Is a Coding Bootcamp Right For You? 9 Signs It Is!

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At Grand Circus, our students not only learn the technical skills they need to earn great developer jobs, they also gain the soft skills needed to land and excel in new positions. With more than 1,500 developers trained in our programs, we know what it takes to turn your tech career dreams into reality.

But look, we get it. Making the decision to join a bootcamp can be a tough one. That’s why we sat down with our staff, students and alumni to investigate the top 9 signs that a coding bootcamp is right for you!

9 Signs a Coding Bootcamp is Right for You

1. A career in tech is something you’ve always dreamed of but you’ve never really known where to start.

Anyone can become a developer, you just need to know where to start. The tech scene can seem like a tricky place to navigate, especially if you don’t have much experience in the industry. What’s the difference between Javascript and JQuery? How do I use Github? What are the most important interview questions? These are all valid questions that can be answered through our courses. Enrolling in a coding bootcamp will provide you with a solid foundation on which you can build your new tech career. With more than 100 hiring partners, we know what employers are looking for and train each student to meet the needs of today’s job market.

2. Your current role leaves you feeling unsatisfied, underemployed or unfulfilled.

No one should feel trapped in a career they don’t enjoy! If your current position doesn’t leave you feeling fulfilled or has lost its luster, it might be time for a change. A career in tech could give you a new passion for working and help you find a job you’ll love. As a developer, you’ll always be faced with new and engaging challenges in addition to being a part of a constantly evolving industry. There’s never a dull day in tech.

One of the great things about being a developer is that it gives you the ability to work in a wide range of fields. Interested in health care? Learn to develop medical applications. Want to work with cars? Work for an automotive app company. Technology is becoming a pivotal aspect of many industries, and you can be a part of that growth with the skills you’ll learn in our program.

3. As a woman, tech’s male domination seems intimidating. But you love the idea of entering the industry anyway.Women are blazing their own trail within the tech industry

Only 25% of tech jobs are held by women while 56% of the workforce are females. As shocking as this statistic may be, it highlights the need for talented women in the field. Diversifying the workforce has countless benefits, and many companies have become attuned to the need to expand recruitment efforts for women and people of color.

If you’re someone who isn’t afraid to blaze your own trail and help inspire future generations of coders, then a bootcamp can serve as an excellent first step. The tech industry’s need for skilled women programmers is at an all-time high and you can be a part of the change.

4. Studying independently has been great, but you feel as though your DIY code training is starting to plateau.

Teaching yourself to program can be a great way to start your coding education. Many of our students start with resources like Free Code Camp and Codecademy. It can also help you determine what language is right for you and give you a better understanding of what it’s like to be a developer. But like many DIY projects, there comes a time when it’s best to seek out an expert. If you feel as though your at-home strategy has reached its plateau, receiving top-notch instruction from our bootcamp instructors may be just what you need to kickstart your learning and reach a new level of mastery.  

Additionally, just knowing how to program doesn’t guarantee you a place in the tech industry. Have you ever interviewed for a technical job? Do you have the skills to present your projects? Are you experienced in pair programming? Companies have a wide range of needs when hiring new programmers, and we’ll help you develop those skills.

5. The tech industry is growing rapidly and you want to be a part of it.

Job growth within the tech industry is skyrocketing and this is especially true for programmers. Employment for web developers is expected to increase by 27% by 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Within the same time period, the job market as a whole will grow 6.5%. Becoming a developer offers a stable career path with opportunities for growth as the industry continues to expand.  Our program trains you to be an entry-level developer and will give you the skills and resources necessary to continue evolving your career.

6. You have a serious interest in how websites look and want to learn how to build them.

Build upon your previous experience with a Bootcamp

Have you ever visited a website and wondered “wow, how did they do THAT!” Well, enrolling in a coding bootcamp is the perfect way to learn exactly how web development magic is made. One of the most important skills a bootcamp student can possess is a curiosity for code, and if web development is something you’ve always wanted to do then it might be time to enroll!

7. There’s a great website, business or app idea inside your head but you still need the technical skills to bring it to life.

It’s time to turn your dreams into reality. If you have a great website, app or business idea floating around in your head, a coding bootcamp can be the perfect place to bring it to life. You’ll also be surrounded by other creative minds who can collaborate, contribute and help spark innovation in your project.

8. Your computer science degree or previous experience with coding is useful but you need a little more practical coding knowledge to launch your tech career.  

Earning a computer science degree has been the typical route to take in order to start a career as a developer. However, university CS curricula can sometimes lack the technical training companies are searching for. A coding bootcamp is a perfect way to fill in any gaps previous instruction may have left. Our intensive program will ensure that you’re ready to hit the ground running on day one of your new gig. We also work closely with our hiring partners to ensure that our students are mastering the exact skills recruiters are looking for in the industry.

2017 is the year you learn to code!

9. Employers love people with great technical skills, and yours might be willing to chip in to help you learn to code.   

Did you know that some employers are willing to help cover some (if not all) of your bootcamp tuition costs? That’s right! As companies begin to realize the importance of developers in their day-to-day operations, it’s becoming more important to ensure that members of the team have skills that are up to date. Speak with your employer and see if they’ll sponsor your bootcamp tuition.

Looking to get all of the perks of a bootcamp while keeping your day job? Consider our Part-Time Bootcamp! The program delivers concise, accessible and directly applicable training in multiple short sessions over the course of ten weeks. You’ll learn to code all while keeping your daytime gig.  

There you have it. If you found yourself answering yes to any, or maybe all, of the statements above, a Grand Circus Bootcamp may be the perfect opportunity for you!