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Rutgers Coding Bootcamp

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2 Campuses

Jersey City

1 Course

Rutgers Coding Bootcamp is a 24-week, part-time web development course. The full-stack curriculum includes HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Node.js, Responsive Design, Heroku, Git, User Authentication, Meteor.js, React.js, MySQL, MongoDB, and more. Students are given the opportunity to participate in experiential learning opportunities with employers providing access to new employment opportunities. Students receive career-planning services, portfolio review, demo days, and recruiting help to position students for success in the field.

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Somerset

2 Courses
Python, JavaScript, SQL, ExcelIn PersonPart Time

This program is rigorous, fast-paced, and focused on the practical technical skills needed to analyze and solve data problems. Students will gain proficiency in a broad array of technologies like Excel, Python, JavaScript, SQL Databases, Tableau, and more. Applicants do not need experience to enroll, but once admitted, all students will complete a pre-course tutorial.

Students will gain proficiency in a broad array of technologies like Excel, Python, JavaScript, SQL Databases, and Tableau, and more.

Students in our program will learn a full-stack, including HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Node.js, Responsive Design, Heroku, Git, User Authentication, Meteor.js, React.js, MySQL, MongoDB, and more. Students are given the opportunity to participate in experiential learning opportunities with employers providing access to new employment opportunities. Students receive career-planning services, portfolio review, demo days, and recruiting help to position students for success in the field.

Course Details

Payment Plan
Payment Plans Available
Interview
Yes
Minimum Skill Level
Beginner
Prep Work
Pre-course tutorials

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$500 Rutgers Coding Bootcamp Scholarship

Rutgers Coding Bootcamp is a 24-week, part-time web development course on the Rutgers campus in Brunswick, New Jersey part-time designed for working professionals who are actively pursuing a career change or advancement. The Course Report community is now eligible for a $500 scholarship to Rutgers Coding Bootcamp!

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4/2/2017
Tom T • Application Specialist • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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Response From: Kalimah Perry of Rutgers Coding Bootcamp
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Tuesday, Apr 04 2017

Hi Tom, thank you so much for your detailed and honest feedback! We know reviews like yours are very helpful to potential students looking to hear from alumni on their personal experiences in the program. We’re thrilled to hear that the curriculum solidified your existing coding knowledge, and that you enjoyed the community aspect and instructors and TAs. We love our staff and admire their passion for coding and teaching! And it's awesome to see the lasting relationships that are created during the program. As you mentioned, our career services team empowers students to find the job that’s right for them through interview weekly, coaching, networking/speaker events, resume support, Demo Day and more—and the job search takes hard work and persistence on the student’s part. We congratulate you not only on your hard work during the program, but on your dedication during the job search and ultimately landing your new position. Thank you again for taking the time to share your review and for choosing our program. We wish you much success going forward!

2/27/2017
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Response From: Kalimah Perry of Rutgers Coding Bootcamp
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Tuesday, Feb 28 2017

Ray – it’s great to hear from you and we’re thankful that you took the time to write this detailed review! It’s incredibly helpful for future students to read about the different experiences students have had in the program. We’re glad to hear that you had such a positive experience with the bootcamp and especially your instructor—we think Pavan is pretty great too! He has a real passion for teaching and it shows. 

Thank you again for sharing with us. We wish you great success as you finish the program and begin the job search. We are excited to see what you continue to accomplish!

2/3/2017
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Monday, Feb 06 2017

Thank you so much for sharing your review, Joaquin. We’re thrilled to hear that you had such a great academic experience in the program. Congratulations on graduating and good luck going forward!

4/17/2017
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Tuesday, Apr 18 2017

Thanks so much, Lawrence! It really makes our team’s day to read reviews like yours. Our instructors have a passion for teaching and their mission is to give you the best learning experience possible—so we love to hear that you felt supported and thought the instruction was great (we think Ahmed is pretty awesome too!). Congratulations on graduating, we’re proud of everything you’ve accomplished! We wish you all the best as you continue on your journey.

