The price of a quality education isn’t cheap, but there are a few innovative lending companies that offer loans for career transitioners. Pave and Upstart in particular have special designations for those attending a coding bootcamp. Affirm is another popular option. Some schools also have financial aid built into their tuition model. For instance, Grace Hopper Academy, an all-women coding school, and App Academy both have deferred tuition models, where students pay a refundable deposit upfront, and the rest is paid as a percentage of your first year’s salary once hired.
4. Which Language to Learn
There’s a lot of noise about which language to learn at a coding bootcamp (or in general). Unfortunately, some of the discussion is fueled by emotion and individual programmers’ personal habits rather than true industry demands. Here are a few good articles on the subject. We’ll let you be the judge.
5. Projects Built by Students
If at all possible, try to see the projects created by students of the schools you’re considering. Nothing speaks volumes to the results of a program like the actual results of the program! Projects are important not only as a learning tool, but they’ll also play a big role in helping you get a job as a developer after graduation.
6. Hiring Outcomes
If you’re attending a bootcamp to get a job, this is a must. All bootcamps will advertise their big-name hires first (these are the Googles, Facebooks, and Microsofts), but you’ll need to look further. Do a variety of companies hire from this school? Are any of the hiring companies doing work in the space you want to be in? Alumni are great resources during the job search, and if you went to the same bootcamp as them, they’ll be a vital asset to your personal hiring team!
7. Graduate Reviews
Nobody has better insight into the quality and value of a bootcamp than the bootcamp grads themselves. Websites like Course Report and SwitchUp routinely conduct alumni interviews and have forums that allow attendees of top bootcamps to give feedback. Quora also tends to be an honest platform for in-depth reviews of immersive programs (Check out what former Fullstack students have to say on Quora).
If you’re looking to attend an advanced coding bootcamp, judge the curriculum for yourself. Below, you can sign up to receive Fullstack’s Immersive syllabus and see which technologies help Fullstackers get jobs at companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and more.
Reposted from the Full Stack Academy Blog, written by Daniel Weiss