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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 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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  • Online Full-Time Software Development Immersive

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$14,995
    Class size40
    LocationOnline
    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
    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 available for veterans, women, and other underrepresented groups in the technology industry. Email scholarships@codingdojo.com to learn more.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkYes
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Online Part-Time Data Science

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$2,795
    Class size30
    LocationOnline
    The Data Science part-time program is designed to teach and apply Data Science methodologies and tools so participants can solve real-world problems in business and academia. The bootcamp introduces core Data Science principles and develops students’ skill sets to make them competitive in the workforce as Junior Data Scientists or Data Analysts. Participants will also develop Data Science solutions using the SQL, R, and Python programming languages, as well as build predictive models by leveraging statistical and machine learning processes. Hands-On Training Learn modern Data Science through hands-on assignments, projects, and mentorship from your instructors. Industry-Leading Curriculum Built by one of the top Data Scientists in the US, Isaac Faber. A Stanford-educated PhD and Chief Data Scientist for over 15 years. Job-Applicable Experience Apply predictive modeling, pattern recognition, and data visualization. Forecast business performance and trends with real-world data. Be Job-Hunt Ready By graduation or soon after, our goal is for you to have the portfolio and technical data to start applying for Data Science and Analyst roles. Subjects: Python, Machine Learning, Data Analytics, SQL, R Programming, Data Science
    Financing
    Deposit$1000
    Financing
    • Monthly payments as low as $85.86 available via SkillsFund 
    Tuition PlansPay the $1000 deposit, then make a second payment due by the 1st Friday of class for $1795
    Refund / GuaranteeAll payments are refundable until day 1 of class.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelRequires beginner experience in Python and entry-level experience in development or statistics
    Prep WorkYes: Python programming and linear algebra
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Online Software Development Part-Time (Accelerated Pace)

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    MySQL, MongoDB, HTML, Git, JavaScript, Django, Sinatra, jQuery, CSS, React.js, Algorithms, Node.js, Java, Front End, MVC, SQL, Python, GitHub
    OnlinePart Time25 Hours/week16 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$6,995
    Class size30
    LocationOnline
    Our Part-Time Accelerated program is an evening and weekend course that teaches web fundamentals as well as a full technology 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, you can choose which stack you would like to take - either Python, MERN, or Java. After successfully passing your first belt exam, you have the option to extend the program by adding on a second or third stack. By adding all three, you'll be able to take advantage of the Full-Time curriculum on a Part-Time schedule. 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. Most students dedicate at least 25 - 35 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! Subjects: CSS3, HTML5, JavaScript, jQuery, Git/Github, Bootstrap, Python, MySQL, Flask, Ajax, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Express, React, Node.js, Advanced Javascript, Socket.IO, Bower, Java 8, JSP, SpringMVC
    Financing
    Deposit$1000
    Financing
    • $500 discount for upfront payment
    • Income Share Agreement available; payments as low as $253/month
    • Monthly financing plans available via Skills Fund
    Tuition Plans$1,000 deposit followed by 4 monthly payments of $1,498.75
    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.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkYes
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Online Software Development Part-Time (Flex Pace)

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    MySQL, HTML, Git, JavaScript, CSS, Front End, SQL, Python, GitHub
    OnlinePart Time12 Hours/week28 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$6,995
    Class size30
    LocationOnline
    Our Flex program 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 10 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 Our Flex pace was designed for the busiest students out there. It's designed for those who want to not only keep their day job, but have time left over to spend with family or to work on side projects. 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! Subjects: CSS3, HTML5, JavaScript, jQuery, Git/Github, Bootstrap, Python, MySQL, Flask, Ajax, PostgreSQL
    Financing
    Deposit$1,000
    Financing
    • $500 discount for upfront payment 
    • Income Share Agreement available; payments as low as $253/month 
    • Monthly financing plans available via Skills Fund

    Tuition Plans$1,000 deposit followed by 4 monthly payments of $1,498.75
    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.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Prep WorkYes
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Onsite Full-Time Software Development Immersive

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    CostN/A
    Class size35
    LocationBoise, Orange County, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Chicago, Arlington, 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 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.
    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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    Rui Wang • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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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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    Erick Smith • Fullstack developer • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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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.

