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In this series, we’re asking alumni the question on everyone’s mind: “Is a Coding Bootcamp Worth It?” Because let’s face it: when you’re spending $12,000 to $20,000 on a coding bootcamp, you want to be sure that it will be worth your money and your time. First up – General Assembly graduate Ileana Ordonez tells us how much she budgeted for coding bootcamp, how she squeezed the most value out of her coding bootcamp experience, and whether her new salary makes the investment "worth it.” Watch the video or read the summary.

Name: Ileana Ordonez
Graduated: December 2017 from General Assembly’s Web Development Immersive
Her New Job: Data Visualization Developer at New York City Department of Education
Salary Increase: 4x her previous salary!

Ileana’s Background before Coding Bootcamp

The Decision: College vs Self Teaching vs Coding Bootcamp

College was too expensive and would take around two years – way more time than a coding bootcamp.

When Ileana was trying to teach herself, she found online courses unmotivating.

So why did Ileana decide on a coding bootcamp?

“I graduated from General Assembly and now my life's really great.” – Ileana

How Much to Budget for Coding Bootcamp

Getting the Most Value out of Coding Bootcamp

“When I spent that large amount of cash and I knew that I wanted to be a developer, I really wanted to get the most out of coming to a bootcamp.” – Ileana

Here’s how she did it:

“Anyone can be a full-stack developer, and that's a really amazing skill to have, but to have on top of that, a focus, is even better.” – Ileana

The “After”: Ileana’s New Job

Was Coding Bootcamp Worth it?

“Coding boot camp was absolutely worth it.” – Ileana

Here’s why:

I knew exactly how much I was worth when I negotiated. I got exactly what I was looking for – I actually got more than what I was looking for which blew my mind and I'm really happy about it.”

“From what my salary was before to what it is now it's four times more than what I was getting paid before.”

Ileana’s Tips for Success

“Just keep going, you’re going to get there!”

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About The Author

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.

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