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goalphish2002

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Coding Bootcamps - Thoughts?
« on: March 20, 2019, 07:14:07 AM »
Does anyone have experience with this?

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Re: Coding Bootcamps - Thoughts?
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2019, 08:36:20 AM »
I work as a software engineer. I went the traditional CS degree route. But several of my coworkers went to boot camps. As with anything, the quality varies greatly, but the good ones are really good.

There are a few (App Academy is the one Iím most familiar with) that charge nothing to attend the classes, then charge some percentage of your first yearís salary. I like this business model, because their incentives are aligned with yours: prepare you to be qualified for a high paying job.

There are others, (General Assembly, for example) that seem much more like profit machines. Iíve never seen anyone come out of GA with much skill.

What are you looking to get out of a boot camp? Whatís your current situation like?

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Re: Coding Bootcamps - Thoughts?
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2019, 11:45:38 AM »
I work as a software engineer. I went the traditional CS degree route. But several of my coworkers went to boot camps. As with anything, the quality varies greatly, but the good ones are really good.

There are a few (App Academy is the one Iím most familiar with) that charge nothing to attend the classes, then charge some percentage of your first yearís salary. I like this business model, because their incentives are aligned with yours: prepare you to be qualified for a high paying job.

There are others, (General Assembly, for example) that seem much more like profit machines. Iíve never seen anyone come out of GA with much skill.

What are you looking to get out of a boot camp? Whatís your current situation like?

Thanks for the response.  I guess I am considering a career change.  I have an M.S. in Accounting and work as a Project Controls Analyst (Cost Engineering).  I don't have a CS background, but I thought maybe I could pick up certain skills with enough practice and some guidance.  My thought is I have a business background, and if I learned data mining or some other Big Data skill set, then I would be able to use my accounting background in tandem with data analysis.