Coding Bootcamps don’t work that well. It’s that simple. Read on to find out why.
It is 2022 and technology is very much a part of our lives. It has literally taken over the world and changed the way we do things.
For an aspiring techie who loves to code, this can only be good news. Why, you ask? Because the world we are living in requires people with software engineering skills to match the technology.
The million-dollar question is; how do you go from having little coding proficiency to becoming a fully blown techie that can create applications at a professional level?
Many aspiring techies resort to coding bootcamps to learn the essential skills required to provide value to employers. But is this the best way to go about it?
Let’s look at coding bootcamps and why they are probably not the best option for you to acquire the skills you need to succeed as a software engineer.
Coding bootcamps are a short, intensive, and concentrated course that aims to arm aspiring techies with the knowledge they need to kick start their software engineering careers.
Unlike a traditional computer science degree which is broad and covers both theory and practical studies, a coding bootcamp focuses on the hard skills that employers are looking for.
The coding bootcamps can last anywhere from 6 weeks to two years depending on your educational needs.
Read on to find out if they are the best thing since sliced bread.
You don’t need my scathing review of boot camps to know they are a costly affair.
The average cost of full coding bootcamps in the United States is $15,715. However, the cost can be anywhere from $7,800 to $21,000.
Granted, this is comparatively cheaper than a 4-year university course, but it is still prohibitive for most people.
One of the reasons for you to consider getting into tech is because you want a higher salary. You are therefore not likely to have such an amount of money lying around.
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Bootcamps have a rigid structure that may not work in your favor especially if you have other commitments.
The average bootcamp takes 16.5 weeks or just under 4 months.
At the very least, you’d need to quit your job to participate in the program.
This is not an attractive proposition if you don’t have an alternative source of income.
Coding Bootcamps don’t offer personalized training.
The typical bootcamp offers a prescriptive curriculum to students. They overlook the fact that students can [and do] arrive at the camp at different learning points.
Some are forced to repeat materials they already know, wasting both time and money in the process.
Granted, coding bootcamps teach you hard skills and allow you to connect with potential employers.
However, this is NOT a guarantee that you will be hired.
There are no lessons on how to progress in your career.
So there is always the possibility of spending time, effort, and significant amounts of money only to go back to the same job you were escaping.
There are plenty of testimonials from people who went into coding bootcamp and immediately secured themselves a job.
You must be asking yourself; ‘Are all these people lying?’ Well, it is not entirely impossible. However, what many fail to mention is they had prior programming skills before enrolling for the bootcamp.
The reality is, it is extremely hard to go into a bootcamp with zero programming knowledge and become an employable engineer within three months. Programming is much more complex than that.
A bootcamp will provide you with introductions to an array of topics, but you are unlikely to graduate with proficiency in all [or any] of them. You’ll still need loads of extra learning once you leave the bootcamp. Unfortunately, the bootcamp is not designed to teach you how to learn. You will need plans on how to do the extra learning required to become anything close to employable once you leave the bootcamp.
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