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CareerFoundry

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CareerFoundry

Avg Rating:4.58 ( 443 reviews )

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
    Financing
    Full tuition available through our partner 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—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 EUR, GBP, CAD and AUD.
    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 Frontend Development Course

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    HTML, CSS
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week4 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$690
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    In this course, you’ll learn the fundamental frontend development languages (HTML and CSS); and apply core web development skills. It’s the perfect solution for those brand-new to the subject and a great way to see whether web development 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 a portfolio site coded from scratch using HTML and CSS, (uploaded to GitHub) 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. *The Intro to Frontend Development Course constitutes the first module of the full Full Stack Web Development Program. You can choose to continue to the full program on completion of the Intro to Frontend Development course.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition PlansUpfront payments only. Contact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for pricing in EUR, GBP, CAD and AUD.
    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 UI Design Course

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    Design
    OnlinePart Time15 Hours/week4 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$690
    Class size25
    LocationOnline
    In this course, you’ll learn how to build a design from the ground up, exploring the basics of design tools as you progress through the course. It’s the perfect solution for those brand-new to the subject and a great way to see whether UI 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 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 recreate screens for an app for your course project to ensure that you’ve mastered an industry-standard design tool and have experience designing an app from the ground up. 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. *The Intro to UI Design Course constitutes the first module of the full UI Design Program. You can choose to continue to the full program on completion of the Intro to UI Design course.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Tuition PlansUpfront payments only. Contact us at olivia@careerfoundry.com for pricing in EUR, GBP, CAD and AUD.
    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

    Apply
    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 app 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 EUR, GBP, CAD and AUD.
    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

    Apply
    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
  • Anonymous • Graduate
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    I am writing this review because I think that CF is perhaps heading in the wrong direction and needs to fix some things to be truly great. I sent this feedback to them so they know what I think, but I don't know how seriously they have taken my concerns and I think potential and new students need to know what they are getting into. I started the Web Development course in March and finished in September. 

    The main issues I think need to be addressed: 

    1. The new tutor/mentor system. Incompetent and inexperienced tutors. I believe that CF may be hiring less capable tutors to cut costs (and improve their graduate statistics.) 

    I was undertaking the course during the switchover with the new tutor/mentor system. I was unhappy with it, so was able to switch to the old system. My problem with it: my tutor was very bad. She didn't seem to know what she was doing, she gave me code with mistakes, told me to just look at the code of other students' submissions when she didn't know what was wrong with mine. She couldn't help me when I had problems and had to refer my code to my mentor to him to look at and fix. He later told me I had all these mistakes in my code (which was code my tutor had given me.) 

    My tutor had only finished a coding bootcamp this year. She was not capable to tutor others yet she was given a tutoring position. I see now in the Slack channel that CF graduates are becoming tutors after completing the course. If you are taking this course for the tutor/mentor system, you may be very disappointed as I do not believe these tutors are experienced or knowledgable enough. I was extremely lucky that I could switch back to the old system, but all these problems wasted about a month of my time. 

    CF really needs to get back hiring experienced and capable tutors and mentors, otherwise the quality of their graduates' work will go down. 

    2. I found no value in the Placement Team. I think they need to be better trained.

    I am not sure how well they have been trained in terms of what students are learning and what companies are looking for. I constantly see job postings in the Career Slack channel of developer jobs, but many of them are for other languages. I realise that some students may have Java experience or C++ or whatever language, but I am guessing that most students only have Ruby on Rails experience which they learned from CareerFoundry.

    Also, as my boyfriend is a tech recruiter for several Berlin startups, I trust his opinion and knowledge of what companies want. Some small things posted by the Placement team as advice, my boyfriend disagrees with. 

    I was lucky to not have to rely on the Placement Team for help as they never sent me any job leads or anything like that. While my contact with them was pleasant, it was nothing of real value. For those reading this review though, do not be discouraged. While I was able to get interviews with companies thanks to my boyfriend's connections, the job I took was one I had applied to on my own. So, it can be done. I found a frontend position within two months of completing the web development course. 

    Another thing to note:

    The javascript / jQuery side of this course is very light. You will need to take additional courses (even free ones like codecademy, freecodecamp) if you want to become a frontend developer. 

     

  • Anonymous • Student
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    TL:DR

    This course says its written for beginners, but its not. The lessons are written by something other than a human being, and you will spend a lot of time asking other students to help you understand the instructions needed to complete an assignment. This course will make you feel dumb and confused. Also, you don’t really learn much – this course consists of a lot of “copying & pasting”.

