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Pursuit

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Pursuit offers an intensive, Full Stack Web Development Fellowship in New York City and online that trains adults from underserved communities to build careers in the tech industry. The Pursuit Fellowship consists of two parts: one year of training (Pursuit Core) and three years of career support (Pursuit Advance). The curriculum includes three major threads: Technical Mastery, Industry Readiness, and Leadership & Personal Development. On average, Fellows go from making $18,000 pre-program to over $85,000 post-program. 

The Pursuit Fellowship has no upfront tuition. Instead, Fellows commit to paying a percentage of future earnings for a set number of payments upon landing a job earning above $50,000. Pursuit has progressive rates based on annual salary. This model enables adults from low-income and minority communities who are representative of the diversity of New York to learn to code. Pursuit cohorts are made up of at least 50% women, 50% African-American or Hispanic people, 50% immigrants, and 60% of their participants do not have 4-year degrees. 

No coding experience is required but applicants should demonstrate both financial need and the potential to succeed in a technical career. Selected candidates from the applicant pool will be invited to a sample coding workshop as well as an in-person interview led by engineers, experts, and other volunteers from the community. 

Pursuit Fellows have been hired at over 150+ tech companies from fast growing startups to Fortune 500s. Pursuit works with hiring partners to create job opportunities exclusively for their Fellows, including companies such as Uber, Peloton, Thumbtack, and Citi.

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  • Full Stack Web Development Daytime

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    OnlineFull Time
    Start Date None scheduled
    CostN/A
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    LocationNew York City
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    Placement TestNo
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  • Full Stack Web Development Nights/Weekends

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    CSS, HTML, JavaScript, Front End, React.js, Ruby, SQL
    In PersonFull Time25 Hours/week52 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    CostN/A
    Class size36
    LocationNew York City
    A 12-month full-stack web development boot camp including technical training, professional skills development and job search assistance. Classes are Monday to Thursday 7 pm to 10 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm.
    Financing
    Deposit$0
    Tuition PlansUpon securing a tech job over with a salary over $60,000/year, you commit to paying 12% of your salary for three years.
    Refund / GuaranteeIf you don't get a tech job or make above the salary threshold, you won’t have to start paying.
    ScholarshipMetrocard scholarships available. Laptop loaners as needed for the duration of the program.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelNone. Need to be 18 or older, earn an annual salary of under $45,000, live in NYC metro area, committed to becoming a developer.
    Prep WorkAll materials for the application process are provided in advance.
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Peter Fiorentino • QA Engineer Intern • Graduate
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    Pursuit changed my life! I had to the opportunity to be part of Pursuit as both a student and a staff member. You will learn technical skills to make you a sought after candidate in the field, as well as professional skills to nail the interview. 

    Pursuit offers you a community, which is what makes them so much more special than a traditional boot camp. Pursuit truly lives their mission and is there for their fellows! They trained me to be ready to be a software engineer at a top company and they can do the same for you. 
  • Ian Cervone • Graduate
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    For someone with no prior coding experince Pursuit was a challenging full-time course.  Pursuit requires a lot of determination and hard work but these are skills that most tech companies are looking for.  The instructors at Pursuit do a good job at teaching coding from the ground up.  There is a strong emphasis on working with and helping other peers, and researching questions on your own so that when you get stuck on a piece of code you know how to go about figuring out a solution.  Pursuit also hosts some great speakers and networking events both on and off their campus that give students a truly candid insight into different areas of the industry.  
  • Flower Aviles • Application Developer Associate • Student
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    Though it’s a year program, as of today I have create a couple of apps and created my own portfolio website. This program is not for those who are just trying something out for fun it’s for individual willing to put in the hard work and push themselves to achieve the goals they hold to. The instructors are ever so patient. The staff not only care for our time in the program but they make sure that their fellows are in a safe place mentally and physically. It feels like an extension of a family when one becomes a fellow here. 
  • Web Developer
    - 2/6/2021
    Maria Liza Martinez • Web Development Intern • Graduate
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    My experience was overall a very pleasant one at Pursuit. From the application process to the interview and all the way through covid and finally through to post-graduation, I've always felt that I've had the support that I needed from staff and instructors. I was working full time while going to Pursuit nights and weekends, and while this was probably one of the most challenging times in my career, I always had help and guidance from the program manager and the class instructor when I wasn't doing as well as I had liked. They provided me with the resources and care I needed to get ahead and make things work for myself. It's really up to you how far you want to take this. I decided to take it all the way. In the end, I was the first to land a job in my class, and right before graduating too, which is nice, but I couldn't have done it without the entirety of the Pursuit staff. I am ever-grateful to them for all of the support and encouragement along the way.

