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The time that I spent at CodeCore was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I came to CodeCore in the hopes of pursuing a career in the tech industry, and the bootcamp program provided me with all the necessary tools and directions.
I went into the program knowing very little html and css. During the rigorous and engaging 3 months of boot camp, I spent on average 12 hours a day to learn and absorb all the materials. The program’s hands-on approach helped me to really understand the material and acquire the practical skills I needed. The instructors were knowledgeable and helpful, and the staff cares about their students. After graduating, the staff has followed up with me regularly, offering job placement assistance.
To be honest, it was not easy but after 3 months I was able to find a job as a junior developer at a great company. Thanks to CodeCore, I can now look forward to a career in an industry that I find interesting, challenging, and rewarding.
CodeCore's developer bootcamp is a fantastic starting point for those wishing to get into the tech industry. However, unless you have prior programming experience, I would highly recommend going through the fundamentals course first. It gives an early taste of what web development/programming is like and allows you to make a more knowledgeable decision about whether this is truly something you enjoy and are willing to invest a TON of time, effort and money into.
The instructors and TAs for both the fundamentals and full-time bootcamps were amazing. Highly knowledgeable, many of them were willing to spend time outside of class/lab hours to answer any questions or concerns I had regarding the material. As a few others have mentioned, it's impossible for a 3 month program to teach you everything there is to know about web development, but CodeCore will leave you walking away with a strong understanding of the core principles. You will have the confidence and ability to pursue further learning on your own and to succeed as a Junior Web Developer.
I took the fundamentals course in June 2016 and the full-time bootcamp in July 2016. One of the instructors helped set me up with an interview on demo day and I was hired the week after. If you're willing to put in the effort and are up for the challenge, I would recommend giving the fundamentals class a shot.
Like any valuable learning, what you get from the course does not just depend on how well the material is taught. You yourself need to immerse into the work and study hard. Keep up to date with the material and be active in labwork by asking questions or taking good notes. If you think you're able to do this, you'll succeed at CodeCore.
I took the bootcamp in May 2015 after meeting with the founders/instructors and seeing how friendly and well-spoken they were. I was interested in learning how to build something tangible that could ultimately solve some small problem for people. When the course began, there were days I felt lost but I kept at it because persistence is key. You will learn a lot of valuable skills and problem solving techniques aside from just the languages/libraries introduced to you. No bootcamp will ever teach you everything you need to know but this is well-thought out to the point where you should be able to confidently walk away knowing enough to explore anything else in the world of developing and coding on your own.
After the demo day where I showed my final project, I was approached by 3 companies for interviews, in which one lead to a job offer within the next week. 10 days after the course completion, I was at my new job.
So it's up to you. It isn't easy but I can guarantee you it'll be rewarding. Engage with the community and go to the networking events. Build your portfolio with new ideas and projects. Collaborate and build something cool!
When I started looking for a school, I read so many online reviews for developer bootcamps my head was spinning! I spent months self-learning but not getting very far.
I immediately got a great vibe when I met Tam, Bronwyn and all the team. I'm not going to lie. The bootcamp was hard going. But the best career decision I've ever made and I don't regret it for a second.
This is an intense course and you definitely get out what you put in, as the cliche goes. But its so true! Personally I put in 12 hour days, 6 days a week, sometimes 7. For the duration of the bootcamp I ate, drank and slept code.
The quality and the delivery of learning material is excellent. Fantastic teachers, who have a way of delivering complex material in a very understandable way.
TAs were always available to help out whenever I got stuck or wanted a deeper understanding of concepts. Working on actual projects I could put on my github as a portfolio helped me better understand the tech I was working with and also I had something to show for it at the end. Every day I was excited to come to class!
When I finished the course CodeCore lined up some interviews for me and I landed a job on the second one as a web and mobile developer! I'm still working with the same company since I graduated and loving the learning journey!
I had an amazing experience at CodeCore. So happy I made the jump and took the full time bootcamp!
I highly recommend the Codecore Bootcamp course for many reasons. You will be able to find very knowledgeable and experient instructors there for sure.
Besides community and network events that they created there is just amazing.
After a long period researching what boot camp course I should invest my money here in Vancouver, I'm very pleased to my had chose them.
They definitely care a great reputation putting good developers out there that help me to stand out at my job interview.
