I'm a management consultant with business master degree, working primarily with high-tech clients or on digital projects.
Instead of doing an MBA, I'm considering conducting a full-time programming and a full-time data science bootcamp. I feel that the knowledge gained in these bootcamps would be much more useful in the next decades.
I would also highlight that I don't want to change career at this point and become a software engineer. I would like to serve my Clients better with this knowledge and maybe later start my own tech business.
As I haven't heard of anyone else doing bootcamps for such reasons, I would be glad to hear your thoughts: does it make sense, would you recommend it?
Gaining knowledge/skills that will further your career is never a bad idea. That said, attending a coding bootcamp is quite a commitmant, both time-wise and financeally.
I would recommend checking out online resources, like Treehouse, Freecodecamp.com, & Coursera. That way, you can work at your own pace & get basic foundation/skills!June 05, 2016
You should definitely not pursue a full-time coding bootcamp. I know a Venture Capitalist that took time off and completed one as well as a retired Doctor who was just bored, but your case is different.
Checkout Thinkful or look at the flexible part-time bootcamps. Thinkful has short-form courses so you can just concentrate on a few subjects and get help from a mentor. Whereas the flexible bootcamps will give you access to their curriculum and allow you to complete it over 24-36 weeks.
A strong foundation in programming and app development will definitely help with your work as a management consultant. If you decide you want to become a software engineer in 10 years, at least you will have a decent amount of domain knowledge and the transition will not be as difficult.June 05, 2016
I decided to attend a software engineering school to change career, but I think there are a lot of other reasons why bootcamps or coding schools are useful. The school I attended, Holberton School, focuses a lot on learning how to learn. That skill is useful in so many other areas other than just programming. I remember when I was in elementary school, having to physically go to the library to look up information in the encyclopedia - today it is completely different. Knowledge had to be physically attained, today it’s a different story. We are bombarded with knowledge, and it’s not long ascertaining it that is the problem, it’s parsing through it and finding the good information. Learning how to parse information is one of the key principles my school was founded on. ...June 05, 2016
I'm planning to get a new computer - what's the best system to get? Any other suggested equipment/software?
Launch Academy students use Apple computers exclusively. As far as what kind, the majority of our students use MacBook Airs. Ruby files are typically small, so you don't absolutely need a large amount of processing power. Additionally, MacBook Airs are incredibly lightweight, which is nice when using Boston's public transporation system (affectionately known as "The T").
New Apple computers ship with Yosemite, which is fine for incoming students. Students have been known to work on older versions of Mac OSX.
For editors, we recommend students use either Atom or SublimeText. These are highly configurable editors with tons of options for optimizing your experience.
Hope this helps. If you have more questions, hit us up on twitter @LaunchAcademy_
Good luck and happy ...March 12, 2015
Most web and mobile app developers develop on Macs these days, so any reasonably modern Mac (2012-2013 or later) would be preferred. A minimum of 4GB RAM is recommended, but 8GB (or even more) may be preferable if you will also be doing some graphic design work.
Since you will be spending lots of time on your computer every day, you may want to try to get a computer with an SSD drive. This will make even a computer with a slow processor feel surprisingly fast, perhaps even by a magnitude of as much as 2x-3x vs. a computer with a traditional hard drive -- especially if you are a programmer and will constantly start up servers, console sessions, etc.
If you don't have a Mac, then a PC with Linux installed is another option. The most popular Linux distribution today is Linux ...March 12, 2015
Thanks for having this forum!
It's frustrating to read so often that love of programming is a prerequisite for success. How likely is it for passion to follow competence?
What is it that you don't enjoy about programming?
Is it trying to remember every little semicolon, function name, parenthesis, etc.? Or do you not like the struggle of finding the right algorithm to solve a coding challenge?
My thoughts are that if it's the first answer then I believe you could grow to like programming once you get past the syntax of whichever language you're learning. It is certainly frustrating to know how to solve a problem, but cannot implement the solution because of small syntatical errors. If it's the second answer however, then I believe it would be much harder to enjoy programming since coming up with efficient ways to solve problems is part of the beauty of programming.April 06, 2015
This is how I know who has what it takes in my free workshops. Whenever I make a mistake and have to debug live - which is its own kind of thrill - I take note of the people who are completely fascinated by the process and are almost delighted to see me solve the issue. Then there are those who cannot take more than two minutes of it. They are texting their friends, going on Reddit, catching Pokemon, or doing whatever. These people have no chance as programmers and should quit now. They are also often the ones who ask questions like "so after I learn programming, how much money would I make?" You get the idea.
April 06, 2015
The people in category B don't understand that they have to compete with those in category A. Category A programs stuff literally for fun and cannot believe they ...
