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CareerFoundry

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CareerFoundry

Avg Rating:4.53 ( 338 reviews )

CareerFoundry is an online coding school that offers flexible, self-paced, mentored online programs for career changers in web development, UX design, and UI design. Students learn with a 1-on-1 mentor using personalized, project-based, and adaptive curricula. Headquartered in Berlin but with a global student base, CareerFoundry has provided tech education since 2013. CareerFoundry combines the flexibility of online learning with the guidance of mentors, training students to become employable technologists in four to 12 months or their money back. The 7-month Web Development course aims to help students become employable junior full-stack JavaScript developers and covers HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, jQuery, Node.js, MongoDB, React, Angular, Vue.js and more. The 10-month UX Design Course explores the concepts of user experience design, graphic user interface design, and industry best practices, as well as real-world tools employed by professionals in the field. The 6-month UI Design Course curriculum is focused on teaching practical design skills using all the latest tools in the field, including Sketch.

To apply for the programs, students should have access to a computer and an internet connection, and an interest in the topic they are planning to study. Students apply via the CareerFoundry website to create an account and connect with an advisor who can talk through their options. Students will need to pay a deposit to secure their place, then complete the required prework before the course commences.

All students will graduate with projects they can show to potential employers to get their new careers off and running. Web development students will create a simple portfolio website and code a NoSQL database-driven React app. UX Design students work on a re-design of a web-based app, which includes creating user personas and a UX Design portfolio. UI students will redesign the user interface for one site and built a marketable portfolio that includes the UI for four apps. Students have access to Career Advisors who provide tailored coaching for job hunting and interviewing. Students who do not land a job within 180 days of graduating may be eligible to get a refund.

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  • Frontend Development for Designers

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    HTML, CSS, Front End
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week8 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$2,000
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    Ideal for those who are already designers, this​ ​course​ ​will​ ​walk​ ​you​ ​through​ ​the​ ​entire​ ​development​ ​process​ ​for​ ​creating​ ​a​ ​simple​ ​yet​ ​functional portfolio​ ​site​ ​to​ ​showcase​ ​your​ ​creative​ ​work.​ ​Staying​ ​true​ ​to​ ​your​ ​design​ ​roots,​ ​you’ll​ ​begin​ ​the​ ​course​ ​by thoroughly​ ​reviewing​ ​your​ ​previous​ ​work​ ​and​ ​selecting​ ​pieces​ ​to​ ​be​ ​included​ ​in​ ​your​ ​portfolio.​ ​After​ ​that, it’s​ ​time​ ​to​ ​throw​ ​on​ ​your​ ​(new)​ ​developer​ ​hat!​ ​You’ll​ ​first​ ​begin​ ​learning​ ​about​ ​frontend​ ​development through​ ​web​ ​inspection​ ​and​ ​basic​ ​HTML,​ ​before​ ​gradually​ ​working​ ​your​ ​way​ ​through​ ​CSS​ ​stylesheets, responsive​ ​CSS,​ ​JavaScript​ ​plugins,​ ​testing​ ​and​ ​debugging,​ ​and,​ ​finally,​ ​creating​ ​a​ ​presentation​ ​to​ ​show off​ ​your​ ​hard​ ​work. By​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​course,​ ​you’ll​ ​have​ ​gained​ ​hands-on​ ​knowledge​ ​on​ ​how​ ​to​ ​build​ ​a​ ​website​ ​from​ ​scratch. You’ll​ ​not​ ​only​ ​know​ ​how​ ​to​ ​code​ ​with​ ​HTML​ ​and​ ​CSS,​ ​but​ ​how​ ​to​ ​debug​ ​and​ ​use​ ​JavaScript​ ​to​ ​add interactivity​ ​to​ ​a​ ​website,​ ​as​ ​well.​ ​Perhaps​ ​most​ ​importantly,​ ​you’ll​ ​also​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​speak​ ​the​ ​language​ ​of “code,”​ ​endowing​ ​you​ ​with​ ​the​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​communicate​ ​any​ ​technical​ ​issues​ ​you​ ​notice​ ​within​ ​the​ ​designs of​ ​a​ ​website​ ​or​ ​application.​ ​This​ ​will​ ​enable​ ​you​ ​to​ ​effectively​ ​collaborate​ ​with​ ​developers​ ​and​ ​coordinate cross-team​ ​projects​ ​throughout​ ​your​ ​career—an​ ​essential​ ​part​ ​of​ ​any​ ​design​ ​role. The​ ​course​ ​is​ ​divided​ ​into​ ​two​ ​Achievements​ ​and​ ​contains​ ​a​ ​total​ ​of​ ​14​ ​Exercises.​ ​At​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​each Exercise,​ ​you’ll​ ​complete​ ​a​ ​Task​ ​to​ ​immediately​ ​apply​ ​what​ ​you’ve​ ​learned​ ​to​ ​your​ ​course​ ​project.​
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition Plans2 monthly instalments or an upfront fee. Contact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for pricing in Euros and Pounds.
    Refund / GuaranteeFull refund provided for cancellations within the first 2 weeks of course start date.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelStudents must have UX design experience.
    Prep WorkNone
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Full Stack Web Development

