my program we had weekly 1 hour classes with the "Outcomes" coach together as a group. We created our LinkedIn profiles, took field trips to see agencies (companies). At the end there was a fair where we could show our final project app (like a science fair) to some folks from companies that were hiring. Ultimately though, it was totally on me to do my job search with a few meetings with the coach for guidance! My opinion: If you are gonna quit your job and try to get a new one asap after bootcamp, don't do bootcamp as a code newbie. Put in 5-10+ hours a week learning on your own with online resources and books (at least do 1-2 textbooks in the bootcamp's focus languages (JS, Ruby, or whatever) and basic HTML and CSS. for a year or so so you will A. Not ...December 01, 2016
I want to attend an in person bootcamp, and was hoping for insight on the best ones and why. Thanks!
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November 17, 2016
Great question. There are several online programs.
Have you checked out bloc.io
They are the best online program with 1-1 mentors.
Become a Designer : Designer Track
November 08, 2016
If you are new to the coding world, I would suggest starting with an online course like codeacademy.com or Udemy.com
BrockNovember 08, 2016
I don't forsee anything *replacing* ...October 25, 2016
In any skill, it is good to learn basics first. Not just for better understanding, but also to tell which of the more advanced topics interest you most. Computing, and even the web, is so broad that it is not just about one thing.
I started down the path to become a software ...October 25, 2016
This a tricky question.
Great question. I can't comment on QA training programs, but I can tell you that any experience with QA / testing is going to put you in better position than having no experience.
One way to get experience is to seek out part-time contract work on sites like https://www.upwork.com
You could also try https://www.utest.com
Without experience, your best bet is to look for simpler projects first that just need someone to run "manual testing."
The two main steps in manual testing are:
1) Write a set of test cases. These are very detailed specs that describe:
a) What actions are you taking in the application? E.g. "Click the sign up button"
b) What is the expected state of the application afterwards? E.g. "The registration ...
In Brussels, the most affordable bootcamp can be found at Elium Academy. The early-bird price for the 3-months bootcamp is €3000. Two different tracks are proposed: "full stack web developer" and "growth hacker". The academy also offers to work on entrepreneurial soft skills. Weekly presentations are given on different topics and a mentor supports students who have a personal entrepreneurial project.
More info on:October 24, 2016
One of the best full stack software engineering schools I know of is in France. 42 is funded by a French billionaire, so it's completely free to anyone who makes it through the piscine (meaning swimming pool). The first month is designed as a sort of sink or swim approach to software engineering. If you manage to stay afloat, you are assessed and either accepted or denied into the program at that time. Once you are in, the program is super flexible, it should take anywhere from 3-5 years to graduate, and you can go at your own pace. It’s super cool and unique opportunity if you can make it through that first month. I am currently going to a school in San Francisco (Holberton School) that is founded by someone who is good friends at 42, and so I hear about it all ...October 24, 2016
If by affordable you don't mean free with extremely hard selection processes like ecole 42; or focused on unemployed or exclusively under 26 audiences like Simplon, I only know 2: www.codingbootcamp.cz and www.elium.academy
The last one is a 12 week bootcamp in Prague with the cost of approximately 2500 euros in ...October 24, 2016
Affordability is a tough question. There are lots of options, at a range of prices, but more important is the outcome you desire...
Are you looking to get a job afterwards? Will you have to pay rent soon? An option to consider would be Makers Academy Remote. It's a Remote version of Makers Academy, Europe's #1 Bootcamp, and is half the price of the face to face course.
If employability is a key factor in your decision, then Makers Academy are streets ahead of the pack in that regard. We have designed our business model with the sole intention of aligning our interests with our students interests, and we're the only bootcamp in Europe (and one of the few in the world) still getting paid a fee by companies hiring our students.
For more info, visit ...October 24, 2016
Web Dev Camp is very reasonably priced ( http://webdev.camp/ ) , especially as it includes food and accommodation.
Also it is a unique experience in the finnish nature, and a very focus learning experience due to thte lack of distraction.
If you qualify you can apply for a scholorship of 25 or even 50%. The basic price of 8400€ is very affordable compared to many other schools, especially as it includes accommodation & food.October 24, 2016
Or is an in-person course more likely to guarantee a job after completion? What kind of certificate can I expect to get from a school like Thinkful, and will employers recognize it?
