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Coding Dojo

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Coding Dojo is a unique coding bootcamp that teaches three full technology stacks in a single 14-week program. Coding Dojo has campuses in has campuses in Berkeley, Boise, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Jose, Seattle, Tulsa, Tysons Corner, and online. Students can choose to learn three of the industry’s most in-demand web development languages, including Python, Ruby on Rails, MEAN, Java or .NET Core. An online option is also available for students who don’t have access to campuses. In addition to an extensive curriculum, students receive 15 hours/day of mentored guidance, quick feedback in the evening from remote Teacher Assistants and tailored course content that accommodates both beginners and experienced developers. Students experience building advanced web applications, solving job-relevant problems and learning to think like true software engineers.

To apply, candidates answer questions via an online form, schedule an interview with a Coding Dojo staff member, then if accepted, must pay a deposit to secure their place.

Since 2012, Coding Dojo has endeavored to help individuals from a variety of backgrounds and skill levels transform into professional developers who go on to be hired by start-ups and world-class companies like Amazon, Apple, Expedia, Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, DocuSign and Skytap. For each student, Coding Dojo promises one-on-one sessions with a career advisor, open forums with industry leaders, and comprehensive job-hunting workshops.

Coding Dojo welcomes Veterans and accepts the GI Bill at selected campuses, as well as offering a Gap Year program for high school grads. Coding Dojo also provides various scholarship opportunities for qualified students.

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  • Gap Year Onsite Software Development Immersive Bootcamp

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$12,995
    Class size35
    LocationBoise, Orange County, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Chicago, Arlington, Tulsa, Dallas
    Spend 6 months of your gap year with Coding Dojo and become a self-sufficient software developer with hands-on programming experience though our in-depth three-stack curriculum—complete with real-time support from instructors, our industry-tested learning platform, hands-on assignments and much more. Ideal for students interested in web development who are not sure what career they want to focus on, this Gap Year bootcamp is a full-time immersive experience in which you will master the fundamentals of web and software development, learn 3 full stacks - Python, MEAN, and Java, and gain valuable skills for a career in tech. Personal Growth Discover who you are as a person and what you want to do in life Boost your motivation for further academic pursuit Become more mature, independent and self-aware about your strengths and weaknesses Career Ready Mindset Build important soft skills to enhance your academic performance in college Find the right fit major and career path based on your self-discovery Gap year graduates report that their gap year had significantly added to their employability Gap Year Curriculum Full stack Development Program - 14 weeks of immersive Web Development program (HTML/CSS/Javascript), Python, MEAN, Ruby, C#/.Net. Career Services - 2 weeks of career readiness workshops (resume, cover letter, networking, Linkedin profile) Project Based Internship - 4 Weeks of project based internship to build your own portfolio (weekly check-in with a mentor) Explore A New City The Gap Year Program is available at all of our campuses. Explore living in a new city while developing your tech skills. Learn By Doing You’ll start coding from day one of the course. Dive into a fast-paced, innovative learning environment that fosters collaboration, not competition. After graduation, you’ll jump straight into the job-hunt with the support of our career services team. You Get What You Put In Students are expected to dedicate at least 70 hours/week to the program, with the most successful students dedicating 70-90 hours/week. Our students often say that Coding Dojo is the most rewarding, yet difficult thing they’ve ever done. Life During the Course In the morning you’ll start with new curriculum that will build on top of what you learned the day before. Depending on the day, your morning may include an algorithm session, lecture, group activity, or a combination of all 3. Your afternoons and nights will be spent working through course content, assignments, and projects on the new curriculum for the day, with breakout sessions available upon request.
    Financing
    Deposit$1,000
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    Financing: Monthly financing plans available via Skills Fund

    Tuition Plans$1,000 deposit followed by 2 payments or monthly payment plans available via Skills Fund.
    Refund / GuaranteeDeposits are required to reserve your seat in the bootcamp, and are refundable until day 1 of class.
    ScholarshipScholarships up to $4,000 are available for veterans, women, and other underrepresented groups in the technology industry. Email scholarships@codingdojo.com to learn more.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Online Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Full-time

