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November 17, 2021
With new tech startups popping up every day, there is a demand for computer programmers and coders today like never before.
But where do these programmers come from? It’s not like every coder is going through 4+ years of computer science degrees, getting viable workplace experience, and then building these apps and websites.
No. New and talented developers are being churned out of these coding bootcamps. As an alternative to college or university, coding bootcamps are short and very intense programs that help their students gain the necessary skills to pursue a career in tech.
Coding bootcamps can be part-time or full time and can focus on coding in general or on a specific tech-related area, like user interface (UI) design, a specific coding language or front-end or back-end development, and data science. In fact, most careers in tech now have associated bootcamps; even partially-related fields like digital marketing and product management.
Bootcamps are so intense because they will teach you everything you need to know to achieve a career in the tech industry while honing your skills as a developer. You will work on portfolio projects to highlight your skills, and will even receive support when it comes time to search for a career as an entry-level developer. Many bootcamp programs feed into large companies that promise to recruit bootcamp graduates as new hires. So you may even come away with a job offer!
Stick with us and we’ll explain everything you need to consider.
Before you start looking for a bootcamp you’re going to want to ask yourself a few questions. First, you’re going to want to know whether this bootcamp is to grow your existing career, begin a new one by switching fields, or simply for personal interest.
If you’re pursuing a coding bootcamp to grow your career or start a new one, you need to clearly understand what types of skills and code languages you will need to focus on to meet your career goal. If you are unsure of what area of tech you want to work, a general coding or all-encompassing bootcamp may be better than a super specialised one, anyways.
If you want to have technical skills while also working more on the management side of things, you may want to consider whether college is a viable option instead of a bootcamp.
Second, you’ll need to know whether you could complete your learning in a more self-guided program through online learning, or whether you’ll need an instructor through in-person learning. This may look a little different than traditional bootcamps throughout COVID, but many bootcamps have adapted to live video lessons from their instructors for a seamless transition from the classroom.
Finally, you’re going to want to set a budget. Like we said, there are many types of bootcamps available out there. Some of them are free and less risky, which may be ideal for part-time learners or code-curious folks, and others are paid programs which tend to be more intense for full-time learners.
When you know how much time and funding you can dedicate to your code bootcamp, you will have a better idea of what type of program to look for that fits your goals, budget, and learning capabilities.
Here are some tips and tricks that can help you narrow down the program that will work best for your situation:
Remember your end goal and use the above checklist to consider how these factors will impact your goal.
And of course, think of where you want to be after completing the bootcamp. Many graduates go on to work for large companies like Facebook or Google, start their own companies as a technical co-founder, become tech consultants, or join small startups as an engineer. You may even be able to move to a more technical role at your current company, if that is your end goal.
If you like the bootcamp you attend, chances are you’ll be able to use the skills and knowledge you acquire to find the perfect career for you upon graduation!
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We help people looking to future-proof their career or move into new areas of work by firstly reducing the barrier of upfront payment, and secondly removing the difficulty of sourcing an appropriate course.
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