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Jasterix Author

Thanks for the well thought out comment. It sounds like you graduated from a really great, personable program

It is true that many people do in fact have great bootcamp experiences. But I don't think spending that much money on a 3 month program is worth it. Three months is not long enough to understand one language well, let a framework, devtools, etc.

As a bootcamp grad, I feel uncomfortable recommending them to others when they likely won't have as great an expereince as you did. I can just as well direct them to freely available resources. Especially when they're talking about taking on additional debt to enroll

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erica (she/her)

They certainly can be cost prohibitive. I wasn't in a place to be able to pay up front at all, but the camp I went to offered options based on employment that did work for me. I think that's one of the biggest pros of bootcamp (that I wish traditional schooling options would offer) - tuition being owed once you're gainfully employed after the program.

The financial side of bootcamp is a pretty individual thing that everyone needs to research and consider for themselves. If someone is firm about not wanting to do a paid program, then I definitely wouldn't recommend them a bootcamp.

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Jasterix Author

what were the pros and cons that you considered when looking at bootcamps? For me a big factor was price but also timing. Looking back, there are quite a few things I wish I considered

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erica (she/her)

The biggest factor for me was in person learning. I knew that if I was going to learn how to code, that was going to be the best way for me to learn. Employment based repayment was my second biggest factor. Admittedly, since the bootcamp I attended was local to me, I didn't look too much farther than that one.

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lt

not many people have 17K+. That is an outrageous amount of money to spend on something where you can get the same knowledge for free on the internet if you search carefully. At times, free materials are even better than some of the boot camps.

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erica (she/her)

I agree $17k is a lot of money, especially if a camp wants that money up front. It's not an option for everyone, but can be a low(er) cost alternative to a 2 or 4 year degree.

A big part of bootcamp isn't the tech information, but the structure, experience (team projects, daily standups, etc), and access to a network and references to make it easier to break into the field.

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leob • Edited

Yeah ridiculous amount for a 3 or 4 month online course that largely consists of material that you could acquire for free online ... total rip-off

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Demmy Honore de Vries

Hi Jasterix,

The bootcamp I went trough aimed to make their students ready enough to land their first job and to continue learning from there.

I think that can be perfectly fine. This has enabled me and many others to launch their developer career and be quite successful.

Of course, whether it justifies spending the money is a highly opinionated debate where many factors can matter. Also the scheme of paying up front versus paying in instalments only when you get hired (how mine went).

That being said, I would not recommend a bootcamp with online classes during these corona times. Simply because you will miss out on the group experience / classroom setting.