Overall I'd say picking the right bootcamp for you is more important than whether it is online or in person. Different people learn differently. I strongly recommend meeting the actual instructor who will be teaching you and hearing them give a talk, whether in person or online.
The honest answer about bootcamp certificates (including the ones I offer at my bootcamp) is that some employers will recognize them and some won't. In general if you want a piece of paper that will help you get a job, go for the 4 year CS degree from a respected univeristy. What you get from a bootcamp is a certificate that *some* employers will respect, some will ignore and some will look down upon PLUS a portfolio of work you can show. The portfolio and the personal connections you make ...October 12, 2016
It really depends on the bootcamp you're considering. Many don't focus on job-readiness specifically, and few have employees focused on Careers and placing their graduates.
At Makers Academy, our largest team is the careers team - we charge our partners a £5,000 fee to hire from us, which means that we're incentivised to grow that team and help incentivise us further to ensure our students get what they want - a job!
While you won't get any certificates, you'll have a portfolio of projects, all written using Test Driven Development, and we'll introduce you to our 00s of hiring partners after graduating.
Nothing in life is guaranteed, but a bit of research should show you that there is *huge* diversity in the quality of the European ...October 12, 2016
Attending a bootcamp, be it online or in person, is going to take dedication, and you will get as much out of the experience as you put in.
There are a lot of different styles of bootcamps out there because it seems that everybody is looking for something a little bit different. Some things to consider, cost, duration of program, hours per week, location, framework or languages taught, size of class… oh my goodness the list goes on. When it comes to online learning, some people are very well suited for that environment and enjoy the flexibility that comes with it.
There is a cost to that flexibility though. One great way to get your foot in the door in the tech industry is to network. To meet others who are interested in the same things as you, and to meet industry ...October 12, 2016
To add to Kris' comments I'd say if you attend an online bootcamp you had better make friends with Meetup.com!
Networking is vital to your success in any career, but crucial for programmers these days.
If you are going the online route, you will have to find people to network with yourself and Meetup can be a great resource for that. If you are in a rural area, you will likely have to put in much more effort in this regard. Don't have any technical meetups near you? Then you need to do whatever you have to do to get yourself to more distant meetups. I'd plan at least two times a month.
One thing I tell my students is don't think of it as "I'll go for a couple of months while in the bootcamp and then I'll be fine." No, you won't. User Groups and ...October 12, 2016
The only necessary ingredient for you to get a job is YOU and only YOU. And this is sufficient. Nothing else can be sufficient.
Is it online? or requires your local presence? it is irrelevant. My believe is that a good school teaching you computer programming:
Yes... and no. The answers below are totally legit. Pick the right bootcamp or online program or university that works for your learning style, give it your all, make connections. Those are important things to do.
Here is what is really going to get you a job in tech - A head full of questions, and the passion to answer them. (and lets be honest... a friend in the industry, but hopefully you can make one while you are going to school)
A good program will tell you that the specific tech you are learning doesn't matter. That the ability to learn it does. Learn how to find the answers. Learn how to read the documentation. Learn how to ask for help. Learn how to work with other people. Learn how to learn new things... and yes, you also need to learn the basics of programming, and (the ...October 12, 2016
I think an online bootcamp is sufficient enough for getting a job but it also depends in how much effort you put into it. I completed an online bootcamp, Makers Academy Remote (Ronin at the time), and was able to land a job in week 10 of the course (12 week course). I'm not going to say it was because I knew so much they would have been dumb not to hire me because that's far from the truth. In fact, I think the main reason was luck and timing but hey, I still got a job.
My bootcamp wasn't self paced, we "met" every day for 12 weeks through video chat. Makers is based in London and I was in the good ole US of A so the time difference was tough but well worth it. There aren't any bootcamps near me so I knew I was going to have to eat the cost of housing and ...October 12, 2016
There's really not one answer to this question, I'm afraid.
Can you clarify a bit?
Where do you want to attend a bootcamp? There are plenty of good bootcamps in a number of cities, so it would help answer your question if you specify where you want to study?
Are you interested in a women's only program, or did you just mean good for women as well as men?
I'm in the Atlanta area and although I don't teach Ruby (I teach Node.js and Microsoft ASP), I know there are several good schools here for Ruby.
