Looking to become a front end developer/web designer and the skills desired vary greatly from company to company. Some seem to want a front-and-back end developer, some want UX/UI, some want app developers, and some want traditional front end designers. It's tough when similar job titles call for such variety in skill sets. So what's the best thing to do? Get a degree in computer science? or attend a full-stack bootcamp? I already have a graphic design background, but that doesn't include web design. Thanks!
Definitely, if your goal is to be a web developer whether a front or a backend, join a programming bootcamp. CS degrees, do not teach web development on any sort of profeasional level. Just a class or two.October 01, 2015
If you want to be a front-end developer / web designer, look at high-rated coding bootcamps on this website. Also, most full-time programs are only 12 weeks, not 24 weeks. Most of their graduates take on titles such as front-end developer or full-stack developer.
The bootcamps usually are not deep enough or specialized enough for graduates to be back-end developers, devops engineers, software engineers or UI/UX designers, though many graduates will eventually gain practical experience into those fields.October 01, 2015
If you want to focus on front-end web development, I wouldn't worry about getting a computer science degree. You will end up spending a lot of time and money learning theory that you won't need to be a front-end developer. If you want to become a good developer, you need to spend time on projects, and build things.
Regarding hiring, most companies don't care where you went to school so long as you can code. There are a few acceptions to this rule, but I don't think you should base your education on the acceptions. Most companies want to see if you can get stuff done, and how and where you learned how to do that shouldn't matter.
I studied software engineering at a school called Holberton in San Francisco, and the students here have not had a problem ...October 01, 2015
No IQ / personality tests are not common.
There is usually a behavioral phone interview and a technical assessment. The phone interview is to get to know the applicant better as a person and learn their motivations for changing careers. The assessment is to test logic and basic programming skills.September 20, 2015
Most schools do not do a IQ test, although it’s not unheard of. Coding schools and bootcamps are at an interesting crossroads in terms of disrupting the education system. Most do not require pre requisites for application, but still need to suss out the applicant to try and decide who will be successful in the program and who will not. And by successful, I specifically mean that code schools have to find students who have the passion and the grit to stick it out. Programming is hard, it takes a lot of brainpower, and you don’t want to sign a bunch of students up for a program that they won't be able to finish. That being said, schools have to get creative in how they find the right candidates. I’m not convinced that IQ tests are the best way to do it, but maybe ...September 20, 2015
Good luck finding that out. I read that Galvanize's published salary and placement data is only for the San Francisco location, but they continue to use it as a marketing gimmick for all their other locations.August 31, 2015
I am going to be a senior in High School and would like to attend a coding bootcamp, in order to become a web developer. How is the job market in Barcelona? Will I be hired without a college degree? Thank you!
Hi! Congratulations on senior year! That was definiteely my favorite year :) Awesome that you're already looking into coding bootcamps. I asked our Manager at Ironhack Barcelona to answer this question and here is his response! Feel free to e-mail them if you have any questions: email@example.com
"Barcelona is one of the most prominent startup ecosystems in southern Europe.
Despite that the tech scene is still developing, it has attracted a lot of entrepreneurs willing to start their companies in such a great environment. During the last few years lots of tech companies have populated the city and gathered around prominent areas like 22@, which is now a landmark for the tech community.
This has led to the development of a rich ecosystem with plenty of ...
I've completed Americorps and have a scholarship to use at a Title IV institution. I'm wondering if any bootcamps are able to take my scholarship money.
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
General Assembly - they teach front and back end which may be great in job market but also may be overwhelming in class. 3 months is a short amount of time.
Iron Yard - focuses on front end only but I feel that will be a narrow skill set in the marketplace.
Check the reviews out for both the courses first. I have heard many bad things about the curriculum and instructors at both of those schools.
Maybe check out Maker Square in Austin.August 05, 2015
I am looking at making a career change into a tech career. Right now I am looking at coding bootcamps to see which one best fits my needs. However I was told employers won't hire anyone without a programming degree.
Not the case. Check out this article in the Washington Post about how CS degrees do not necessarily prepare students for the job market: https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/08/27/i-studied-engineering-not-english-i-still-cant-find-a-job/
I don't think that employers will accept the training from any bootcamp on virtue of it being a bootcamp, either. Whether a coding bootcamp or a CS degree, most employers will want to interview you and put your thinking to the test to make sure that you have an appropriate foundation of skills and the coachability to progress quickly.
Some schools also develop partnerships with companies. These hiring partners trust the school's selection process and instructional methodologies, and they'll rely on that school to ...August 02, 2015
Most schools are extremely bad about this. In many cases, they want to hide the fact that they hired inexperienced instructors.
At K2 Data Science (www.k2datascience.com), all our instructors and TAs have links to their LinkedIn profiles. So anyone can double-check and contact them if needed.July 01, 2015
I am a freelance writer and for some time now, I have been interested in expanding my skills and one such path I have been leaning towards is coding. Would anyone be able to offer some advice? Should I jump the gun and invest my time? To give you a bit of background. I am a creative that absolutely loves technology and I'm not too bad with it. I would ideally like to be able to create websites from scratch.
Coding is definitely a rout you should explore. With the ever growing demand for tech talent and the educational opportunities that are expanding with it, there is no reason not to explore. Not to mention, writing is an excellent secondary skill to market yourself with - web design is great, but being able to write the content/copy for the website too, eliminates the need for a whole other employee/position. Check out full-time & part-time classes offered at CodeCraftSchool.com that allow you to enter the tech industry as quickly as possible in your current situation.July 01, 2015
It fluctuates anywhere from 20-40 students. Since they have an intense student agreement with the deferred tuition model, they often kick out students during the program they don't think will get jobs.June 29, 2015
I am currently an AmeriCorps Member set to finish my term in August. I am also in the process of applying to several coding bootcamps (Coding Dojo, App Acadamy, Dev Bootcamp, and Hack Reactor).
For those of you that don't know, AmeriCorps Members receive an education award that they can use for higher education. Unfortunately, the schools must be a "Title IV institution of higher education." I do not believe most coding bootcamps qualify.
I have heard of people using their ed awards in creative ways. Is anyone an AmeriCorps Alum that went through a coding bootcamp, and can share some insight on this? Anyone else know anyone that has? I would appreciate any advice you can give!
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