DevLeague in Hawaii has a 4 week prep course dedicated to students who do not have a background or have not written any code. I was wondering if there are any other courses like this. I'm not talking about one day workshops or online tutorials. I'm talking about a full on X amount of weeks immersive for noobs.
I run Code Career Academy which is in the Atlanta area, and I have a two week course called "Introduction to Web Development" that is meant to be exactly that. I start with the assumption that you have ZERO experience and build from there. This is a prequel to my 16 week bootcamp. You have to either pass a test or take the Intro course. I don't charge extra for it if you take the full bootcamp, but you can take just the intro if you want. If you want full info you can go to http://codecareeracademy.com/fall-winter-2016-2017/September 05, 2016
Sabio (http://sabio.la) accepts people with no technical background. The majority of the people who have come through our program have had no technical experience.
The prework program we have will prepare you for the bootcamp.
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Coderversity (http://www.coderversity.com) also offers a live instructor-led 4-week online Introduction to C# course. Although the focus of the course is C#.NET (a Microsoft development framework), students walk away with general knowledge of object-oriented programming and problem solving. Most students decide to continue onto a longer bootcamp course because they eventually fall in love with the C# language.
No matter what school you choose, make sure you fully understand the pace of the course and if extra help is offered.September 05, 2016
You may want to have a look at the soon-to-be-live Online Full-Stack Web Developer Course here: https://www.techcareerbooster.com/online. They offer a 100% discount coupon to 15 people out of those that they will register their interest. Here: https://www.techcareerbooster.com/online#pricing. You may be interested. It is for people that they know how to use computers but without any programming background.September 05, 2016
The emerging category for this type of course is "bootcamp prep." Many schools have started offering prep courses, both online and in-person. It's true that some bootcamps don't require any prior knowledge for being admitted, but it's a risky move to dive head first into a new field without having explored it first. A good bootcamp prep course gives you the opportunity to decide if a pivot into coding is really the best path for you, before you get heavily invested. Here's an article I wrote that lists several options and considerations for a bootcamp prep course: https://www.switchup.org/blog/bootcamp-prep-courses-to-get-into-a-top-coding-bootcampSeptember 05, 2016
As coding career and programming in general has recently become really popular, many coding bootcamps have become more specific. Therefore they are oriented on different level of skills, which you need to check in the admissions requirements. Most probably there must be coding schools in different regions of the world, so you need to do a research regarding your initial needs in location, tuition fees, schedule and other bootcamp characteristics. Also I would recommend you checking the opportunities of learning coding in online bootcamps.
Finally, it is always better to summarize your situation and to get the qualified consultation from the student's advisor. We will be happy to help you achieve your goals here - https://goo.gl/lS4l9dSeptember 05, 2016
Yes! Code Ninja has designed a free beginners course called JumpSt@rt. This program was designed to introduce the very basics of code, for those without experience. We wanted to give interested and inspired learners an opportunity to try code, and determine if they are truly interested, before having to make any financial investment into our more indepth programs. We invite everyone to try this fun, self-directed, course in our state of the are online learning dojo. You can learn more about the program here, http://code-ninja.co/Programs/JUMPST@RT.html
Hope to see you in the dojo!September 05, 2016
I find it a little redundant if you have to take a prep course to attend a bootcamp. I can understand why they are in place, bootcamps want the students to succeed, and pre-courses can help make sure that happen. But bootcamps are so expensive already, tacking on another class or course seems excessive. Every bootcamp has it’s own priorities and agendas, and being accessible to beginners is not always on the top of the list. I too, was a beginner to the software engineering world a little less than a year ago. I was dedicated and willing to work hard, but I was coming from zero tech background and needed to find a way to dig deep in an environment that was willing to teach me from the very beginning. That’s when I stumbled upon Holberton. This school made me believe that it ...September 05, 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
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
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:
At Epicodus, we've had several bartenders come through our classes, and many people without college degrees :)
The real question is, do you like to code? You should try out coding and see if you enjoy it. There are lots of great sites for this; at Epicodus, we actually have all of our curriculum online at learnhowtoprogram.com/table-of-contents, starting with lessons aimed at people with no coding background at all.
