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- Helpful, no silver bullet though- 1/17/2020Thomas • Web Engineer • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Berlin • Verified via LinkedIn
TLDR: good instructors and curriculum, diverse and cool peers, space is changing but was bursting at the seams before, school is grabbing any and all students it can get and must stay vigilant to protect brand/reputation, job assistance needed improvement but is also being worked on
As a previous reader of these reviews, I think there are a handful of things to consider when evaluating a coding bootcamp:
Is the curriculum and instruction intense enough if completed to get you a job?
Are your peers going to contribute or detract from the experience?
Is the school and space going to be conducive to excellence?
Are you committed enough and interested enough in coding to commit above and beyond the school's offering?
(for Americans) Is the program good value for the money?
Are you supported in the job search?
I will answer those questions in order:
Is the curriculum and instruction intense enough if completed to get you a job?
I will start with the positives: David is a very experienced instructor in coding and even some of the frameworks/materials are slightly dated versus what I have seen since starting as a developer, I am almost certain it is impossible to stay 100% current at the pace things change. The materials and information are highly focused and I think you are taken on a deep dive through older frameworks jQuery that then gives some insight into the current state of affairs. I might shift more of the curriculum towards the frameworks, structuring of applications and software development best practices around Github/workflow, but there is no way for a 12 week curriculum to do anything but give you a taste of most things and not exposure.
Classroom flow was very positive and asking questions there was the move. Read all lectures in advance of the courses and pose your questions then. I found the ability to get questions answered was more limited once you actually were working through problems and projects. There were simply a lot of students and fewer instructors than needed.
In regards to the negatives, outside of the first week of courses, you will not receive a code review. There simply were not enough instructors to provide this meaningfully. I did not expect a review a week, but I think 2-3 thorough code reviews to identify poor patterns, structuring etc. would have been helpful. I have no sense of whether this is offered anywhere else, but I imagine it is.
Bottom line: I do believe the school gives you enough to get you a job if you are commited. Due to various concerns and differing backgrounds, several peers took much longer to find jobs, but those who actively applied and hustled found jobs eventually (emphasis on hustle). There is plenty of demand. I'd recommend aspiring beyond just getting a job, and instead getting a great, high potential and supportive job, but there is also only so much that you can do if you are coming in from a non-traditional background.
Are your peers going to contribute or detract from the experience?
For context, after quitting a decent paying job in the USA, I left everything behind to give my entire life and focus for 6 months to become as strong a coder as possible in Berlin. I am not sure this is a realistic commitment for many and that is ok. The school has a broader mission than just people like me and that is part of its appeal. However, since the school's affiliation with the German Job Agency, many students are entering on free training programs to Spiced. This has dramatically increased the number of students and exposed the limitations of the school's structure and staffing.
Everyone is super chill, we get along very well, and the group chat has stayed active months after graduation. I can't really give a clear assessment what the impact of the massive expansion of students is on student quality beyond anecdotes. I was extremely committed and motivated to get a job right away due to my personal financial commitment. I found surprisingly that almost no peers stayed and leveraged the space provided for the 6 weeks of job search after graduation. Paying my own money made the urgency of finding a role very high, and I was not sure that was the case for all students. However, those who persevered found opportunities and the market is still favorable enough although increasingly saturated.
Concerning students, my main concern is that Spiced must stay vigilant to protect its brand and quality of incoming students lest the coding landscape become saturated like the United States (numerous bootcamps have gone bankrupt and job placement has plummeted). Bootcamps risk becoming a dismissed and commodity credential with Spiced simply being another certificate mill unless there is action taken now to continue maintaining the reputation and brand.
3) Is the school and space going to be conducive to excellence?
The space was just a big open office, but I found it to be pretty calm and was able to take a quiet room for my coding when needed. The classrooms and monitors were great and I loved the lectures. The room was essentially overrun with students and there wasn't enough space if everyone had stuck around. They have moved spaces now so I am not sure this feedback is relevant. However, I would note that the space to keep searching and preparing for a job was completely inadequate and not taken advantage of for that reason. I had nowhere else I could go to for free with WiFi, but this certainly weighed on post-grad outcomes. Again, everything I am saying may now be irrelevant with the space change. The plus side is there was a coffee machine and kitchen. I had no complaints about living there and even sleeping there on one fateful night for 12 weeks, 7 days a week. Others might disagree.
4) Are you committed enough and interested enough in coding to commit above and beyond the school's offering?
