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CareerFoundry

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CareerFoundry

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CareerFoundry is an online bootcamp that offers flexibly paced programs for career changers in web development, UX design, UI design, and data analytics. 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 and tutors through their dual mentorship model, training students to become job-ready in four to 12 month or their money back.

All programs cover the in-demand job skills required as well as real-world tools employed by professionals in the field. The 7-month Web Development Program explores HTML, CSS, JavaScript, API building, server-side development, test-driven development, progressive web apps, native app development, and more and covers how and when to use industry-standard tools including Atom, GitHub, Node, React, Angular, Vue, and Bootstrap and more. The 10-month UX Design Course explores the entire UX design process including ​user​ ​research​ ​and​ ​testing,​ ​rapid​ ​prototyping,​ ​iterative design,​ ​interaction​ ​design,​ ​responsive​ ​design,​ ​and visual​ ​design​, and covers the tools ​​Balsamiq,​ ​Sketch, Figma, ​InVision and more. The 6-month UI Design Program explores responsive design, visual design principles, designing for different platforms, wireframing, mockups, prototyping, testing, and UX design. It covers the tools Sketch, Adobe XD, InVision, Balsamiq, Figma and more. The 9-month Data Analytics Program explores statistical analysis and testing, data visualisation, data querying, predictive analysis and covers the programming language Python and tools Excel, TableauTableu, PostgreSQL and more.
 

All students will graduate with projects they can show to potential employers to ensure they land their first job. Web development students will create a simple portfolio website and a variety of apps, including a native app as well as a NoSQL database-driven React app complete with its own API. UX Design students work on three complete apps for their portfolio, choosing from various project options. UI Design students build a marketable portfolio that includes the UI for eight projects. Data analytics students work on six projects, covering designing and producing visualizations, dashboards, reports, presentations, and more.

Students have access to a dedicated Career Specialist who provides tailored coaching for job hunting and interviewing. Graduates of the program who do not land a job within six months of graduating are eligible for a full refund.

No previous experience is required 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 by connecting with an advisor who can talk through their options. Students will need to pay a deposit to secure their place, then complete the required pre-work before the program commences.

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  • Data Analytics Program

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    Data Visualization, Excel, Data Analytics , SQL, Python
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week32 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$6,900
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    In this program, you'll learn all the job skills, tools, and processes you need to break into your new career as a data analyst—with a job guarantee to boot. You’ll receive individualized mentorship through our dual mentorship model that pairs you with not one but two data professionals to support, advise, and give feedback throughout the program. The program is 100% online and flexibly-paced, and our curriculum is expert-authored and built entirely in-house, providing a rigorous, project-based, and adaptive learning experience. The full journey is split into three parts: Intro to Data Analytics, Data Immersion, and Job Preparation. This setup ensures you start out with the basics, and finish as an expert in data analytics with a professional portfolio with real-world projects to set you apart in the job market. You’ll also have a solid approach to your job search, and the ongoing support of our Career Services Team as you apply for jobs and prepare for interviews as a qualified data analyst.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition PlansContact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for tuition plans and pricing in Euros and Pounds.
    Refund / GuaranteeTwo week trial period—cancel and receive a full refund. Job guarantee available for eligible applicants.
    ScholarshipContact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com to learn about scholarships offered.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNone—suitable for complete beginners
    Prep WorkNone required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Frontend Development for Designers Course

