Project Shift offers a full-time, 12-week coding bootcamp in downtown Durham, North Carolina. The bootcamp's mission is to offer students dignity, purpose, hope, and new opportunities by equipping them to create, and by inviting them to be part of something bigger than themselves.
Project Shift accepts students who are smart, ambitious, and humble (in other words, "character matters much more than accolades.") The admission process consists of an application and an in-person interview (can be conducted via Google Hangouts). Project Shift encourages applicants of any background, but you should expect a brief technical assessment.
Throughout the bootcamp, students will collaborate on production-grade web applications. Graduates can also build a lasting network with the Project Shift's connections to local companies, investors, and industry professionals.
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I find myself telling anyone who asks about Project Shift the same thing: it was the most enjoyable and engaging learning program that I've ever experienced. If you're serious about switching into a career in software development, I highly recommend Project Shift. For a time, I was skeptical about code schools, but the more I learned about this program, the more I realized that it checked off boxes that other schools couldn't. After interviewing with Aaron (the founder and one of the instructors), I felt confident that this was a serious opportunity for someone like me who enjoyed coding on and off for years but wanted to dive deeper and start a new career path. I love that the cohort size is capped at 10 students. This maximized my ability to learn and made me feel as if I was more than just a warm body filling a seat. I quickly discovered that both instructors, Aaron and Sean, are enthusiastic and tireless in their efforts to help you learn the nuts and bolts of being a successful software engineer.
During my cohort, the lessons were generally straightforward yet challenging. Learning was enhanced by pair programming, which was built into most lessons. The curriculum was well thought out and well paced. To me, Project Shift does a great job of teaching practical development skills in current technologies while also incorporating universal programming principles, which are applicable regardless of which language or technology you use. Also, the instructors make themselves readily available when you feel stuck or have questions.
Before and after the cohort ended, both Sean and Aaron went above and beyond for my career search - they responded readily to any questions I had via chat message, video chat, and meeting in person. Both gave helpful advice and guidance throughout the process or applying, interviewing, following up, etc. Less than three months post-Project Shift, I started my career as a full-time software developer, and I owe that to a connection I made through my Project Shift mentor. I can say with confidence that this program prepares you to become a software engineer because from day one on the job I have been applying lessons learned from Project Shift.
I was a member of Project Shift's first cohort and, being a former teacher, I knew the first iteration of any course was probably going to be a bumpy ride. But I did it anyway for a couple of reasons. First of all, I just really liked Aaron. Is that a dumb reason? Maybe, but it worked out. I could tell he was passionate about what he wanted to do, and I loved his enthusiasm. Secondly, I liked that the program was competative to get into and they wouldn't just accept anyone. Another bootcamp I was 'courting' at the time that shall remain nameless made it obvious (to me) that they were just trying to fill seats. That was very offputting to me because I wanted to be in a course with others who had similar abilities and goals since this was such a tight timeline.
The actual course exceeded my expecations. Like I previously said, I was expecting a ton of hiccups, and Aaron and Sean were both extremely candid about how this was the first time and they were probably gonna screw some things up. And for sure there were issues here and there, but overall, the curriculum was really well thought out. You could absolutely tell how much time and energy they put into deveoping the course materials. Also, I found the lessons easy to follow and, more importantly, easy to learn from. I liked working closely with the other members of the small cohort (there were only 7 of us), and I really felt like I got to know everyone and we had a ton of fun.
In terms of post-bootcamp, it's only been a few weeks so I cannot really speak to long-term career prospects, but I will say that Sean and Aaron have been super supportive and have put all of us in touch with people in their large network, many of whom have job openings. I was lucky because I landed a part-time contract position like two weeks out, which works perfectly with my schedule. It was really a best case scenario for me, and I found out about the opportunity via one of Sean's connections.
Each week of the course has a different focus. Monday through Thursday, students partner on guided lessons. Fridays are for all-day evaluations (the name sounds scary, but they felt more like a project than a test), which were almost never completed by the end of the day--expect to spend plenty of weekend and evening hours working on these.
I expected to learn a lot and I did. Maybe the thing that surprised me the most was how much fun our cohort had together--over the course, we had a slew of class inside jokes, periodic ping pong breaks, and prodigious use of the Slack party parrot.
I gave four stars to job assistance as our career counselor left mid-cohort and the mentor and guest speaker programs are still being worked on. Less than a month after the end of our program, it's too early to know much about job outcomes. Speaking for myself however, I had the great fortune of finding a job within a few weeks of graduation.
