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Discussion on: 5 Reasons why you should NOT go to a coding bootcamp

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Nicole Wilbur • Edited on

What are the stats on average (or even a feeling based on the word on the street) regarding how long it takes to get a tech job after a bootcamp vs after an equivalent self-study do you know? I'm doing full-time self-study right now a la 60 hours a week. Here's example data for what I'm trying to gather enough data to decide:

def cheapest (self_study, bootcamp, months_till_job_self_study, months_till_job_bootcamp):
    monthly_salary = 5000
    if (self_study + months_till_job_self_study*monthly_salary) < bootcamp + months_till_job_bootcamp*monthly_salary:
        print ("self-study is the cheapest route")
    elif self_study + months_till_job_self_study*monthly_salary > bootcamp + months_till_job_bootcamp* monthly_salary:
        print ("Bootcamp is the cheapest route")
    else:
        print("Please enter valid integers")
cheapest(600, 10000, 5, 1)
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George Mauer

You got a bug in that code... If the numbers work out to be equal then it will tell you your data is invalid 😉

But really I'm seeing times of about 1 to 6 months for most grads depending on the market, their flexibility with moving and how good they are at the search.

As for whether you can learn on your own... Maybe. I mean an awful lot of people clearly did. But it's a years process, not months, keeping up motivation is tough, all curricula (free and paid) are mediocre at best, and learning to work with other developers is a huge part of the job.

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Nicole Wilbur

LOL. Tks. I'll go fix.