     

    1. You don’t really learn anything.

    Yeah I said it – actually I typed it. Everything in this course you can find for free somewhere else. And I promise you, it’s just a google away. Do you want to know how I know this? I spent so much of my time looking at other resources than what CF had written it it’s lesson.You learn Bootstrap, Javascript ( haha that’s a joke – you actually just copy and paste javascript- you don’t learn anything.), APIs, and Ruby on Rails (haha another joke!).

     

         2. The Course is written by something other than a human being.

    One of the things that bothered me was the way things were phrased in the course. Apparently this course was written for beginners, but I beg a differ. I spend about 2-3 hours just trying to understand what CF is trying to say in a lesson than I do actually doing the work. I have to re-read things 3-4 times and it makes the work very confusing. That’s not what I paid for and it’s absolutely frustrating.

     

        3. Mentor/ Tutor

    One of the things I enjoyed was the Mentor/Tutor. But I undrestand why they are needed – they are needed because students have a hard time understanding the instructions that have been written in the lessons. The tutor and mentor are the only things good about this course. The tutor I had was super helpful and the mentor really helped me understand the industry.

     

    As a current student at CareerFoundry, I have struggled imnesly. Every time I start a lesson I immediately get depressed.  I think to myself – “ Here goes another 3-4 hours of wasted time”. I really wish I would have gone to a different school or spent more money. If I have to spend $10k -$20k for something that I can atleast understand – I will TAKE IT! You may be wondering why I’m still enrolled – its simple – I spent money and now I can’t get my money back unless I graduate and then wait 6 months to get a job that never comes. Only then will I get my money back. I honestly feel like I was robbed through this course. I advise anyone considering to just think long and hard about what they value most from an online school. Once you've established what you want cross CF off your list. 

    Response From: Rosie Allabarton of CareerFoundry
    Title: Blog Editor
    Tuesday, Nov 08 2016
    Dear Anonymous

    Thank you for writing a review of your time with CareerFoundry. We really appreciate you taking the time and going into the details of your experience with us. Reviews really help us to know how we can work even harder to improve upon our students’ experiences and our offering as a company. 

    You mention you are still studying with us; we would LOVE to turn your experience around and get you back on track and enjoying your course again. As you have chosen to remain anonymous in this review, please use the email address I have provided at the end of this response to contact me personally so we can resolve this situation asap!

    I’d like to take this opportunity to address a number of points you raised in your review.

    You wrote in your review: “You don’t really learn anything” and that the course consists of a lot of “copying and pasting” from other sources. 

    We are sorry to read that you feel you are not learning anything with us on your Web Development Course. This is obviously the opposite of the outcome we would hope for from one of our students! What I can say is we are not hiding the fact that you can find the same content on the internet or in books if you just search hard enough. There are lots of really good tutorials and free resources on web development out there. 

    But that's the same with many topics. 

    When you learn something in university you also use many books and external resources. What makes us different is that you are not simply trying to understand these different resources alone. We offer a set curriculum so that you know which things to learn in which order and we have mentors, tutors, student advisors and a whole community of students to help you along the way, as well as placement specialists to help you find a job when you’ve finished. 

    If your sole focus is content you could go much, much cheaper by just buying a couple of really good books. And we can definitely make some recommendations. 

    But the thing is, CareerFoundry is about much more than just content. It’s about teaching, guiding, inspiring and motivating our students through what can be, for some people, challenging content. This is why we have such fantastic mentors and tutors on hand for our students as and when they need them.

    You wrote in your review: “The course is written by something other than a human being.

    Writing educational content for absolute beginners is very difficult. Every person is different. Everyone has a different learning style. And believe it or not, we have many people telling us that the course as it is helped them understand things they never thought they’d understand.

    Writing content is always about trying to find a balance between people who need a lot of explanation and those who don't. We all have different learning styles and we are very well aware of that. 

    And that's exactly why we have tutors and mentors. They are there to personalize the learning experience for each student so that each student gets exactly as much explanation as they need. We have students who don't use their mentors a lot because the content is all they need. But we also have students who talk to their tutor everyday. 

    You may have noticed that at the end of every lesson you were asked to give feedback on the course material - did you take the opportunity to do this? If you did, we would certainly have taken your comments into account in our content reviews. 

    You wrote in your review: “One of the things I enjoyed was the Mentor/Tutor. The tutor I had was super helpful and the mentor really helped me understand the industry.”

    We were really pleased to read that you’ve had such positive interactions with your tutor and mentor. Was there a reason you chose to give them one star in your Course Report review? Again if you’d like to reach out to me personally, with details of your mentor and tutor, I would love to hear more so we can make your experience even better.