2/21/2017
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Wednesday, Feb 22 2017

We love reading reviews like yours, Pamela! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. This program is definitely challenging, but you’ve put in the hard work it takes to get the most out of it! Our instructors and TAs are all about helping students succeed, so we’re also thrilled to know that you felt their support throughout the journey. Congrats on graduating and thank you again! We are cheering you on as you go forward.

2/7/2017
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Wednesday, Feb 08 2017

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed review, Wil! It made our team’s day to read that you thought so highly of the instruction/curriculum, collaborative class environment and free workshops. We strive to provide students with as many opportunities for learning as possible, so it’s great to know you took advantage of those resources. We also pride ourselves on the dedication of our career services team, so we really appreciate your positive feedback. Thank you for choosing RCB and congratulations on all your hard work—we know you will have much success going forward!

2/4/2017
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Tuesday, Feb 07 2017

Thank you so much for sharing your review, Al. You are absolutely right! Learning to code collaboratively is one of the most challenging aspects of professional development. It's easy for communication to break and for different members to work toward competing visions -- all while thinking they're on the same page. It’s great that you made this realization throughout the course of the program, as it’s an important lesson for your future career.

Congratulations on graduating and best of luck post-bootcamp! You did extremely well and we know you have a bright future ahead.

1/23/2017
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Tuesday, Jan 24 2017

Thank you so much, Tatiana! Your review brings a big smile to our team’s faces. You are so right that in this program, the success that you achieve is your own, so you’ll only get out of it what you put in. It takes hard work and long hours, so we congratulate you on all your efforts and accomplishments! Our instructors are seriously passionate about teaching and about the material itself, so we love knowing that it showed throughout the program. Be proud that you’ve invested in yourself and your future—and we wish you nothing but the best going forward!

1/23/2017
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Wednesday, Jan 25 2017

You rock, Taylor! Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We love hearing that the program not only provided you with the immersive experience and educational foundation you were looking for but also changed your life—our team wakes up every morning with that goal in mind. It’s a fast-paced and intensive course, but as you said, our instructors are always there to help along the journey! We applaud you for all of your determination and hard work, and we wish you great success as you enter this new chapter.

1/20/2017
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Monday, Jan 23 2017

Adriana, thank you! We love reading honest reviews like yours and truly appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts on the different aspects of the program. You are totally right that this is a rigorous course that requires hours of hard work! But our instructors and TAs are incredibly passionate about helping students every step of the way, so we’re happy to hear that you felt that level of support. Congratulations on the dedication and effort you put into the program—we’re proud of all that you’ve accomplished! We’re cheering you as you continue your journey.

12/21/2016
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Thursday, Dec 22 2016

It’s amazing to hear stories of dedication and success like yours, Jasmine! Your honest, detailed review is truly appreciated and will be very helpful to prospective students. Our entire staff - Instructors, TAs, Student Success Manager and Career Director - are all incredibly passionate about education and changing the lives of others. We love hearing that you felt that about our staff. You put in the hard work and time required to make the most of the program, and we applaud you as you continue to move in this new direction and start your new job. We wish you nothing but the best and know you’ll feel confident about calling yourself a coder in no time!

9/14/2016
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Thursday, Sep 15 2016

Way to go, Jimmy! We are so thrilled to hear your review of the course and that it was the best decision for you and your career -- that's the reason we do what we do! Congratulations on all of your hard work, completing the course and on your new Developer role. 

9/11/2016
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Monday, Sep 12 2016

Thank you, Shawn. Managing this course and two kids - you are just incredible! We could not agree more with your comment about being willing and able to put in the time/work outside of class. Learning to code in 6 months is quite the undertaking and you've done a great job balancing it all. Big congrats on your raise, incentives and accolades at work -- all due to your hard work. 

9/9/2016
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Monday, Sep 12 2016

Thank you, Louis! Best academic experience of your life...that's a pretty awesome endorcement and we are so appreciative. Our staff work tirelessly to provide an incredible classroom experience that allows for a huge amount of learning in 6 months. Seeing these reviews really makes our day! Congrats to you for all of your hard work and fast success. 

9/8/2016
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Friday, Sep 09 2016

Whitley - so great to hear from you and thank you for this very detailed review. It is so helpful for future students to hear what they can expect and how they can succeed directly from our past students. We are rooting you on as you take this next big step in your career. Congrats! 