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    AngularJS, MongoDB, HTML, Git, JavaScript, SQL, jQuery, CSS, React.js, Algorithms, Node.js, Front End, Scrum, MVC, Agile, REST
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week30 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$5,500
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    CareerFoundry runs one of the world’s leading Web Development programs. With the mission to help people transform their careers and lives, we’re driving digital innovation through world-class courses, personal mentoring and an unrivalled graduate network. In fact, we’re so confident that our students will have the skills, portfolio and mindset to land the right role within 6 months of graduation that we refund 100% of your tuition if you don’t. We’ve built a course that has everything you need to get a job as a Full-Stack JavaScript Web Developer. From creating a simple portfolio website to coding an entire NoSQL database-driven React app complete with its own API, you’ll come out with everything you need to get your new career off and running. Work with descriptive languages such as HTML5 and CSS3 before diving straight into frontend and backend languages, tools, and frameworks such as JavaScript, jQuery, Node.js, MongoDB, React, Angular, and Vue.js, among others. Along the way, you’ll build a wide variety of apps, including a native app, to showcase your new skills, all while learning how to implement essential development approaches such as test-driven development and functional programming. As a student on our Web Developer course, you’ll have TWO dedicated people guiding you towards success. You get a tutor to help with exercises and answer your day-to-day questions and a senior mentor who works you through exactly what you need to do to impress employers and get a job you love. To ensure this we’ve purpose-built a Career Change ‘Achievement’, providing a step-by-step process that first gets your profile polished and then puts it in front of the right people. We’ve also opened up the CareerFoundry library so that our students get lifetime access to all materials for ALL our courses, and we’ve built beautiful new communication features for you to ask for help from your mentors and collaborate with other students.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Financing available via SkillsFund
    Tuition Plans7 monthly instalments or an upfront fee. Contact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for pricing in Euros and Pounds.
    Refund / GuaranteeFull refund provided for cancellations within the first 2 weeks of course start date.
    ScholarshipContact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com to get a $500 scholarship.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBasic Computer Knowledge
    Prep WorkNone required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Introduction to UX Design

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    Design, User Experience Design
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week4 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$690
    Class size25
    LocationBerlin, Online
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition PlansUpfront payments only. Contact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for pricing in Euros and Pounds.
    Refund / GuaranteeFull refund provided for cancellations within the first 2 weeks of course start date.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNone required
    Prep WorkNone required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • UI Design

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    Design, Mobile, User Experience Design
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week39 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$6,900
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    The UI Design Program is geared towards maximizing successful career outcomes through an immersive three-part journey: Introduction to UI Design, UI Immersion, and your choice of Specialization (either the Frontend Developers for Designers Course, or the Voice User Interface Design Course). Dedicate 15 hours per week and you'll complete the entire program in 9 months—or, if you have more time on your hands, you could be finished in just 4-5 months at a pace of 40 hours per week. From the second you start the program, you’ll be assigned an expert Mentor and Tutor who’ll support you through every step of your journey. Your Tutor is a program specialist, grading your daily submissions and answering any general questions you may have. Your Mentor is your window into the design world (with over 8 years of industry experience!); offering career advice, and helping you polish your portfolio. We have a 96.4% success rate when it comes to getting our UI graduates hired, and you'll be covered by the CareerFoundry Job Guarantee: If you don’t get a job within 180 days of graduating, you get your money back—it's as simple as that. We also have deals with many of the industry’s top software providers, meaning you’ll have access to discounts and free trials for industry-standard tools such as Sketch, InVision, Balsamiq, and more!
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Financing available via SkillsFund
    Tuition PlansContact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for tuition plans and pricing in Euros and Pounds.
    Refund / GuaranteeFull refund provided for cancellations within the first 2 weeks of course start date.
    ScholarshipContact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com to get a $500 scholarship.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNone required
    Prep WorkNone required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • UI for UX Designers

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    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week8 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$2,000
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    Ideal for those who are already designers, this​ ​course​ ​takes​ ​you​ ​through​ ​the​ ​process​ ​of​ ​designing​ ​the​ ​user​ ​interface​ ​of​ ​a​ ​responsive​ ​app​ ​from scratch.​ ​Students ​begin​ ​by​ ​sketching​ ​user​ ​flows​ ​and​ ​paper​ ​prototypes​ ​for their​ ​selected​ ​project​.​ ​From​ ​there,​ ​you’ll​ ​explore​ ​grids,​ ​visual​ ​hierarchy,​ ​and​ ​UI​ ​design patterns,​ ​setting​ ​up​ ​your​ ​screens​ ​for​ ​the​ ​beautiful​ ​layers​ ​of​ ​UI​ ​you’ll​ ​be​ ​adding.​ ​Following​ ​in-depth Exercises​ ​in​ ​each​ ​of​ ​these​ ​areas,​ ​your​ ​typography,​ ​colour,​ ​imagery,​ ​and​ ​custom​ ​icons​ ​will​ ​add​ ​personality and​ ​a​ ​unique,​ ​professional​ ​feel​ ​to​ ​your​ ​app.​ ​With​ ​the​ ​visual​ ​design​ ​complete,​ ​the​ ​next​ ​step​ ​is​ ​a​ ​crash course​ ​in​ ​interaction​ ​design,​ ​after​ ​which​ ​you’ll​ ​have​ ​a​ ​go​ ​at​ ​animating​ ​a​ ​piece​ ​of​ ​your​ ​UI. With​ ​the​ ​mobile​ ​UI​ ​mocked​ ​up​ ​and​ ​polished,​ ​it’s​ ​then​ ​time​ ​to​ ​revisit​ ​responsive​ ​design​ ​and​ ​adapt​ ​your​ ​UI for​ ​brand​ ​new​ ​breakpoints.​ ​Once​ ​finished,​ ​you’ll​ ​frame​ ​your​ ​finalized​ ​UI​ ​in​ ​professional​ ​presentation mockups​ ​to​ ​wow​ ​clients​ ​and​ ​employers​ ​alike,​ ​and​ ​take​ ​a​ ​detailed​ ​look​ ​at​ ​the​ ​hand-off​ ​process​ ​to​ ​ensure you​ ​meet​ ​the​ ​needs​ ​of​ ​the​ ​rest​ ​of​ ​your​ ​project​ ​team. By​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​course,​ ​students will​ ​master​ ​the​ ​theory​ ​behind​ ​beautiful​ ​UI​ ​design,​ ​and​ ​have​ ​the​ ​hands-on, technical​ ​skills​ ​needed​ ​to​ ​apply​ ​it​ ​to​ ​your​ ​own​ ​projects.​ ​With​ ​your​ ​combined​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​UX​ ​and​ ​UI, you’ll​ ​know​ ​how​ ​to​ ​please​ ​and​ ​effectively​ ​communicate​ ​to​ ​your​ ​users​ ​through​ ​every​ ​screen​ ​you​ ​design, and​ ​have​ ​the​ ​polished​ ​UI​ ​for​ ​a​ ​fully​ ​responsive​ ​app​ ​to​ ​prove​ ​it!
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition Plans2 monthly instalments or an upfront fee. Contact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for pricing in Euros and Pounds.
    Refund / GuaranteeFull refund provided for cancellations within the first 2 weeks of course start date.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelStudents must have UX design experience.
    Prep WorkNone
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • UX Design

