The Definitive Guide to Choosing a Coding Bootcamp
Why did we write this guide?
There is a revolution taking place in how coding bootcamps change the world of coding education for everyone, and we wanted to help people understand how to be part of it. Those who understand code and are able to build their own applications in the future will have a competitive advantage that is hard to overstate, and we wanted to provide a solid framework for thinking about it.
Who is this guide for?
This guide is for career switchers, entrepreneurs and anyone who wants to learn web development and is seriously considering getting a top-notch coding education. If learning how to code matters to you, then coding bootcamps should matter to you.
How to use this guide?
We designed each chapter as a standalone mini-guide that can be read in isolation, but to get the most of our guide it would make sense to read it all the way through at least once, and then return to it as a reference resource when needed.
What’s a coding bootcamp?
A coding bootcamp is a technical training program that teaches the parts of programming with the biggest impact and relevance to current market needs. It enables students with very little coding proficiency to focus on the most important aspects of coding and immediately apply their new coding skills to solve real-world problems.
Is a coding bootcamp right for you?
People go through a coding bootcamp for several reasons, but undoubtedly the three most common reasons why people learn how to code are to change their career, launch their own idea, and directly driving technical innovation at their current job.
Use this chapter to understand if a coding bootcamp is right for you.
The profile of a great coding bootcamp
There is a vast difference in curriculum quality, instructor skills, and student outcomes across the coding bootcamp landscape. This chapter shows you the key traits that make great coding bootcamps exceptionally good.
Use Chapter 3 to identify your personal coding bootcamp winners early on.
Coding bootcamp research strategy
Setting up a strategy to research your different coding bootcamp choices and knowing what your exact coding goals are (hint: it’s more than just "I want to job as a developer") is the first step of becoming a real-world coder. This chapter explains how to state your personal coding goals and research the best options to reach that goal.
Comparing Bootcamps: What actually matters
It may be tempting to boil complicated decisions down to a few simple metrics to make a fast decision on which coding bootcamp to choose. This may work and look good in theory. However, in practice, boiling things down to a few “marketing” metrics isn’t really helpful to make a good decision.
Hard-Hitting Coding Bootcamp Questions to Ask
In order to find the best bootcamp that will help you achieve your specific goals, you’ll need to evaluate if the core values of your coding bootcamp are aligned with your personal needs and professional goals.
This chapter gives you a no-nonsense framework with precise, hard-hitting questions and expected answers so you can evaluate every coding bootcamp on the most important criteria and compare each bootcamp side-by-side.
Picking Your Winning Coding Bootcamp
Through this definitive guide you have a considerable amount of high quality coding bootcamp information. This chapter will bring all your research together, help you pick your winning coding bootcamp and make a decision.
You also learn why you should talk with students of your final coding bootcamp and how to structure your conversation.