9/6/2016
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Thursday, Sep 08 2016

Thank you for your review of RCB. You gave our future students some great advice: work hard and utilize all of the support that we offer. We're wishing you all the best in your new career! 

8/28/2016
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Monday, Aug 29 2016

Thank you for your detailed review, Jeremy. Our Instructors and TAs are incredible teachers and people, and it definitely shows in the classroom. We are happy to hear how great your experience interactiing with them was. We will continue to follow up, but please reach out if you need anything specific from Career Services. We're here for you! 

8/25/2016
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Monday, Aug 29 2016

Karina, we are loving this ROI theme and you are absolutely right. So many reviews mention our incredible Instructors and TAs for a good reason -- they are truly awesome, they care about their students and they're incredibly knowledable about what they teach. We love reading this! Congratulations on graduation and thank you again. 

8/24/2016
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Thursday, Aug 25 2016

Yes, James! We feel the exact same way as you do -- the connections and friendships made during the 6 months of the program will last a lifetime. Congrats on your new career in the tech field and thank you for trusting us with your education. 

8/24/2016
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Thursday, Aug 25 2016

Thanks Vincent! Reading through all of our reviews there is certainly a theme - awesome, knowledgable and helpful instructors and TAs. We certainly think they're the best, but it really means something when our students think so too. Thank you for recommending the program to others and for all of your dedication and hard work. 

8/23/2016
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Thursday, Aug 25 2016

Hey Analben! It's great to hear from you and thank you very much for your review. We are always working incredibly hard to support our students both in the classroom and out when they need extra help. Way to go for putting in all of your hard work and changing your profession like you set out to do. Thank you for choosing RCB - we are humbled to be a part of your education. 

8/23/2016
Jeremiah Scanlon • Developer and Project Manager • Graduate
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Thursday, Aug 25 2016

Jeremiah - thank you very much for your review of RCB. You should be incredibly proud of your hard work -- we certainly are! Big congrats on your new career as a programmer.

8/22/2016
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Tuesday, Aug 23 2016

Hey Christian! Thanks a bunch for your review and honesty. You nailed it right on the head - so much of being an awesome developer is learning HOW to learn. Our Instructors and TAs take so much pride in what they do and love hearing about the impact they are making on our students lives. Thank you again!

8/22/2016
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Tuesday, Aug 23 2016

Thank you for your review, Jeff. We're always happy to hear about how impactful and helpful our Instructors and TAs are. They love what they do and it is very easy to see that as one of their students. Congrats on your career change and new job. We're so happy we were able to help you make the change. 

8/21/2016
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Monday, Aug 22 2016

Hey John - 

Big thanks for your detailed review of our course. We hear over and over how incredible, dedicated and caring our Instructors are and Ahmed is an amazing asset to our team. At the end of the day, it's our goal to provide the tools, content and instruction necessary to allow our students to graduate from the program and begins their new careers. Reviews like yours tell us we're accomplishing those goals. Thank you again and wishing you all the best! 

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  • Student Spotlight: Richard of Rutgers Coding Bootcamp

    Imogen Crispe3/23/2016

    Originally from Ghana, Richard worked in finance before he moved to the U.S. and got a job at a telecommunications company. When he discovered his passion for coding, he decided to enroll in Rutgers Coding Bootcamp in New Jersey. Now he is juggling working full time, while completing the part-time Web Development Program at Rutgers. Richard tells us about why choosing Rutgers Coding Bootcamp was the most important decision he made in 2015, the challenges (and rewards!) of working full time while learning to code, and his plans after graduation in April 2016.

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    What is your pre-bootcamp story? What is your educational background? Your last career path?

    I grew up in Ghana, where I went to college and got my bachelor's degree in banking and finance. Right after college I worked in the finance industry for a short time, then I immigrated here to the U.S. I had ambitions to go back to school and pursue a higher degree in finance, but then life happened. I got married, I’m raising a family, so I had to put my education on hold.