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$14,995
    Class size40
    LocationOnline, Dallas
    Our Online Full-Time Immersive Bootcamp is a remote learning alternative that provides online access to our in-depth three-stack curriculum—complete with real-time support from instructors, our industry-tested learning platform, hands-on assignments and much more. Ideal for students interested in web development who cannot attend our on-campus programs, this online bootcamp is a full-time immersive experience in which you will master the fundamentals of web and software development, and 3 full stacks - Python, MEAN, and Java - over 14 weeks, learning valuable skills for a career in tech. On a national scale, 94%* of our alumni land a job in 180 days after graduating, with an average salary of $76,000 per year. Learn more at https://www.codingdojo.com/full-time-online-bootcamp Your Career Starts From Day 1 Your career as a full-stack software developer starts on your first day. Within 14 weeks we’ll turn you into a self-sufficient, well-rounded software developer who has all the critical skills to have a long, healthy career in tech. Three Full Stacks & Self-Sufficiency Our goal is to train you into a self-sufficient, versatile developer through our 3 Stack Curriculum. In 14 weeks, you’ll learn 3 in-demand stacks in the industry, have a portfolio to show, and have triple the job prospects, as every company uses a different stack. Learn By Doing You’ll start coding from day one of the course. Dive into a fast-paced, innovative learning environment that fosters collaboration, not competition. After graduation, you’ll jump straight into the job-hunt with the support of our career services team. You Get What You Put In Students are expected to dedicate at least 70 hours/week to the program, with the most successful students dedicating 70-90 hours/week. Our students often say that Coding Dojo is the most rewarding, yet difficult thing they’ve ever done. Life During the Course In the morning you’ll start with new curriculum that will build on top of what you learned the day before. Depending on the day, your morning may include an algorithm session, lecture, group activity, or a combination of all 3. Your afternoons and nights will be spent working through course content, assignments, and projects on the new curriculum for the day, with breakout sessions available upon request. Career Services We offer career support to all students and alumni to help accomplish their short and long-term career goals. Whether you're applying for your first job or you're an industry veteran, we understand that building a career is a life-long process. Participants of the program will have access to a wide range of services, such as one-on-one sessions with a career advisor, open forums with industry leaders, comprehensive job-hunting workshops, and more!
    Financing
    Deposit$1000
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    Monthly financing plans available via SkillsFund

    Tuition Plans $1,000 deposit followed by 2 payments or monthly payment plans available via Skills Fund.
    Refund / GuaranteeDeposits are required to reserve your seat in the bootcamp and are refundable until day 1 of class.
    ScholarshipScholarships up to $4,000 available for veterans, women, and other underrepresented groups in the technology industry. Email scholarships@codingdojo.com to learn more.
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Online Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Part-time

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    MySQL, HTML, Git, JavaScript, Django, jQuery, CSS, Algorithms, Python
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week20 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$9,995
    Class size30
    LocationOnline
    Our Part-Time Online Web Development Bootcamp is a flexible evening and weekend course that teaches web fundamentals and a full Python stack — complete with real-time support from instructors, our industry-tested learning platform, hands-on assignments and much more. Ideal for students who cannot attend our on-campus programs, or commit to a full-time course, you'll learn the skills needed to become a self-sufficient developer in as little as 20-25 hours per week. Comprehensive Curriculum Develop projects in a vast range of technologies, starting with front-end development in Web Fundamentals. From there, dive into back-end development centers around Python and put on the finer touches with AJAX and modularization. Top it off with 4 weeks of project building and algorithms. Live Instructor Support Receive hands-on support from our instruction team through live evening classes twice a week, multiple office hours, plus evening weekend support through our chat forum. Top-Tier Platform Quickly learn the essentials of the most in-demand technologies through our online Learning Platform, which has trained thousands of Coding Dojo students. Code From Home Experience the accelerated training of our on-campus bootcamps from the comfort of your home without quitting your day job. You’re only required to dedicate at least 20 - 25 hours per week toward during the bootcamp. Career Services We offer career support to all students and alumni to help accomplish their short and long-term career goals. Whether you're applying for your first job or you're an industry veteran, we understand that building a career is a life-long process. Participants of the program will have access to a wide range of services, such as one-on-one sessions with a career advisor, open forums with industry leaders, comprehensive job-hunting workshops, and more!
    Financing
    Deposit$1000
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    Monthly financing plans available via SkillsFund
    Tuition Plans$1,000 deposit followed by 4 monthly payments of $2,248.75
    Refund / GuaranteeDeposits are refundable until day 1 of class.
    ScholarshipScholarships up to $4,000 available for veterans, women, and other underrepresented groups in the technology industry. Email scholarships@codingdojo.com to learn more.
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    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Onsite Software Development Immersive Bootcamp - Full-time

