Then I found out about coding bootcamps. Coding bootcamps have emerged in the past 2 years as a way for people to, in 3 months of intensive work, gain the skills needed to work as a junior or senior software engineer. I got really excited and applied to all of the major Bay Area bootcamps:
I was accepted by all of the bootcamps. Getting those acceptance letters was a fantastic feeling, because after being unsure of next steps in my career, I suddenly had a concrete plan that could to lead to a challenging and rewarding job. I was most impressed with Hack Reactor and App Academy, but ended up deciding on Hack Reactor. I chose Hack Reactor for several reasons:
- I felt they had the strongest and largest instructor pool
- their alumni job placement rate and average starting salary were the highest
- I really liked all of the students and teachers I talked to
- their facilities were new and comfortable
- at 12 weeks, their course is one of the longer courses, so they can pack in more content
So I'm starting their 3 month program at the end of February. I'm so excited to meet my instructors and the other members of my cohort. It's going to be an intense, wild ride!
I want to take this opportunity to give a shout out to my RBT group, Joey Yang, Shu, and Josh Evans, who gave me some really helpful information and advice and made the intimidating process of applying much easier. I'm happy to share more about my experiences researching and applying to bootcamps to anyone reading this blog who has specific questions.
If you are reading this entry and thinking about next steps, here's what I'd recommend:
- Google all of the bootcamps you're interested in. There's a lot of good posts on Quora, Reddit, and other blogs comparing the bootcamps.
- When you've finished going through CodeSchool and CodeAcademy, reach out to me for some private tutoring so that you know exactly what to do next to be in the top tier of coding bootcamp applicants. See my tutoring page for more details.