    I currently work at a telecommunications company where I do tech support and troubleshoot network issues – 3G, 4G, and things like that. I realized I was spending all my spare time teaching myself to code. I was always trying to learn new programming languages, just because I love it. So one day it dawned on me- “why not just follow my passion?” So I went online, Googled coding bootcamps, and found Rutgers Coding Bootcamp.

    What made you attend a coding bootcamp rather than continue learning on your own?

    I’m naturally very curious and I love to learn, especially in this field. I have this insatiable desire to know how things work behind the scenes. But with coding I realized I could only do so much by myself, and it would be more efficient to enroll in a coding bootcamp. I contacted a few private coding bootcamps, but none really convinced me. Some seemed to be in it for the money or some other reason and I didn’t feel like they had the students’ interests at heart. Eventually, I spoke to Rutgers Coding Bootcamp, and realized that’s where I should be.

    What did you like about Rutgers Coding Bootcamp that made you choose them?

    From the moment I spoke with them on the phone, up to now, I’ve seen a genuine desire among the Rutgers staff to see the students succeed. We actually have a Director of Student Success – a designated person whose sole job is to help people succeed. On the first day in class, you could tell from their energy level that the Rutgers team wants us to succeed as much (if not more) than we do. It’s been an amazing experience. Coding bootcamps can be challenging, so it helps to know that the people behind you – staff, instructors – really believe in you.

    Was it important for you to attend a part-time bootcamp? How do you find it balancing your studies with a full-time job?

    My full-time job is quite demanding, so finding a part time coding bootcamp was a big deal. I wish I was doing it full time, but I don’t have that option – I have to work, I have a ton of responsibility. Balancing the two is pretty challenging. If you want to learn to code, you really need to be coding most of the time, so it takes quite a bit of sacrifice if you have to combine it with work. My class is Monday and Wednesday evenings, and Saturday mornings.

    Rutgers Coding Bootcamp is offered through the Division of Continuing Studies. How important was it for you to study coding at a bootcamp associated with a university?

    If you have a university behind a program like this, it’s a no brainer. Rutgers University has a ton of resources which we get access to. We can use their libraries and their fancy classrooms. It’s also great for meeting other students and I find it encouraging to see other students studying around me. It’s been a really important component of the program for me.

    Did you think about doing a four-year computer science degree?

    Prior to considering a bootcamp I was considering enrolling in a master's program or a computer science degree. I wasn’t sure if it was the right move or not, so doing a bootcamp was a way to test the waters to see if this career is what I really want. I haven’t ruled out a computer science degree, but I first wanted to do something with a fast learning approach which would quickly prepare me for a job as a developer. Eventually, once I know more about the industry, I will make a decision about whether I need a master's or CS degree.

    What was the application and interview process like? How long did it take?

    It was pretty seamless. I put in my application, then I had to do aptitude tests to assess my skill level. I passed those, then I had an interview with an instructor over the phone. He asked me what I thought was the best approach to learning to code, and I said for you to get good at anything you have to practice it over and over again. Then he asked a typical coding interview question about how many windows there are in NYC. I didn’t see that one coming but I just asked him to clarify, then answered. And apparently it was good enough. He was trying to figure out my background, what I was capable of, my thought processes, and whether I was able to handle the program. I started in October 2015.

    What are the other students in your class like? Was your class diverse in terms of gender, race, life and career backgrounds?

    There are two classes running at the same time, each is about 25 to 30 people, from all different career backgrounds. It is somewhat diverse, but more male than female – my class only has less  than 20% women. In terms of race, there is every group you can imagine.

    How did you pay for Rutgers Coding Bootcamp? Did you use a financing partner?

    Initially I was going to pay out of pocket, but then I realized I could take an educational loan, so that’s what I did. One good thing about enrolling in a bootcamp connected with a university was that I could use the financial institutions it was affiliated with to get a private educational loan.

    Can you tell me what the learning experience is like at Rutgers Coding Bootcamp? How did it differ from studying at college?

    It’s a very different experience. When I was going to college in Ghana, I didn’t work, I was at school full time and my parents paid for everything. So this is the first time I’m working and schooling at the same time. It’s a 24-week program, and I knew going in that it would be quite intensive because it is a bootcamp. But as fast paced as it is, we also have a ton of academic support outside of class hours. If I need help with a particular subject outside of class, I can post in our Slack channel, and someone will jump online and help me straight away. That’s a particularly good thing about this bootcamp – I’m supported not only by instructors, but there are also a ton of TAs there to help you too. There is more than enough help, which has been very helpful in a fast paced program like this.