Many are not aware of the annoyance and detail oriented nature of coding before attending the school. This is simply laziness. Thousands of coding resources exist online and can be completed. Complete FreeCodeCamp, Udemy courses (focus on highly rated offerings from: Colt Steele, Max Schwarzmuller, Stephen Grider, Andrew Mead, Angela Yu), Code Academy... The pre-work the school provides is the bare minimum. If you are goign to commit months and years of your life to this, do your homework. This is not rocket science, but it requires persistence. I was shocked at for how many peopel the course was the first time opening an IDE. Frankly, without a real sense that coding is fun and something you are passionate about improving in, I would recommend delaying your enrollment in the school.
5) (for Americans mainly) Is the program good value for the money?
This is a special comment for Americans, but I think this school remains fantastic value for the money as it costs 50% of a comparable American bootcamp. Admissions standards are going to absolutely be lower than most comparable bootcamps in the United States and you can see that up front in what is covered in the curriculum. I would recommend you stack the curriculum at a few open-sourced bootcamps against Spiced and you will see there is about a 3-4 weeks of preliminary material that is done as pre-work for other bootcamps. Just raise your level, prepare aggressively, and you'll be fine.
6) Are you supported in the job search?
I had fantastic relationships with the career support person (previous employee), but she wore many hats including admissions etc. The secret of getting a job is networking and strategically continuing your learning, and I freely offer my insight into what that entails to anyone who asks. I mostly achieved these tasks myself and there were some helpful sessions peppered throughout, but they assume you are starting as a relative neophyte.
No career center can help you with all the prep/hustling this process entails but they can tell you where to apply your energies if you lack savvy. I expected a bit more structure in the prep offerings and interview support, but again, this takes personnel and money. There is a bit of a staff shortage, but I think that the new expanded support team will only improve in this area and based on my conversations, I see reason for optimism.
- Full Stack Web Development- 1/9/2020Stefanos Oxinos • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Berlin • Verified via LinkedIn
It was maybe the toughest thing I ever have done, but it was an amazing experience. First things first the teachers and the people who work at SPICED are amazing and that made the whole experience much better. Before I visited SPICED I was thinking if I am going to go to a coding Bootcamp or to a university for a bachelor's degree in software engineer. The decision going at SPICED was the best decision I have ever made. A couple of months ago I wouldn't believe that I could learn so many things and change my life in so short period of time. I would recommend coding Bootcamp over the university and especially SPICED to anyone.
- Full Stack Web Developer- 1/9/2020Petar Car • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Berlin • Verified via LinkedIn
- The right place to learn how to code- 12/28/2019Luís • Student • Campus: Berlin • Verified via LinkedIn
If you are looking to learn full stack development, SPICED Academy is the right place to do so.
I have been wanting to learn how to develop for a while and if it wasn't for SPICED probably I would still be stuck in the online tutorial loop.
As a SPICED student, you will learn valuable, cutting-edge technologies and deliver code every day, in a very fast and intensive pace. Your portfolio will grow each day with interesting projects.
The teaching staff is very supportive and passionate: they will do anything to keep you moving forward. Each one of the teachers manage to teach extremely complex topics in a fun, accessible way.
The SPICED community works as a team. Your challenges will be your colleagues challenges.
Regardless of what your level is as a developer, the course is built in such a way that it will demand the most of you. Expect to be constantly challenged and fully committed to the course.
At the end, the knowledge and portfolio you will build in only three months is worth every moment spent at SPICED.
- Fantastically intense experience.- 11/3/2019Merle • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Berlin • Verified via GitHub
I have had the plan to switch work sectors for a while now. And since trying to teach myself on top of a fulltime job was tremendously slow and not overly rewarding, I decided to take a more drastic step and focus on coding fulltime. So I applied for the boot camp at SPICED, which turned out to be one of the best steps I took.
I joined the boot camp as an absolute JS beginner, while I had dipped my toes a little into other programming languages and concepts, I had never connected the dots in the way that I did over the course of the three months at SPICED. Plus my coding skills were super limited by the time I started the boot camp let alone develop full-stack applications. Those 12 weeks of classes and projects basically took me from writing simple blocks of code to writing full-stack applications. That being said, coding is a constant learning process and by the time you finish, there is definitely still a hell lot to learn. However, those weeks truly show you, what you are capable of learning in a short period of time, if you set your mind to it, dedicate your time and keep pushing - and by that I mean basically code, code, code.
SPICED is intense and hard. I had days that felt wonderfully easy, where I felt completely on top of what we were covering followed by days where I simply felt like I was never going to fully get it. Thankfully you are in an environment, where
- you are not the only one going through these feelings but there is a whole bunch of you going through these things at the same time
- there are teachers there to guide you through it and they are incredibly helpful and supportive in catalysing your learning progress.