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    HTML, CSS, Front End
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week8 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$2,000
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    This course covers the most important frontend development skills in a no-nonsense, streamlined approach and ​will​ ​walk​ ​you​ ​through​ ​the​ ​entire​ ​development​ ​process​ ​for​ ​creating​ ​a​ ​simple​ ​yet​ ​functional portfolio​ ​site​ ​to​ ​showcase​ ​your​ ​creative​ ​work.​ By​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​course,​ ​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. We’ll pair you with a web development professional to support, advise, and give individualized feedback and mentoring from day one. The course is 100% online and flexibly-paced, and our curriculum is expert-authored and built entirely in-house. The learning experience this provides is rigorous, project-based, and adaptive—designed to empower you to acquire all the skills you’ll need to take your current job to the next level. *This course is appropriate for qualified designers, or can be selected as a third-module specialization of our UX or UI Design Programs.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition Plans2 monthly instalments or an upfront fee. Contact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for pricing in Euros and Pounds.
    Refund / GuaranteeTwo week trial period—cancel and receive a full refund.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelStudents must have basic UX design experience.
    Prep WorkNone required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Intro to Data Analytics Course

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    Data Visualization, Excel, Data Analytics
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week4 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$690
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    In this course, you’ll learn everything you need to gain a solid understanding of key data analysis skills, processes, and principles. It’s the perfect solution for those brand-new to the subject and a great way to see whether data analysis is the right career for you. You’ll receive individualized mentorship through our dual mentorship model that pairs you with not one but two data professionals to support, advise, and give feedback throughout the course. Work on a real-world project and learn about the essential deliverables employers and teams need as you build an end-to-end analysis for your course project. The course is 100% online and flexibly-paced, and our curriculum is expert-authored and built entirely in-house. The learning experience this provides is rigorous, project-based, and adaptive—designed to empower you to acquire all the skills you’ll need to take your current job to the next level, and how to use and analyze data to make better decisions. *The Intro to Data Course constitutes the first module of the full Data Analytics Program. You can choose to continue to the full program on completion of the course.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition PlansUpfront payments only. Contact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for pricing in Euros and Pounds.
    Refund / GuaranteeTwo week trial period—cancel and receive a full refund.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNone—suitable for complete beginners
    Prep WorkNone required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Intro to UX Design Course

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    Design, User Experience Design
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week4 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$690
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    In this course, you’ll learn about every phase of the UX design process, gain an understanding of the industry as a whole, and discover how UXers think. It’s the perfect solution for those brand-new to the subject and a great way to see whether UX design is the right career for you. You’ll receive individualized mentorship through our dual mentorship model that pairs you with not one but two UX design professionals to support, advise, and give feedback throughout the course. Work on a real-world project and learn about the essential deliverables employers and teams need as you build an end-to-end analysis for your course project. The course is 100% online and flexibly-paced, and our curriculum is expert-authored and built entirely in-house. The learning experience this provides is rigorous, project-based, and adaptive—designed to empower you to acquire all the skills you’ll need to take your current job to the next level, and how to use UX design to make better decisions. *The Intro to UX Design Course constitutes the first module of the full UX Design Program. You can choose to continue to the full program on completion of the Intro to UX Design course.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition PlansUpfront payments only. Contact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for pricing in Euros and Pounds.
    Refund / GuaranteeTwo week trial period—cancel and receive a full refund.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNone—suitable for complete beginners
    Prep WorkNone required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • UI Design Program

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    HTML, JavaScript, Design, Mobile, User Experience Design
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week36 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$6,900
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    In this program, you’ll learn all the job skills, tools, and processes you need to break into your new career as a UI designer—with a job guarantee to boot. You’ll receive individualized mentorship through our dual mentorship model that pairs you with not one but two UI professionals to support, advise, and give feedback throughout the program. The program is 100% online and flexibly-paced, and our curriculum is expert-authored and built entirely in-house, providing a rigorous, project-based, and adaptive learning experience. The full journey is split into four parts: Intro to UI Design, UI Immersion, your choice of one specialization (Frontend Development for Designers, or Voice User Interface Design), and Job Preparation. This setup ensures you start out with the basics, and finish as an expert in UI Design with specialized knowledge and a professional portfolio with real-world projects to set you apart in the job market. You’ll also have a solid approach to your job search, and the ongoing support of our Career Services Team as you apply for jobs and prepare for interviews as a qualified UI designer.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Financing available via Skills Fund
    Tuition PlansContact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for tuition plans and pricing in Euros and Pounds.
    Refund / GuaranteeTwo week trial period—cancel and receive a full refund. Job guarantee available for eligible applicants.
    ScholarshipContact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com to learn about scholarships offered.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNone required
    Prep WorkNone required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • UI for UX Designers Course