If you like it, keep working through materials until you can pass the entrance tests (our application is at epicodus.com/apply.html). If you still like it, there's no reason you can't attend and be successful!February 12, 2015
You should consider attending a coding bootcamp if you can confidently say that you're ready and willing to build a career as a developer. In the end, your willingness and ability to constantly learn technical topics is a far stronger indicator of future success and whether or not you should attend a coding bootcamp than your previous career or educational history.
Just trying out a bit of code and seeing that developers get paid well is not sufficient to get you over that line. There's a reason developers are in such demand -- it's a career built on constantly changing technology which requires you to learn aggressively to keep up and to succeed. This means that you'll need a strong underlying passion for the craft and a deep ...February 12, 2015
Hello there! How about getting a taste for programming through a short seminar or/and an introductory class of 3.5 hours once a week for 5 weeks. Can I invite you to visit our website www.penpapercoding.com for more details? We offer a unique and effective pen and paper only intro to programming class 4 times per year and our spring term sessions starts April 25 (Saturdays) and April 28 (Tuesday evenings). On April 20 you could also attend our Snail & Programming meetup -2 plus hours- organized by JS New York; it promises to be very engaging and inspiring! Success with your study plans. Lina - Pen and Paper Coding NYCFebruary 12, 2015
Coding bootcamps are large investments of time and money so I wouldn't take the decision to attend one lightly. I would recommend spending time on sites like Codecademy, Treehouse, Codeschool, Lynda, etc. learning new technologies and building things. See if you like it. Also, once you are familiar with a language, try solving coding challenges on sites like Codewars, Coderbyte, CodingBat, etc. If after all that you're even more enthusiastic about programming, then I say a bootcamp could certainly be a good path for you.February 12, 2015
I've been a part of Zip Code Wilmington for short time and can only speak for our camp. I am a full believer in what a coding bootcamp can do for someone. I would suggest taking a lot of time to research and find the right bootcamp for you. Another poster mentioned that bootcamps can be a large investment of time and money and I 100% agree. Our students spend roughly 100 hours per week coding for 3 months. However most of our students are leaving and getting placed in relatively high paying developer roles and have great success stories.February 12, 2015
I had been working in retail for about 5 years when I asked myself the very same question. I liked my job, but I wanted a career. So I started looking into attending a bootcamp. I had a lot of friends that were programmers, and it looked really interesting to me. I signed up for one in Chicago (that’s where I was living) - it was for iOS app development. As I was prepping for that, I found about this school in San Francisco, Holberton School. I decided to to the application process for Holberton as more prep work for the bootcamp I was already signed up for. As I was doing the application, I started to fall more and more in love with the school. I ended up deciding to attend Holberton instead of the iOS bootcamp.
Why am I telling you my whole life story? Because I had no ...February 12, 2015
I am a complete beginner, and need training before applying to any bootcamps. Is best use of my time and money to enrole in the almost $3k Fullstack Academy Bootcamp Prep or look for a less expensive option? Any advice is welcome.
I am always a little bit wary when I hear of bootcamps that offer paid prep courses. I know that some programs want you to come in feeling prepared, and so they might give you some pre-course work to do, but getting students to pay for a prep course and a bootcamp seems a little excessive.
I'm sure there are extenuating circumstances that might make a paid pre-course program and a bootcamp the right combination for someone, so I guess my advice is just to proceed with caution.
I think a lot of bootcamps are realizing that in order to get someone up to speed as a junior software engineer, they either need to come into the program with some experience, or they need more than three months to be marketable as a software engineer... that's where the pre-course comes into ...September 14, 2016
Where bootcamps are concerned, the more you go in with, the more you come out with.
There is absolutely no need to pay for a prep course when there are plenty of exceptional free resources available. If you really want the personal attention, it may be worth it, but generally the exercise of picking up the fundamentals on your own is good practice for developing the grit necessary to learn advanced concepts.