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    Design, User Experience Design
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week43 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$6,900
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    If you want to build a career as a UX designer, this is for you. Over the course of ten months, you’ll learn everything you need to know to break into the industry. Created by leading UX designers from tech giants including Apple and Hewlett-Packard, and structured by course designers from Harvard and Berkeley, we’re here to give you the very best learning experience there is. Beginning with UX Fundamentals, through to complete end-to-end design, we’ll fully immerse you in the industry as well as cover each area of specialization you’ll need to know as a working UX designer. At the end of the course you’ll have an impressive, personalized portfolio ready to show potential employers, giving you the confidence to ace any interview as a Certified UX Designer.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Financing available via SkillsFund
    Tuition Plans10 monthly instalments or an upfront fee. Contact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for pricing in Euros and Pounds.
    Refund / GuaranteeFull refund provided for cancellations within the first 2 weeks of course start date.
    ScholarshipContact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com to get a $500 scholarship.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelSuitable for beginners or students with basic knowledge of UX.
    Prep WorkNone required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Voice Design for Designers

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    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week8 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$2,000
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    Ideal for those who are already designers, this​ ​course​ ​walks​ ​you​ ​through​ ​the​ ​process​ ​of​ ​designing​ ​for​ ​voice​ ​user​ ​interfaces​ ​and​ ​shows​ ​you​ ​where and​ ​how​ ​it​ ​differs​ ​from​ ​designing​ ​for​ ​visual​ ​interfaces.​ ​You’ll​ ​use​ ​what​ ​you​ ​already​ ​know​ ​about​ ​topics​ ​like creating​ ​user​ ​personas,​ ​prototyping,​ ​and​ ​usability​ ​testing​ ​to​ ​develop​ ​three​ ​skills​ ​for​ ​Amazon’s​ ​Alexa​ ​voice assistant.​ ​Skills​ ​in​ ​this​ ​context​ ​are​ ​essentially​ ​applications​ ​that​ ​users​ ​can​ ​interact​ ​with​ ​using​ ​their​ ​voice. Starting​ ​with​ ​why​ ​voice​ ​is​ ​so​ ​exciting​ ​and​ ​psychologically​ ​appealing​ ​to​ ​people,​ ​the​ ​course​ ​will​ ​take​ ​you through​ ​unique​ ​use​ ​cases​ ​for​ ​voice,​ ​discuss​ ​the​ ​differences​ ​in​ ​creating​ ​personas​ ​for​ ​voice,​ ​show​ ​you​ ​how to​ ​use​ ​Amazon’s​ ​skill​ ​builder​ ​interface,​ ​and​ ​help​ ​you​ ​get​ ​your​ ​first​ ​skill​ ​out​ ​into​ ​the​ ​world. Next,​ ​you’ll​ ​create​ ​in-depth​ ​designs​ ​for​ ​a​ ​second​ ​skill,​ ​beginning​ ​with​ ​user​ ​stories​ ​and​ ​moving​ ​through sample​ ​dialogs,​ ​user​ ​flows,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​complete​ ​script​ ​for​ ​your​ ​skill.​ ​You’ll​ ​run​ ​usability​ ​tests​ ​with​ ​your​ ​newly designed​ ​skill,​ ​iterate​ ​on​ ​it,​ ​and​ ​add​ ​it​ ​to​ ​your​ ​growing​ ​voice​ ​portfolio.​ ​Then,​ ​you’ll​ ​dig​ ​into​ ​some​ ​additional considerations​ ​for​ ​voice,​ ​including​ ​when​ ​and​ ​how​ ​to​ ​combine​ ​voice​ ​capabilities​ ​with​ ​visual​ ​interfaces,​ ​how to​ ​address​ ​accessibility​ ​issues​ ​with​ ​voice,​ ​and​ ​how​ ​to​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​voice​ ​transactions​ ​are​ ​carried​ ​out​ ​with safety​ ​in​ ​mind.​ ​You’ll​ ​design​ ​a​ ​third,​ ​multimodal​ ​skill​ ​that​ ​uses​ ​Alexa’s​ ​skill​ ​cards​ ​to​ ​combine​ ​graphic​ ​and voice​ ​considerations. The​ ​course​ ​is​ ​divided​ ​into​ ​two​ ​Achievements​ ​and​ ​contains​ ​a​ ​total​ ​of​ ​17​ ​Exercises.​ ​At​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​each Exercise,​ ​you’ll​ ​complete​ ​a​ ​Task​ ​to​ ​immediately​ ​apply​ ​what​ ​you’ve​ ​learned​ ​to​ ​a​ ​deliverable​ ​related​ ​to​ ​the design​ ​process​ ​for​ ​your​ ​Alexa​ ​skills.​ ​
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition Plans2 monthly instalments or an upfront fee. Contact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for pricing in Euros and Pounds.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelStudents must have UX design experience.
    Prep WorkNone
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo