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    Design
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week8 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$2,000
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    Built in collaboration with design leader, InVision, this fast-track course ​takes​ ​you​ ​through​ ​the​ ​process​ ​of​ ​designing​ ​the​ ​user​ ​interface​ ​of​ ​a​ ​responsive​ ​app​ ​from scratch to include in your design portfolio.​ By​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​course,​ you’ll have mastered​ ​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! We’ll pair you with a UI professional to support, advise, and give individualized feedback and mentoring from day one. The course is 100% online and flexibly-paced, and our curriculum is expert-authored and built entirely in-house. The learning experience this provides is rigorous, project-based, and adaptive—designed to empower you to acquire all the skills you’ll need to take your current job to the next level. *This course is appropriate for qualified designers, or can be selected as a third-module specialization of our UX Design Program.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition Plans2 monthly instalments or an upfront fee. Contact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for pricing in Euros and Pounds.
    Refund / GuaranteeTwo week trial period—cancel and receive a full refund.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelStudents must basic have UX design experience.
    Prep WorkNone required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • UX Design Program

    Apply
    HTML, JavaScript, Design, User Experience Design, Front End
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week43 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$6,900
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    In this program you’ll learn all the job skills, tools, and processes you need to break into your new career as a UX designer—with a job guarantee to boot. You’ll receive individualized mentorship through our dual mentorship model that pairs you with not one but two UX professionals to support, advise, and give feedback throughout the program. The program is 100% online and flexibly-paced, and our curriculum is expert-authored and built entirely in-house, providing a rigorous, project-based, and adaptive learning experience. The full journey is split into four parts: Intro to UX Design, UX Immersion, your choice of one specialization (User Interface Design for UX Designers, Frontend Development for Designers, or Voice User Interface Design), and Job Preparation. This setup ensures you start out with the basics, and finish as an expert in UX with specialized knowledge and a professional portfolio of real-world projects to set you apart in the job market. You’ll also have a solid approach to your job search, and the ongoing support of our Career Services Team as you apply for jobs and prepare for interviews as a qualified UX designer.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Financing available via Skills Fund
    Tuition Plans10 monthly instalments or an upfront fee. Contact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for pricing in Euros and Pounds.
    Refund / GuaranteeTwo week trial period—cancel and receive a full refund. Job guarantee available for eligible applicants.
    ScholarshipContact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com to get a $500 scholarship.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNone—suitable for complete beginners
    Prep WorkNone required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Voice User Interface Design Course

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    Design
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week8 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$2,000
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    Built in collaboration with the pioneer in voice design, Amazon Alexa, our comprehensive course in Voice User Interface Design 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.​ We’ll pair you with a VUI professional to support, advise, and give individualized feedback and mentoring from day one. The course is 100% online and flexibly-paced, and our curriculum is expert-authored and built entirely in-house. The learning experience this provides is rigorous, project-based, and adaptive—designed to empower you to acquire all the skills you’ll need to take your current job to the next level. *This course is appropriate for qualified designers, or can be selected as a third-module specialization of our UX or UI Design Programs.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition Plans2 monthly instalments or an upfront fee. Contact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for pricing in Euros and Pounds.
    Refund / GuaranteeTwo week trial period—cancel and receive a full refund.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelStudents must have basic UX design experience.
    Prep WorkNone required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Web Development Program