After longing to go to a codeing bootcamp for years I was finaly able to line up both the time and money to attend CodeCore. It was quite honestly the time of my life, I loved every moment of it. If they offered another with a different focus I would try to find the time and money for it as well.
This is an intense experience with 12 hour days 5 days a week. During the weekend team project I was awake for over 30 hours trying to get it done in time. When I say its not for the feint of heart I am not kidding. You REALLY need to stay the full day. Finish the homework on campus and USE the TA's whenever you get truly stuck.
This is a course where you get what you put in to it.
The excellent instructors and TA's are there when you need them and are willing to answer questions outside the current plan if you have them. Shout out to Steve for giving me each_with_object.
We had a great deal of job prep; From interview question practice to polishing our resumes. They honestly want us to succeed. Codecore lined up a good number of interviews for me and I landed a job!
Coming to Codecore was the best career decision I have made in my life and I can't thank them enough. I couldn't be happier.
One last shoutout... To the DotP community: without you guys I could never have attended CodeCore thank you so much.
There are a lot of options for learning web development in Vancouver, first I’ll list the reasons why I chose CodeCore over other options in the beginning, then I’ll give a summary of my experience.
Why I picked CodeCore initially:
In the summer of 2015 I went through the admissions process and was accepted into two Vancouver dev bootcamps and had also looked into some university programs and classes.
- My decision as to which program to choose was very much up in the air until I met the founder and lead instructor Tam in person. Tam is one of the most warm, kind individuals you will ever meet. When I talked to him it became immediately obvious how much he cares about CodeCore and that extends to each and every student that applies, let alone attends the program. He talked through all my concerns and questions with me and our interview alone was enough to sell me on the program. He’s also an incredibly impressive web developer and can give fantastic advice on almost any facet of that.
- Extending from that, I had read on a Reddit thread that CodeCore was a developer program run by developers, whereas the other program I was accepted into was a developer program run by marketers. I did very much get that feel from the interview process where I was able to get much clearer answers to my technical questions from Tam as well as a more detailed understanding of what I specifically would be learning and why.
- I also read on a Quora thread that CodeCore had in the past seemed to produce technically stronger students. I think it is somewhat dependent on a given cohort but I can’t say I disagree having attended demo days from both schools.
- CodeCore was the only fully accredited program
- I could start earlier for CodeCore and there was only one full cohort going through the program at one time. The latter made it feel less like I was jumping onto an assembly line.
- I talked to a former student who told me that the TA quality was apparently better at CodeCore as they only hired developers who had been working in the field for several years where as the alternative program was hiring past graduates immediately. I have no idea what the TA quality is like now at the other program, but the TAs are incredible at CodeCore as I’ll mention below
I think the first thing anyone who goes through a bootcamp program needs to understand is that what you get out of it will be proportional to the time and effort you put in. If you’re willing to throw yourself into this full-time, 10-14+ hours a day for 2/3 months you’re going to gain real tangible skills no matter what bootcamp you go through. If you aren’t fully committed, you’ll still learn some cool stuff but you’ll be wasting an amazing opportunity to blitz learn some really valuable skills.
- First of all the entire bootcamp was a whirlwind. It didn’t feel like it while it was happening but by the time the 9 weeks were over it felt like it had barely started, only I could suddenly build web applications and use a ton of really cool tools that I previously hadn't even heard of. It went by fast but I’ve never learned so much so quickly and part of that is how effective the teaching was.
- Tam is an incredible instructor. For as fast as he can rip through a complicated lecture he is also extremely patient and will answer all your questions, often explaining things in several different ways to make sure everyone understands. He has a great sense of humor and is good at reading a group to see when people need breaks.
- The TA support is also excellent and you will become very friendly with the TAs by the end of the program. They are an amazing resource and even now, 5 months after I completed the program some of those TAs are my best resources for solving tricky problems with the startup I’m now working on. As a side note to that, past CodeCore students are also a great resource both in person at CodeCore and on the Slack group. And if you’re still stuck and you need to talk to an expert in some particular tool/framework/programming language Tam will always introduce you to someone who can help.
- The support for finding a job is also very strong. Almost everyone who wanted a job out of our cohort has found one, and at the very least have gotten contract work. I wanted to work on my own startup out of the program but Tam still helped me and another cohort member get some contract work on the side to help pay the bills and keep learning new stuff that also related to my own project.