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  • $500 CareerFoundry Scholarship

    Course Report is excited to offer an exclusive CareerFoundry scholarship for $500 off tuition!

    Eligibility

    Offer is only valid for new applicants. Applicants who have already submitted an application cannot claim this scholarship. & This scholarship cannot be combined with other offers.

    Qualifying Courses

    • UX Design (Online)
    • Full Stack Web Development (Online)
    • UI Design (Online)

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  • UX design Course
    - 3/14/2016
    Amal Habashy • Senior Graphic Designer
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    Studying online was suitable for me, turned out easier than I thought!! all it takes is some time managment! having a mentor was really helpful to explain and clarify any misunderstood concepts. I'm so glad I did the course, I hope I can find a UX design job soon!

     

  • Marco • Web Developer • Graduate
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    After trying several free and paid courses on HTML and CSS I stumbled upon CareerFoundry's course offer. The curriculum and the fact that you get your own mentor to guide you throughout the entire course got me to give it a go. I didn't regret it for a second. 

    I was happy to have done some HTML and CSS before twhich helped me a lot to get through those tasks. When I started with Ruby things got more tricky for mr initially. Luckily I had a great and very responsive mentor who helped me to reach my goals step by step. Additionally you'll get referred to plenty of additional material to go deeper into the different topics.

    Overall I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to start their web development career as it's fun, challenging and teaching you plenty of useful skills to get your feet off the ground.

     

  • Hunter • QA Engineer / Tech Support • Student
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    A very close friend of mine has been teaching me to code and program, he had suggested we take a course together and that is how we sumbled upon CareerFoundry. It has been single handedly the best thing I have ever payed for.

    The curriculum is on point and and broken down very well.

    My Instructor (Ryan Smith) has been excellent and very helpful, with fast responses and very productive crticism and help.

    At no point during this course did I feel alone or unable to complete it with very little to limited knowledge of anything computer related coming into this.

     

    5/5 would reccomend

  • Anonymous • Student
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    I am finishing up the UX course now and overall I think it was a decent experience. I am the type of person who can easily commit to self-learning, but I like the structure of a lesson plan, so CareerFoundry was perfect for me. You do a series of lessons online over the course of 3-6 months that eventually compile into a portfolio. A portfolio is key to landing a UX job, so I thought CF would be a good fit for my goals.

    The curriculum was generally good but not without its flaws. I am transitioning into UX from a related role, and I think certain parts of the course would have been a huge struggle without my previous experience to fall back on. Some lessons were pretty hit or miss at times or seemed vague in their instruction or strangely ordered. For those reasons, I would probably recommend this class to someone either with at least some previous tech experience or a little self study under their belt. I think someone completely new to tech might struggle a little bit. That being said, CF does seem to do a good job of giving you an overview of the various responsibilities a UX designer may have, which allows you to get your feet wet and figure out what type of role you want out of your next job. 

    My mentor was very nice and was somewhat available. I can't speak for all the CF mentors, but I know my mentor was very new to the UX field (less than 6 months). If you're expecting to have direct access to a senior UXer as your mentor, you might be pretty disappointed. I haven't checked back on this, but I could have sworn that CF promised their mentors had at least 2-3 years of field experience, which is clearly false. However, it is a self-learning class, so as long as your mentor is knowledgable enough to help you where you need it and you don't have tons of deep industry questions, the mentorship should be sufficient.

    CF doesn't offer any job placement, which you might not really expect for the price anyway. It is much much more affordable than something like General Assembly, which at press time is charging $11.5k for their UX class. Even with all the flaws of CF, I can't imagine General Assembly being over 6x better. For what its worth, I know many people who have gone through the GA courses only to seriously struggle to find work... CF certainly won't make you immune to those obstacles, what with so many industry newbies flooding the market with only bootcamp experience, but if you are resolved to take this route, you might be pretty happy to have that extra $10k in your pocket while you look for work...

    Overall if you're looking for a way into UX, CareerFoundry is a decent option that doesn't require you to quit your job or take out a second mortgage against your house. Obviously or not so obviously to some people, tech bootcamps are not some magic way into a perfect, high salaried tech job, but CF is a less risky option due to its pricing and flexibility. I would say its a good investment for the money and would be especially useful for current tech workers looking to expand their skillset or transition their career if UX is a lateral move.