The best bootcamp prep is from Viking Code School and every bootcamp student should look at it regardless of where you end up -- it will prepare you in ways that no one else does. We ...September 14, 2016
at Beach Coders Academy, We've found that most folks looking to switch careers into web development or UX design are satisfied with the skills they acquire from our immersive part time program that costs far less than full stack programs. While we encourage free online resources, like code academy and such, the live class format and the structure has far more comprehension and practical impact and well worth the time and money investment. Of those that want to go deeper into full stack, the knowledge and skills they gain from our program sets them ahead of the curve to excel in full stack programs and get the most value.September 14, 2016
I agree with Nichole. If I were a beginner I would definitely take a pre-class to make sure this was for me.
I run a small bootcamp near Atlanta called Code Career Academy, and what I do is offer a class called Introduction to Web Development that is 2 weeks long and geared towards beginners. A student can take that class as a stand-alone class or as part of the full bootcamp. If someone takes the class and then decides to continue on to the full bootcamp, I deduct the cost of the Intro class from the full price. In other words it's free if you go on to take the full program.
Signing up for a bootcamp is a big decision. I sincerely recommend trying it out before committing. If at all possible with the instructor for the full course. I believe it is vital that you have an instructor ...September 14, 2016
There are several options worth checking out for less than $3k. This article provides info on a number of different programs (scroll to the bottom), as well as some important considerations:
Two options I like for well under $3k:
Curious to see if there are any that have gone before me that have found characteristics of programs that were or would have been especially helpful.
We Can Code IT, a 5-star rated coding boot camp in Cleveland, very much welcomes women in tech! http://bootcamp.wecancodeit.org.November 17, 2015
Startup Institute isn't just for women, but the male: female ratio is good, as is age diversity—my cohort included people ages 22-61. The program is geared toward career changers, so it helps you to position yourself in the market and network into the tech industry while building skills. www.startupinstitute.comNovember 17, 2015
Hello, I am 44 and have been on "sabbatical" from Web development for 12 years. Right now I want to switch to something else so am looking for a Data Science Bootcamp. I consider myself new to that industry. My requirements are mainly that it be Online, I'd like it self paced, but my experience tells me that its better if its intensive and you have to push yourself. I'd probably like to see that some of the mentors/teachers on the bootcamp be women that have moved fast in their careers. Not sure what else.. Anyone else have ideas? Thanks.November 17, 2015
Our bootcamp would fit the bill if you are interested in Data Science (www.k2datascience.com). We believe strongly in tackling the gender imbalance of the technlogy industry. Our head of curriculum and one of our teaching assistants are women. We also offer 1 half-tuition scholarship specifically for female applicants each cohort (www.k2datascience.com/edith).
Check out our syllabus and reach out if you have any questions.November 17, 2015
I am, personally, wary of any school or institution that targets a specific type of person. The very problem with the tech industry is there there are too many people in the room that all think the same way. You are going to run into that exact same problem at a code school or bootcamp if you have only older females, or only minorities, or only young kids right out of high school. If you are looking for a school that targets a specific group, you will be limiting you experience by limiting the type of people you are learning with. That being said, I do believe that there are schools out there that are great for all sorts of diversity reasons. I attended Holberton school in SF, and it’s making some waves when it comes to attracting myriad students. The school does not ...November 17, 2015
I disagree that focusing on women or People of Color specifically is the wrong way to go. Let me explain:
As CEO of We Can Code IT, I've been a women in tech, a software engineer, information architect, Scrum Master, CIO, and more as I've made my way through this white male dominated industry. If you have ever experienced being a woman in tech or an outsider at all, you will know that there are specific challenges you will face in your career that the typical coder won't. We Can Code IT not only has phenomenal instructors who are savvy in both their skill, but in emotional intelligence. Our staff and instructors provide not only mentorship, but our Career Difference (tm) program is integrated into our coding program so that students learn about Impostor Syndrome, managing ...
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.
I don't think there's THE best language. Choosing a language should serve a purpose. Depending on your goals, different languages would be THE best.
Prior to creating Skylab Coders Academy in Barcelona, I visited a few coding bootcamps. I even traveled to the United States to understand the key aspects of a coding bootcamp. Spent a coupe of weeks at Wyncode in Miami. Great guys and model.