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    CostN/A
    Class size35
    LocationBoise, Orange County, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Chicago, Arlington, Tulsa, Dallas
    Our Onsite Full-Time Immersive Bootcamp will teach you more than coding - you'll learn how to solve problems and be a self-sufficient developer. When you're fully immersed in our three full stack curriculum, you'll master the fundamental building blocks of web and software development, making you a highly valuable, desirable asset throughout your career. The 14-week course includes real-time support from instructors, our industry-tested learning platform, hands-on assignments and much more. Ideal for students interested in fast-tracking a successful career in tech, this onsite bootcamp is a full-time immersive experience in which you will master the fundamentals of web and software development, and 3 full stacks - Python, MEAN, and Java - over 14 weeks, learning valuable skills for a career in tech. On a national scale, 94%* of our alumni land a job in 180 days after graduating, with an average salary of $76,000 per year. Learn more at https://www.codingdojo.com/full-time-online-bootcamp Your Career Starts From Day 1 Your career as a full-stack software developer starts on your first day. Within 14 weeks we’ll turn you into a self-sufficient, well-rounded software developer who has all the critical skills to have a long, healthy career in tech. Three Full Stacks & Self-Sufficiency Our goal is to train you into a self-sufficient, versatile developer through our 3 Stack Curriculum. In 14 weeks, you’ll learn 3 in-demand stacks in the industry, have a portfolio to show, and have triple the job prospects, as every company uses a different stack. Learn By Doing You’ll start coding from day one of the course. Dive into a fast-paced, innovative learning environment that fosters collaboration, not competition. After graduation, you’ll jump straight into the job-hunt with the support of our career services team. You Get What You Put In Students are expected to dedicate at least 70 hours/week to the program, with the most successful students dedicating 70-90 hours/week. Our students often say that Coding Dojo is the most rewarding, yet difficult thing they’ve ever done. Life During the Course In the morning you’ll start with new curriculum that will build on top of what you learned the day before. Depending on the day, your morning may include an algorithm session, lecture, group activity, or a combination of all 3. Your afternoons and nights will be spent working through course content, assignments, and projects on the new curriculum for the day, with breakout sessions available upon request. Career Services We offer career support to all students and alumni to help accomplish their short and long-term career goals. Whether you're applying for your first job or you're an industry veteran, we understand that building a career is a life-long process. Participants of the program will have access to a wide range of services, such as one-on-one sessions with a career advisor, open forums with industry leaders, comprehensive job-hunting workshops, and more! *Published in February 2018, this is based upon a survey that was sent to alumni who graduated between January 2015 and October 2017. Out of the respondents, 94% are employed full time in field. 75% of alumni find jobs within 3 months.
    Financing
    Deposit$1000
    Financing
    Monthly financing plans available via SkillsFund

    Tuition Plans $1,000 deposit followed by 2 payments or monthly payment plans available via Skills Fund.
    Refund / GuaranteeDeposits are required to reserve your seat in the bootcamp, and are refundable until day 1 of class.
    ScholarshipUp to $4,000 in scholarships available for veterans, women, and other underrepresented groups in the technology industry. Email scholarships@codingdojo.com to learn more.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
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    - 4/8/2019
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    James J Bae • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    As the senior pastor of Bellevue Korean Presbyterian Church, and a faculty member of Northwest Reformed Theological Seminary, I’ve been desiring and planning to develop a online course of Christian Education Program in Korean language and Bible app. Not only learning programming language itself but I wanted to understand the whole span of the LMS: Learning Management System and developing apps from front-end to back-end, I have decided to study the process of software development at Coding Dojo.Another hand, I would like to prepare my post retired life having a part-time job or freelancer in the area of software development.

