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.
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
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
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
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
In addition to the bootcamp, Barcelona Code School offers a week-long, in-person pre-course for those who do not have any coding background. We want students from all levels to feel comfortable when they arrive and prevent them from falling behind.September 05, 2016
This is part of why we launched our courses with weekly events. Every week we host product management, data and coding events, such as "Intro to Github" so that our students get an opportunity to prepare for the course material. This helps students get an overview of various topics in the space, and feel more prepared to take the course, or even continue to learn after they've graduated.
Here's a link if you'd ever like to join: http://bit.ly/2f8oG87September 05, 2016
Hey there! Yes, there are an increasing number of Prep Programs designed for beginners. Check out SwitchUp's complete guide here: https://www.switchup.org/blog/the-best-bootcamp-prep-courses-do-you-need-one-and-how-to-chooseSeptember 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?
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'm with Nick on this and many of the other responses. It depends on what type of learner you are and how much effort you can put into learning. If you're able to follow the course material remotely, without having an in-person conversation with your instructors or peers, then an online course may work for you.
Another key factor is what type of career path you want. If you want to become a developer, then an online course can still help you get a job, as long as you are putting in the time to master the material. However, if you want to become a Product Manager, we find that on-campus courses are more practical to prepare you for a job. Product Managers manage teams and work directly with designers, developers, marketers, and others. It's important to learn how ...October 12, 2016
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
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
Different employers pay attention to different schools and experience. If you have prior skills and attend a reputable bootcamp that employers know for providing skilled students, you should be fine. You should check and see which companies have hired people from the school you are attending or plan on attending. At the end of the day, the name of the school cannot get you a job. That's a bad way to hire someone. Show how you think, show your skills, show that you can make a difference with what you got from the bootcamp and the right employers will fight over you.October 12, 2016
NOTE: I am Founder of CodeInstitute.net This is definitely an interesting couple of questions, and ones that we in Code Institute are asked over and over again. So, let me try and answer these questions as best I can. Is attending an online bootcamp sufficient for getting a job? One could also ask, “Is attending University sufficient?” The answer lies within the person who takes a training course or education path. In the specific instance of "Bootcamp" then what is more important is the effort of both the student and the institute. The reason for the proliferation of Coding Bootcamps is twofold - (a) there are simply not enough coders available globally to meet the demand and (b) the traditional educators (ie universities) are doing a pretty lousy job of supplying this demand. ...October 12, 2016
Attending an online bootcamp absolutely can help you land your dream job, but it depends on a few factors. Online learning isn't always the easiest, so when looking at different programs, it's important to find one that will really support you and your learning style. Springboard's Data Science Career Track, for example, provides career coaching, student advising, regular office hours, and a few other support avenues, in addition to one-on-one mentorship from an industry professional. Being successful during the course is just one part of the process, though. If you're hoping to land a job after you complete a program, you'll definitely want to consider the outcomes data of the courses you are considering. For example, Springboard's outcomes: ...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
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
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, but that does depend on the bootcamp. Your best bet is to look at their job placement statistics: what portion of students are actually getting hired after graduation? Are those stats CIRR-verified, or did the school make up their own standards? If you can look at a school's job placement numbers, then you can actually see whether or not that bootcamp is sufficient for getting a job (or at least how many people it was sufficient for — nothing works 100% of the time). If a school refuses to report their data according to open standards, bluntly, you can't trust their claims at all. SwitchUp has Thinkful's most recent CIRR reports on our page, though you can also check out our up-to-the month data at https://thinkful.com/bootcamp-jobs-stats/ . They show that Thinkful gets graduates ...October 12, 2016
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.
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
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
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 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 ...
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
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
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
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.
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'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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 ...
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
I am dentist from India and trying to start career as data scientist in bay area. I love working with numbers. Is bootcamp the right way to go or what are your suggestions to get into the field?