I don't forsee anything *replacing* ...October 25, 2016
I'm really nervous about spending so much money on a bootcamp. It would really help me out if anyone can share their mistakes and how I can avoid them.
Many people immediately write off their own abilities — they don’t consider themselves creative, or able to improve their design skills. We have lots of evidence to the contrary, based on our past students who’ve successfully completed courses and seen themselves in a new light. We’d suggest taking an intro course and giving it a shot. Who knows — you might find a new calling!March 12, 2015
The points made by epicodus are right on target. Allow me to suggest getting taste for programming through a short seminar or/and an introductory class of 3.5 hours once a week for 5 weeks with a reasonable fee of $399. Can I invite you to visit our website www.penpapercoding.com for more details (our complete program, method, schedules, additional online courses, etc.)? We offer a unique and effective pen and paper only intro to programming class 4 times per year and our spring term sessions starts April 25 (Saturdays) and April 28 (Tuesday evenings). On April 20 you could also attend our Snails & Programming meetup -2 plus hours- organized by JS New York; it promises to be very engaging and inspiring! All the best with your study ...March 12, 2015
Full Disclosure, I work as Houston Campus Director for DigitalCrafts.
In my role as Campus Director, it's my pleasure to meet with all prospective students. If they have any questions before applying, I kick things off with a call. If not, I get to meet them for an interview.
In my experience, the most common mistake I come across is when students apply to only one school.
Even if you have a top-choice, you should still apply and interview with several options. You can only learn so much from reviews and websites. You need to sit down and speak with someone to evaluate if your skills, background, and goals align with what the school can provide you. Get a few options together and get through to the acceptance/approval stage before deciding your best choice.March 12, 2015
I'm curious what kinds of mistakes you're worried about. I'd make sure of a couple things:
* Is coding what you want to do?
* Have you tried it enough to know that it's what you want to do? Make sure you really have tried coding - not just copying and pasting someone else's code, and not just in HTML and CSS.
* Are you going to a school with a track record of successful job placement?
Coding schools are a big committment of time and money, but there is a wide range. Where I work, Epicodus, we're only $3,400, and we have a track record of 95% of our graduates finding work within 3 months. We also require applicants to solve a couple basic coding problems to make sure they have done enough coding to know that they really want to do this for a career.
...March 12, 2015
Do your research before you start applying. A lot of applications bootcamps and programming school are intense in their very nature. They want to make sure the students that get through the program are dedicated and hard working. Making students jump through a lot of hoops during the application process is a good indicator how someone will handle challenging projects and
That being said before you go down the rabbit hole of a complicated application process, you need to make sure that you are applying for the right reasons. You need to be passionate about programming, to begin with, but you should also be excited about the program you applying to.
The cost of a program should never be an afterthought. You should be considering that from the day 0. On top of that, it's ...March 12, 2015
I just graduated from a bootcamp and I'm having trouble finding a job. Can anybody give me some pointers?
I agree with all of the advice here... especially Charlyne's point—get connected. The US Bureau of Labor Stats says that at least 70% of jobs are found through your network. I work at Startup Institute (www.startupinstitute.com), and we can't stress this point enough with our students. Get out there, meet people, and build MEANINGFUL (not transactional) relationships. Focus on offering value to others (this can come in many forms!), and eventually a company will see how employing you will bring even more value. Some other job search tips: 1. Give your personal brand a facelift In the same way that a company’s branding involves everything from their website and ads to their customer service, your personal brand is the sum total of your expertise, value-adds, and interactions as a ...March 12, 2015
Agreed with other poster that you need to keep doing projects even after you graduate... bootcamps are the beginning of your development... don't lose the momentum of coding every day!
You're new full time ...March 12, 2015
Getting a job in the tech industry is not always as easy as some make it out to be. You have to have some tough skin, because you will most likely find rejection around a lot of corners.
