Schools that serve as coding and hacker boot camp are presently on the rise, a report from Chicago Sun-Times said. According to the news source, one of the pioneer schools that train software developers is called Dev Bootcamp.
The hacker boot camp currently operates in San Francisco, California but Chicago Sun-Times claimed that Dev Bootcamp will also open up another school in Chicago on April 22 this year.
According to the accounts of students who have taken up the course like Ken Shimizu, who was featured in the article, the course really pays off. In just nine weeks of intensive training in the Dev Bootcamp, he immediately landed an engineering job that allowed him to earn almost double than his previous salary in marketing and public relations.
Like Shimizu, other students like this course because of its fast-paced nature that is guaranteed to bring in positive results. The course only takes 2 to 3 months unlike the courses in universities and other academic institutions that take up years to complete. The expected salary of hacker boot camp graduates upon entering a good company can range between $80,000 up to $100,000 just days or weeks after graduation.
Shereef Bishay, the co-founder of the program, said that their goal is to help individuals land on a good job that will surely offer a good pay. He added that since the start of their operation, they have trained approximately 400 students. So far, 95% of their graduates have been hired as software developers with an average salary of $80,000.
The bright future of that the course provides makes it very appealing to almost everyone. However, there are things that must be considered before going into the program. Among the factors that should be considered are your budget, skills and patience.
The tuition for the hacker boot camp ranges from $10,000 up to $15,000 which can last for around 9 to 12 weeks. Then, you should possess the necessary drive and skills as well. The admission is tight for this course because only 10% to 20% of the applicants make it said the report. Aside from dishing out a serious amount of cash and passing the admission, you will be subjected to a rigorous training that can go for 80 to 100 hours weekly under the close supervision of expert software developers. The work involved under those grueling hours will be writing codes and perfecting them.
Another school that operates in San Franciso called App Academy offers this kind of program for free. But the catch is that its graduates will be subjected to give 15% of their salary to the school on their first year at work. By far, this has been a great scheme because almost all its students have landed high paying jobs.
Presently, there are dozens of other coding schools popping out in the different parts of the country said Chicago Sun-Times. The promising future that these schools bring attracts hundreds of students per season.
However, Michael Staton, a venture capitalist at Learn Capital, expressed his worry regarding the Dev Bootcamp copycats. He said that if the other schools start offering low-quality programs, it would surely hurt the field, especially the schools that originally started the programs. This might drive away potential students and recruiters later on if high standards are not maintained.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times