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General Discussion

how do you feel about coding Boot camps.? have you participated in one and do you feel they are a great investment?

i appreciate any response in relevance to the question

2 Answers

I think it's extremely hard to generalize to all boot camps. I'm of the mindset that I think that a coding boot camp is only helpful if you have some idea that coding/programming is the right path for you. I've heard of people entering a coding school, coding boot camp, or a traditional college degree with no prior understanding of what coding/programming means, and then become quickly overwhelmed by how much work is involved or it's not what they expected and drop out. I think it's best therefore to try coding for a while first using something like Treehouse, and then if you decide you like it enough and aren't getting what you need from Treehouse, then pursue other face to face options like a boot camp.

Amy Kang
Amy Kang
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Everything bootcamps teach can be found online or in books. If you're good at teaching yourself, making plans, and being persistent, you don't need to go to bootcamp. If you need direction and structure, a bootcamp maybe right for you.

You can choose between in-person bootcamps and online bootcamps. Online bootcamps tend to be cheaper (few hundred dollars per month) while in-person bootcamps tend to be very expensive (thousands of dollars per month). In terms of the material they cover, there is probably no difference. If you choose to go the in-person route, make sure they have solid job support for their students. Ask them if they can get you an internship or entry level job after graduation. If they can't, it's not worth paying thousands of dollars. Employers won't be impressed that you went to a bootcamp. Continue teaching yourself, network, and keep an eye out for job openings in your area.