    I met amazing instructors and well developed program at Coding Dojo which is great for me, especially I have learned and being challenged for the way of teaching style of Coding Dojo, called "learn how to learn". After studying at Coding Dojo, I have tried to apply the way of teaching in my own class which is grateful.

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  • Review
    - 4/8/2019
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    Coding Dojo was a great experience. Most of the material was really easy to take in and the instructors and student assistance were available with lots of help. The atmosphere is really what you're paying for because most the time you can find all the help you can online. If you think you can study up on your own save the $$ and do it yourself especially if you've had coding experience. Otherwise this is a perfect place to start as long as your willing to dish out the money.

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    I truly loved my time at Coding Dojo's Seattle Campus.  I think the biggest reason is because I was "All In" and was willing to put in as much time as I could to succeed.  Throughout the entire 14-week curriculum, I pushed through all the coursework on weekdays and weekends to become as self-sufficient as I could.  Learning all three technology stacks was not only fun but rewarding.  Moving my personal needle of understanding for all the technologies gave me a great sense of pride and the end of section exams were challenging to say the least but if you put in your time and follow their mantra of “Strength Though Struggle”, you will succeed!

    Daily algorithms practice also allowed my cohort to learn how to think on our feet and explain thought processes even if the solution wasn’t immediately within our grasp.  That is a skill in and of itself.

    The Dojo Instructors genuinely cared about their students’ progress towards success in their own unique ways.  Some pushed you to find solutions on your own and others gave a little more guidance but all of them were invested in your success… very much so.

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    My experience at Coding Dojo was excellent; insofar as what can be expected from 14 weeks. I expected to burn through course materials and be supplementing with things I found online - but they keep students who get ahead busy with relevant "optionals" that take the concepts learned earlier to a more advanced and real-world level. I programmed for 12 hours a day on average, a minimum of 10 hours per day seems like it could work.

    Pros of Coding Dojo:
    Depending on your cohort; this is a wonderful experience, everyone helps one another and keeps each other motivated during - and after - the bootcamp. It still feels like a second home. The stacks are very relevant to the current tech industry in the Seattle area; and learning 3 instead of two confers more advantages than disadvantages in my experience. Once you've learned how to set up a full stack project learning on your own becomes a lot more efficient. Which is to say in my experience it's more of an advantage to have three stacks, than two in which you have slightly deeper experience. Not only do the additional technologies look good on a resume, they also help you mix-and-match when you inevitably need to work with stacks you're unfamiliar with. The algorithm sessions were massively useful for confidence and skill in interviews. The teachers were generally very good, and friendly in my experience. The project weeks were helpful after graduation and taught me a lot about programming in the real world - not to mention being fun.

    Cons:
    The learning platform is mostly good, but a couple spots (I believe in particular the C# stack) are clumsily put together. Additionally; I am going to give the Job Search category a strong 4 star review because the new hire; Mark, at Coding Dojo Seattle is doing incredible work to connect with the community and build opportunities. During my cohort however it was terrible, the Career Services coordinator left on our first week and we didn't get a new one until we were just about out of there so...Quite minimal assistance there.