  • Frank • Web Design and Development • Graduate
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    The title speaks for itself. I researched many diffrent schools and bootcamps, but having a wife and a baby on the way, I needed somthing I could do from the comfort of my own home. I also wanted someone to keep me accountable, and then I found Career Foundry. With their online course and mentorship program (and don't forget the awesome price!) I decided that it was the program for me. I started my journey into Web Development in July 2015 and completing the course within 6 months, I applied to a company and after 45 mintues of sending out my resume, I got a call to come in for an interview and was hired on the spot! I now work for an amazing company, building fully responsive websites and enjoying every moment of it.
    I definitely would recommend Career Foundry.

  • Anonymous • Graduate
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    I chose the Web Development track for CareerFoundry on the reccomendation of my friend, who took the UX design course (and got an internship, and then 70k a year job shortly after). It's a 6 month track and it took me just over 4 months to do it, even with a full time job. I had been wanting to switch into the Web Dev field for a while and primarily chose CareerFoundry because of its affordability and the fact that I could do it on my time. There aren't a lot of comparable options. Overall, I was satisfied by my experience. I learned a LOT- CareerFoundry gives you all the foundations you need to build a static website and Ruby on Rails application, which in turn gives you the foundation for other frameworks.

    My mentor was available from 7pm-11pm every day, and was incredibly helpful. He gave me a lot of help on his own, sometimes stayed a little later than his shift to help me, and he taught me a lot. However, he also taught me the importance of being resourceful and looking stuff up on my own.

    I'm not sure that "just taking the course" will get you a job- but nonetheless, neither will "going to college." However, without the structure of the course to help me, I don't think I would have been as sucessful with my learning. You essentially build two websites for the course, both of which can be used as "portfolio projects" to apply for a job. The course doesn't focus on javascript and algorithms and things like that as much as it could have, so that's really what my next step has to be.

    Another important aspect to CareerFoundry is the Slack community and the networking opportunity it presents. And when your mentor isn't available and StackOverflow doesn't seem to be able to answer your question, you can likely get an answer on there. Their customer service and staff are incredibly friendly and helpful and genuinely want you to succeed. While they don't seem to have the resources to be able to do direct job placement, they do provide other advice to students. Personally, I feel like I could maybe apply for jobs now and be successful, but want to learn a bit more. If I didn't take this course and just tried to learn unguided and compiling other resources together, I'm not sure I would have been as motivated in successful in my endeavors.

    While I have yet to land a job, I believe that this was a great investment of $1,500 and the boost I need- I couldn't quit my job and go do a $15,000 bootcamp. This is affordable, you learn a lot and I would reccomend it to anyone.

    Suggestions: They have a few "optional projects" like a calculator in JavaScript that you can make or a rails "to-do" app and give you suggesions on how to make them. In my opinion, they could add a few more of these, as it wouldn't require much staffing on their part but really help their students.
     

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    I'm taking the developer course and I've just about finished the exercises and achievements.

    Pros: The curriculum is setup well and it's easy to track your progress and see where you are going. Having a mentor is a great resource and the Slack community is pretty knowledgeable and accessable. Compared to other bootcamps the price is reasonable too.  

    Cons: This is still self-based learning and if you get stuck on a problem you are encouraged to try and figure out the issue yourself by looking online. Yes, you can ask the community or your mentor, but you will not always get quick responses. Part of being a developer is learning how to google your issues and how to fix things on your own so in a way this is a good thing. I don't believe there is much in the way of job assistance, but if you ask your mentor or the community you can be pointed in the right direction. 

    Overall, I liked my experience and feel I learned a lot about web development, but I've only scratched the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more to learn and this course is just the beginning. I think it is possible to get a job after this course, but you must be disciplined and continue building and learning on your own. 

    Response From: Rosie Allabarton of CareerFoundry
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    Monday, Oct 31 2016
    Dear Anonymous

    Many thanks for taking the time to review the Web Development Course with CareerFoundry. It’s great to read that the curriculum, community, mentor and price of the course exceeded your expectations and that you felt you learned a lot about web development with us. 

    You wrote in your review: 
    “This is still self-based learning and if you get stuck on a problem you are encouraged to try and figure out the issue yourself by looking online. Yes, you can ask the community or your mentor, but you will not always get quick responses.”

    We were sorry to read you did not get quick responses from your mentor while you were studying with us. Did you report this problem to our Student Advisors? Whenever we are alerted to a problem one of our students is having with their mentor we work hard to resolve that issue as quickly as possible, and in the few instances where we are unable to resolve a problem we are able to assign that student to a new mentor right away. 

    On a related note, a large part of learning to become a web developer is learning how to find solutions to problems independently. Our philosophy focuses on how over what: mentors aim to teach students how to find out answers on their own, rather than simply handing out the answers to exercises when it gets a little more difficult. 

    The reason for this is that even the most experienced web developers still need to know how to Google for solutions to new problems. The key is knowing how to search for solutions and how to use the results. These are things that all of our students learn on our Web Development Course, with fantastic portfolios and jobs to show for it upon graduation.

    You wrote in your review: “I don't believe there is much in the way of job assistance, but if you ask your mentor or the community you can be pointed in the right direction.”

    We were sorry to read you did not  feel aided in your search to find a job. A huge part of what we do is centered around job placement. Our Placement Team work tirelessly to place graduates into jobs which utilize their new skills upon completion of their courses. And not just any jobs either, but jobs they’ll love. In fact, we’re so confident of what our students can achieve we now offer a money back guarantee to anyone who is not in a job they love within six months of finishing their course with us. 