- While you do plenty of group work at CodeCore they also let you build your final projects solo as opposed to in groups, which I think forces you to become a more complete developer as well as letting you dive pretty deeply into whatever unique tools you use to build your final project.
- Speaking of group work, the hackathon style group project weekend just over half way into the program was one of the coolest experiences of the bootcamp for me. It was the point where I suddenly realized I could actually build real websites that people would want. It is also a great introduction to the previously confusing idea of how developers collaborate on projects and really brought our cohort closer together.
- Post graduation you’ll still have so much to gain from CodeCore. It has been an extremely valuable resource for me since I graduated. Once you go through the program you have access to the work space indefinitely into the future. I work there often, as having access to the TAs, and especially Tam is just ridiculously valuable for a relative beginner finding his way in the world of web development. It’s also nice to be able to go back and sit in on a lecture when it aligns with something I’m having problems with.
- Since I graduated the bootcamp has been extended from a 9 week to a 12 week program, I believe so as to allow student loan coverage and to cover some of the foundational and/or trickier topics in more detail. The core of the program seems relatively similar but if you meet with Tam it might be worth talking to him about the changes.
- Tam was also the only instructor I had during my cohort so I can't comment on any of the others who now appear to run some lectures.
Overall I couldn’t be happier with my decision to attend CodeCore. Just make sure you’re ready to fully commit yourself when you decide to do it. If you’re open to it they will make you into a quality developer no matter what your background is.
If you're reading this, you are probably considering attending a bootcamp and in all likelihood you have a few questions/reservations. That's very good! So did I. Below are some of the questions I had, along with what I've learned from attending CodeCore's Developer Bootcamp as well as working my first months as a developer. I hope they can help you reach an informed decision.
Can you really learn to code in 12 weeks?
Short answer: not really; but you can learn enough to be useful as a Junior Developer. Life as a developer is going to require you to keep learning. Not just 12 weeks and not just the first year(s). You'll probably be learning until you retire. There already is so much to learn, that no human being is ever going to learn it all and new coding languages / frameworks / libraries / updates are almost a daily thing. If you want to be successful, it will help if you find the tech sector and most importantly coding itself interesting and fun. From someone who used to make plenty of money in the oil industry I can tell you that money alone will not keep you motivated. You are going to have to enjoy the actual day to day activities of a developer. If you (think you) do, then YES, you can learn to become a useful developer in approximately 12 weeks, although it will help if you spend some time preparing for it. The more time you spend learning, the better your chances will be.
Will they teach me marketable skills?
Sure! Will you learn coding languages that you will require in your first job? Maybe. There are too many languages and stack combinations out there for any bootcamp to be able to teach you. You will learn the foundations of coding in 2 or so programming languages though, and you will be able to say that you learned these in a short amount of time. Most / all programming languages have similar features. They all have (variations of) variables, arrays, objects, conditional statement, loops, etc. Once you know a couple of languages, picking up a new language/syntax becomes easier.
Besides the actual coding, you've demonstrated that you will invest in yourself and that you are willing to learn. You will learn how to develop software as a team and you will learn about development strategies. All very useful things to know. You won't be leaving empty handed.
Can't I learn all this online for free?
Yes. Yes, you can. That is, if you don't account for the cost of living. Everything you need to know is online. The problem is finding the right things to learn, in the right order, without spending too much time on subjects that don't really matter. The other major thing is getting the support you need, when you need it. Of course there are free programs online that try to provide structure and even support. So yes, it can be done. It takes determination though. It is much harder to get out of bed every morning and then code all day if you are doing it all by yourself. At least for me it would have been. The other big thing for me was recognition. CodeCore does not just provide a certificate, they also provide you a network and references. If you go it alone, you're going to have to work harder to demonstrate your new skills and build up your network.
So, is it worth it?
That really depends on you. CodeCore will provide you structure. They'll provide you a reason to get out of bed and a place to go to every day. They'll provide you a room full of people working towards the same goal. They'll provide knowledgeable teaching assistents and instructors who will look at your code with you and answer your questions. Something which can significantly speed up your learning curve. They'll provide plenty of guidance on how to go about finding your first job and they will help you where they can. In my specific case, CodeCore pretty much handed me my first job on a silver platter, something for which I'm very grateful. You'll find as well that CodeCore has a lively community with alumni, TA's and instructors all sharing information and helping each other out where they can. The community / network aspect of attending a bootcamp is something which in my opinion generally isn't highlighted or valued enough. If you're looking to break into the Vancouver tech scene, then having that local network is almost worth the price of admission anyway.