I am still amazed and proud of what I learned to build in this short amount of time. During the first half of the course, you cover a lot of different aspects of web development and build up the fundamentals to start full-stack development projects during the second half of the course. Once you have graduated, you can still come to campus and work there so you will still be able to ask for help in the six weeks after you have completed the course.
The boot camp provides a great environment for you to learn and grow, but you are the one that has to do the learning and growing, no one can do that for you. This might sound rather silly and obvious, but the bottom line is, you have to pull your own weight. You have to get comfortable with not knowing everything, sometimes not understanding everything straight away, and most frustrating of all: learn how to ask the questions that help you figure development problems out, when all of this is completely new to you.
SPICED is quite fast paced and pushes your comfort zone of how much you are capable to learn, absorb and take in. For me maybe one of the most valuable takeaways is not necessarily how much can code by heart today, but having build up the skillset and confidence in myself that I will be able to figure things out and learn the things I don't know or understand yet. Basically, SPICED teaches you the skills needed to jumpstart a continuously ongoing learning process.
Altogether I highly recommend SPICED as an amazing starting point for anyone that wants to learn how to code and pursue a professional career in this field, but be ready to push your comfort zone of learning.
- (my) best decision in 2018- 4/10/2019Tim • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Berlin • Verified via GitHub
Had a super time at my bootcamp with SPICED.
Speaking of my cohort in Oct2018, they had selected a diverse range of students.
For a total of 18 weeks!!! (12week bootcamp + extended 6weeks) you are free to use and stay at the facilities as long as you wish and receive help by the teachers.
This is important for the time after the course bc you should be able to master coding challenges to prove you are familiar with your craft while you're on the job hunt.
The curriculum is always up-to-date and according to the needs of the industry.
I only had wished to learn things about pair-programming or working on a project as a team.
David and his team are very committed to support and provide a holistic and contagious coding environment/ learning experience.
+ you get to meet a community of kind (and smart) people.
In the end it's up to a students entitlement of what one gets out of this bootcamp.
Enjoy your journey.
- Amazing Experience!!- 4/8/2019Andrea A. • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Berlin • Verified via GitHub
Attending SPICED Academy was one of the best decisions I have made. Since I was moving from the US to Berlin for this course, I did a substantial amount of research in order to find the right school for me and I ultimately chose SPICED. I applied in March 2018 to start in the October 2018 cohort and during that time I completed the prep course work several times to get a good grasp on the concepts. I joined the bootcamp as a complete beginner and once I finished the course, I was amazed at the incredible progress I made, how much I learned, and the applications I was able to build. The teachers are incredibly helpful and always willing to help you work through a problem but also ensure you understand why that problem occurred in the first place.
That being said, this course is also incredibly demanding - it is a bootcamp after all! I spent an average of 10-12 hours every day at school for 6 days of the week. This is a fast-paced learning environment where you are challenged on a daily basis and expected to learn by doing. One of the first things I learned at SPICED was getting comfortable with certain parts of your application not working and how to patiently troubleshoot and work with your peers to figure things out together. This is all part of the learning process! There were times when I was incredibly frustrated and other times when I was overjoyed because I made something work on my own.
In all, I absolutely recommend SPICED for anyone interested in making a commitment to learning programming. It was a gratifying experience that provided me with the skills necessary to apply to the workplace as a junior developer. You just have to be willing to put in the work in order to truly see progress in your abilities and get the most out of this course.
- An overall awesome experience- 3/25/2019Lisa Kramarenko • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Berlin • Verified via GitHub
Graduating from SPICED Academy is truly a life-changing experience. You will learn an insane amount of things in encouranging and motivating atmosphere, you will master soft skills as well as tech skills necessary to land a job, you will always find support from the staff and you will work really really hard -- and in the end it's all gonna be worth it. You will get everything you need to get an entry level job -- provided you are willing to work hard and be proactive. Even after graduation you can always ask for help.
Every day I went there with excitement and joy about what I'm going to learn and build today. I was never bored and always challenged. I absolutely loved it and had no trouble finding a junior position.
I recommend preparing beyond the prep course they provide you with though and mess with a code a bit beforehand -- it will make your life much easier.
Stuff to improve: more teachers and including more materials on git, testing and production environment.
I am already recommending SPICED to many friends, so why not share my experience here:
If you feel like you want to know how to code and get a job as a developer, you should put them to the top of your list.
I did extensive research before opting for this bootcamp and can honestly say that ,while there might be good alternatives, SPICED was the perfect choice.