  • iOS Fellow
    - 1/28/2021
    Christian Hurtado • Apprentive Software Engineer • Graduate
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    Pursuit has been a life changing experience for me. It was a had journey with many ups and downs but it was fun/challenging too. The connections I've made at Pursuit will definitely be maintained for the rest of my life and I am forever grateful for the complete turnaround Pursuit has afforded my life. Staff are all helpful and willing to get on calls at all types of hours just to help you. My fellow classmates were some of the most helpful and supportive people I've ever met and my instructor Alex Paul is the most dedicated and hardest-working person I've ever met in my life. It was a team effort but I completed the program, graduated, and landed a job at Twitter. I recommend Pursuit to anyone who is truly up for a live changing journey.
  • Steph • iOS Apprentice • Student
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    This program was great for me! I learned enough about iOS to land an apprentice position. Along with this, the program helped me prepare for interviews by giving me resume and cover letter assistance, mock interviews, and DSA practice. That being said, they can only bring you so far. If you are expecting them to hand you a job (which they get as close as possible to doing with their company partnerships) then you will have a hard time getting out of your own way. If you are committed to doing your best, remembering that you are surrounded by people that want you to succeed, then you increase your chances of finding a job. If you are of the mindset that you deserve things that you have not put effort into, I suggest you look into another route to success.

  • Abed • Intern at Uber • Student
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    I started in October of 2018 as a full stack web days fellow. The program was well paced technically with lots of behavioral and other non-technical skills practice (resumes, cover letters, linkedIn etc).

    There was a lot of technical support from instructors, TAs, volunteers and alums. I would say there was more than enough support. The program managers really helped push a lot of fellows to stay on top of their technical and non-technical tasks. The program managers were really awesome and worked really hard to give you all the support you needed to be successful.

    There were a few team projects with one big capstone project that we presented towards the end. During this project we got to implement all the technologies were learned in the program (react, redux, express, postgress, passport etc) and we learned some more specifically for this project (Google maps api, Stripe payment processing, Websockets). We also got to practice public speaking quite a bit and learned a lot of presentational skills. The project culminated with a tech leaders from big companies.

    There was A LOT of whiteboarding practice from early on. You can never have enough whiteboarding practice but I think we came pretty close. The job process was very well structured. We practiced dsa in the morning, worked on job applications before and after lunch and worked on white boading in the afternoon. You could always schedule a mock interview with a staff member or a volunteer engineer. I fully took advantage of mock interviews with engineers from Uber, Google, Twitter, Q (managed by Q) and others. And it paid off. 

    Pursuit also has a lot of partnerships with major companies which hire Pursuit fellows through these partnerships. These companies include Citi Bank, Twitter, Uber, Sinequa, Republic and others. I got an internship position at Uber through this kind of partnership. Pursuit also has a lot of other initiatives with companies and local organizations to place Pursuit fellows in companies looking to hire diverse candidates with non-traditional background. 

    Overall, it was a great experience for me. The sense of community is really strong. Everyone is really welcoming, kind, sweet and generous. I feel very lucky to be part of this community.

    I did a lot of research before getting into the program and no other such program comes close. This place really believes in its mission and staff work really hard to give people with high need and potential a real shot at making it in the tech world. 

