After the 12-week program, students have the option to join its unique Career Support program, which has contains additional training for Job Hacking, a job accountability group, and team projects to add to one’s portfolio.
To apply, students can submit an application via the website, then go through a series of two interviews with an admissions advisor. There are no coding challenges, but students must complete 4 weeks of prework before the program starts.
The daytime course takes place Mondays through Fridays, while the part-time course takes place on Sundays and weeknights, designed to allow the working person to attend a coding bootcamp while still working a daytime job.
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Start Date None scheduled Cost $13,900 Class size 15 Location Chicago, Online
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- Amazing experience- 8/10/2020sam • Graduate • Course: Web Development • Campus: Online • Verified via GitHubActualize is a fantastic bootcamp with an incredible teacher. Her enthusiasm and charm made the learning experience so much more enjoyable. You will learn A LOT in relatively short amount of time but it is highly rewarding. I recommend this bootcamp to anyone looking to learn fullstack/web development.
- Worth it!- 8/10/2020Phil • Graduate • Course: Web Development • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedInI graduated college in 2018 with a finance degree and immediately started to work at a large financial institution. I always had an interest in various fields in technology, but never took the time to thoroughly explore the possibilities of a career within tech. During the two years I worked in finance, I started to dabble in various analytical tools such as VBA, Tableau, and Python. I was blown away by their abilities to automate and facilitate the work I was doing. At this point I had to follow this newly found passion.
Towards the end of my 2nd year out of college, I knew I wanted make a career transition into software development. I began looking for coding bootcamps, taking into consideration the recommendations of friends and reviewers from sites like this one. Until I came across Actualize. What caught my eye with them was their message that they promise to teach you how to think like an engineer. With an emphasis on learning how to approach difficult problems, and how to pick up new skills with ease, they break down the barriers that seem so impassable when you first delve into the world of coding.
From the very beginning of the course, our amazing instructor Dani worked to mold our mindset to be one that approaches challenges with confidence. It was clear that she was not only a very skilled developer, but also incredibly passionate and skilled as an educator. It is as if the core message of Actualize that I previously mentioned (to teach you to think like a developer) is embodied within her. Anytime we had trouble grasping a concept, Dani helped us to figure it for ourselves. In my opinion, this is the most valuable ability an educator can have. The ability to empower their students with confidence that leads them to answer their own questions, no matter what they may be.
For career counseling, we worked with Lisa. Like Dani, Lisa is very passionate about educating her students, and pushes you to take control of your own destiny. Lisa gives you the tools to succeed and shows you how to use them properly. All thats left between you and success is effort. Like many things in life, securing a software development gig is something that you have to put 100% into in order to achieve it. However, if you do your part, I'm certain that Lisa will be by your side, coaching you through all of it. And you will be that much more successful because of it.
At the conclusion of this course you will not be able to solve insane algorithms problems in 5 minutes, or build the next big social media platform from memory. However, you will have the ability to teach yourself anything, as well as the mindset to reach any goal you desire. I 100% recommend Actualize to anyone who wants to become software developer.
- Well Worth the Investment- 8/9/2020Luke • Graduate • Course: Web Development • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedInFirst off, some context: I graduated from college in 2015 and I had known that I wanted to transition into a tech career from business/marketing for about four years prior to enrolling in Actualize's online program. Actualize was a school I applied to among several others when I was looking at potential bootcamp options in January of 2020. I'll link that list here, if you want to view it: https://www.coursereport.com/best-coding-bootcamps
Now, what made me choose Actualize was a few things.
Staff of Educators
First off, something that had stuck out to me was that during my first call with them, it was stressed to me that their staff are unique in that they are not only experts at coding, but also skilled at teaching the concepts and educating students. This emphasis on the staff being educators wasn't something I was hearing from other bootcamps, but this was a big differentiator.
Sometimes in school, I've taken a class where the professor was really good at the subject but couldn't communicate it to others who didn't know how to do it; if you've ever been in that situation, that was what I was avoiding and I can confirm that Actualize's staff are very good at breaking down complicated concepts through their material and course.
