Coder's Compass

The Ultimate Coding Bootcamp Research Guide

Coding bootcamps are growing like crazy. And it makes sense. The job market for developers is growing faster than ever and there is a gap between the number of open software jobs and the number of developers in the market.

Bootcamps are technical training programs that teach you the parts of programming that have the biggest impact and relevance to the current needs of the market. They provide you with the skills to be able to land a job as a developer, then keep learning and growing from there.

But with so many coding bootcamps out there, how can you make sure you're covering all your bases during your research? We've identified 4 key ways to help you do exactly that. Here's how you make it happen.

  1. Read/watch alumni content
  2. Read and vet bootcamp reviews
  3. Read alumni case studies
  4. Interview admissions managers

Let's get into it.

Alumni Content

The best way to learn what the alumni of a bootcamp are doing post-graduation is to get the information directly from the source. Bootcamp graduates write blog posts, record videos, and answer questions on social media sites.

You should be checking out this content to learn what you can expect from your experience before, during the program and after you graduate. Check out some piece of content from Firehose alumni below:

Video: A Day in the Life of UX Developer John Zhao


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Reviews

Student reviews are an essential part of the coding bootcamp research process. There are a few different sites where you can find reviews, and knowing how to approach each of these sites and knowing what to look for is key.

Quora is a great place to find reviews. Simply go to quora.com and search for "[Bootcamp X] Review", then click the first few links at the top of the search results page. This will show you curated reviews from alumni from the bootcamp you searched. You should also look out for posts from employees of the bootcamps and vet them accordingly.

> Click to read Firehose Quora reviews

Course Report is a directory with thousands of bootcamp alumni reviews. It's relatively easy to search for bootcamps by a certain budget, location or learning style.

> Click to read bootcamp reviews on Course Report

Switchup is very similar to Course Report. It's a directory with reviews, rankings, and resources to help students find the information they need to make a decision.

> Click to read bootcamp reviews on Switchup

Alumni Case Studies

Bootcamps will often produce case studies on their successful graduates. These are solid examples of potential outcomes that are possible if you attend the bootcamp. However, you should understand that bootcamps obviously decide to do case studies on students who are successful after graduating. So you'll want to question any bootcamp that you're considering about their case studies and get a feel for what the typical student outcome is - not just the few highlights.


web development full-stack immersive bootcamp
Before: Small Business Owner
After: Web Developer at SenSay
web development full-stack immersive bootcamp
Before: Graphic and Web Designer
After: Developer / Designer at Now Build In.
web development full-stack immersive bootcamp
Before: Personal Trainer
After: Web Developer at Cohealo

> See more Firehose alumni case studies

Admissions Interviews

Probably the most extensive way to do research on a coding bootcamp is to talk to their admissions people. Since this can be time-consuming, you'll want to know the right questions to ask.

Download the question guide

If you've made it this far, you should now be pretty well informed on coding bootcamp research! We'd recommend bookmarking this page so that you can come back whenever you want to reference the materials


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