A coding bootcamp gives you a huge boost since it is so intensive and you practice immediately. Students cover the same volume of knowledge that they could learn in a year on their own. If you put all of your effort into it you will be on another level in 2 months. It is proved that you can ge to the entry level developer after the bootcamp. Of course you will be only progressing inside the selected stack. Good thing is that you will get the understanding of general logic and thinking in coding that will make it much easier to learn a new language or framework afterwards.
If you have any question, feel free to contact our team.March 26, 2017
If you want to become a data scientist, and are coming from little to no technical background, before signing up for a bootcamp, I would suggest working on the fundamentals and foundations of programming first. That is not something you will necessarily get at a bootcamp, but something you will need to be a good data scientist.
There are also some programs that will give you the foundations if you need more structure. Here in SF, there is a program, Holberton, that focuses on the foundations before students specialize.March 26, 2017
I might be a bit biased, but at Springboard we've certainly seen our graduates get better career outcomes because of the structure and mentorship a bootcamp brings you as you make your initial steps into data science. That's reflected in our student success stories: https://www.springboard.com/success/
We recently launched the Data Science Career Track (https://www.springboard.com/workshops/data-science-career-track/), the first online bootcamp to guarantee you a data science job or your money back. If you have any more questions, I'm happy to answer them at email@example.com :)March 26, 2017
If you aren't yet sure if coding bootcamp is right for you, you might want to try a free course to get a glimpse into what boot camp may be like. Code Ninja offers a free, self-directed course called JumpSt@rt for people like yourself. The course is designed for people to experiment with code prior to making a financial investment into a boot camp. Give it a try, it's free! http://code-ninja.co/Programs/JUMPST@RT.htmlMarch 26, 2017
Hello. I am the President of Metis, a data science training business operating in New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Seattle.
A love of numbers is necessary, but not sufficient, for starting a career in data science. You need to make sure you have an equal passion for programming. Finally, you need to ask yourself: Are you curious? Are you creative? Are you comfortable communicating complicated ideas and making them accessible to a wide range of people?
Before you consider attending a bootcamp, spend time answering these questions and ensuring you have the foundation knowledge and skills in place.
If you want to learn more about entering the field of data science, I encourage you to register for our FREE, live online "Demysitifying Data Science" conference ...March 26, 2017
I have been coding since i was 14, now in my senior year of high-school . I am exploring options on what to do after i graduate to further progress my passion with coding.
Most coding bootcamps and code schools vary in their requirements. Most do require you to be 18 years or older, simply for the sake of signing legal documents. Beyond that, it totally depends on the expectations the school or bootcamp has on its participants. Some have very high expectations of the students, and thus require that come in with some experience, from formal education or self taught. The reason being, if you want to train people in the timeframe of a few months, you sort of need students to have an idea of what is going on.
I attended a code school in San Francisco, Holberton school, that did not require any previous experience. One of the reasons they could do that successfully is because it’s a two year program. Two years is still not a long time, but it does allow ...October 11, 2015
I believe that whomever is 16 or above is able to attend. But I am reading that you are exploring options on what to do after you graduate to further progress your passion with coding. Maybe, you would like to consider taking a mentor-based online Full-Stack Web Developer course, like the one offered by Tech Carer Booster (https://www.techcareerbooster.com). The Mentorship is the most important ingredient because it constantly evaluates you and gives you feedback about your progress and how you can improve your skills. Nevertheless, sign up is free and you can browse their content, and paying for the course the whole amount in advance is not an issue, since you pay only for the content you take only when you take it. It is a pay-as-you-go scheme.
P.October 11, 2015
I believe that everyone who wants to know how to code better should have an opportunity to learn, not depending on previous experience, age, country of residence and other factors. Upscale Academy intensive courses will cover proficiency in core coding skills need to become a confident full-stack developer.
We aim to ensure and guarantee your future success, we bring together talented instructors around the world from time to time and they include many who have worked at some of the world’s top tech start-up companies to instruct and challenge our students to find solutions to the problems around them.