Things to highlight:
1. Up-to-date curriculum & tech stack
2. Staff that cares about your personal & technical development
3. Great help through the staff & alumnis even after graduation
- All about Full Stack Web Development- 3/22/2019Dilshod • Full Stack Developer • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Berlin • Verified via GitHub
Based on my experience I can tell you - if your goal is to get nice job as a developer then this bootcamp is for you.
From this bootcamp you will get 3 most important things:
1. Self-confidence as a developer;
2. Up to date coding skills;
3. Your dream job.
- Spice up your life.- 1/14/2019Tom Givol • Student • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Berlin • Verified via GitHub
If you are looking for an awesome atmosphere, super central, comfortable and impeccably equipped space, a knowledgable and friendly staff that excels at lecturing just as much as in private tutoring and more than anything else: sharing an intensely satisfying learning experience with a group of like-minded peers who are in this together - look no further!
It would have been great if the bootcamp had 2-4 more weeks so more content could be thought and get the students extremely well prepared for the job marked (in 12 weeks you got to "well prepared" status). It would have also been really swell if it was possible to do frequent code reviews for each student multiple times (which demands a lot of manpower, something no bootcamp that I know of has). But going back from fantasy into actual reality - SPICED do the absolute best with what they got.
p.s The career workshop was really awesome. Learned and grew from it just as much as I did from the coding lessons.
- Perfect to start a new job as web developer- 1/14/2019Thibaut Valarche • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Berlin • Verified via LinkedIn
When I first entered SPiced Academy, I had almost zero knowledge of web developement. With spiced Academy, I got the necessary backgrounds to become web developer. Courses are well structured and teachers very professionals. The ambiance in genral is also very sympathic.
- This is one of those things I will do over and over again if I am able to rewind my life.- 10/7/2018Marco C • Full-Stack Software Developer - Uplause • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Berlin • Verified via LinkedIn
I went to Spiced-Academy last April-June and I should say that it is right up there on my list of " The best decisions I've made". Prior to attending the bootcamp, I've been studying in a University as a Software Engineer but I felt that I wasn't learning enough. The school is theory heavy and you learn little on the practical side. I did my research and found about Spiced. After talking to Shilpa, I decided to enroll and boy I did it right. Before starting the bootcamp, they will give you a homework and for future students, pay attention to the homework and do your research before hand. Most students get problem during the first couple of weeks because they're in the state of shock. If you prepare enough, you won't experience this coding stuporous state. :)
The mentors are really good. They are always there and if you get stuck at something, they can help you but try to do it first before you ask, that way you are sure you're not asking a stupid question.
The course is very intensive and even after you get home, you will have to do some study or exercises so be ready to dedicate your time, you are in Berlin to learn and not as a tourist. Make friends because it will make your life so much easier.
If your only purpose is to land a job as a developer after you graduate, this is not for you. There is no assurance that you will get a job when you graduate. If you like coding and you want to learn (and you are 100% sure of that) then this course is for you.
Overall the experience is tantamount to nothing. The things I learned in 2 years in school is nothing compare to what I learned in 3 months in this bootcamp.
- Marcus • Data Scientist • Graduate • Course: Data Science • Campus: Berlin • Verified via LinkedIn
I also attended the first Data Science cohort and I can fully support the positive comments made below by Konstantin. The course at SPICED Academy was very valuable and intensive likewise. We got more than just a brief hands-on introduction on each topic as often seen before in online courses. Kristian was awesome at teaching and he fostered our abilites to code steadily. He always took into consideration what the participants were interested in and set the focus within the main topics variable and very encouraging. The curriculum was very concise and Kristian was always capable of making a clear connection between the topics covered and the tech stack used.
After graduation we now know a lot more about clean, well-structured and object-oriented coding in Python and respective frameworks, and about getting a project from development to employment. We have also got a profound understanding of the underlying theories of both supervised and unsupervised machine learning techniques, when to use them and how to evaluate them in the right manner. All in all, it has been the course I was looking for. I got everything at hand I need to know to dive deeper in any Data Science related topic and I feel well prepared for future work. Beside the course itself I think that it`s been a nice working environment with plenty of pleasant people to talk with and to share experiences.
- life changing experiences- 8/10/2018Dejan Vjestica • Web Developer • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Berlin • Verified via LinkedIn
- It was ok- 6/22/2018Monika Ibovnik • Solution Engineer • Graduate • Campus: Berlin • Verified via GitHub
If you want to change career I would recommend a bootcamp, however be warned that a bootcamp is not for everyone - I really advice you to prepare with some free online courses, I think it's not stressed enough by SPICED. Maybe you're one of those who grasp new things quickly, but I won't bet on that especially if you're paying for the bootcamp from your own pocket.