Overall though, for any bootcamp, CodeCore included, you get out what you put in. You are going to have to put in the hours learning to code. You are going to have to put in days, weeks, maybe months building on your portfolio and applying for jobs daily. If you have the opportunity and the determination to go down this path, I highly recommend attending CodeCore as they will do their best to help you get where you want to be.
CodeCore helped me transform my career. I was working a dead end job in a small town before moving to Vancouver specifically for the bootcamp they offer. Now I am working at a job I love that I was able to get after graduating.
I found the course to be challenging and engaging. For those willing to put in the work and can afford it CodeCore is a great experience that can greatly acclerate the initial part of developing web development skills.
As long as you understand that web development is a difficult skill to develop, and that it will take a lot of determination and effort on your part before you are job ready I would reccomend CodeCore.
As much as you will learn over the bootcamp, its is only 3 months long. You will need to continue pushing yourself and honing your skills for many years to come if you want to pursue a career in tech.
CodeCore is a great way to acclerate your learning giving you strong foundational skills that you can build on to keep up with the every changing demands of technology.
Besides the technical aspects of CodeCore you will also become part of a vibrant community of people involved in the Vancouver tech scene. You will get exposed to people working in the industry and will leave with a respectable network if you take part in the community events that happen regularly at the campus.
If you are serious about becoming a developer CodeCore is well worth the time and money. They give you the nessesary skills in the least amount of time to get started in the field.
If you are interested in reading more about the bootcamp I wrote weekly blog posts while I was attending that can be found here
I attended the Jan 2016 bootcamp after quitting my first full time job since graduation, it was not the easiest decision but I am so glad that I trusted my gut and went for it. I actually studied computer science in school, however because I lacked personal projects and was probably weak on the fundamentals, I never really felt confident for a web developer's role eventhough it was something I was very interested in doing.
I met Tam a few years back when i was still in school (~2013 i think) when he and a few other codecore instructors gave a free ruby lecture in downtown over a weekend. I was very impressed by Tam's knowledge on the latest technology and his teaching, he is able to convey all the information effectively making everything very simple to understand. so I subscribed to the codecore email and moved on. Until around 2015 when codecore announced that it became accredited, I was getting no where close to becoming a developer and was not able to find a job that I could learn the skills, so I went in and chatted with Tam, and finally made the decision to quit my job attend the bootcamp. I remember just before the course start, Tam sent me an email that had this line: "2016 is going to be a transformational year for you, and we are so excited to be a part of it". Right now I must say that he was right. I now have landed on my dream job with a higher than average starting salary, I have gained a LOT of skills and I'm confident with what I do, and I have a big portfolio with lots projects that I can show case in interviews.
In terms of admission requirement, this bootcamp can help anyone who wants to work or start a business in web development. There is an admission test you have to take, so If you have absolutely no computer science or engineering related background, like if you have never heard of "loop" or "variable" or "string", it is probably easier for you to start with the part time fundamentals course and go from there; however if you have a little bit of knowledge or is willing to challenge yourself, codecore provides prep material including the online course such as codeacademy which you can go over before the bootcamp, which I believe is pretty helpful and is enough to get started. My class had people from a lot of different occupational background, everyone who attended all the classes and stayed until the end all did very well. Codecore also helps you to prepare interviews, connecting you with companies that are hiring, providing information and invitiation for recruiting events, open houses, meetups, etc, so you can have as many resource as you need to find a job. They also offer free retake if you are not getting what you want. I felt pretty nice having this as an insurance in case I failed.
People kept asking me why codecore, why not lighthouse, the answer is easy: I have seen Tam's teaching before and I loved it, I knew that I didn't have to look around. The 3 month's experience definitely proved that I was right. I also went to Lighthouse's demo day, learned about their culture -- it's qutie different, i'm not saying it's bad, but I still prefer codecore if I were to choose again. Lighthouse is still 8 weeks, so if you looking for a quicker timeline, you can choose lighthouse. Codecore felt more homie, and codecore encourage building more independent projects so you are forced to implement everything by yourself instead of relying on group memeber, this ensures that everyone has the chance to practise the technology we learned in class and conduct individual research. Codecore also did group project since working in a group is a crucial skill, but the last project was all done individually, and we were all very amazed what we were all able to do in just 3 months. When I attended the lighthouse demo, I noticed that the projects were done in a group of 2~4. Just some comparison for your info.