    Our Job You Love Guarantee is proof of the following:

    1. Our graduates have the skills, knowledge and portfolios to land a fantastic job once they leave us.
    2. Our Placement Team are dedicated to finding jobs for our graduates the world over. 
    3. The technology industry is crying out for skilled individuals right now. 

    As you have chosen to remain anonymous it’s hard for me to comment on your specific situation, but I have included my email address at the end of this response and would love to hear more about your experience with CareerFoundry and where you’re at in your job search. We would love to help in any way we can. 

    Thanks again for taking the time to review CareerFoundry and do reach out to me personally if you’d like to discuss your experience further.

    Best,

    Rosie 

    rosie@careerfoundry.com
  • Web Development
    - 1/27/2016
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    The content was decent, although there were plenty of errors in the lessons, some that would completely throw off your learning until you inquired to your mentor or the community only to find out it's an error in the lesson. I'm not clear on why these things weren't corrected immediately, even after they'd been brought to the attention of CF multiple times.

    My mentor was very little help. This is the worst part since it was the EXACT reason I signed up...for mentor access. He was often not available when he said he would be and often took a week or more to respond to questions or lessons. Also, we are promised 12 skype sessions, I got exactly 0 (it appears they no longer provide that, lol). My guess is this is more mentor specific, as many other students have raved about how responsive and helpful their mentors were. So, you'll want to make sure you get a good mentor and if you don't, ask for a new one.

    Also, there isn't any job assistance whatsoever. The "student success manager" never checked in, although I received a few automated broadcast emails with general advice. I was surprised that after six months, there wasn't one personal check in.

    Because of these issues, I can hardly recommend the course, not for $1900! Maybe $300. I have used Treehouse for more than a year and the content and overall quality is outstanding (unfortunately, there just aren't any mentors...for now).

    Response From: Rosie Allabarton of CareerFoundry
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    Wednesday, Nov 02 2016
    Dear Eileen

    Many thanks for taking the time to review your CareerFoundry experience. We take every review extremely seriously and very much appreciate you reporting back on what went well and what didn’t during your course. We can then learn and improve as both a company and a team to ensure we are doing everything we can to maintain a consistently high level of service, not just meeting the expectations of our students but exceeding them. 

    You wrote in your review:
    “The content was decent, although there were plenty of errors in the lessons, some that would completely throw off your learning until you inquired to your mentor or the community only to find out it's an error in the lesson. I'm not clear on why these things weren't corrected immediately, even after they'd been brought to the attention of CF multiple times.” 

    We were naturally concerned to read you were unhappy with your lessons. Our curriculum is written and reviewed by technical and educational experts, who work to continually improve our course content. But we are human, which means occasionally mistakes happen. Thank you for bringing to our attention the error/s you found - this feedback loop is crucial for us to maintain high standards across our platform, for all of courses, which is why we ask our students to leave feedback after every lesson. This feedback goes directly to our Curriculum Team who edit, update and improve our content every single day. 

    Your wrote in your review:
    “My mentor was very little help. This is the worst part since it was the EXACT reason I signed up...for mentor access.”

    Again, we are very sorry to read you had a bad experience with your CareerFoundry mentor. Our mentors are hired for their high levels of technical knowledge, strong desire to teach and vast industry experience. If a student of ours alerts us to a problem with their mentor we act quickly to resolve it as soon as possible. 

    Without your full name, I can’t comment on your specific case, but I can say that when we are informed of a situation between a student and a mentor we do everything within our power to find a solution, and when a solution is not possible, we assign our student to a new mentor straight away so they lose no time on their course. 

    If you would like to contact me personally about what happened with your mentor, I have included my personal email at the end of this response and would very much like to hear from you.

    You wrote in your review:
    “Also, there isn't any job assistance whatsoever. The "student success manager" never checked in, although I received a few automated broadcast emails with general advice. I was surprised that after six months, there wasn't one personal check in.”

    We are surprised and sorry that this was your experience with us when it came to looking for a job. Without your details I can’t say what happened in your case. However, our Placement Team works tirelessly with each of our graduates to place them in a job as quickly as possible, with fantastic results to show for it. 

    We don’t promise our students any job either, but a job they’ll love. Our Job You Love Guarantee ensures that if a student isn’t in a job they love within six months of finishing their course with us then they’ll get all of their money back, no questions asked. 

    This guarantee demonstrates three things:

    1. The quality of CareerFoundry graduates and our confidence in their skills 
    2. The work of our Placement Team
    3. The need for skilled individuals in the tech industry right now

     
    Again, I’d love to hear more about your time studying with us, so that we can do everything we can to leave you with a more positive impression of the company and our team. Our students’ career success is at the centre of everything we do, and we are grateful to you for sharing your experience with us, so that we have the chance to respond to your feedback and see what might have been done better.

    Best wishes,

    Rosie Allabarton

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    I started the Web Developer course as a complete newbie and in the beginning felt the learning was well supported. As time went on, my mentor was little help, the course materials were lacking in places and my experience hasn't been enough to get an internship, let alone an actual job. When I got stuck in places, it was up to Google and Stack Overflow to save me. The feedback I received was minimal and if not for the online community, I never would have finished.

    I do think they provide a lot of great resources and teach you the basics. It just isn't enough to get a job as advertised. 