     

  • CM • Teacher • Student
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    There are much better bootcamps. Your time could be spent gaining a paycheck or going to a real school. This training program puts you in a room and tells you to google things to make your code work.

    Yes, people have success with this bootcamp but there are many problems from leadership to organization to curriculum all the way down to the smallest details (disorganized off-hour tutoring, forcing the fellows to take out the trash, ect.)

    The only saving grace are the students who are in the trenches with you and the instructors. Those instructors and students that are there for all the right reasons are good people. The rest of the program really isn't worth it. GO SOMEWHERE ELSE! 

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    In the process of looking at software development I look at multiple programs and came across Pursuit. From the outside looking in, I was very skeptical about a program taking a novice like myself and turning me into a software developer. What stood out however was the culture to be around Pursuit. Looking back as a software developer, and one year of intense studying I can say the culture is what makes the difference. Embarking on this journey is never going, but they try to make it manageable. The staff wants you to succeed everything day. There is help from instructors to other fellows, alums and other professionals in the industry. 
  • Anonymous • Graduate
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    What is Pursuit? Pursuit is a community of people that strive to train and prepare people in the most need for careers in tech. I can't speak for other bootcamps, but Pursuit isn't really a bootcamp. It's a long-term intensive program that feels like more like a community than a bootcamp. What makes Pursuit special is the community and care that everyone has for each other. The space is set-up in such a way that you feel like your home away from home. At Pursuit, you learn more than just technical skills you also learn professional development that is just as essential in the workplace. And the most important thing is you are not forgotten after completing the curriculum. Pursuit actively partners with tech companies to get fellows jobs. I would join Pursuit if you want to transition to the tech field and I would also recommend Pursuit for people that went through College and feel they didn't get enough real world hands-on experience building products. If you are an hands-on learner that loves to learn by building projects and actively using your skills than Pursuit is the right place for you.
  • Predatory
    - 6/6/2021
    Anonymous • Graduate
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    1. They have continually changed the terms of their ISA for students and alumni, according to how much debt they're in to their investors. The contract would hardly hold up in court but they use shady means to pursue students who are not paying, including harassing other students they are friends with.
    2. They're not an accredited educational institution and encourage students to use certain language on their resumes to avoid the tax burden of being such. Students are told to list themselves as employees and call themselves "fellows". An actual fellowship involves being paid, whereas at Pursuit you give a portion of your pre-tax income to the school.
    3.  When Amazon announced HQ2, Pursuit dropped any pretense of supporting affordable housing at the proposed office site, and went so hard in support of the new headquarters that they joined in signing an open letter, published by the NY Times, begging Bezos to come back.
    4. So detached from the BIPOC community they claim to serve that they held graduation ceremonies on the 1 year anniversary of the Pulse shooting, which killed many Latine people. 
    5. When they received a 2 million dollar boost from Google last year, they announced they were prioritizing growth and "financial literacy" about their ISA -- not helping students and alumni with better services. Many of their students are very poor or even homeless. 
    6. "Helpful" alumni services are only available during work hours (9-5, weekdays). Pursuit treated it as ridiculous to suggest that they offer alumni services before/after common work hours, or on weekends, even though those services are ostensibly for people with tech jobs that are notorious for demanding overtime.
    7. Next to no assistance finding a job afterward. They talk up giving students an education from scratch, but they only care about getting jobs for the most likely students, aka white men with tech degrees, and whoever else they feel would make for good inspiration porn.
  • Anonymous • Graduate
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    Pursuit does not have a license to operate a school. That means their curriculum, their teachers, their student handbook, income sharing agreement, and enrollment agreements have not been approved by the NY Education Department. An important regulation is banning arbitration clauses from enrollment agreements. Pursuit definitely puts arbitration clauses in agreements so they can limit any recourse students have when there's a problem at the school. 

    I would upload a photo but I can't. Next best thing is this link: https://medium.com/my-experience-with-pursuit/dont-join-pursuit-b9f2ec02d4d7

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