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.
Read/watch alumni content
Read and vet bootcamp reviews
Read alumni case studies
Interview admissions managers
Let's get into it.
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
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.
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.
Before: Small Business Owner After: Web Developer at SenSay
Before: Graphic and Web Designer After: Developer / Designer at Now Build In.
Before: Personal Trainer After: Web Developer at Cohealo
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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