If you are on stage of choosing or changing your career, I would highly encourage you to apply to Upscale Academy bootcamp and get a very great start ...October 11, 2015
At Beach Coders Academy in El Segundo, CA, we've trained students as young as when you began coding, at 13-14. Of course, the parents enroll the students and handle the paperwork, but we've found that its really rewarding for young people who have the aptitude to interact with older "kids" in a class and share the coding education experience. What's more is many people today are finding out what you probably already know, which is that a high school grad should know how to read and write english, do basic to advanced math and some science but nowadays should also know how to code! So many parents opt to provide this core skill to their kids by adding a part time coding bootcamp experience like Beach Coders to their activity schedule.October 11, 2015
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
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
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
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 am considering a coding bootcamp in Europe because I would like to continue my career in an European country. Can anyone recommend a good coding bootcamp / has an overview of the coding bootcamps there?
I was in the same situation half a year ago. I spent days googling around because I really wanted to know everything before taking such an important decision. What I found out: 1) UK coding bootcamps (Makers Academy etc): + good reputation and graduate placement - competitive admission - extremely expensive 2) France / Spain / Belgium (Codeworks, Barcelona Code School etc): + easy to get accepted - very unclear statistics on graduate placement - tough communication Note: among these is also a bootcamp called Le Wagon, which has great reviews but they focus on providing education to entrepreneurs, dont have any job support & its quite short (9 weeks only), so personally I dont find them fitting into the coding bootcamp category. 3) Germany, Switzerland area (Spiced etc) : + decent ...February 03, 2018
Hi Yusuf, The European coding ecosystem is growing indeed, and it’s great to see coding bootcamps open all over the place – cool list you’ve just put up! I just wanted to clarify an important point though: you mention Le Wagon as being focused on entrepreneurs, but it’s way more than that (maybe it's why it has been rated top rated school worldwide on [Switchup](https://www.switchup.org/bootcamps/le-wagon) and [Coursereport](https://www.coursereport.com/schools/le-wagon#/reviews) :)). Actually, Le Wagon’s program is also aimed to providing core programming knowledge to individuals who want to turn to tech jobs. Some alumni from Le Wagon are now working at [Trainline](https://www.linkedin.com/in/rafaelmillan/), [Algolia](https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoifemcdaid/), ...February 03, 2018
Our bootcamp does not discriminate based on age. Some other coding schools are known to do this. We actually like older, experienced applicants since we are in the data science space.
Check out K2 Data Science (www.k2datascience). The first online data science bootcamp for working professionals.August 10, 2015
My cohort at Startup Institute (summer 2014) had students ranging from recent college grads to 52 years old. There were five people in our group who were 40 or over, and they fit right in with the group and also, I think, found a lot of value in the program.August 10, 2015
I imagine most bootcamps are age-friendly, but I can only speak first-hand about DigitalCrafts in Atlanta (http://www.digitalcrafts.com). Our current immersive cohort has 40% of students over the age of 36, with the average age coming out to 31.5. People often ask me, "what's the average student like at a code school?" The literal answer is a ~30 year old male with an undergrad degree trying to switch careers into tech. The reality that we see is such a wide range of individuals that calculating an "average" is almost misleading. Our students come from all over but one thing they all share is a strong motivation to learn something new and exciting and a whole lot of time in a room together (~714 hours in a 16 week period). Best of luck in your search, MaxAugust 10, 2015
I think it’s interesting how some bootcamps put age caps on who they will accept as applicants, as if there was an age cap to learning. I left my previous job to start a career in software engineering at age 27, and even then people thought I was late in the game. An even more stark contrast is the story of how my dad got into the tech world. He used to be the CEO of a family business. When he sold the business, he started to build a new career for himself. He started by teaching high school math, which then turned into teaching computer science. The school eventually asked him if he could teach app development. Since he had zero experience with app development, and iOS, he attended a bootcamp, and within a few months was teaching his high school kids how to build apps. ...August 10, 2015