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    AngularJS, MongoDB, HTML, Git, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS, React.js, Algorithms, Node.js, Front End, Scrum, MVC, Agile, REST, SQL
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week28 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$6,900
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    In this program, you’ll learn all the job skills, tools, and processes you need to break into your new career as a web developer—with a job guarantee to boot. You’ll receive individualized mentorship through our dual mentorship model that pairs you with not one but two web development professionals to support, advise, and give feedback throughout the program. The program is 100% online and flexibly-paced, and our curriculum is expert-authored and built entirely in-house, providing a rigorous, project-based, and adaptive learning experience. The full journey is split into three four parts: Intro to Frontend Development, Full-Stack Immersion, and Job Preparation. This setup ensures you start out with the basics, and finish as an expert in web development with specialized knowledge and a professional portfolio with real-world projects to set you apart in the job market. You’ll also have a solid approach to your job search, and the ongoing support of our Career Services Team as you apply for jobs and prepare for interviews as a qualified web developer.
    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 / GuaranteeTwo week trial period—cancel and receive a full refund. Job guarantee available for eligible applicants.
    ScholarshipContact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com to get a $500 scholarship.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNone—suitable for complete beginners
    Prep WorkNone required
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo

1 Scholarship

  • $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 Program (Online)
    • Web Development Program (Online)
    • UI Design Program (Online)
  • Anonymous • Student
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    I did a lot of research before choosing Career Foundry.  I also took the free portion of a few other online bootcamps, to get a feel for what I liked and which I would choose.  In the end, I went the less expensive route and honestly feel like I wasted my money.  The tutor/mentor system is a joke.  I got more of a response from the guys at The Firehose Project (another bootcamp) when I did their free 2 week starter course, than I did in 4 month at CF.  When you are completing a structured program and you run into things you dont understand, you need answers right away in order to continue with a full understanding.  I was lucky to get a response at all from my tutor.  When finally got around to checking my work, he passed things that created huge issues down the line and never should have been allowed.  The few times I got him in chat to ask a question, he seemed to be clueless.  My mentor (checks final projects and gives career advice in 4 spread out video calls), on the other hand, was awesome.  He could see the issue Myself and many others were having with our tutors.

    The course work leaves much to be desired.  The front end course is written very well.  The back end relies on blazing through very technical situations w/o much explanataion and then tells you to get a deeper understanding by meeting with your tutor...  what tutor?

    If I could do it over again, I would pay a bit more and go with my first instinct- Another course.  In fact, I purchased the Complete Ruby on Rails Developer Course(video) through Udemy just to help decipher the Career Foundry course.  It was $20 and offers much more insight and explanation, and is essentially where I got my understanding from.  

    If you are looking for one on one learning, go elsewhere.  If you are looking for written direction do the Ruby on Rails Tutorial(free).  There is no reason to take this course w/o the mentor experience, and that is what ended up happening.

    The front end course is very good.  The chat rooms, while sparsley populated, are a big help.  They offer a money back gaurantee if you dont find work in six months, which is awesome.

    Response From: Rosie Allabarton of CareerFoundry
    Title: Blog Editor
    Wednesday, Oct 19 2016
    Dear Anonymous


    Many thanks for writing such an in depth review of your experience studying web development with us. We can’t overstate how valuable this kind of feedback is for us to continue to grow and learn both as a team and a company. 


    We were saddened to read that you were disappointed with your CareerFoundry experience. It would be very helpful for us to understand exactly what happened so we can prevent this from happening again, and leave you with a more positive experience of CareerFoundry. 


    You wrote in your review: “The tutor/mentor system is a joke.  I got more of a response from the guys at The Firehose Project (another bootcamp) when I did their free 2 week starter course, than I did in 4 month [sic] at CF…. When finally got around to checking my work, he passed things that created huge issues down the line and never should have been allowed.  The few times I got him in chat to ask a question, he seemed to be clueless.” 


    As you have chosen to remain anonymous in your review, perhaps you could reach out to us privately and tell us who your web development tutor was? (I have included my personal email address at the end of this response, so you do not have to reply publicly if you do not want to.) 


    However, without more details we are unable to speak to your tutor directly about their conduct. Please do get in touch so we can act on your feedback.


