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!
For those still looking, you should check us out http://sabio.la/
Our partnership with Antioch university allows us to meet this need.June 18, 2015
What is the tech scene like in San Diego? Are there web dev jobs available?
It has a small, but growing technology scene. Check out this article for more info: https://goo.gl/VRhNUFJune 07, 2015
Different programs, bootcamps, or code schools will have varying requirements. Some bootcamps that are short may require that you have some experience or do some prep work ahead of time since they are working on a tight timeframe. But each program will be different. I attended a school in San Francisco, Holberton, that did not require any previous experience. It’s a two year program, so they had a bit more time to afford less prerequisites.May 27, 2015
I am an experienced programmer with a big employment gap. This puts me in a tough spot.
A camp that fits my experience level won't take me because, due to the gap, I won't be able to command a $100k salary upon graduation. This would bring down their average.
A camp that doesn't market itself with a high average alumni starting salary figure will be way too basic.
Are you interested in data science? Most of our applicants are data analysts, software developers or engineers from various disciplines. Many are older than typical coding bootcamp students.
We run an online data science bootcamp for working professionals, called K2 Data Science. Check us out here: www.k2datascience.com
PS. We hope to start a big data engineering course soon as well. Stay tuned.May 18, 2015
I attended a school in San Francisco, Holberton. They do not market themselves on starting salaries. They do get excited about student's success, but success does not always mean a big salary. Holberton is cool because you can succeed in the program if you are a beginner, or if you come in with some experience under your belt. If you are still looking for something, you should check it out.May 18, 2015
I would like to be a software engineer, but i was leaning towards mobile app development because i believe there will be less change, and less new programs to learn. I want to work for a big wig like facebook or amazon, to do this should i go web development (python etc.) Or mobile development (IOS course)?
If you are starting out new it’s best to learn web development first because Ruby and Python are much easier to pick up for total beginners. It's easier to go from web development to mobile then the other way around. The more important question is not where to start, but how to develop the right skills to learn efficiently’. Here at Makers Academy we teach web development but what we are actually teaching is learning how to learn:https://www.switchup.org/blog/makers-academy-sets-the-record-straight-on-teacher-time so we are giving you power to be able to go and pick up new languages in your own time. Despite not teaching mobile development on our course many of our students go on to build mobile apps for their final projects.May 14, 2015
React Native a game changer. I predict in 2-3 years, React Native will be the primary means of iOS development for early stage startups pre-series A. In other words, startups that seek the ever elusive 'product-market-fit.' There is a confluence of factors that led to this conclusion not least of which is the current economic climate: (read more here: https://www.velocity360.io/post/react-native)
Velocity 360 is designed for students who want to accelerate their learning through flexible night and weekend schedule. We focus on rapidly growing technologies such as Node JS, React, React Native and iOS. For more information, visitMay 14, 2015
I don't have any technical know how, but I have worked as a product manager for 3 years. I am fairly good and UI/UX and have ideas for my own start up (which, amongst other things, will include a web-based and mobile product).
Go to a full-stack web development bootcamp if you are interested in building an app.
A better idea would be to get a co-founder. You need a technology partner with you. It is incredibly difficult to launch and run a successful startup by yourself.May 02, 2015
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
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
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
Are there any good books that would both given a good overview of coding concepts and explain the basics of coding? (I.E. Coding for Dummies)
There are hundreds of books about coding, languages, and theory out in the world right now. There may be a few straight basics beginners books out there, and by all means, if you are a visual learner, or you just feel more comfortable learning from books you should be able to find them with a quick google search. (If you want to become a programer - prepare to have 90% of your questions answered with 'google it') Like any good question in tech, it is about to be answered with more questions and possibly derailed. I'm sure other folks will give you actual lists of books, but I am mostly going to answer the part of your question that is about pursuing a career in coding. Do you know what kind of languages you want to learn? Technologies? Have you tried programming at all yet? Do you have ...April 19, 2015
The types of books I would recommend completely depend on what type of programming you want to get into. One of my favorite resources for python is Learning Python the Hard way (https://learnpythonthehardway.org) and for C you can also checkout Learning C the Hard way (https://learncodethehardway.org/c/). I also really like The C Programming Language (https://www.amazon.com/Programming-Language-Brian-W-Kernighan/dp/0131103628). I attended a software engineering school in San Francisco, and these resources came in super handy.April 19, 2015