If it is your ambition to become a software developer, imagine this:
12/hr days of structured, high quality learning, and practice, every day, for three months. Imagine all of that, coupled with working with a tight-knit community of likeminded individuals all pursuing similar goals, and then also learning with mentors that come from all over the industry, many of them CodeCore graduates themselves. There is simply no better path to becoming a developer than attending a bootcamp. I tried to self-teach myself for months before I even decided to attend to a bootcamp, thinking that I could 'go it alone'. This turned out not to be the case, and I'm so glad for it.
And that's because there is so much more to being a software developer than just getting a 'job'. I assume either bootcamp in Vancouver will get you a job, if that's what you're looking for. However, after getting a job from attending the bootcamp, I've found that what is far more important than getting a job, is having a community to share your successes with. And this is what I've found to be the greatest strength of CodeCore. They value community. They want you to be/work on campus. They want to introduce you to likeminded people. They want to connect you with people. They want you to retake the course if it's too difficult/something comes up. They want to foster relationships.
I've enjoyed an amazing experience at CodeCore so far - I've made friends, met mentors, got a job, and began a career- and I know it will continue.
Why I picked CodeCore
I was accepted to two of the prominent bootcamps in Vancouver. Ultimately I choose to go with CodeCore for the following reasons:
- CodeCore is a 3 months program - I didn’t have a strong programming background, so I thought the extra month would help me better internalize the material.
- Better environment - larger space, plenty of study area, and leather chairs!
- I read on reddit that CodeCore produces better technical students.
- Scholarship for female students.
My Experience at CodeCore
I’m extremely proud to say that I’m a CodeCore Alumni. The caliber of my fellow classmates, the quality of teaching, and the helpfulness of the TAs. Those are experiences you can’t get from any online programs (and I took many including Code School, Codecademy…etc)
They spend the first month drilling in the fundamental and building up your foundation. In hindsight this is the most important part because I did my final project in a completely different framework that wasn’t taught in class. “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” — That’s the primary difference of CodeCore from all the other bootcamps. They don’t want you to just get a job, they want to make sure you can do the job.
Build depth in your network. This includes your TA, the staff at CodeCore, and your classmates. This is your most valuable takeaway. Go to networking events and invite the people you meet to your demo day. The demo day is the best way to show potential employers your skills and what you can do for them. Help others. Don’t hoard your connections and be generous with your network. In turn, they will also be generous with you.
I graduated from the bootcamp in October 2015. Two years ago I would have reserved for coding bootcamps the same sort of rabid cynicism reserved for multi-level marketing schemes. Yet--with great relief--here I am, gainfully employed and writing a glowing review.
If you are reading this review you are probably wondering why I chose Codecore over Lighthouse. The main reason I let my guard down for Codecore is their policy of infinite retakes--having talked with Tam and getting a good feeling about his character, having the safety net of retakes convinced me that this wasn't going to be a cash-grab.
- Read/research/code/review for 12 hours a day. I did not have any prior coding experience outside of making a Blink-182 fan page on geocities when I was 11 and it worked out for me. If you're falling behind, you probably have to work harder--this is not a program you should do while working or having any other commitments to get the best result. Put in the work to get work.
- Remember that the school is also a professional network. Treat your TAs and fellow students with respect.
- Use the TAs. They won't do your project for you but they will improve you if can leverage their brainpower. Narrow your questions down to specifics about the frameworks you are using and general design patterns/principles w/r/t your code. I was reading the other reviews and there was a complaint about TA time--I still stop by Codecore occasionally and they've increased TA coverage. Also, let me iterate, the TAs aren't going to write the code for you so think twice when you ask questions whether the question is worth asking.(shoutout 2 gabe n mike)
- The curriculum of the bootcamp is reflective of the industry but I recommend challenging yourself and learning beyond the constraints of the course to increase your chances of employment. I don't see it as a fault of the curriculum though--if your skill set is spoonfed then anybody can do it.
- From what I hear the one place where Lighthouse wins out on Codecore for me are job placements. The lead instructor Tam served my first contract on a plate for me and everything's been smooth sailing for me so the job search has been great. For what it's worth, everybody in my grad class is gainfully employed and if they aren't, they're doing a start up or something.
