Episode 13: April 2017 Coding Bootcamp News Roundup + Podcast
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By Imogen Crispe
Last Updated July 21, 2017
Missed out on coding bootcamp news in April? Never fear, Course Report is here! We’ve collected everything in this handy blog post and podcast. This month, we read about why outcomes reporting is useful for students, how a number of schools are working to boost their diversity with scholarships, we heard about student experiences at bootcamp, plus we added a bunch of interesting new schools to the Course Report school directory! Read below or listen to our latest Coding Bootcamp News Roundup Podcast.
CIRR has released its first set of outcomes for students who attended a partner program. In the first half of 2016, the bootcamps state a 92% graduation rate, an 80% in-field placement rate, and starting salary of $70,412 (via Campus Technology).
“What skills would I be lacking in the long term if I go the boot camp route compared to a CS degree? Because of the limited time I understand the knowledge between the two would be vastly different, but things like how a compiler works etc, may not be very important for getting code out the door 95% of the time, but over the long term will it hamper my growth as a developer? What are other important fundamentals a boot camp wouldn't have time to go over, but every developer should really understand for sound knowledge?"- EJ
Many people have this dilemma, since coding bootcamps are far cheaper and take a lot less time than CS degrees, often offer more practical, hands-on skills, and provide personalized career services that can help you land a job sooner.
What we have learned from talking to people in the industry is that CS grads learn a lot more about things like Algorithms, and systems architecture, and there usually isn’t time to cover those things in a 12-week coding bootcamp. These are things you are unlikely to need in a junior developer role, but you are right in that you may need those things as you progress your career.
However, you can actually learn those things by yourself. There are tons of books on algorithms, and you could also take a MOOC on Coursera or Edx. Check out our article on how to keep learning after bootcamp for more ideas on this.
There are also some bootcamps that devote Saturdays to CS fundamentals, like Fullstack Academy.
If you’re worried about whether a coding bootcamp vs a CS degree will get you a job, be reassured that we have talked to a number of employers from companies like Stack Overflow, Progressive, Cisco, Razorfish, who all say that coding bootcamp grads perform really well in technical job interviews, and often have more practical skills than CS grads.
Imogen is a writer and content producer who loves writing about technology and education. Her background is in journalism, writing for newspapers and news websites. She grew up in England, Dubai and New Zealand, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.