  • UX Designer
    - 1/20/2016
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    I loved my time with CareerFoundry.  I found my mentor to be extremely knowledgeable and encouraging. The mentor was probably my favorite part of the course.  I also liked the format of the course material.  The assignments were clear and easy to understand.  They don't unlock the next section until you finished the previous one.  This made it easier for me to stay focused and on track.  My experience  was a very positive one. I will be continuing my education with them later this month by taking the Web Developer Course.

  • course choice
    - 1/16/2016
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    I was Just wondering, why I would have to chooes between the two courses? If its from home or mobile, is there a way to be able to attend both classes?

    -Sandra D Loer

    my rating below can be changed. I have no desire to waist anymore time trying to get this right. I am also intrested in the scholorship while I wait to go back to college. This scholorship would be very use full to fullfill any requirments that may be needed.

  • Awesome Course
    - 1/15/2016
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    I completed the course a few months ago and I'd say it's definatly worth it, I learned alot of stuff and my mentor was very helpful. The course metairial is very good and detailed.
    Overall I'd say it was a very good investment. 

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    I took the UX Course on the six month track. Looking back, I would say I learned a lot and was challenged. It is a lot of work, but I managed to stay ahead while working a full time job as well. 

    My mentor was fabulous and very responsive - always providing interesting perspectives and insights. 

    Overall a very good experience!

  • Brilliant Course!
    - 12/17/2015
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    I have just finished the UX design course through Careerfoundry and I loved every minute. The course is laid out really well and is very easy to follow.  

    My mentor was marvelous and always there to answer my questions. 

    I would highly recommend this course

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    I just finished the UX Design course and I really liked it. I learned the basics and fundamentals of UX. A great starting point to jump into this business.

    I also had a great mentor, the questions I had got answered very quick from the careerfoundry team.

    Overall a very good experience!

  • Anonymous
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    You need experience for programming when take the web development course,If u don't know anything about html,css.It's hard to start here.And mentor not helpful at all.When I get stuck never help me ,wait for a reply forever.Not worth it

  • Anonymous • Graduate
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    I signed up for CareerFoundry's "Web Development" course with the belief that at the end of the course, I would be ready to apply for junior-level jobs in my area, as per their online promise.  I was suckered in by their cutesy-poo story of some developer who was unemployed and after three months was working as a freelance developer.  That may be well and dandy, but it would be nice to see a roadmap as to how to go down that path.  But this is my review of CareerFoundry.

    PROS

    CareerFoundry is affordable.  It is cheaper than other bootcamps where you pay 10% of your mortgage, but you pay for what you get.

    My mentor was nice and knowledgable, but per CF you are only entitled to one Skype call per week.  So Google and StackOverflow become your friends.

    The community on Slack is (somewhat) engaging.  There's a lot of "Hi, I'm from [insert country here]" where you can meet other people.

    CONS

    CF is more geared toward UX/UI development and freelance web development.  So if you're looking for support in web development for a company, you won't find it here.

    There are NO CAREER RESOURCES.  No help for technical interviews, job preparation (they don't do placement), resume writing, nothing.  Sidenote: how do you call yourself CAREERFoundry and provide no career support?  They claim to have an "extensive job network", but that's for European jobs in UX/UI.

    The majority of their lessons leave a lot to be desired.  They say that no programming experience is required, but if you've never even looked at HTML before, you'll be blown away by the early assignments.

    Good luck asking for help on the forums.  I've come across problems with assignments and tried to post questions and received no help.

    Your portfolio consists of "two" projects: the personal website and a Ruby on Rails app.  Nothing to really impress a potential employer.

    If you're a PC user, you will struggle with the RoR portion and they provide no support.

    Bottom line is, you can go through Treehouse and get the same skills at a fraction of what you pay for CF.  I cannot recommend this program to anyone.

  • Greate course
    - 11/27/2015
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    I've finished course "Full-stack web developer" recently. I was great experience for me and I got a lot of information. The course is well-design and you develop real project. As a result you can see your work in real life. Nevertheless, this course assumes that you should learn detailed information by yourself. I mean, that the course gives you only base knowledge and you should be prepared work alone in some cases. My mentor was qualified and helped me a lot.

  • Anonymous
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    If you are beginner in the field please avoid this UX designer course or you are in for a bad time. No previous experience necessary? That's not true at all!

    The first section asks you to write a proposal to a company including an analysis, timeframe and pricing. Sounds great? Well, don't expect to get any help or material relating to how to write a real project proposal. In fact, the majority of the material was completely irrelevant to the task and the little help you get are some outdated links to web applications and blog posts. The submitted answers by fellow colleagues are clearly made by professionals with previous experience in the field.

    Finally, the platform is buggy. My mentor didn't receive some messages or the submit button wouldn't work. I have also noted some sudden changes in how you are supposed to submit a project without prior notice. For instance, all of a sudden i'm supposed to use Adobe's Behance to submit my paper without explanations on what it is or why. My colleagues, however, were able to send their papers as PDF files not long ago.

    I tried to like this course and i believe that I gave my very best. But I seem to get more from a good book at a tiny fraction of the cost. The mentor is nice but Skype calls only once a week are not enough since the course material itself just leaves you hanging. Overall, I regret my decision to pay such a large sum of money and i cannot recommend this Careerfoundry course to anyone.