So far, a lot of advice has been given around the idea of networking. This is super important, because the networks you create will most likely be the people who end up helping to get your resume in front of the right people. You need to find a balance though, you need to keep honing your coding skills and whiteboarding skills. Networking is not enough when you find yourself in the midst of an interview and totally blank on how to parse a string passed into parameter. Make sure to find a balance between studying for interviews and networking to find interviews.March 12, 2015
There’s a lot to be said about getting a job and breaking into the design field. We have two main pieces of advice:
1) Do great work, and tell people about it.
The only way to improve as a designer to the point of getting a gig in the field is to practice by working on a series of projects (either self-directed or with real clients). So, do whatever you can to work on as many projects as possible, and be conscious about the skills you’re trying to improve through those projects.
Then, it’s a matter of expressing the work you’ve done in a strong portfolio that captures your thought process, your attention to detail, and the quality of your skills.
2) Be thoughtful about how you build up your own set of skills.
There are a ...March 12, 2015
The main tenet behind this is to have work you can SHOW. An actual website, iOS app, Android app, or whatever you work on. You have to be able to SHOW it. Then get out there and meet people and show your work. If it takes longer than 2 months to get a single job interview, you have to address one or more of the following:
- Improve your skills.
- Be friendlier. Far too many people are rude, awkward, or downright unprofessional in tech.
- Stop being weird. Look at people in the eye when you speak. Say please, thank you, and take care of your appearance. Shower.
- Improve your skills.
That's basically it. It's not complicated yet too many people make it more complicated than necessary. If the amount of people asking me for job advice/leads at my workshops is any indication, the ...
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
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
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
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!
Code Career Academy
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
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 have taken the Front-End Development course, and now have a pretty good understanding of HTML/CSS/JS so I decided to jump into Angular (the MEAN stack to be completely honest). But I think it would be best if I could get a mentor to work with me, doesn't have to be free, but I don't want to have to go through the basics again at a dev bootcamp, just to get some mentorship.
I have heard some great success stories of individuals self-studying through freely available material online and pairing with a mentor. Depending on your personal time commitment, you would need a mentor for 1-5 hours per week and it could take anywhere from 2-8 months.
Based on developer salaries, a junior software engineer will charge you at least $50 an hour. A better, mid-to-senior range engineer will charge 100+ per hour to mentor you. Are you able to pay that much?
If so, reach out to engineers at technology companies near you.April 21, 2015
After trying online courses, the general recommendatino is to go offline - it is difficult sometims to find motivatino studying on your own online or with remote mentors. Being in a classroom is helpful and we recommend trying some more advanced bootcamp courses, specifically ones that teach teh tech stack you're interested in learning in your area. You don't have to go full-time but you can try part-time courses like anyonecanlearntocode, and a few others listed on our search page. Best of luck!April 21, 2015
I think it's great that you are looking for a mentor. They are so valuable in this industry. I was part of a program (Holberton) that specifically designed around the involvement with mentors, and everyone (students and mentors) benefited greatly from it. But you don't have to be part of a program like Holberton to find mentors. One recommendation I would suggest is to attend Meetups in your area. Meetups are held in most major cities and are a great place to get face to face contact with others working in the industry. You can also find people who are interested in the same niche things as you quite easily (since meetups are usually pretty specific). You can use meetups to create your own little community or build relationships into mentorships. If meetups are not ...April 21, 2015
Since you already know your exact motivation, you just need to find the right bootcamp for you.
Various bootcamps focus on various aspects of coding, which means that you don't need to learn basics if you don't want to. Furthermore, mentors are there to help you reaching your own needs. Once you get to know your mentor, you can work with him on specific aspects of programming, which may even go further the tasks you will face in the bootcamp's schedule, like we have in Upscale Academy.
Another great aspect of a bootcamp is a community of students and mentors itself. Numerous graduates say that participating in a bootcamp was the best choice of their life mainly because of challenging and inspiring atmosphere they all live through together. Sometimes even your mate may turn ...April 21, 2015
One thing I tell potential students is to go to one of the various job search sites like Career Builder and put in their zip code and search for different technologies. See how many jobs are listed in YOUR area for each technology. You'd be surprised at how regional some of these things can be.
I agree with Dan that long term you will have to shoot ahead of the curve to pick the technology that will be common later, but since you are going the bootcamp route, you also have to be mindful of what's in demand now. Since bootcamps are short, you want to make sure you don't shoot too far ahead at first.
