I am trying to decide on a "Bootcamp Prep" course and am at a crossroads. I know there are many free options online, but I have learned that I need the structure, accountability, etc. of a classroom environment to succeed. I was a remote student with Bloc's Software Engineering track and found that it just wasn't right for me, so I am approaching my learning from a different angle. Currently, I am between First Step Coding and App Academy's Bootcamp Prep courses. If anyone has any knowledge/experience, could you please share?
tl;dr: I'm looking for bootcamps that don't offer pair programming or don't necessarily use it.
I had already had my heart set on another bootcamp but then the school closed :( Oh well I wish everyone the best- they were awesome during and after the admission process- had planned on July then deferred to October. So now I'm back to square one in what to do.
Right now I'm looking again (currently unemployed).. and I am wondering if there are any other bootcamps/schools that do not include "Pair Programming" in their teaching model? I love programming but not too comfortable with the pair programing mode and from years of experience (Mainframe admittedly) I've not seen this in action really. In my last "bootcamp" (so to speak- 7 months long and COBOL)- my classmates did help but we each ...
I want to become a Software Engineer, and I know Hack Reactor is a great school, but I'm having trouble convincing myself that the $17k+ is really worth it.
Any advice from Odin graduates would be helpful. Thanks in advance.
Hey! I've been an Account Exec (sales) for my entire career, and have recently been interested in pursuing a Sales Engineer career path, likely with a SaaS company, which is what my background is in. Curious if, to flesh out the technical side of my knowledge-base, there's a recommended lesson plan/course. Understanding it would depend on the employer and their specific specialties, I'm wondering if there's some base knowledge of certain languages/APIs that would be a good start.
Thanks for any insight!
I have a well formed idea with an MVP. Now I need to make it a site. Developer suggests responsive but others have suggested app. I don't agree with developer and the company is lazy - they take a LOT of vacation.
We recommend you check out Sabio's new Cyber Security course, which they are launching this fall.August 31, 2017
I am taking a gap year between high school and college. I want to do a 12-week intensive coding academy. I live outside NYC and would prefer full-time on campus classes. Any recommendations?
Okay, so it's not 12 weeks, and it's not in New York, but you might want to check out Holberton in San Francisco. If you want to get into software engineering, it's the place to be. They teach full-stack software engineering in a fast paced project based environment. Just a warning though, you might get hooked on software engineering and not return to traditional education once you've tasted the forbidden fruit.August 26, 2017
I have a master degree in Civil engineering, and I have zero coding or data analyze experience. I want to switch career to IT for the big money, what type of bootcamp will suit me? which direction should I go? I have read a little about full stack engineer and big data engineer, will they fits me, or would there be something else?
There is only one way to find out! Try out some courses online... Some people are more suited to data and some people are more suited to the software side of things - it is a personal preference. Without testing and trying things out - you will not be able to find out. We recommend starting with free online courses such as Coursera and moving slowly to paid ones like thinkful/bloc. Then finalize your career move with a fulltime bootcamp!August 22, 2017
I never suggest making a career move solely for the money. If you don't get enjoyment from what you are doing every day, you will never be paid enough.
Bootcamps are good at giving you some specialized skills, but it's best if you already have the fundamentals under your belt. They are generally too fast paced ...August 22, 2017
So, my question is will the bootcamps consider me eligible for their training program. And do the bootcamps give job assurance to all those who finish their training .
Is it worth it to do a bootcamp prep course? Will it help me get a job?
If so, what is the best prep program? Does First Step Coding give you more advantage over a free course or a bootcamp run course (like Fullstack or App Academy prep)?
Hi there! I'm going to do my best to answer while imagining I'm not the founder of First Step Coding and you're just a friend trying to figure out the best path to take : )
I'm going to frame this as a set of questions back at you.
How good of a self-learner / autodidact are you?
Have you taught yourself to play an instrument or other skill that requires 100s - 1000s of hours of practice? Most people are pretty bad at self-learning for a variety of reasons, but anecdotally I'd say the #1 reason is the lack of inherent accountability. It's all too easy to skip the hard parts or quit if no one's watching and checking up with you. For many people, the accountability that comes with a teacher and classroom full of people learning with them ...August 01, 2017
My suggestion is that if you need to take a bootcamp prep course, you may not be ready for the intensity of a bootcamp. Bootamps are best designed for students who are already well versed in the fundamentals and foundations of basic computer science principles, and move at much too fast a pace for student show are new to software engineering. They are best for students who want to gain a very specific skill since most bootcamps teach and focus on one specific thing.
If you are looking to gain some of those fundamentals and foundations, then you may want to look into a more comprehensive program. I didn't have too much experience in tech when I decided I wanted to start gaining the skills needed to build a career in software engineering. I found a school that was ...August 01, 2017
Hi there, Yes! Many bootcamps are now offering Bootcamp "Prep" courses. Check out SwitchUp's guide here: https://www.switchup.org/blog/the-best-bootcamp-prep-courses-do-you-need-one-and-how-to-chooseAugust 01, 2017
A year ago, I completed a bachelor in bioinformatics. I also did an internship in a laboratory for 4 months the summer before where I designed a pipeline to analyze genomic sequences. I hated every day of it, since I felt like I didn't get the results I wanted fast enough, and I had to sit in front of a computer all day. Thus, after graduating in bioinformatics, I decided to get into pharmacy (I didn't really think too much about it; I just wanted to change my career path). I have now completed one year of pharmacy, and I'm not sure I want to be a pharmacist, either. I find it really stressful - having to deal with patients, doctor, answering phone calls, etc - and I'm not a very detail-oriented person. I know that as a pharmacist, my salary is much more likely to be higher than that ...