    Advice:
    I believe it's getting harder out there for bootcamp grads...That said; I would not be working as a programmer right now if it weren't for Coding Dojo. If you believe in yourself I highly recommend it. If you love coding as I do, I highly recommend it. I can't imagine more expensive bootcamps teaching more...in fact I can't imagine how one could learn more than I did in the same period of time.  But start programming before you arrive, you need to love it - I recommend starting with CodeAcademy and doing a course from the following blog (not mine) http://blog.agupieware.com/2014/05/online-learning-bachelors-level.html. When you leave don't rely on digital applications; you'll need to network. Expect it to take at least 2.5 months; I was a "stronger" student, and I got almost no bites on the proverbial line until 60 days in. DO algorithms, a lot of students get scared around month 1.5 and stop going....But it's a HUGE component of feeling confident and getting a job. Finally; after you graduate, get a startup going with your friends and put it on your resume =D

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    Five months ago, I decided quite my job and learn to code. I did a lot of research and I started my journey in Coding dojo. In the beginning, I was really nervous because I have zero coding experience. However, during the three months, I learned more than I thought I could. At here, you will get as much as you put in. Especially when you study with the cohort who have a programming background. It will really push you to spend extra extra time to do more and more coding every single day. And it definitely worth the time and efforts when you look back.

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    Just like anything, you get out what you put in. I attended the program in my mid 30s and was switching careers after 10+ years in healthcare. It was a huge and scary leap, I’m 100% sure I would not have gone through switching careers without attending a program like this.

    I looked into a lot of onsite bootcamps in the area, attended open house meetings/ and decided on Coding Dojo one main reason. I attended a few free coding workshops that Coding Dojo hosted and could tell the instructors were knowledgeable and enjoyed their teaching style. It’s always nice to try before you buy and would recommend trying to attend a workshop if they are still offering them.

    The instructors were all excellent and were the strongest part of the program. They put in one on one time and all of them went above what I had have expected to help struggling students. 3 stacks felt a little ambitious and during the program it was hard to tell if a smaller scope would have been better. In hindsight after working in the development field I’m glad to have that broader view of the options out there and it helped during the job search to be comfortable applying to more jobs.

    One important thing is that the success rate seemed from just my personal observations. About half of my cohort never finished the program due to a slow attrition for various reasons, mostly I think from deciding this wasn’t for them. Just be prepared for a fairly intensive program with a lot of material to go through at a pretty fast pace at times. I wouldn’t recommend a program like this if you can’t spend 60+ hours or more per week to learning.

    But in the end I’m working at a great job for almost a year, my work has been interesting, and my career growth has been more promising than ever. It’s been an excellent choice for me.

    TLDR: I’m very happy I attended and would recommend it to anyone who is serious about a program like this. Just make sure you’re ready to chew what you’re about to bite off.

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    Before Coding Dojo I had just graduated with a degree in a completely unrelated field, Communication Studies. I'd done a specialization in computing during college so my interest in programming had been piqued but I hadn't had the chance to really get as hands on with it as I would have liked. Before graduation I did some searching around and found Coding Dojo. I was generally interested in their whole philosophy of learning multiple stacks and learning how to learn as opposed to just 'learning a language'. I do feel like it's helpful to do your own research beforehand and figure out what's popular in your area/areas you want to work just so you can make a more suitable decision. In general, I was satisfied with the way the program went. The curriculum and in house platform was rather nice to follow along with. It provided a nice comfortable base to come back to in case you ever got really overwhelmed searching the net/just saved a good amount of time when looking for things. Their approach to ongoing tech interview prep is solid too. I think algorithm questions aren't really a thing a person should be cramming for a couple weeks toward the end of a program and Coding Dojo fixes that with the daily doses of algos. My main complaints were cohort size and career support, although they're maybe a bit related/unique to my case. I had an abnormally small cohort which I felt hindered the usual networking benefit you get from these sorts of programs. Oh also, some more structure around exam/project time would have been nice. It's nice the you can kind of just test at your own pace but then also it sort of makes projects difficult to coordinate when instructors are more hands off and students are finishing up tests/preparing for tests at different times. But back to career support. Again, a bit unique to my case, but our career services person (who ironically ended up working at a different bootcamp that I TA'd for later) had just left right as we were entering our career week. We had someone come down from the Bay to handle it and overall it wasn't a bad experience. But it was definitely not optimal to just have someone temporary for that sort of thing. Also, I feel like in general it would have been nice to maybe have more career resources check ins throughout the program. Maybe even organize some group networking events/meetup attendance. Set up tours with local companies or something. It's weird, I feel like I've gotten more job lead emails months after leaving/when I've finished my job search (probably an artifact of the previously mentioned change of staff). Overall though, very solid program that will definitely get you up to speed with web dev in a relatively short amount of time. As evidence to this, at my current job I work as a React Native developer. I only briefly played around with React and never touched React Native before starting, but I believe my time at Coding Dojo helped me become the sort developer who was able to get up to speed with this new exciting tech in less than a week.  