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    - 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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    I enrolled in Coding Dojo after graduating with a Computer Science degree but feelling like I lacked some practical experience. I definitely noticed that in college a lot of the coding was done in a vacuum: the professor would setup a nice space in the code and tell you to fill it in with code relevant to the class curriculum. While the algorithms and fundamentals I picked up are definitely still relevant, coding isn't that clean cut as apply x algorithm we learned in class today, there's always going to be open ended questions on how to solve a particular problem and definitely documentation reading.

    Different coding boot camps or schools will promote things like how they're teaching the latest and greatest framework, but it's rarely the important part. The most important thing is that they build students that can problem solve without hand holding and build strong fundamentals; there's always going to be another new shiny framework.

    In that sense, I think Coding Dojo did some parts right while I was there: they started each day with algorithms and white boards, first thing in the morning. Not only are these similar to the style of questions you'd get in a job interview, but they sharpen how you think when coding in general, which is what the job interview is trying to assess. Some students started skipping algorithms in the morning, but this is the perfect environment to take advantage of: solving agorithms in groups and being able to see other ways of thinking.

    In a sense that choice of skipping or not is the answer to whether your experience at Coding Dojo will be worth it or not. Coding Dojo provides the student with the tools and environment to succeed: Instructors willing to help, peers to bounce ideas off of, and training of fundamentals. It's up to the student to put in the effort to make the experience.

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    Shahan Krakirian • Software Engineer • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    I was in a position that you, the reader, are likely in right now. The details obviously may differ, but a career transition/change is no simple feat. I'll give some short backstory then describe my experience at Coding Dojo. 

    I worked as a consultant for the pharmaceutical industry for a year and a half. I couldn't stand that job and my girlfriend was already traveling/living in Australia, so I left to travel/serve tables/volunteer for almost a year and a half. Upon returning, I realized I had not-so-subtly choked my career trajectory within a few inches of its life. I'd had a very brief (one intro course) experience with coding in school (I studied an engineering discipline), and had always known that software development was a great path to pursue. I decided to look into bootcamps. 

    For me, the bootcamp I wanted to enroll in needed to meet two criteria. 1: It had to be reputable, and 2: It had to be a short distance from my apartment. Coding Dojo met both, and its approach was interesting–teach three full technology stacks, where most bootcamps teach one. I figured the breadth of knowledge might put me at an advantage over other candidates come the job hunt. I started in March of 2018. 

    A bit about my experience: The Coding Dojo curriculum moves extremely quickly. It's not easy. If you take it seriously and put in the work to keep up, you will finish the program surprised with your capabilities. I left the bootcamp feeling two things. 1: Initimidated by the world I had thrown myself into, yet, 2: Strangely confident in my ability to learn. The instructors are helpful without handing you answers, and there's a ping pong table. Pluses all around. 

    Two months after finishing the program, I was hired as a software engineer. My company specializes in Internet of Things/Alexa business solutions via the AWS (Amazon Web Services) platform. We also do a good amount of machine learning/edge computing. Day to day, I'm a backend engineer. I use Python and Node (both taught at the Dojo) and discuss high level architecture for projects, which was also stressed during my time at the bootcamp. 

    There are definitely many great choices when it comes to bootcamps. In my experience, Coding Dojo is one of them. 

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    David Noh • Full Stack Developer • Graduate Verified via LinkedIn
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    This bootcamp provides you the tools you need to do to develop yourself into a junior level developer.

    It is up to you to grab those knowledge and build impressve projects to attract the company HR's attention.

    Bootcamp will work for you if you try your best.

    If you are looking to do a bootcamp, you are trying to do a career change or further your knowledge in programming in current technology and Coding Dojo will provide you that.

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