Course Structure (Online)
The second reason I chose Actualize was their course's structure; in January, I was informed that because I was based in Dallas, I would have to take the class online (unless I moved to Chicago). Originally, I was really dead-set on taking a class in person, but by the time March 2020 rolled around...everything was closing anyway because of the pandemic. Still, I couldn't shake my instincts; even before the pandemic, Actualize was such a strong choice for me and my only hesitation was the online structure.
In response, Actualize was very transparent in answering all of my questions beforehand; I was able to join in-class to observe an online lecture and talk to the instructor for that lesson afterwards and get any questions answered. This transparency and ability to sit-in and see how the online class went made me more comfortable with the idea of going online, though the pandemic completely wiping out my chances of doing in-person anywhere also played a role in my decision. I understand this is a unique case, but I will vouch for Actualize's online and say that in my experience, they had proven their ability to deliver the material online just as effectively as they would in person.
Additionally, I was able to talk to their career advisor in two different calls where she helped me by letting me know how the class worked and emphasizing Actualize's career focus - which, after taking the class, I actually found to be better than anything in my 4-year university's offerings. Another thing I want to say is that none of these resources just "go away" after you graduate. Applying for jobs happens way earlier in the course, too, and every week the course has a built-in career aid to assist you in being in the mindset of getting hired. There's a real-world value in the course offering this that I wasn't seeing from other schools.
If you take Actualize, you'll have 5 weeks of pre-work to get you ready with programming basics, 12 weeks of class (mine was 11am-4pm everyday with a few hours of homework), and a post-graduate structure built around student success (including coding sessions to help students continue to build their portfolio out).
After taking the course, I can say that my experience was pretty good, especially in respect to the "educator" edge that Actualize informed me of; my cohort had a lead instructor and 3 TA's, with office hours after class every Tuesday and Thursday; sometimes, TA's would stay in office hours longer to help students figure things out. I'd say another plus, Actualize makes an effort to get each cohort a better experience than the one before it, so keep that in mind, too - they shift with the times. After every cohort graduates, Actualize asks what can be done to make the course better: I weighed in with that, too, so if you're reading this way after 2020...just know that they've likely just continued to refine their course for students.
Who Would I Recommend Actualize To?
My Actualize cohort had about 14 students in it and was fully online. I'd recommend Actualize to anyone in Chicago who'd be able to take the course in person (once it's available again). If you need to go online, Actualize is a very strong contender to go with - especially because their staff have that educator approach that is a necessity for learning, especially one in the online setting.
Before starting my course at Actualize, I had worked with HTML, CSS, Wordpress, and JS. If you have any kind of background in coding, this course is a great way to build those skills out and learn the bigger world these languages live in. If you don't, it's okay, but I will say it's like anything...the more experience you have doing something, the less of a shell-shock it will be. Nonstop learning/Googling your answers is your friend, being a developer is just knowing you won't know everything and not minding that, it's just constant and continuous growth. That's part of the "growth mindset" that Actualize really wants you to get into. If you're comfortable with this and know that tech is where you want to be, this course is for you.
- You'll use and learn Github in this course. Computer science majors are not learning this in universities, but this is a required skill for working anywhere as a developer.
- This course is less computer science theory, more "doing" the code - it's all repetition, but conceptual understanding is actually really heavily hit on, too.
- There's a "2 week lag" where you may not 100% understand new material until about 2 weeks after, as you catch up to everything.
- You'll build/present a capstone app by the end of the course (needs to have a database, backend, and frontend). It's really cool to pull all of what you do together.
- There is technical interview prep sessions in this course - if you want to start preparing right now, go onto Hackerrank.com and make an account, technical interviewers pull their questions from it.
- There's a whole world of jobs out there: backend, frontend, full-stack, UI/UX design, these skills you'll learn will make you worth the interviewing, but be really aggressive applying for jobs anyway. Focus on that portfolio.