I am so grateful that I was a part of Aaron Hayslip's very last bootcamp in Israel. While I know personal family issues were the only reason Aaron was prevented from continuing at his previous bootcamp, I am also certain he would be a success at leading the future coders of the world anywhere he is. The bootcamp I attended was Aaron's brain-child as is his new endeavor with Project Shift so I can do nothing but try to convince anyone looking to jump into the ever-growing lucrative world of web and app development to stop considering and just sign up already.
What can I say about Aaron? He is genuine, funny, thoughtful, but above all, an amazing teacher in the realm of coding. I am achieving my own dreams of leading a talented app development team (all also grads from Aaron's previous bootcamp by the way) and I am sure that Aaron had a strong influence in leading us all in this direction of success. The biggest compliment I think I can pay Aaron is not that he is smart and a great teacher, but rather that he just "gets it." He is very aware of the current trend of web development and has a keen talent for positioning himself and everyone associated with his endeavors for success, not only professionally and monetarily, but perhaps more importantly personally. He just gets it. Sign up for Project Shift, be prepared to work harder than you've ever worked and watch your dreams come true.
While I did not attend Project Shift, I have graduated one of Aaron's previous courses, The 2nd full stack coding bootcamp at Elevation Academy, Tel-Aviv.
Aaron is a great teacher. His passion and drive towards teaching are immediately noticable. Charismatic and funny, yet knowledgable and serious, I truly believe any project of his is a great career-shifting oppurtinty for anyone looking to get into the programming world.
I'll start with a disclaimer - I was never part of "Project Shift", BUT, I was part of "Elevation Academy" cohort 3 in Tel Aviv Israel that was managed by Aaron Hayslip, so I suspect the vibe of "Project Shift" will be not much different...
The 12 weeks I've spent in the cohort were amazing time for me, very often thanks to Aaron. Whether it was a question that he would always answer (yes, even if he is busy at the moment, he would make a point of coming back with the answer later on), or agreeing to my suggestion to make a video of the classes since I almost always missed the morning ones.
Aaron was always on top of the subject that was taught, even if sometimes he admitted he learnt it only in the passing week and always had the patience to explain a certain topic again and again - a trait that never stopped amazing me.
In short, I'm of a mind that Aaron has the knowledge and the right attitude to teach coding. The combination of the two makes "Project Shift" a great opportunity for people who are searching for a place that will teach them just that.
I was a student in Aaron's first bootcamp academy. I was immediately blown away by his ability to make the complicated seem simple along with a dash of humor. He believes in all of his students and is dedicated to ensuring everyone's success. After the bootcamp, I was easily able to find new job opportunities based on the strength of my portfolio and the projects I worked on as a bootcamp student.
Aaron was my instructor when he ran this course in Tel Aviv.
I must say: the curriculum was well-organized and engaging.
Yes, it's true the program is expensive. But, I see it as an investment for the future. About 4 months after completing the program Aaron ran in Tel Aviv, I got a job as a Product Manager for a promising startup company.
I am Super-Happy to see that Aaron is now offering this program in North Carolina. I am positive that people who are hungry to succeed in hi-tech will use this course as a stepping stone to a brighter future.
When I started looking at bootcamps, Project Shift immediately stood out to me. I was very excited about their selective admission process. I was confident that if I was accepted I would succeed.
Before I started, I was a bit worried that 3 months would not be enough time to get job-ready. The precourse work prepared me for what was a very fast paced curriculum. I worked many weekend and evening hours to make sure I got as much as I could out of each lesson. The curriculum builds at a very good pace. I was constantly challenged, but the material was never beyond my understanding. Aaron and Sean were both very easy to talk to and were always willing to answer questions and help me understand anything that I wasn't sure about.
I had a job interview on the last day of the cohort with one of Sean's connections. After a follow up interview and a code challenge, I was hired.
My experience with Project Shift has turned out better than I could have ever expected. If you are passionate about programming, and you are willing to work your butt off, you will not regret this investment in your future.
Like some of the other reviewers, I have not taken part in Project Shift, but I was in Aaron's first bootcamp Tel Aviv, both as a student and later as an instructor (note, I do not work or have current plans to work with Project Shift in the near future).
As a student I learned a ton from Aaron - he's got a real knack for explaining concepts at their core level - even if he doesn't understand something to its fullest (which is rare, but happens) - he will do the extra work to research and get back to you with a full answer.
Later, as an instructor I saw just how much work he was putting into the bootcamp behind the scenes. This is one passionate guy - he loves this thing, and it shows.
Again, I have not participated in Project Shift, but since Aaron is leading it I feel confident giving it my fullest, most confident, and heartfelt recommendation.
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