The next thing you need to consider is whether you want to work for start-ups or established companies. Both can be great careers, but the advice I give is different ...July 18, 2016
The discussion of the stack and language is a red herring. You select this specific service by results. In most cases that result is a JOB. Once you have a JOB you can jump from stack to stack at will, if you want.
Once you have transition into a job as a software developer you will have a much better perspective on everything else that people might want to talk to you about.
Here is a guide to help you flesh out the real important stuff and identify the camps trying to push silly stuff:
July 18, 2016
The job market as a whole is shifting toward Node and React and away from Angular 1.x and Rails. Many of the major Silicon Valley companies such as Facebook, Instagram, Uber and AirBnB use React and will be around for a long time. For a more complete list of companies using React, check here: https://github.com/facebook/react/wiki/Sites-Using-React.
This is not to suggest other stacks are not good for your career. There is still plenty of Rails and Angular work to be found. The question is, where do you sit relative to the labor pool for Rails and Angular? Almost every bootcamp in the US teaches Rails and Angular has been around for five years. In order for you - a beginner - to be competitive in that market, you will need several years of training to catch up.
Conversely, React is ...July 18, 2016
There are a few super important things to keep in mind when looking for the right chode school. First of all, there is no such thing as the 'perfect' code school - you have to find the perfect one for you. You have to decide on how long you are willing to commit, how much money you want to spend, and if you want to focus on a specific framework or focus on getting a firm foundation in computer science. Once you have some of those things sorted out, you can start to make some headway. I decided to do a career change about a year ago. I wanted to learn software engineering and didn’t really know where to start. I stumbled upon Holberton School, and started to go through the application process. As I was going through it, I realized that this was the perfect school for ...July 18, 2016
Yes, it is possible. I work for the first online data science bootcamp (www.k2datascience.com).
We tell students to cancel all social events and avoid any vacations or trips. You go to work and you study data science. That is the sacrifice that is necessary to maintain your income and successfully transition careers.September 20, 2016
As our courses meet 50 hours a week from 8am-6pm, and recommended time spent out of class studying on your own is 10+ hours, I strongly recommend not working 40 hours a week as well.
We do have living expense loans available through our lenders though to cover bills, food, etc and offer free housing for students who live more than 50 miles from campus making it very possible to quit your job so you can focus on the program.
Additionally our students are finding employment within 30 days of finishing their courses on average, often time sooner.
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Bootcamps in their very nature are supposed to be intense. They are designed to get you up to speed on key concepts of Computer Science, and the amount of knowledge and experiences you are supposed to take on should take up the majority of your time. There may be programs out there that are designed for students that plan to maintain a full-time job, but I believe it would cease to be considered a 'bootcamp.' I attended a school in San Francisco, Holberton, that is two-years long as opposed to just a few months. It is still recommended that students dedicate 100% of their time to the school for the first nine months, but I do know that some students have attempted to hold down part-time jobs. It has been difficult for most students, but every once in a great while you ...September 20, 2016
Coding Bootcamps start at 9 o'clock in the morning and finish at 6 o'clock in the evening. So ... you can't be at two places at the same time. Unless you work the other hours of the 24-hour clock.
However, you can still continue your work and take online coding courses like the one at https://www.techcareerbooster.com/online. They require, at least, 15 hours per week, which is very doable. They are designed for those particular students that they want to work at the same time. They assign to you a mentor which follows you throughout the whole journey of your studies. And there is a big difference to bootcamp: You don't have to pay the whole amount in advance. You pay as you go and you take only the parts of the course that you want. Nevertheless, they do have the exams ...September 20, 2016
We accept the GI Bill at both of locations in Culver City and Newport Beach CA.
September 13, 2016
I went to Holberton, in SF. They don't yet accept the GI bill, but hopefully, that will be a reality in the near future. As you may very well know, schools need to be around for at least 2 years before they can be considered for the GI bill. Holberton is coming up on those two years soon, and the hope is to move forward to become eligible to accept it.September 13, 2016