- Nothing should be taken for granted. A job can't be guaranteed, but hey, employment can't be guaranteed after you find a job, either, it's just part of the game. What I will say is, this course is a great place to go to get in the right mindset for chasing your tech dreams - and there's people who change careers for this field without doing a bootcamp like this, so just look at this as a really great resource because that's what it is.
- Your Linkedin account will help you out a lot, their career support is there to help you. There's a very extensive career support program that is a part of the course, again - it is so much more extensive than what my 4-year college had. That, in combination with the coding/Github practice, it really good.
- Thoughtful Curriculum & Instruction- 8/7/2020Carl • Student • Course: Web Development • Campus: Chicago • Verified via LinkedInA former co-worker told me about Actualize, and because it's in Chicago, I was super excited to take an in-person class... until COVID hit, of course. With only the online option remaining, I was admittedly pretty hesitant about the prospect of taking an online course for weeks on end, and that's because of how much I value the communal feel of a brick-and-mortar classroom experience. But Actualize immediately wiped that apprehension away.
The five weeks of self-guided pre-work (focused on Ruby) were thoughtfully and effectively scaffolded, and the live instruction that followed took that torch and ran with it. Our fearless instructor, Dani, was terrific: highly knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and humorous. And she did what all great teachers do: She let us make our own mistakes and learn from them. And then (after a brief, playful scolding), she'd guide us toward a better way of solving whatever problem we were trying to solve.
With Actualize, much like with any kind of intensive learning experience, you get out of it what you put into it. And from the beginning of the live coursework, Actualize provides a bunch of "deep dive" exercises (in addition to "regular" homework) that offer students the opportunity to put in that additional time and effort and get introduced to new concepts.
As an Actualize student, you won't become a master in every relevant, cutting-edge tool or concept, because that's impossible in 17 weeks. But you'll learn how to learn, and you'll become confident about your ability to pick up new languages and frameworks. In the software engineering world, that seems like an awfully important lesson, and one which Actualize has succeeded in imparting (with flying colors).
- A helpful Course to start a coding career- 8/7/2020Steven Chen • Graduate • Course: Web Development • Campus: Online • Verified via GitHubI needed to choose a coding bootcamp so that I can receive help on the basics of coding and develop projects while under the bootcamps supervision. I needed a guiding hand to point me into the right direction for my career. I choose Actualize not only so that I can acquire coding skills, but to also help me with getting a job within the industry. Actualize helped both improve my coding skills and gave me tips in the right direction of how to acquire a coding job. They also helped me with getting pass some of my issues and habits that I have been struggling with when looking for a job. For anyone who is unsure of themselves and need a hand in the right direction for their coding careers, Actualize is a great starting point to get pass the fears of job searching and wall of seemingly high learning curve.
- Great program, highly recommended!- 5/22/2020Ernesto • Graduate • Course: Web Development • Campus: Chicago • Verified via LinkedInI enrolled in this bootcamp after I went to observe a class. That was the first thing that stood out to me about this program. The fact that they were unafraid to welcome you in to observe their classroom was unique during my bootcamp search. I was impressed by the passion, knowledge, and patience of the instructor Peter and when I heard that he was teaching the next cohort, I made sure to sign up. I was not disappointed because he expressed the same level of energy and interest in my cohort as he did in the previous one I went to observe. The full-stack approach to web development is evident in their curriculum and they teach you the fundamentals to go on and explore other tech stacks and feel confident about going forward into the job-hacking portion of the bootcamp. I loved the career counselor Lisa's great job-hacking tips that she shared with us on Sundays and I'm excited for this next phase of the program that will dedicate 100% focus to landing a job and further building your portfolio with group projects. They stick with you throughout and that's important, especially if you are new to the tech field or looking to level up!