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    It wrote and rewrote this review several times. My Bootcamp experience was intense with many ups and downs. It is good to have some time to reflect on my experience.  

    I remember reading reviews on this site when I thought about changing careers. The basics are as follows: Coding Dojo is a fourteen week (15 if you include career week) full-time Bootcamp where you learn three programming stacks. It has an online option, but the bulk of the students in the program are onsite with actual instructors. They advertise that will be working 70-90 hours a week for this Bootcamp, and they weren't lying.  In short, this school is for people who are willing to have their life consumed with coding for 15 weeks. The "three stacks curriculum" is incredibly fast-paced, and even the best of us have felt overwhelmed at times.

    I personally loved the challenge. I have taken several online grad school classes and having an instructor physically there to help me felt like a breath of fresh air.  I was also lucky to be in an amazing cohort.  Some of my best memories of my experience was trying to finish difficult assignments with my classmates. I would get stuck, and my neighbor would help me. When they got stuck, I would help them.

    I can't speak for all of the locations, but I know that the career services manager in Dallas is fantastic. Throughout the Bootcamp, we had lessons on how to network. I had the opportunity not just to meet, but to present my projects to potential employers throughout the Bootcamp.  When I finished, my career services manager was someone I could talk to about my job search, to give me mock interviews, and to help me negotiate with potential employers.  I never took advantage of it, but if you also want to move to another location, Coding Dojo can help you with that. A student who took his courses at the Coding Dojo branch in Virginia did career week at my location, Dallas.  

    I know many people did not have as positive an experience I did. A significant percentage of the students who started with my group did not finish or had to retake parts of the course. Some people who graduated earlier than I have who have not been hired for software development jobs yet.  I don't know how these numbers compare to other Bootcamps, but I can imagine the rushed "three stacks" curriculum probably made it worse.

    I wish there were a way to tell you if you are a good fit for Coding Dojo.  I have seen some students who came in with significant programming experience drop out of the program. I have seen other people who have never written a line of code before the Bootcamp thrive in the program. In the end, if you are someone with grit, and are in a place in your life where you can spend 14 weeks to dedicate your life to learning how to program, Coding Dojo likely will be a rewarding experience.

  • Student
    - 12/3/2018
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    David Savage • Full Stack Developer • Student Verified via LinkedIn
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    Before Coding Dojo I implemented electronic medical records systmes in hospitals for many years. I was a traveling consultant, so I implemented systems across the country. I wanted to learn some newer and different technoligies because consulting required me to mainly do the same job over and over. It didn't allow for much creativity.

    I enjoyed my experience at Coding Dojo very much. I was probably the oldest student in the room (I definitely was) but I never felt that anyone there thought that was a problem at all. It required long hours, but it was fascinating and great to feel and contribute to the energy of my cohort every day. 

    Having been a programmer in the past, I felt I was able to understand the basics fairly well but the pace was very rigorous. Also, a lot of information is supplied by the teaching staff, but a lot of self learning is also required. I did spend between 70 and 90 hours per week on average in order to keep up.

    I feel that I walked away with a very good basic understanding of full stack programming and some of the details of three separate stacks. I have a lot left to learn, but I feel that I have a good basic understanding.

    I completed the boot camp over a month ago. Since then I have increasingly been looking for a development position. I'm starting to get interviews and it seems that the projects I have developed on my own using my Coding Dojo skills are impressing employers. I'm hopeful that I'll land something pretty soon and gaining more confidence every day.