I think your question is a valid one. A lot of the time we don’t know what we have an affinity for, or what our interests might be until we try things out. It’s like when we were kids, and our parents put food our plate that we were unfamiliar with and immediately, our reaction was “i don't like peas”. We have an aversion for things we have little to no context of. Coding and programming can have a similar effect on people. When you start out, there is a lot of unknown territory. And that time can be filled with uncertainty and discomfort. It does gets easier over time, but you have to first go through that period to get to the other side.
I am pretty new to programming myself. I left Chicago to head west to the land of all things computer science, ...April 06, 2015
It largely depends on where you are and what kinds of jobs you are interested in.
In the Silicon Valley start up scene, I hear there is a strong bias against older engineers. In other parts of the country and in more established companies there is less of it.
One of the keys to remaining employable is to keep up with technology changes. Be the person who learns the new things early.September 13, 2016
Has anyone taken, been part, completed the Full-Time Web Development Career Path at Thinkful. I'm referring to their Full-Time (10-6:30 - M-F) option, not the Part-Time curriculum? I'm strongly considering this as a option, however I have my concerns with the job placement let alone cost of the program. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
That would actually fit right in to my program at Code Career Academy.
For immediate info check out http://codecareeracademy.com/fall-winter-2016-2017/.
I offer an a la carte option that is more expensive than the full price listed on the site, but if you knew for sure you wanted to do the whole program you could pay the full price, then I'd let you split up the class over 2 years (saves money over the literal a la carte price).
Email me if you would like more info.
Code Career Academy
It seems that bootcamps are extending the length of time to expect it will take to find a job. Is the job market that bad?
A lot of it really depends on the market where you are located and the companies that work specifically with the bootcamp you are interested in applying to. Another factor is the amount of interview prep that the bootcamp offers you. There are absolutely jobs out there for bootcamp grads, but it's not always a quick and easy search and requires a good deal of preparation esspecially when competing with other bootcamp grads, junior developers and computer science graduates.
At Rithm School we have partnered with outco - a one month program dedicated towards interview prep (you can read more about them here http://outco.co/). Our students finish our three month program and are immediately immersed in another month of interview prep and support while looking for a ...September 04, 2016
The job market is actually not that good. There is a massive influx of junior developers and there are not as many entry level jobs.
If you really crunch the numbers from Switchup and Course Reports published research, only about 65% of graduates are landing in technical roles.
In 2017, that number will definitely drop below 50% with the number of coding bootcamps sprouting up. Technology jobs are not growing at 100-200% a year, whereas the bootcamps are. It will be good for the industry, because many of the sub-par bootcamps will be forced to close.September 04, 2016
Finding housing, etc.
I love Barcelona a lot, which is why I'd want to attend that specific campus.
I'm also curious about the conditions of the Barcelona location, as I read a review from 2015 about the room being very hot and not well equipped. I'm wondering if it's changed. Thanks!
I love Barcelona too. If you are doing an intensive bootcamp, you will not have much free time to check out the sights and relax.
It will be a stressful and unbelievable experience, and any sightseeing will detract from your learning.September 21, 2016
I'm researching a few right now and would like your opinions. I'm interested in becoming a back-end software engineer and am transitioning from a mechanical engineering background after 5 years in industry!
From what we've seen - there is no such thing as BEST, especially among the top schools with strong reviews and placement records. There is only such a thing as a good fit. Here are some general tips:
1) Try to assess what your own career goals are and find the school that caters to those needs.
2) The other thing to pay attention is cultural fit.
3) Finally - we'd recommend talking to instructors and alumni from the schools and getting their opinion/vibe. Those things are very important since you will be spending 100s of hours with the people at the school.
4) Make sure you pay their campus a visit too. The environment can have a big impact on your ability to learn.
Lastly, we have assembled a shortlist here ...September 15, 2016
Fullstack Academy is on a level of its own.
Flatiron and Dev Bootcamp cannot really compare.September 15, 2016
About to start my degree in Network Administration, but also want to learn how to be a full stack web developer and be ready to work in 6 months. I have a really good work ethic and can put in the work and the time, but don't have a ton of money. Which Bootcamp is better for an overall learning experience, Thinkful or Firehose Project?
Firehose Project has a longer track record of their full stack developer bootcamp. They have a lot of glowing reviews.
Thinkful recently launched their program within the last year. I tried a Thinkful part-time class on UI/UX and it was not that great. Just a bunch of free resources smashed together with a 30 minute meeting with a mentor. Great for getting some basics down, but you could only get a job if you were putting in significant time on your own over several months.September 23, 2016
I'm not sure who the representative from Peaks Academy is referring to — Thinkful has been around since 2012. It's upsetting to see a bootcamp employee spreading inaccuracies about another bootcamp, especially when they're so negative.
To answer your question, though:
Since you didn't ask specifically, I won't labor the point, but they aren't the only 2 Online Bootcamps!
If you're still considering where to go, be sure to have remote.makersacademy.com in the mix :)
Our results so far have been pretty astounding - as good as Makers Academy onsite!September 23, 2016