    “As a current student at CareerFoundry, I have struggled imnesly (sic). Every time I start a lesson I immediately get depressed.  I think to myself – “ Here goes another 3-4 hours of wasted time”.”

    It obviously concerns us that you have struggled so much with our course materials, despite the help of your tutor and mentor combined. We would love to help you progress in your course and find you a job you love at the end of it, so please do reach out to me and we can work on a solution for you, together with your mentor and tutor. 

    We really value the feedback you have left us, and would love for you to reach out to us personally so we can help you through the remaining course materials and work with you to find you a job you'll really love. 

    Please do get in touch. 

    Rosie

    rosie@careerfoundry.com

  • Anonymous • Student
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    I succeded finishing the web-development course by Careerfoundry and really enjoyed it! The 1-o-1 mentoring is very good concept for online learning courses and the project-based learning was perfect to start off as a developer! After accomplishing I could start off with my own projects right away and felt prepared enough to do so!
  • Web Development
    - 10/18/2016
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    Having gone through the course, I wanted to leave a review for CareerFoundry, because it really helped me in the beginning reading about other people's experiences.

    For me, I was looking for a career change and just general direction in life when I first started looking into web development programs. For me, there were 3 important criteria that needed to addressed:

    - flexibility

    - cost

    - support/job assistance

    The biggest factor for me was flexibility – I needed to be able to go at the pace that I wanted to go, because I knew that I would have some weeks with a lot of down time and some weeks with little down time from work. I couldn’t stick to scheduled sessions and CareerFoundry was great for that because I could submit my exercises whenever and however often I wanted to.

    Cost was another issue – a lot of these programs were starting off in the $10,000 range and I was nervous to commit that much when I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to make it or have what it takes to do well in web development. CareerFoundry is a lot less expensive at $3,000 and was much easier to stomach.

    The last thing I needed to know was that what I was learning was relevant and good enough that I could find a job with it afterwards. Like most programs, CareerFoundry has a job guarantee program that really helps you prepare. The job specialists are there for one-on-one chats and were always responsive to my questions.

    I just started my job search, but I’m optimistic. Going through the program really helped me get started and made me realize I want to focus on front-end HTML/CSS jobs.

  • Worst.tutor.ever
    - 10/4/2016
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    If you are looking for guided mentoring, this is not the course for you. Most of the time you're totally in your own and you're lucky if the tutor even looks at your code. I was sold on this mentor/tutor thing as somehow receiving extra care and help, but the reality is that you get more out of udemy and other free resources. In at least one instance, I ended up using the resources of another bootcamp to make sense of their materials. They portray this as a 15 hour/week program, but I found myself consistently putting in 30 + hours just to keep up. And this is not because the course is rigorous, but because often the lessons are poorly written. I learned more from self-study than I did from the actual course. My tutor often made feel like I should apologize for having questions; in almost every instance they were often critical of me asking anything. What a complete waste of time and money
    Response From: Martin of CareerFoundry
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    Tuesday, Oct 11 2016
    Dear Anonymous,

    We are building a community of dedicated, passionate and supportive tutors and mentors, so it is deeply alarming to us to hear you have experienced something that does not adhere to these values.

    We are very eager to resolve this and any other issues that might be affecting your course progress and experience. Please contact us directly so that we can act on your feedback and find you the best tutor ever. 

    To address your concerns about the time commitments, with a 6-month course, we recommend about 15-20 hours of course-work per week. This is an average estimation and as such can vary from student to student, as well as due to the individual weekly task load. 

    We would love the opportunity to make things right and help you successfully finish the course. We hope to hear back from you soon! 

    Best,
    Martin 


  • Anonymous • Junior Front End Web Dev
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    tl;dr: spend 3 months teaching yourself with free quality materials, then spend money on a far better course

    This course is an absolute waste of time and even more so, money.

    Basically what you get here is a poorly written Bootstrap tutorial, which can be learned in about 3 or 4 hours for free.

    Next, the Javascript portion of the course is essentially how to copy & paste a Google Map api and some jQuery plugins into your Bootstrap site.

    Next, the Ruby portion is thinner than thin. You can learn more doing Firehose's free 2 week course or LaunchSchool's freebies. 

    Next, the Rails portion is so poorly written you'll be spending more time looking at other resources than the ones you're paying CareerFoundry for.

