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Hiring Coding Schools’ Graduates: Pros and Cons

For the shrewd, there are many shortcuts in life, and this is not an exception for a position in the world of IT. Coding boot camps have become a trend in recent years with a promise to teach students tech skills needed to work for major tech firms. Boot camp students enroll in a three-month course on average and quickly find a job after their graduation. However, for many recruiters, these graduates cannot compete against college graduates who have four-to-six years of intense software development experience. In writing for TechRepublic, Alison DeNisco features possible pros and cons of hiring boot camp graduates:


  • Good at web programming
  • Can write clean and modular code
  • Come from more diverse backgrounds (LGBQ, women or minorities)
  • Possess great communication and collaboration skills
  • Have lots of practical skills with hot technologies
  • Fit in other non-coding positions like QA or project management, engineering support, etc.


  • Lack good foundation in computer science
  • Often struggle with back-end developing projects
  • Lack basic algorithmic understanding
  • Usually fit in other non-coding positions, which are not their specialization
  • Some don’t know if they have passion for the field until they are in a job.
  • Some disreputable boot camps are doubtful in course quality.

The Reality Is…

A college degree that requires four to six years to complete is still favored by most recruiters. A degree or certification from a coding boot camp may be helpful if you are working in a STEM-related field, but it can hardly prepare you for a career that requires a solid foundation in computer science. Coding school’s graduates are mostly ideal for positions that favor non-traditional candidates with real world experience to keep up with rapidly-innovating technology. Boot camp courses can also be helpful for people in other related fields but want to have basic IT knowledge to perform their jobs better.

Here is a hopeful note to end on though:

Alex G. Balazs, chief architect of consumer tax group at Intuit, has hired bootcamp graduates. “You will find amazing talent in places where you don’t necessarily expect it,” Balazs said. “We have lots of engineers at Intuit that have degrees in computer science but some do not. Great software developers can come from different places and backgrounds but you’ll never discover it if you don’t look.”

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