As the world quickly becomes more digitized and the demand for coders has increased, coding schools have started popping up all over the country. These schools are dedicated to taking the average person and turning them into adept coders who can cut it in the professional world. But as the trend continues, what are some of the need-to-know facts about coding boot camps? In an article for Computerworld, Michelle V. Rafter offers some pointers on how to figure out if coding school is right for you:
- Know what you’re getting into.
- Get first-hand information.
- Look at graduation and job placement rates.
- Investigate financing options.
Choosing Your Coding Future
As with any new service, there are some considerable bugs that need to be worked out of coding schools. They can come with a price tag of upwards of $10,000 and there are a lot to choose from. Not every school comes with prestige that guarantees a job either, especially when a boot camp is compared with a four-year degree.
One of the best steps to take in this direction is to look into other online teaching formats, such as Khan Academy, to see if you enjoy the online format. Once you’ve determined that, you can move into gathering information from schools to see how the teaching styles work with how you learn. Look for how they’re going to prepare you for once you graduate and enter the workforce. That said, look into job placement rates and the school’s stats. Getting a better grasp of how the school has done previously can help you determine how likely you will be in getting a job with the skills you’ve just acquired.
Rafter notes that investigating financial options is always a smart choice:
Interest rates range from 5% to 18% and monthly payments from $300 to $400, depending on the amount of the loan, its duration, the borrower’s credit history and other factors. Some loans require you to start making interest payments while you’re in school. Others defer all payments until 60 days after classes end or you start a job, whichever comes first.
You can view the original article here: http://www.computerworld.com/article/3191988/it-skills-training/is-a-coding-boot-camp-right-for-you.html