    Who are the instructors and TAs, and what sort of backgrounds do they have?

    They are all programmers and developers, and some of them are coding bootcamp graduates. It really helps to know that this person, as recently as a year ago, was in a bootcamp just as I am, and now he or she is a TA. It’s helpful to work with people who know exactly how you feel.

    What’s been the biggest challenge?

    My personal challenge has been making enough time to practice and to study, I have the desire, I have the passion, but I have to work. But it’s not been bad, I’ve been trying to tell myself not to give up and it seems to be working. I’ve learned a ton of things. If I think about where I was when I started and where I am right now, I’m truly amazed and I’m very, very happy.

    What is your favorite project that you worked on at Rutgers?

    We worked on a front end project where we developed a web app where users book flights or hotels. That process was really exciting. We work in teams a lot in this program – it’s all about networking and teamwork. In addition to learning technical skills, we learned how to work well with another developer. We also learned how to work remotely using Git, the version control system. I had never heard of Git before I started at Rutgers, and I would not have known about Git if I had just YouTubed and studied on my own. That process of collaborating with my classmate and developing a web app was particularly fulfilling and impressive.

    How is Rutgers Coding Bootcamp already preparing you for job hunting?

    Right from the start, every Saturday after normal coding training, we’ve had real employers come in to give us a pitch, talk to us about the industry, and give us mock interviews. We also had a networking event where companies talked about the industry and what they expect of us as developers. Rutgers has connected us with hiring partners from big and small companies.

    We are also developing a coding career plan. We have a career coach, who is taking us through a branding exercise, showing us how to put ourselves out there, helping with Github, StackOverflow, and LinkedIn profiles, which is huge. Doing a career switch like this, you don’t know what to expect, so it’s great to be prepared.

    What are your plans after you graduate? What field do you want to work in?

    I would love to get a job as a developer for the next few years. I want to code, I want to build software to help people. Before I went into the IT industry, I ate and breathed finance. I loved finance and I see this as an opportunity to combine my passions and previous experience with development. Ideally I’d like to work in the finance industry or the technology industry.

    What advice do you have for people considering a coding bootcamp?

    Coding is very challenging. I know people get into it for various reasons; some for the right reasons, some not. Just make sure you want it and then go all in. It can be challenging if you don’t have the right mix of passion, desire, and commitment. It’s easy to give up.

    My other advice is to make the time for coding. You need time to practice. Some people say that coding isn’t for everyone, but I believe whatever you do, if you practice enough you will become good at it.

    Is there anything else you want to add about your experience at Rutgers Coding Bootcamp?

    I can’t stress enough that this was the single most important decision I took in 2015. At times it was challenging, but I never regretted it. And it’s a full package of learning. From day one, they give you all the tools you need to succeed. You’re not only learning how to code, you’re learning how to think like a developer, and how to approach problems. I couldn’t be more appreciative or thankful for the team at Rutgers Coding Bootcamp.

    Find out more and read reviews on the Rutgers Coding Bootcamp Course Report page. Or visit the Rutgers website.

    About The Author

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    Imogen is a writer and content producer who loves writing about technology and education. Her background is in journalism, writing for newspapers and news websites. She grew up in England, Dubai and New Zealand, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

  • Student Spotlight: Tammer Galal of Rutgers Coding Bootcamp

    Imogen Crispe2/29/2016

    Tammer Galal had just graduated from college and was about to start medical school, when he changed lanes completely and decided to follow his passion for technology. Now he is studying to become a web developer at Rutgers Coding Bootcamp and absolutely loving it. Tammer tells us about why he chose Rutgers Coding Bootcamp, what he’s learned in his first months, and his plans after graduation.

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    What were you up to before you started at Rutgers Coding Bootcamp?