    It goes without saying that we are extremely sorry you felt let down by the response time and knowledge-level of your tutor. All of our tutors are hired based on their experience in the field, their professionalism and their desire to further the knowledge of others. 


    Regarding the frequency of communication between yourself and your tutor, all of our tutors are required to answer students with 24 hours on Slack, and within 48 hours on the platform (with some exceptions for weekends and national holidays). 


    When students alert us to delays in response times from their tutors (or mentors) - as occasionally happens - we contact the tutor immediately to find out what the hold up is, and either assign the student a new tutor or resolve the issue the current tutor is having so that all parties are communicating with ease again. This quick reaction ensures that the student can get back to learning with as little disruption as possible. 


    You wrote in your review: “When you are completing a structured program and you run into things you dont [sic] understand, you need answers right away in order to continue with a full understanding.” 


    We couldn’t agree more! Which is why we have created a system whereby our students not only have immediate feedback from an on-hand tutor via Slack and the platform, but also the opportunity to discuss issues more deeply with a mentor in a Skype call. We also have student advisors who can jump in and help if there are any issues a student is having that are unrelated to the course materials which might be holding up their learning.  


    You wrote in your review: “My mentor (checks final projects and gives career advice in 4 spread out video calls), on the other hand, was awesome.”


    We are extremely pleased you had such rewarding interactions with your mentor. We think our mentors are awesome too! Again, if you’d like to get in touch and provide us with the name of your mentor we would happily pass on your feedback. 


    You wrote in your review: “The course work leaves much to be desired.  The front end course is written very well.  The back end relies on blazing through very technical situations w/o much explanataion [sic].”


    We are obviously distressed to hear that you found the part of the Web Development Course which covers back end programming more difficult to understand, or that it required further explanation. Programming is no piece of cake, as I’m sure you know. If we were able to get more detailed feedback from you on exactly which exercises you struggled with, I would love to pass this information on to our Curriculum Team who are working every single day to improve our offering. 


    We work on our course materials not just with technical experts, but also with in-house curriculum and educational specialists who spend a great deal of their time working on making the course material and exercises digestible and relevant to each of our students. We also offer students the opportunity to give feedback on the course materials after every single lesson so that we can continue to learn and improve on what we can offer. 


    Obviously all students have unique ways of learning, not to mention different speeds with which they can absorb sometimes very difficult concepts. That’s when the tutor steps in to provide on-hand support and answer any questions the student has to get them over the ‘hump’ of the difficult exercise and onto the next lesson. 


    You wrote in your review: “The front end course is very good.  The chat rooms, while sparsley [sic] populated, are a big help. They offer a money back gaurantee [sic] if you dont [sic] find work in six months, which is awesome.”


    We are very proud of our Web Development Course and are pleased to hear that part of it exceeded your expectations. Our Slack community (‘chat rooms’) is a fantastic example of how engaged and active the more than 1000 students and alumni are. They help each other with both technical and practical problems, they share tips and tricks and some of them even meet up in their own towns and cities to work on projects. Many of our students have spoken of how the on-going support of this community has kept them on-track and motivated. 


    The success of our Job You Love Guarantee (‘money back guarantee if you don’t find work in six months’) has really opened our eyes to what our students can achieve with the right guidance and support. Our Placement Team is dedicated to placing our graduates into jobs they love in technology within six months of graduating with us. If this doesn’t happen, the graduate gets all of their tuition fees back. That’s how confident we are not just in the work of our Placement Team and our extensive network in the technology industry, but also in our extremely hardworking, dedicated and talented students. 



    Thanks so much again for taking the time to review us and I hope my response has in some way helped. Again, we’d love to hear more details of your experience, especially regarding your tutor, so please do drop me an email at rosie@careerfoundry.com.


    Best,


    Rosie





  • Anonymous • Student
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    This school was such a waste of time. 