- Use a mac--it's easier.
- Have fun!
Before enrolling in CodeCore's bootcamp, I had bits and pieces of programming experience from having self-taught myself over the years. As I began to get more and more interested in web development, I felt like I had a couple of the pieces I needed, but was missing the whole picture. CodeCore's bootcamp was exactly what I needed - an intense, focused immersion into the fundamental concepts, tools and technologies used in modern web development.
I had a really great experience at CodeCore. The curriculum is really well paced, well designed and they're constantly updating it to keep it relevant. The teachers and TAs are also top notch - Tam, the founder and lead instructor, is an incredibly knowledgable, patient and overall excellent teacher. I learned a ton during the course, and even though I had taught myself a few of the concepts and tools over the years it really helped to fill in the gaps. I would say it's definitely more effective than teaching yourself, especially for the fundamentals at the beginning. There's no shortage of free courses and tutorials on the internet, of course, but having a profesionally-curated curriculum and professionally-taught course means you don't waste your time learning things in the wrong order and going in circles (I definitely did that a bunch before the bootcamp).
When I was researching bootcamps, I looked at Lighthouse Labs as well. I ended up choosing CodeCore because of their strong ties to the local dev community. I definitely don't regret my decision. CodeCore's always opening up their space to local dev meetups and talks, which was really good to be a part of when I was a student. You get to meet lots of people outside your class. Now that I've graduated, I've been back frequently to attend some of their events and I always feel welcome.
In summary, I would highly recommend CodeCore to anybody considering getting into web development. They have a thorough and constantly-evolving curriculum, excellent teachers, and excellent support.
So, you want to learn to code, but you don't know where to start? Try CodeCore!
This is my story: I had lost my job and I wanted to do something different and earn more, obviously. Aside from having installed several flavours of Linux, I had no coding experience whatsoever and since I needed some kind of structure to learn, learning only through online tutorials was not my favourite option, although I tried that too. So, I started to look for a course where I could learn the basics of coding and see if I really liked it. I went to Lighthouse Labs and to CodeCore. The first school looked nice, but I was totally disappointed when I was told that in order to be accepted, I would have to pass an interview where people would decide if I had "the right attitude" for the industry. That made me feel very uncomfortable: it was like if wanting to learn was not good enough! I had already planned to go to CodeCore the same day and so I did. My experience there was completely different. I had absolutely no obstacles to enrol and everything flowed easily since the beginning. One of the things that really makes CodeCore different is that if Tam (the leading instructor), another team member or TA know a resource or have a contact who can help you in something, they will never hesitate to offer you some help. From the best possible technical advice to actual job search support and contacts, the variety of resources that CodeCore offers has no match. In other words: they really want to see their students succeed and you can feel it. For me, that is simply wonderful! To finish, I just want to say that after attending the Fundamentals and the Bootcamp, CodeCore helped me get a job in a company that is at the forefront of the online payments world. I am not officially a developer yet, but I will become one in a few months. This is perfect for me, because I still have time to learn more before getting the full responsibility of a developer. And if that wasn't good enough, I am earning several thousand dollars more than in my previous job, so at the end of the day, this has been one of the best investments in my life, not only from a financial point of view, but also from a personal and professional perspective: I became part of the CodeCore community and it also got me into the Vancouver Tech world.
In today's day and age there is almost no technology that can not be self taught if given enough time. The value of CodeCore is not merely that you are taught how the develop web applications, but your energy is carefully guided and focused to learn how to develop web applications without waisting time on learning the wrong technologies and methodologies.
CodeCore's excellent instructors, TA's and well designed course materials prepared me for employment in the industry and allowed me to be a productive member of our development team from the get go.
I was looking to get into web development, and I was applying for University to do computer science. After seeing the local bootcamps, I decided it would be worth taking the course and trying to go directly into the workforce instead. I had no prior experience, and started with the fundamentals course to learn the basics of Ruby, HTML, and CSS. I went through the fundamentals and felt confident, so I quit my dead end job, and took the full bootcamp. It was hard, there's a lot to learn and it's hard to absorb everything in 8 weeks, but I also found it incredibly rewarding to create an entire web application from scratch. A month after I'd finished the bootcamp I had two job offers to choose from.
