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!
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).