    I feel so stupid for doing so much research beforehand. I thought I picked a really good school, but this place is awful. I am a current student in the Web Developer Course, and everyday I wish I would have picked a different school. 

     The way these lessons are scripted is very awkward to read and hard to understand. I have spent more time trying to understand what they are trying to say, rather than doing the lessons themselves. 

    If you ask your tutor for help, good luck. They won't get back to you for weeks, and then when they do, they seem more confused than you are. I understand that as a student it is my job to figure things out on my own, but I can't figure anything out if I don't know what I am doing. There isn't enough information to really know what you are doing. 

    Some lessons show the answers or examples of what your code should look like, but they don't explain why, you just better know already. 

    I DO NOT recommend this school to anybody. 

    Response From: Rosie Allabarton of CareerFoundry
    Title: Blog Editor
    Monday, Oct 24 2016
    Dear Anonymous

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your experience on our Web Development Course. We really value this feedback as it helps us grow and learn as both a company and a team. 

    You wrote in your review: “The way these lessons are scripted is very awkward to read and hard to understand.”

    We were obviously extremely sorry to read of your disappointment in the course materials, and concerned that you found them hard to understand.

    Web development is no piece of cake, as I’m sure you know, which is why our Web Development Course is written entirely with beginners in mind. Our in-house curriculum experts are working every single day to ensure that all of our courses are not only the very best out there, but that they are also as accessible to beginners as conceivably possible. 

    Our Curriculum Team do not work alone: they collaborate daily with world class web developers, developers who have worked for companies such as Google and Amazon. These experts write and review our course content so that by the end of their course, a student who was a complete beginner has created a portfolio that is ready to show potential employers. In fact, we’re so confident in what our students learn with us that if they haven’t landed a job they love within six months of graduating we offer them their money back, no questions asked.  

    We would really value the chance to hear more specific feedback about what you found hard to understand so we can evaluate our exercises and course content with that feedback in mind. 

    You wrote in your review: “If you ask your tutor for help, good luck. They won't get back to you for weeks, and then when they do, they seem more confused than you are.”

    We were both surprised and shocked to read of your bad experience with your tutor. All of our tutors are hired based on their knowledge in the field, their enthusiasm for web development and their passion for sharing their knowledge with others. Not only that but each tutor is required to answer the questions of their students within 24 hours on Slack (excluding some bank holidays and weekends) - have you spoken to one of our Student Advisors about the problems you’ve been having? 

    Our Student Advisors are on-hand to answer any questions, complaints or queries you have about your course, including any difficulties with your mentor or tutor. If any of our students alert us to a problem with either their tutor or their mentor we always work to find a solution, and when necessary assign them a new one immediately. 

    I have included my email address at the end of this response. We would very much appreciate it if you could let us know who your tutor is so that we can rectify the situation as soon as possible, and speak to you about how we can make your experience with CareerFoundry a positive one.

    Best,

    Rosie Allabarton

    rosie@careerfoundry.com
  • UX course
    - 7/27/2016
    Anonymous
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    The mentor makes or breaks this course. Mine was not great (not responsive, and offered little good/constructive feedback) so I felt like I was all on my own. I was about 6 weeks late finishing the course and when I did- nothing. No certificate or badge or anything. It is quite intensive but much easier at first (so do lots of assignments in the beginning as you will need more time at the end). Does it teach you UX? Yes. Is it worth the price? Probably. Especially with the $ back guarantee if you don't find a course. But there are many pitfalls: poorly designed course structure, assignments that don't parallel the lectures, etc. I highly recommend abandoning their sample project of designing a project management app and find your own project that is meaningful, that you will enjoy working on, and that you can use after the course is over. 

    Response From: Rosie Allabarton of CareerFoundry
    Title: Editor, CareerFoundry
    Tuesday, Oct 18 2016
    Dear Anonymous

    Thank you so much for leaving a review of your time studying UX design with us. This kind of feedback is so important because it gives you the opportunity to let us know in detail about your experience with CareerFoundry and we can continue to improve, learn and grow both as a company and a team. It also helps us clarify what could have been done differently, and if there’s anything we can do now so that you take away a more positive image of us and what we do.