    I feel that Coding Dojo was money well spent. 

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    I began my coding bootcamp journey at Coding Dojo in September 2017. I was unhappy with my repetitive job as a chemist and was ready for a new challenge. I am currently a software engineer at a small company in Denver, Colorado and it took me 1 month of serious searching  & applying to land a software engineering job.
    The application process to Coding Dojo was fast and easy, and the instructors were great. Going through this program with a cohort of amazingly talented and determined students made the bootcamp fun and successful. Being continually challenged by my instructors and my fellow students pushed me to work harder than I thought I could.
    I must mention though, that I had an upper hand to most of the other students in my cohort. I have a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and worked as an Analytical Chemist for 2 years before beginning this program so I've been trained to think analytically and problem solving skills comes more naturally to me than most. But, Coding Dojo provides an amazing platform to learn from, and all the tools required to get a job (they even help with the job search process). Add in your will and determination to succeed, and you will be a software engineer in no time.

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    Coding Dojo was definitely worth the money. Our instructors were very knowledgeable and good at guiding us through learning material for ourselves via actual experience/trial and error rather than simply showing us how to solve a problem without any exploration - much like you'd experience learning a new technology on the job. I came in with some collegiate Computer Science coursework and feel like I learned more in a few months at the bootcamp than I would have if I finished my degree. The course is definitely challenging and can take up a lot of your time, but you learn quite a lot. You do have to learn how to keep your own discipline and stay on-track through the weeks, but the end result is worth it. The only negative point is that the text/videos given to us as part of our curriculum were occasionally confusing or difficult to follow, but instructors generally knew where the problem points in the materials were and were able to guide us through rough patches without difficulty. Overall, as long as you're able to motivate yourself to maintain effort even when the material seems difficult, Coding Dojo is definitely a positive experience.

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    I will be very honest about my experience at Coding Dojo in Los Angeles, CA.  

    Ultimately going to the Dojo was the best decision of my life. I was previously an admin assistant and now I am a web developer who loves her job. BUT graduating from the Dojo was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.  I was fortunate to have a friend who went through the program and was honest about what to expect.  So, I was fortunate enough to know what to expect going into the program. Hopefully this review will help do the same for others.

    In the program each student will learn three different stacks (a bundle of software that makes up a functioning website/application) 14 weeks.  Because a stack is made up of multiple different components you are constantly learning and building on what you’ve previously learned.  This is where the difficulty of the program starts.  If you don’t fully grasp something the rest won’t make sense.

    The program is built for students to work together and help each other.  If a cohort fails to gel together or falls apart before the program is done, then it’s nearly impossible for a student to succeed.  Needless to say it is vital you make friends and keep going together. 

    As for the program I wish it were three weeks longer, a week more on each stack.  There is no room for an error. Expect to do 60-90 hours of coding a week.  I actually told my friends not to expect to see me for three months and that is exactly what happened.  But the program does teach you how to be a fullstack programmer.  You will not be fluent in any stack, but you will have a working foundation of each language.

    As for career placement, the Dojo does have a career service which does its best at connecting graduates with job leads.  But do not expect to get a job right out of the program. Most companies don’t want Junior Developers or they don’t trust bootcamps to produce decent programmers. (I honestly think this is the same with other bootcamps and not just with Coding Dojo) So expect lots of rejection, but do not give up.  I was one of the first in my cohort to land a job and it took me three months. Eventually all my cohort mates landed jobs – at least the ones who put effort into the program did.  So plan your finances accordingly and have realistic expectations. 

    Ultimately what you put into the program is what you’ll get out of the program.  I’ve read some of the bad reviews of the program and I know some of the people who wrote those bad reviews.  I can honestly say those were the people who were constantly missing class, not staying late to finish their course work, regularly goofing off, basically not putting 100% effort into the program. So if you are serious about programming and you think Coding Dojo is the bootcamp for you, then expect to work extremely hard and have realistic expectations of job placement.

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