    However, the worst part is the complete lack of support. I don't know how they get away with this kind of thing, -- 75% into course I really got into the weeds on the Rails section. The issue was that my alleged tutor was passing work which had problems that snowballed until my app was completely broken and had to be re-written from scratch. On top of this, I never once had direct contact with my mentor. What's the point of paying these people if they don't actually look at your code?!?!?!

    The main selling point of the course was mentorship, which for myself and many other students simply was not delivered.

    Another major red flag is the poor quality of other students' work. I was appalled at what was being passed and shown as 'approved' examples. My design & CSS skills are intermediate and people were blown away, which I found despressing. Also, it wasn't uncommon for an 'apporoved' example to have some serious mistakes. In this course, you will not be surrounded by people who will inspire you, trust me.

    I finished the course but I now find myself with little to no knowledge of anything siginifcant or in demand in the market place (hello Javascript!) and looking to hire my own mentor, start another bootcamp or just give up. 

    If you're serious about learning to code and working as a dev then be aware that you do get what you pay for. In this case, you won't get much.

     

    Response From: Martin of CareerFoundry
    Title: Founder
    Thursday, Sep 22 2016
    Dear Anonymous,

    We’re very sorry you haven’t informed us directly about your bad experiences while studying our course. We always welcome feedback to improve our students’ experience along the way - particularly regarding a negative mentor experience. If we are made aware that you are having difficulties in any area, we can act quickly to resolve the situation.

    Please keep in mind that most of our users are complete beginners. In the web development field, a lot of your early work will be far from perfect and that is completely OK. We’re here with you to help you get through all your problems and things that are hard to grasp at first. But again, if you are concerned about the quality of your work, we encourage you to either speak to your mentor, or come to us, so that we can do something about it.

    Furthermore, we have had over a hundred students become Jr. Web Developers after completing the course. 9 of them got a job through our placement team in the past 3 months. It is our course content and the practical skills learned throughout that prepares them for their first job in web development.

    It’s a shame you decided to pay for the course, complete it and not report on all the faults you  encountered along the way. We feel confident that your experience could have been completely different had we been able to solve these issues for you.

    While we can’t go back and change things, we would love to discuss compensation for your experience. Our students are our top priority and we want to make it up to you. Please get in touch so that we can find a solution together.

    Many thanks,
    Martin
  • UX Design Course
    - 9/16/2016
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    Mentors make or break this course, and if you get a good one, it's worth the money. Some students have had to switch mentors because feedback was very poor, or they weren't timely and involved in the student's progress. CF should restrict the number of students per mentor, so mentors are able to give adequate and timely feedback for each student and not feel overwhelmed by having too many students to deal with along with their day jobs.

    The course content could be much better, and sometimes there are spelling or grammar mistakes. Some lessons are not very clear or well written, and some are. CF needs to review the course material regularly and make sure it is the best it can be. More visuals, and maybe video incorporated into lessons would make it much more engaging than just written text with links to other articles on the web.

    CF is very open to feedback with the chance to rate and leave reviews after each lesson, and they do seem to want to improve and have made tweaks during the course.

    They seem to be growing and adding more staff, which is good for students and having dedicated career support is beneficial seeing as they now have a get a job guarantee.

    Aside from the mentor there aren't many personal touch points. You get automated emails from the 'career success team' but they lack a personal touch and feel too robotic.

    The only way to network with other students and share tips and resources as well as get help is the CF Slack channel. CF should really pay to upgrade the account so there isn't a cap on number of messages available. Older messages aren't shown because CF has a free account. 

    Overall, you get what you put in. It is a starting point. You don't come away as an 'expert' and the limitations of online study, especially for the collaborative nature of UX design, leaves gaps in the knowledge/skill set when compared to in-person courses, but it's a good first step into the field and less expensive than in-person courses. If the 'get a job you love in 6 months, guarantee' works out, it's worth it.

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


    Many thanks for taking the time to write such a thorough and detailed review of your experience with CareerFoundry. Suffice to say, we are very sorry you did not feel you got the experience you deserved and we would like to do everything in our power to fully understand what happened.


    You wrote in your review: “Mentors make or break this course, and if you get a good one, it's worth the money.”  


    We agree, our mentors really are the backbone of everything we do here! Would you mind telling us which course you took with CareerFoundry and who your mentor was? We truly appreciate all feedback we receive on our mentors. 


    It is particularly beneficial to both parties if a student is able to provide feedback whilst still studying with us. We then act quickly to remedy any situation whereby you are not getting the care or tuition you need. For any student who is unhappy with their mentor’s performance, we are always happy to pair them with a different mentor as quickly as possible. 