    You wrote in your review: “The mentor makes or breaks this course.”

    We’re extremely proud of our mentors and the work they do - they are indeed the backbone of CareerFoundry and everything we stand for. We pick our mentors based on their industry expertise, their passion for what they do and their desire to share that knowledge with beginners. Our mentors work not just to impart knowledge, but to guide our students as they navigate changing careers. 

    You wrote in your review: “Mine was not great (not responsive, and offered little good/constructive feedback) so I felt like I was all on my own.” 

    We’re very sorry that you felt unsupported by your mentor while studying. Did you report the problems you had to our Student Advisors? Our Student Advisors work tirelessly to ensure that each and every one of our students is getting the guidance and help they need from their mentor as and when they need it. When they are alerted to a problem they work quickly to resolve it, and, where necessary they are happy to assign the student to a new mentor. 

    As you have chosen to remain anonymous I can’t write specifically about your mentor, however I have included my email at the end of this response, so perhaps you could let me know via email. Without knowing your specific case, I can only say that if we were alerted to the problem we would have done everything within our power to find a solution to the problem. 

    You wrote in your review: “I was about 6 weeks late finishing the course and when I did- nothing. No certificate or badge or anything.”

    Each of our students receives a certificate and a congratulatory email upon completion of their course with us. As you mentioned, you were six weeks over your course period with us, which means your mentor was no longer reviewing your exercises. This means that although you may have completed your work, your mentor had not approved it, so you had not officially “finished”. If you had alerted us to the fact that you were running out of time, or even if you had alerted us after you had run out of time, we could have arranged an extension of your mentored course time so that your mentor could have marked your work. Once that had been done (and assuming all the work was correct and up to standard) you would have also received a certificate and congratulatory email from us. 

    You wrote in your review: “Especially with the $ back guarantee if you don't find a course.”

    We’re glad you brought this up! You’re right, if a graduate of ours does not find a job they love within 6 months of finishing their course we refund all of their course fees, no questions asked. This guarantee reflects not only our confidence in what our students learn and the mentors who teach them, but also the deep need for tech talent in numerous industries right now, and our fantastic Placement Team who work directly with our graduates to help them all find jobs they really love. 

    You wrote in your review: “But there are many pitfalls: poorly designed course structure, assignments that don't parallel the lectures, etc.”

    We were sorry to read you that you were disappointed with the course materials. We work on our course materials not just with technical experts, but also with in-house curriculum and educational specialists who spend a great deal of their time working on making both the copy and exercises digestible and relevant to each of our students. We also offer students the opportunity to give feedback on the course materials after every single lesson so that we can continue to learn and improve on what we can offer. 

    Obviously all students have unique ways of learning, not to mention different speeds with which they can absorb sometimes very difficult concepts. That’s when the mentor steps in to provide on-hand support and answer any questions their student has to get them over the ‘hump’ of the difficult exercise and onto the next lesson. If a student is having difficulties with their mentor, as you mention you did in your review, we always seek to find a solution as soon as possible, so the student can continue studying with all the support they need. 

    You wrote in your review: “I highly recommend abandoning their sample project of designing a project management app and find your own project that is meaningful, that you will enjoy working on, and that you can use after the course is over.”

    Our students are not only welcome but encouraged to choose their own project to work on if they already have an idea in mind. We just ask that they get it approved by their mentor, but this is very rarely a problem. Did you speak to your mentor about working on your own idea? 

    Thanks so much again for taking the time to review us and I hope my response has helped to clear up a few things. Again, we’d love to hear more details of your experience, especially regarding your mentor and your views on the course materials, so please do drop me an email at rosie@careerfoundry.com.

    Best,

    Rosie Allabarton

Thanks!