With more than 10,700 jobs added in the last year, Michigan’s tech industry is booming. If you’ve ever dreamed about taking a coding bootcamp and pursuing a career as a web developer, then now is the perfect time to take the first step. But how do you get started?
Having trained more than 650 developers, our staff has a lot of experience when it comes to helping people find the right program to fit their personal experience and professional goals. Just like programming languages, no two bootcamps are the same. It is important that you choose a program that is going to give you the best return on your investment. So if you’re looking to start a new career in tech this year, we have a few pointers from our staff.
Insider Tips on Finding the Right Coding Bootcamp
“Understanding the fundamental differences between the languages. Are you more interested in logic/algorithms or design/aesthetics? Don’t enroll in a bootcamp because jobs in that field are paying more on average. Enroll in a program that intrigues you.
I also suggest looking at job postings to see what they’re looking for in both Java and Front-End development. Notice trends in what types of companies are looking for both, what your day to day would look like, what your team would be comprised of, etc.”
– Anna Farr, Program Manager
“Ask your future bootcamp how they’ll evaluate your progress to ensure you’re learning. Ask your future bootcamp how they’ll evaluate your teacher to ensure they’re teaching you and not just lecturing. It’s an education, not a mysterious company that somehow dumps developer knowledge into your brain. You’re there to learn. Any good bootcamp should be able to give you a great plan for how they uphold their educational process.”
– Kim Driscoll, Director of Leaning
“Spend some time taking free online tutorials on places like Codecademy in front-end and back-end topics, in order to better understand the type of work you could potentially doing upon graduation, and get a feel for which side of development best suits your own interests.”
– Josh Sheppard, Program Manager
“Talk to students of the programs you are interested in and attend any open house or info session.”
– Maurice Tedder, Teaching Assistant
“What kind of support does the bootcamp provide to students while enrolled in the program? What career
and other support do they provide after?”
– Peter Guenther, Instructor
“It’s important to research what kind of apps and programs are built/run with the language you’re interested in. If you have a strong understanding of what kind of projects you want to work on after graduation, it will help guide you toward the best bootcamp for you.”
– Antonella Solomon, Junior Instructor
– Tricia Haslinger, Community Manager
“When researching a coding bootcamp, it’s important to ask for information specific to their placement data. Inquire how that percentage is configured to truly understand if it would be applicable to you and truly counts every student.”
– Jennifer Cline, Senior Marketing Manager
With these tips in mind, it is always important to research, visit and talk with representatives from any program you’re considering in order to get the best feel for their culture what they have to offer. Ultimately, you are the only one that knows what will work best for your goal, but it never hurts to be well informed.