Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! With Grand Circus you’ll receive life time access to our career support and alumni network. You’ll start working on your job hunt, and job-ready skills on week one! We support our students from the time they learn their very first line of code until they find a career they’ll love, even after they graduate!
While tech is still growing–even since the economic changes of 2020–we know that there are a lot of concerns around getting hired after a bootcamp. While we don’t offer a job guarantee, we do promise to provide the best in the business career services and coaching. Our career services team helps you during bootcamp, and after bootcamp once you’ve become an alumnus. Combined with our network of employer connections in the Midwest and beyond, and a focus on equipping you to land your dream job through, you’ll have a full set of job-landing tools at your disposal. Check out our outcomes report for stats on hiring, diversity, and more!
Great question. We know this one can slow people down. Here are a few things you can do to help you decide.
- Attend one of our many events! Info sessions, coding workshops, and our other monthly events are great places for you to get to know the lay of the land.
- Take a workshop! They’re taught by bootcamp graduates who once asked the same question. They make coding un-intimidating and can answer your career questions along the way.
Our classrooms are filled with smart, tenacious people who are excited (and a bit nervous) to embark on a new journey into tech careers. Students come from a variety of professional backgrounds — from yoga instructors, healthcare professionals, to retail sales professionals and just about everything in between. We believe tech should reflect the diversity of the real world. We celebrate all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, orientations, and gender identities. Our affinity groups are a great way to connect with other people who share your walk of life. We strive to create a collaborative, diverse classroom and if you’ve made it this far into the FAQ, you’ll fit right in. You can get more details on demographics in our Outcomes report.
Both after-hours and full-time programs follow the same curriculum, have amazing instructors, program managers, and career coaches. The only difference is the schedule. The after-hours program is 28 weeks and meets from 6:30pm-10pmEST on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The full-time program is 14 weeks and meets daily from 9am-5pmEST.
Great question! In short, you’ll need good laptop. A second monitor/TV/tablet will really help you out. You’ll need a Windows, Mac, or Linux computer. ChromeOS does not support all the software you will need. If you want to use a Linux computer, know that there will be slight differences between your software and what you see on teacher screens. Windows is the best platform for a .NET Bootcamp. You can use a Mac in a .NET Bootcamp, but you will need to install Windows on it using Apple Boot Camp https://support.apple.com/boot-camp
Specific laptop specs
- Minimum: At least a dual-core 2Ghz or higher (Intel i3/i5/i7 or AMD equivalent)
- Recommended: At least quad-core (4 cores) Intel i5 or i7, AMD Ryzen 5/7/9, or (Mac) M1
- RAM: 8 GB or more is ideal
- Storage: Please make sure you have at least 15GB free space for software and projects. A Solid State Drive (SSD) recommended for better performance.
- Display: A 12-inch screen with 1366×768 resolution will serve you well
Second Monitor: For remote bootcamps, a second screen is recommended–if you don’t have a monitor for a second screen, you could use a television or potentially a tablet.
Yes! Unit 1 is a very important part of a students transition into the bootcamp and is part of the bootcamp curriculum! We require all students to complete the Unit 1 pre-work and submit on the specified due date. Grand Circus instructors will evaluate Unit 1 and on occasion require students to re-do and re-submit Unit 1 before the start of class. If students do not complete the Unit 1 on time or don’t pass, unfortunately this may not be a good fit and is grounds for removal from the bootcamp.
Before the first day, every bootcamp student completes two full weeks of mandatory pre-work we call Unit 1. This work provides the foundation for the bootcamp lessons and covers fundamentals that all successful developers need to know. But you’re not on your own: we offer Tech Wednesdays each week which are specifically designed to help you troubleshoot all your Unit 1 questions. We also strongly recommend you reach out to developers either in the Grand Circus community or others you may know to learn more about their experiences in tech.
A bachelor’s degree is not required to get into our coding bootcamps. We’ve had many students without degrees become very successful and find great jobs that they love. One of the coolest parts about coding bootcamps is it is a way to enter this field without a degree. However, it’s important to note that some jobs in the tech industry will require a four-year degree.