All those who desire to be
programmers or front-end and back-end developers can now learn the technology
in a short span of time. They do not have to study for several years and spend
thousands of dollars to become a tech professional. Though the 4 year degree definitely
has its advantages and is required for certain types of tech jobs.
When numerous options are
available in the market, selecting the right product becomes a challenge.
Research is required before one can make a decision about buying the product
they desire. Same is the case where bootcamps are concerned as there are many
to choose from.
But this a matter of one’s
career and future; hence it is important to choose the right bootcamp. Each
bootcamp is different; each has strengths and weaknesses but what is it that
one should look for - how should one select the right bootcamp? Here are some
Bootcamps have no
accreditation; hence research is very important.
- Contact past students and learn about their
experiences that will help in making a decision about which program to attend.
- Refer Course Report an online resource for researching bootcamp programs for data science, web design or development.
- Visit the
school to determine if it is a good cultural fit for you.
Check out if there are
specific requirements. Some bootcamps are for people with no exposure to coding
and some are for people with some background or experience in coding. Select a
program suitable for your level of knowledge.
Ensure they teach the
technology or languages that you are looking for. Course content at each camp
may differ. If you aspire to be an app developer in a particular platform,
ensure they teach that at a level that will help you land a job soon after
and Expertise of Instructors
Instructors have to be good
– they should have sound knowledge and experience of coding and the language
they are teaching. Along with technical background teaching experience is a
must. Knowledge, teaching experience, real-world experience, patience and a
keen interest in mentoring are some of the qualities that one should look for.
It is important for the
executive team or those responsible for selecting the instructors to be
programmers themselves. These are in most cases creators of the programs and
selectors of instructors. With a good foundation in technology they will,
design or at least ensure that programs meet a high standard.
Teaching methodology should
include team work as a major part of designing solutions. In real world,
collaboration is critical for the success of a projects and this type of
exposure will equip a student to be effective at a company from day one.
Full-time teaching staff
will be dedicated and facilitate a great learning environment helping students
of Training and Your Budget
Three different options are
available to attend bootcamps. Costs and level of training will vary for each
may be the cheapest option but level of training will be introductory. This may
not necessarily help you acquire technical skills to land a job as a developer
or build an application on your own but this will be a first step towards your
coding career. Or this may even help you to determine if coding is the right
choice for you.
will vary but training will be intensive, in a class-room with mentoring and
practical teamwork. This will impart technical skills to help you get a junior
developer job if you have no previous experience.
online but training level will be comparable to in-person bootcamp. Self-paced,
requires discipline to complete it. 1-on-1 mentoring may be available.
For in-person classes, attending a program at a city where you plan to work will have added
advantages. Finding a job may become easier due to networking opportunities
being available. The bootcamp team too may have contacts at local companies to
offer placement help.