  • Learned a lot.
    - 11/5/2015
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    I am finishing up the course and wanted to share my experience with the program. I initially decided to go with CareerFoundry because of the cost - for the money, there isn't a comparable online bootcamp that offers one on one mentorship and teaches full stack web development. I also didn't know if I wanted to (or even had the ability to) code and potentially pursue a career in it, so this was a perfect entry point.

    In the beginning, I didn't know anything about writing code or anything about programming languages. The course is well-designed for people starting from zero experience - the lessons are structured into manageable tasks that explain terminology, the how/why of things, and detailed instructions in actually writing the code. By the end of the course, I went from not knowing anything about coding to being able to make my own personal website and also how to make an e-commerce (fancy way of saying a website that sells something) site with Ruby on Rails - one of the more popular programming options right now.

    My mentor reviewed my work on every exercise and let me know if I could improve anything and what to focus on. If I had questions, he responded within a day or two. There's also a forum/group that every student is signed into and I've seen that the people on there are pretty responsive and try to help each other.

    I can't comment on job assistance as I haven't talked to my mentor yet, but this course gave me a good idea of what I can do next. I think that's the important takeaway - ultimately, I got out of the experience what I put into it. The program's a lot of time and effort, so it isn't a walk in the park, "barely scratching the surface" course, but if you use all the resources that you're given, it's definitely a good starting point in learning how to code.

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    CareerFoundry's UX program is challenging and really pushes students to learn the ins and outs of UX while creating great work. Each lesson has vital and helpful information, but my favorite part of the program is being paired with a mentor. Unlike other online programs I've gone through, the mentor/mentee aspect of this one really helps to make sure you understand the concept/fundamentals before moving onto the next section.

    If you're looking to break into the field of UX, I would highly recommend this program!

  • A lot of work!
    - 10/19/2015
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    This course is a lot of work! Be prepared for 6 months of doing nothing but going to work FT and working on this class in every other spare moment. This course takes you through every step of what it is like to be a freelance UX designer - your mentor acts like your client for some assigments. Most of the reading assigments were helpful, some of the links/processes need to be updated. On average you are supposed to spend 10-15 hours per week on 5 assigments (or one module). Most of the time I spent 2-3x that amount. There is a lot of homework! Most of the time the assignments were very vague and I had to ask my mentor what I was supposed to do. In the beginning my mentor was helpful in keeping me motivated when I really just wanted to give up. In the end when I was scrampbing to finish up assignments, I wouldn't hear from my mentor for days. So if I had a question, I would be loosing precoius time waiting for a response (it didn't help that for whatever reason CF gave me a mentor that lived in a time zone 9 hours ahead of me). Overall, it is a good course and I learned a lot! Just be prepared to spend ALOT of time on the assigments. I'm not sure how you would come away with a feel-good project at the end by only spending 2 hours on each assigment as CF outlines in the course overview. 

  • Falk • Student • Student
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    The course was really fun . The lessons are clear and well- structured . Even with some basic knowledge you can still learn a lot . The heart of CareerFoundry are clearly the mentors . They are always eager to help you, either by email or via videochat . It's nice to get such a personal touch in the solitary of e-learning . Thanks a lot for this!

    After the course i feel like i definitely could build a normal website, e-commerce store or even a small blog/social platform. Of course you have to invest time. A lot of time, but it's definitely woth it. :) 

  • Luis Guerra • Composer & UX Designer • Graduate
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    I found UX through my current career as a full time composer in Los Angeles. There aren't many people bridging the two worlds so I began meeting with a UX designer locally and got really inspired by my meetings with him. I also attended UX boot camps and began reading books.

    After spending  a month searching for an online UX design course, I finally found an article written by CF's founder on a UX blog which totally blew me away. The way he decoded and demystified the process of applying UX seemed to be within reach for someone with very little experience. At that point, I was preparing to pay a lot of money for an immersive UX course but ended up going with CF and saved a lot of money in the process AND ended up meeting my incredible mentor. 

    I can't say enough how pleased I've been with my class and especially my mentor - she's been fantastic! However CF found her, and I got paired with her is a miracle or luck or both. But one thing for certain, I have a new approach to using UX in all of daily tasks. Not to mention, I will hopefully nail down a job soon as a UX designer to gain more experience in this fascinating field. 

    There were a few moments I questioned the curriculum and specifically some of the organization of the curriculum. I have no doubts the CF team is staying on top of the latest trends, and updating the course as needed.  I am so thankful that CF exists and is literally going to change people's lives.

    I hope one day, I can meet the CF team in Berlin :)

  • Irina Spicaka • UX & Web Designer, Media Artist • Graduate
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    There are three ways how to learn a new tool / skill - dig and learn it by yourself, study at a school / university, find an intense course that focuses on explaining one theme that interests you the most. 

    A year ago I realised that I am a great graphic designer and media artist but to make good money with it I need to jump to a next level. Taking into account my skills in design, digital media, research and writing I decided to learn UX Design. 

    I did a lot of research online and found CareerFoundry. First, I went to UX meet-up in Berlin and saw how professional CareerFoundry team is. After that I applied for UX Design course and since then almost every day within next 7 months was filled with new and useful information about how to develop digital projects. I learned how to form and develop my own business idea, about user-centred thinking, information architecture, interaction design, wireframing, prototyping, user testing and more.

    I had to put a lot of effort in it and in the end I felt self-confident. I went to a first job interview after the course and got that job. The only thing I can say from my experience - it works! 

    If you still have doubts, just give it a try!

Thanks!