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Marc Went to We Can Code IT's full-time spring bootcamp from mid-January to late April 2018. Enjoyed it far more than any previous academic experience, including both undergrad and grad school. All three instructors were knowledgeable, relatable, and fun, and my entire cohort got along really well. We all came together as a team to help everyone do their best and handle the huge amount of learning that needed to be done in only 14 weeks. I was able to ask all the questions and get all the feedback necessary to suit my learning style, and given how many questions I ask, that says a lot. The coursework consisted entirely of real-world practical skills and knowledge, and I got the large amount of hands-on coding practice necessary to feel reasonably confident when trying to get a job in the field. Repeatedly coding increasingly-complex projects from scratch every weekend was a valuable exercise that got me used to both writing code and managing my code with GitHub. Ditto for the final team project, only doubly so. It's turned out to be equally valuable that I got to learn both HTML/CSS/Javascript for front-end development and Java for back-end development, because I've actually needed all of that on the job so far. I was originally a computer science major for my first two years of undergrad about 15 years ago before burning out on it, and I learned more in the first three weeks of this program than I did in two whole years of traditional computer science courses back then. Those college courses consisted way too much of largely inapplicable theory; nearly everything I have learned at WCCI, I have already put to good use. It was also helpful to have job search support every week, so that I had a well-polished resume and was prepared to do interviews. Having some idea of where to look for jobs, what employers were hiring, what they were looking for in applicants, and how to highlight my strengths were all very important. WCCI inviting different companies to come in and talk to us directly on several occasions was likewise valuable, and being able to demo our team projects to an entire room of prospective employers was great. Nothing makes a good impression like showing off something cool that you've just finished creating with your teammates. Getting started building a network is difficult, especially if you're like me and you're not normally inclined toward that sort of thing. WCCI's connections to local businesses made a lot of difference in that regard. Specifically for me, though, the employer visit that mattered the most was when Nationwide sent a recruiter to come in halfway through the program, and I was very impressed by what I heard. He encouraged us to apply for lots of positions there, which I did (I think about 8 of them), and offered to forward our applications to the appropriate hiring managers. That worked out better than I could have hoped for, because I graduated from bootcamp on Friday, April 20th, went in for an interview at Nationwide the following Monday, they offered me a job on Tuesday, and I started work about two weeks after that, on May 7th. Interestingly enough, the position I got was unrelated to the recruiter who talked to us, and none of the three members of my team who interviewed me had heard of WCCI. I still got a job offer, anyway. I didn't even have to rely upon the fact that Nationwide had hired half a dozen former WCCI grads before me. That says the quality of what I learned was high enough that I could stand entirely on my own. I know that not everyone who goes through the program will get hired quite that fast, but I can at least serve as evidence that it's possible. Long story short, We Can Code IT did exactly what they advertised - they taught me how to be a good enough coder in only three and a half months that I was able go out and get a job right away. I've now been at Nationwide for almost half a year, and I've enjoyed my new career very much. It's a good job at a good company with coworkers I like and very solid pay and benefits. This is the career I wanted to get into right out of high school, and I finally made it. That's a five-star rating, right there. Can't argue with results.