If you can answer my questions above, I think you'll have a better chance of getting relavant answers.
Good luck finding the right school for you!
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The previous response was reasonable - where are you based? Are you only interested in women only bootcamps, or is it a general question about which bootcamp would be best for a woman to attend?
If you're based in Europe, I can speak for Makers Academy - we're specifically committed to trying to move the needle on the "women in tech" problem. We actually focus on diversity in general (which includes, but is not limited to women), but I will focus on women specifically, since this is what you asked!
Our most recent cohort, which graduated a few days ago, was over 50% women. This is something we're super proud of, and has taken a lot of work. We've recently worked with Thoughtworks to provide subsidised places for 6 women, and will be doing more ...October 08, 2016
Are you looking for a program specifically designed for women? If so, what is it about a program like this that is specific to a single gender? I am a female working in the tech industry, and I am always a little weary of things that target themselves specifically for women. Instead of limiting the type of person in the room, maybe we can focus on opening up the room to all sorts of people.
That being said, there some places that focus on women, Grace Hopper is one that comes to mind, in New York. One of their goals is to close the gap between men and women in the tech industry, and that’s a pretty noble goal. I attended a school in San Francisco that didn’t necessarily focus on getting more women in the tech industry, but to make education accessible, and that inherently ...October 08, 2016
The best is always difficult to say. So as with all too difficult questions, i'll answer a simpler one: What is a good bootcamp for women. And i would like to say that definately ours (https://webdev.camp) is.
What you ask, makes a bootcamp good for women? I think above all two things:
1. The camp has either courses for women, or is especially interested in diversity. Tick.
2. The camp is open to a diverse range of beginnners in general. This speaks of a more open mindset and general willingness to explain basics, go slower, not push so much and generally not make students feel stupid. Tick.
I am the course director of Web Dev Camp, and have been in the business for over 20 years. I am very glad there is open talk about diversity nowadays. Not that starting a discussion ...October 08, 2016
Are there bootcamps that provide good preparation for data engineering? I have seen that some programs offer short workshops related to data engineering, but have found very little information about more intensive, substantial programs.
To share what I have found, it looks like the NYC Data Science Academy once offered a full-time 12-week data engineering bootcamp, but now seems to offer a part-time 6-week program on Hadoop and Spark. Zipfian Academy also offered a 12-week data engineering program, but, now that it was acquired by Galvanize, a 4-week workshop on Spark is offered instead. A place called Data Application Lab offers a 10-week online data engineering bootcamp, but I have found very little information about that one.
I would be interested in any information about data ...
Great question. Data engineering is growing at a faster pace than data science. Sadly, the previous intensive data engineering bootcamps were poorly designed and students were unable to get jobs, which is why they are no longer available.
We are planning to launch an intensive data engineering bootcamp in Summer of 2017. It is only open to applicants who have prior software engineering or system/database administration experience. Here is a link that includes our preliminary curriculum and an email list for updates (http://www.k2datascience.com/data-engineering).October 07, 2016
I work full-time and have worked with Access before as an end-user. The job I'm on now did not use Access, but I recommended it for tracking the information required for our job. Now that we have Access and I was able to work with an IT professional it get it up and running I would like to learn the coding of the program to keep it up and running, instead of having to call the IT professional who is in another country. So my question is, for someone in my position where would you recommend I start?
Please disregard the 2 previous answers. The people from those bootcamps did not read your question and probably do not have a tentative grasp of computer programming fundamentals.
Development on Microsoft Access requires use of Visual Basic for Applications (commonly shortened as VBA). If you are interested in self-studying, I would recommend grabbing this $20 book of Amazon: Microsoft Access 2010 VBA Macro Programming
I cannot recommend a specific Microsoft Access training course, but any local community college or IT training center may have classes. Be wary as they may be charging a high price tag for going through a book like that.September 27, 2016
Hello! You can start with our Introduction to Programming course: https://rmotr.com/introduction-to-python-programming
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can give you more advice.
Cheers!September 27, 2016
If you are open to any language, we offer a 4-week Introduction to C# Programming course at Coderversity.com. The instruction is held in a virtual classroom, and it is a weekend course - which should work well with your schedule.
Visit http://www.coderversity.com/learn-csharp for more information.September 27, 2016
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?
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.September 23, 2016
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:
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!September 23, 2016