    Growing up I always loved computers – building and overclocking computers. I went to college at Ohio State University for biology in comparative vertebrate anatomy, a far long shot from coding! I graduated in May 2015 and originally planned to go to medical school. But when I was a senior my father fell ill, which really changed my mind about what I wanted to do. I realized after I did my MCATs that I really didn’t want to go to medical school. That’s when I decided to follow my passion for technology.

    So I started reading about coding and the advocacy for more coders in the world. That really influenced me into looking into coding bootcamps. I found Rutgers Coding Bootcamp and when I spoke to Jed Woodarek, the course coordinator, that’s when I thought “this is what I want to do.” I started Rutgers in October 2015. It was a very short transition time for me to decide to graduate, not go to medical school, and to get into coding instead.

    Since Rutgers Coding Bootcamp is part-time, are you working while you do the bootcamp or have you quit your job?

    I’m focusing all my time on coding – the ABCs (Always Be Coding) mantra they try to teach us. And I’m also guest TAing already for the newer cohorts at Rutgers, so that’s pretty interesting. Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm and all day on Saturdays.

    Did you try to learn on your own before you thought about a bootcamp?

    I actually jumped in with zero knowledge of how to code. I knew the terms HTML and CSS, but I didn’t know anything about the actual language itself. I was more into the hardware aspect of things growing up. But now I’ve actually started to learn it, it’s absolutely incredible, really fun.

    Did you look at other coding bootcamps or just Rutgers Coding Bootcamp?

    I take care of my mom so I wanted to try to stay as local as possible. Rutgers is nearby so it was really the only one I wanted to go to, and the one I wanted to make sure was the one for me. I’m not even sure if I would have gone to a bootcamp if it wasn’t for Rutgers because I can’t travel too much right now.

    What made you realize Rutgers was going to be the one for you?

    Definitely talking with Jed and speaking with Shamoon Siddiqui, one of the professors. When I spoke with them on the phone they seemed genuinely interested in my abilities and my interest in coding. It just seemed really conducive to a good environment for learning.

    How important was it for you to study coding at bootcamp associated with a university rather than at an independent coding bootcamp?

    Definitely important. Coming from a Big Ten school like Ohio State, it’s nice to able to be affiliated with another Big Ten school, an institute which is reputable and is an accredited university, I trusted that.

    To me, having a full university backing you, and being affiliated with a further education program, is really definitely something that’s important. But I’m sure other independent coding bootcamps are just as reputable.

    Did you think about doing a four-year Computer Science degree?

    After I got out of school from biology, I thought about it, but I decided I couldn’t do another four-year degree. And when I read about careers in coding, I saw it’s not so much your credentials which are important, as much as what you can code. I wanted to use this bootcamp to really dip my toes into coding and see if it was what I really wanted to do.

    Where is the bootcamp held and what’s the classroom like?

    We are at the Rutgers Business School building. It’s a really beautiful, high-tech building on the Livingston Campus in New Brunswick. We’re there on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

    What are the students in your class like? Are they diverse in terms of gender, race, life and career backgrounds?

    It’s definitely diverse in race and age. But there’s only a handful of females in my group. We have teenagers, and then people who are older. People come from NY, Pennsylvania, and I’m from New Jersey. We have all walks of life. A few people have coding backgrounds and many have business degrees. Then there are a lot of kids who are 18 and just going for it. I really commend them for that.

    What is the learning experience like at Rutgers Coding Bootcamp?

    When we get in we each do a standup about what you’re working on, what you want to work on in the future, and what’s blocking you. Then we’ll talk about the topic for the day and do a code-along. The professor will type out some code, and we’ll do it with him. Then we’ll do an exercise to expand on that, without knowing everything we need to do it. You have to think outside the box and put thought into how to continue what you’ve already learned.

    Tuesday and Thursday evenings is our half of the class, there’s another class on Monday and Wednesday evenings too, then on Saturdays we all join up together. It’s the big finish for the week’s lesson plans, where you get the mind blowing part of it. We do coding on Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm, then we have our career portion where we learn about resumes, interviewing techniques, and meet tech recruiters.

    Who are the instructors? What are their backgrounds?