    You wrote in your review: “CF should restrict the number of students per mentor, so mentors are able to give adequate and timely feedback for each student and not feel overwhelmed by having too many students to deal with along with their day jobs.” 


    Our mentors here at CareerFoundry choose the number of students they themselves feel able to take on. Some of them have day jobs, others mentor full time. None of our mentors are pressured into taking more students than they have the time to instruct, support, review and guide fully. If any of our students alert us to a mentor they are unhappy with then we act immediately to find out what the problem is and solve it ASAP. We are extremely proud of our mentor community: a community of world class experts in their fields. However mistakes do happen, and when they do we do everything in our power to put things right again. 


    Your wrote in your review: “The course content could be much better, and sometimes there are spelling or grammar mistakes. Some lessons are not very clear or well written, and some are. CF needs to review the course material regularly and make sure it is the best it can be. More visuals, and maybe video incorporated into lessons would make it much more engaging than just written text with links to other articles on the web.”


    It’s really great that you took the time to give rigorous feedback on our course materials - thank you for that. We are constantly reviewing, updating and improving upon our expert-written content, we even have a team dedicated to just this job! 


    Regarding video content, we encourage all of our students (and non-students too!) to attend the many free webinars we run alongside the course which contain instructional as well as inspirational content. We also use numerous graphics, images and diagrams within the course materials to aid each student’s learning. However your feedback that you would ideally work with more visual materials has been passed on to our Curriculum Team who will take your suggestion on when reviewing our course content for the future. 


    You wrote in your review: “They seem to be growing and adding more staff, which is good for students and having dedicated career support is beneficial seeing as they now have a get a job guarantee.”


    Yes! CareerFoundry has in fact more than tripled in size since the beginning of the year. One very important aspect of this growth has been our Job Placement Team. This team is dedicated to placing our graduates into jobs they love in technology. If a graduate isn’t placed in a job they love within six months of graduating with us, they get all of their course 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 and talented students. 


    You wrote in your review: “Aside from the mentor there aren't many personal touch points. You get automated emails from the 'career success team' but they lack a personal touch and feel too robotic.”


    We were extremely sorry to read that you felt like we lacked ‘a personal touch’! If there’s one thing we are passionate about it’s always being there for our students when they need us. We have a whole team of dedicated student advisors who work tirelessly answering student questions, as well as onboarding, guiding and supporting them in all of the administrative and personal aspects of studying a new course. We absolutely LOVE hearing from our students, and encourage all new students to get in touch with us upon enrollment. Could you perhaps provide us with some more details of your experience? Did you speak to anybody in our team? 


    You wrote in your review: “The only way to network with other students and share tips and resources as well as get help is the CF Slack channel. CF should really pay to upgrade the account so there isn't a cap on number of messages available. Older messages aren't shown because CF has a free account.” 


    Our Slack Community is a fabulous example of how engaged and active our students are. Yes, they help each other, they chat, some of them meet up in their own towns and cities and work together on projects, or have hackathons of their own. This community is something we are extremely proud of and many of our students have spoken of how this online community has kept them motivated and focused when they have otherwise felt isolated in their studies (a common problem with online learning). 


    However, our Slack Community is not the only way our students get help. We have student advisors who help students with every aspect of the course; from overcoming technical issues, to helping a programmer find a coding partner. We obviously have expert mentors who teach the students and guide them through their course materials, meeting them regularly via Skype and reviewing their course submissions. We also have an entire Placement Team to get our graduates into their first jobs in the industry.  


    Again we are deeply sorry you were not satisfied with your CF experience. We would love to talk to you in more depth about exactly what happened and see what we can do now to ensure you leave us with a wholly positive experience of us and what we do. 


    Please do reach out if you can: my email is rosie@careerfoundry.com.


    Best wishes,


    Rosie Allabarton









  • Somewhat satisfied
    - 9/14/2016
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    Hi,

    I have really loved the material in this course. The materials and information were clear, concise, and easy to understand. Even the links to outside resources were super helpful. I read all of them even though that material was optional.

    But I am VERY disappointed with the course description. It stated the student would only need to spend 15 hours a week for 6 months to finish on time. I actually ended up spending more like 8 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK, and I still did not finish on time.

    I am also VERY disappointed with the mentor's performance. Our communication was not great. He took 3 separate vacations during my time on the course and he only extended the length of the course by 2 short weeks.

    All in all I would expect that for the price of this course I would get better service (better mentorship and a more realistic timeline).

    Thank you, Veronica Jackman-

  • 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





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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
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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!