- CEO- 5/22/2020Nate Bierdeman • CEO • Graduate • Course: Web Development • Campus: Chicago • Verified via LinkedInThis was an incredible experience! I highly recommend it to anyone looking to switch careers, or learn the specific technology stack offered in the course. My instructor was engaging, personable, helpful, and very knowledgable of the subject matter - a true educator through and through! A lot of thought went into how to structure the course, which is evident not only in the curriculum itself, but in the post-graduation career support as well. As demanding as it was to work full time and take this course, I found myself looking forward to the next class every day!
- Just Do It!- 5/22/2020Travell • Graduate • Course: Web Development • Campus: Chicago • Verified via GitHubIf you are serious about learning how to code and/or becoming a software engineer/developer I highly recommend taking the plunge and joining this bootcamp. The curriculum emphasizes learning 'how to learn' new technologies and languages instead of focusing on what is most popular. You will also do a lot of test-driven development and pair programming throughout (I will also include that you won't realize how much of it you've done until the end). Peter and our TAs were not only accessible and caring but also smart AF. They're really good at identifying the goals, gaps, and opportunities within each individual. In addition, they're really good at building a super diverse, inclusive community of people you will be learning alongside. I can't emphasize enough how dope this bootcamp was for me.
- Definitely Recommend!- 5/22/2020Scott G. • Sales • Graduate • Course: Web Development • Campus: Chicago • Verified via LinkedInI had such an amazing experience at Actualize! My bootcamp was during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and their response to it was very impressive - we did not skip a beat! My professor, Peter, and all of the TAs were so helpful with every topic. I definitely recommend Actualize to anyone!
- Great Experience, would recommend!- 5/22/2020Eden • Graduate • Course: Web Development • Campus: Chicago • Verified via LinkedInA friend of mine recommended Actualize coding bootcamp because I had mentioned that I was interested in learning how to code and he had previously taken the course. I had no prior experience with coding, so I was really nervous about the class and wasn't sure what to expect. I was very happy with my experience! Peter, my instructor, was very knowledgeable, approachable, and encouraging to all of the students and was a great teacher! It was a fast paced course, but he was very good at breaking down and explaining problems and helping students gain a firm grasp on the fundamentals and how to apply them to your code. Not only did I get this great learning experience, but they also help you with career training and make sure you are prepared when you leave the bootcamp. I would definitely recommend for anyone, whether you have next to no knowledge about coding or if you want to have a deeper understanding. I'm took the plunge and decided to join my Actualize cohort!
- A great course, with really solid support during and after the boot camp. They're in it to help you get a job, and learn a lot along the way.- 5/22/2020Dan Clair • Graduate • Course: Web Development • Campus: Chicago • Verified via LinkedInI chose Actualize based on the recommendation of a colleague. I was wanting to do one for well over a year, but was hesitant for various reasons. Once I was pushed into it due to a job layoff, I took to it really quickly. It is hard to quantify just how much information is pushed into your brain in a short time, but the curriculum is great. The instructors are all about reinforcing what you're learning, while also reminding you that you don't need to be an expert right away. Everyone is always learning, and they don't shame you if you're not "performing" to a certain standard, since everyone's journey is different. They also aren't afraid to be human and not put so much pressure on benchmarks of performance. Overall would highly recommend.
- Actualize web development course- 5/21/2020Moreno Biage • Junior Web Developer • Graduate • Course: Web Development • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedInAfter extensive research on many schools, the Actualize Coding Bootcamp stood out as the best option. Initially, their online program has the best schedule for you available to keep work and still put up time to dedicate appropriately to your new journey. Having 100% or the classes online is a differential that matters and helps you keep up and steady progress on your learning curve. One of the most important things to look out for a course is the teacher. And Brian is one of the best ones for sure. I am glad to have such a high-level teacher and friendly style as my teacher. I pushed to get all the work available done, but there are so much available to do an extra class that I couldn't keep the pace. That is definitely a pro for the program. At some weeks, I wish they could have gone more in-depth and pushed a bit more. The learning shouldn't rely on the school but on yourself. With that in mind, I did a lot of work on the side, and that pays off and helping me to feel confident about the next steps. Overall I definitely recommend the school, and just at some points, I do wish to have more content.