    Shamoon is one of the instructors, he’s been coding his whole life and he’s an absolute rock star. Then Mike Wanger is our other instructor, he currently works full time doing coding, and he’s very good too. It’s incredible how they make it seem so accessible. When you look at coding from the outside in it seems impossible, then you start doing it and it becomes much more viable and understandable.

    How is the learning experience similar or different to studying at college?

    When I was at school there was a lot of very specific resources to read along with in a very guided way. I was learning biology so we learned about cells for months at a time. You can read about cells in books and there are a lot of resources about them. But when you’re coding, if you run into an issue, you get stuck on a line, and you don’t even know what it is you need to search for. The resources aren’t as obvious or supportive, so that’s been the struggle outside of the classroom. But in the classroom, it’s perfect with the TAs and the instructors.

    What has been the biggest challenge during the bootcamp so far?

    I would say the biggest challenge has been the transition from front end to back end. You get so used to building this visible front-end website, and all of a sudden you’re going into this back end Node, MySQL, and you’re not seeing anything come to fruition except a database with 100 different things in it. But now we’ve started tying it all together with Express and Go, it’s really cool seeing it all come together.

    What sort of feedback loop do you have when problems arise?

    We use 15five, it’s a feedback website with a set of questions each week like, “how did this go, what would you change if you could?” And also Jed, he is amazing when you have a problem. If you think something’s not going the right way and you tell him, he’s instantly on top of it.

    What is your favorite project you created?

    I made a project with two other students called FaceCheck. We used three APIs for facial recognition and emotional recognition. It is a facial recognition app, where you can click and drag or upload a picture, and it will tell you if you’re smiling, sad, happy or angry. Or If you put in a picture of a celebrity it can tell you who it is.

    How did you pay for the coding bootcamp? Did you use a financing partner? Did you get a scholarship?

    I actually paid for it myself, my father passed away and left me some money, and it allowed me to take this adventure without worrying about the future and having to pay it back. And I really thank him every day for that.

    What was your career goal in attending a bootcamp? What are your plans after you graduate?

    My initial thoughts when I started were to see what coding is like and see how things go day to day. I initially didn’t think I was going to do web development. I thought I would take this program, then keep learning more and more code, which I still plan on doing. But now think I want to be a junior developer in a gaming company or in the medical industry. Medicine is something I was so close to being involved in, so it would be nice to stay in that sector, while still working in technology. Communicating between hospitals and patient profiles is something which really needs to be more streamlined.

    Are you interviewing for jobs?

    I really don’t want to apply for a job now, and then realize in a couple of weeks when we learn Mongo or something that I really wanted to be in the back end, but I’d already got a job in front end. I don’t want to jump the gun yet.

    How will Rutgers Coding Bootcamp prepare you for job hunting?

    We have a career coach named Allison Cheston. She has helped us build LinkedIn profiles, Stack Overflow profiles, and Twitter profiles to make them professional and approachable. She brings in tech recruiters who tell us what kinds of things to have on our Githubs, and basically how to make ourselves well rounded and professional developers who someone would hire. Starting in March we do a career fair, where we meet companies one on one, meet with recruiters, and get the chance to be in that environment of looking for a job.

    What do you like most so far about Rutgers Coding Bootcamp?

    I really enjoy the environment, and being involved with a bunch of people who are like minded. It seems everyone is trying to change a field, or push forward farther into this one, and it’s really nice to be with a bunch of individuals who are trying to do the same thing as you.

    What advice do you have for people who are considering a bootcamp?

    As someone who grew up with a lot of people telling me I couldn’t do a lot of things I wanted to do, I would say: You can’t allow others to define who you are. You are the only person who can define who you are. And you are capable of doing anything you want to do. You can’t let preconceived notions stop you. You just have to give it a shot – the only thing you can do is try.

    I know Rutgers Coding Bootcamp isn’t the biggest or the longest running bootcamp, but it’s very solid, the support staff are incredible and it’s really great program to be involved in, I’d definitely recommend people in the area check it out.

    Want to learn more about Rutgers Coding Bootcamp? Check out the Rutgers Coding Bootcamp website.

    About The Author

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    Imogen is a writer and content producer who loves writing about technology and education. Her background is in journalism, writing for newspapers and news websites. She grew up in England, Dubai and New Zealand, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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