It's hard work, especially if you don't have previous computer science experience. I'd suggest that if you're thinking about it making a career switch to start messing around on your own first, do the suggested codecademy courses (Ruby, and HTML/CSS). Come into Codecore and talk to Tam or Bronwin, they're really approachable and helped validate the ideas behind what I wanted to build, and that Codecore would help get me where I wanted to go.
Once you finish the bootcamp, it's still hard work. But I feel like it's given me more control over my career, more options, oppourtunity, and room to grow. Codecore has also been an amazing support after I finished the bootcamp. I come back to the school just to work on projects and hang out with other developers. They do a good job of kicking your butt and getting you out to networking events, and whenever I mention that I'm interested in a local company Tam offers to give me an introduction. Codecore's been a huge networking asset, and it's always interesting to talk to graduates and hear about what they're working on, or who they're working with.
To be a great web developer you have to constantly learn, push, and grow. Does that sound good to you?
I was looking for a career change. I did a lot of research before chosing a bootcamp. Why I chose this one was I needed hands on training. I need someone to walk me through everything. Years ago in university I made websites before CSS was invented, but stopped after graduating, and found a real world corporate job. So I had some experience with coding, but programming, creating functions and methods etc, sounded very intimidating. The people at codecore provided me with guidance, training and leadership.
Some people are really smart, no matter which bootcamp they would choose, they would end up the same. Me not so much, I definitely needed patient and knowledgeable teachers. All the TAs at codecore were saints, they never got frustrated with me or impatient. Eventhough I asked same thing over and over again. Most of the TAs at codecore had impressive credentials and well known in the community.
Birds of a feather flock together... Its weird, like minded people find each other. Most people in my class had similar stories and background. We were all looking for something different and wanted change. We all got along, there were good vibes all over. I got the same feeling when I met other previous graduates and current students.
I enrolled in the bootcamp with very little coding or development experience. My goal was to get a developer job straight out of the bootcamp, which I did!
Tam and the instructors are phenomenal. The TAs are amazing and available every afternoon/evening for help with homework. All the knowledge and support you need is at CodeCore, it's up to you to show up and do the work!
The BEST part about CodeCore is the community. Everyone looks out for each other and you will make many new friends. There are always networking events and people helping you find work.
If you want to be a Rails developer you should absolutely do the bootcamp! Do yourself a favor and do the required/suggested prep material to set you up for bootcamp.
I came to CodeCore committed to switching careers to get started in software development and unsure what to expect in terms of pace and rigour. I had spend a number of months before the course learning from online courses and guides, but was moving to Vancouver to be closer to opportunities and wanted make it easier to find a position developing software by rounding out my skill set and making some connections with local developers.
I was very impressed by the teaching style and personal committment to the success of the students that I saw from the lead instructor Tam, which is what had initially drawn me to Codecore over the other comparable alternatives. The course material is culumative and the pace was relentless for many students who were not coming in with a high level of preparation. Tam was careful to arrange for extra help sessions for students needing them and was also helpful in providing stretch exercises to other students to keep everyone engaged.
In addition to the general high quality of the daytime sessions, I found much of the value in the program to come from the less structured evening sessions with teaching assistance who teach part time and work daily as industry professionals. Their alternative perspectives on topics were intersting and having more one on one time than during the day allowed them to jump a bit deeper into some of the topics that might have been compressed during the main curriculum in order to have time to cover everything.
Codecore helped me during after the bootcamp to make connections with some local companies, one of which I interviewed and started working for the week after the program finished. Transitioning into the workplace I found that Codecore had set me up the basic skills I needed to get started and helped point me down the further learning paths I need to become a fully proficient professional.
For anyone willing to put in the required hard work, the Codecore bootcamp is easily the most focused, ambitious and supportive program I have seen for people looking to transition into a rewarding career.
I attended CodeCore Bootcamp in October 2014, and I can honestly say that it gave me all the tools I needed to succeed in transitioning to a developer career.
I did a good amount of prepwork, as directed by the staff at CodeCore, and it definitively helped.
CodeCore provides TA hours every day, which if you are willing to stay and work will help you immensely, TA staff is friendly and very knowledgeable.
Attending a CodeCore bootcamp will also help you get connected with industry professionals as these are around CodeCore every day of the week.
I would recommend CodeCore wholeheartedly for anyone looking for excellent teaching, TA-ing and chance of getting a job as a developer!
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