- Raul Iglesias • Fullstack Developer intern • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Berlin • Verified via LinkedIn
I attended the Full Stack Bootcamp at SPICED Academy between Sept.17 and Nov.17.
The experience was hard, I worked every single day for 3 months, between 10 and 12 hrs a day, I suffered under stress and banged my head against the laptop when I couldn't figure out how to solve the problems. However, I did not regret any single minute of it. It was an extremely gratifying time, where I changed from my old me to this new me that I am right now (professionally speaking :-) ).
The atmosphere at SPICED was great, I went very gladly to school every day, looking forward to meet my classmates, the teachers, the school team and the students from other cohorts. I hold the teachers (Dave and Matt), as well as the other employees of the school (Shilpa, Paul and the CEO Frederik) in the highest regard for the job they do running the place. Besides their professionalism, they were always extremely freindly and helpful, always taking care of us making sure we had the best time possible at school. My classmates were also amazing people. We developed a great and tight relationship and learnt to work together, help each other and count on one another when needed. The body of students at SPICED is amazingly diverse, coming from all corners of the world, but somehow they all turn out to be really great and funny people. We worked and studied together, but we also played together, partied together, ate together, chilled together... As the weeks went by I found myself more and more comfortable at school and it began to feel almost like a big family.
Thanks to the preparation I received at SPICED I am to say that I was able to find an entry-level position pretty quickly after the bootcamp. Within just two months, even with Christimas and New Years in between, I got offered a paid internship as Fullstack Developer. Currently (Mar.18) I am beginning my second month of internship, I am learning tons of stuff, frontend and backend, and there is much more to come. If everything goes well I will be hired as junior developer right after the internship. As far as I know, all the students from my cohort that graduated with me have landed a job as developers of various levels.
I can say that my life has completely changed after doing the bootcamp at SPICED. Before I had a job where I was terribly unhappy and which I could not see myself performing any single day more. Now, after some months of hard but gratifying work, I have a job with great prospects, in a firm which offers me a chance to learn and grow, and with a team I cherish and admire.
If you are not affraid of a challenge, if you are ready to work hard for a certain period of time and you are looking for a change in your life, do not hesitate and take part in SPICED Academy's program. You will not regret it a single day!
- Best learning experience I had- 3/3/2018Matthieu • Junior Software Developer • Graduate • Campus: Berlin • Verified via LinkedIn
Before I came to SPICED I graduated in Communication Sciences and Sociology at University and had almost no experience at all in programming. 6 weeks after the graduation, I land a 12 months internship as Junior Software Developer.
When I decided to enroll I was sceptical about how much it is possible to learn in 12 weeks with no prior experience. Today I can say that I am amazed on how much I learned at SPICED. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't an easy journey, I had to work a lot but everything is made for you to success if you put the right amount of work.
First, the teachers are amazing. I think there is a well balanced teaching team between Matt, David and now Ivana. They know what you will experience and they will push you out of your limits so that you will progress fast and learn the right skills to get a job.
The job assistance teached by Shilpa is really usefull! I started with very little professional experience and had no idea on how to behave in front of interviewers and after the training and the advices we got, I felt more confident in my interviews and I was able to set my goals in order to find the right position for me.
Finally, I would advice anyone that is ready to work hard to change his carreer path to study at SPICED!
Before i came to spiced i had been studying towards a degree in computer science. I knew alot of theoretical stuff, and had a little experience with some languages, but i did't feel i was ready to get a job.
The ciriculum was great. I got alot of support from the teachers and other staff members, and my classmates were awesome.
Although i had been studying before signing up to Spiced, some of my classmates had never coded before, and went on to make amazing apps. Regardless of your current experience level, if you work hard, and your prepared to leave your comort zone, you'll be amazed at what you're capable off after graduating.
- Best Bootcamp Experience you can hope for- 1/15/2018David • Full Stack Developer • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Berlin • Verified via GitHub
Learning coding at SPICED was such a great experience! You work together with like-minded people and learn from the great teachers at SPICED - your goal: to learn how to code for the web in a professional capacity.
I graduated SPICED in September 2017. 6 weeks later I got a job as a Full Stack Software Developer. In just 4.5 months I basically turned my life around. But don't expect to just cruise through it - you will only truly succeed if you put yourself into it 100%.
The 3 months at SPICED felt like a true bootcamp experience for me - I didn't have much time for anything else, but it was 100% worth it for me. The great staff members and the helpful teachers were always there to help.
All things considered: If you want to learn how to code and are dedicated to that cause, then go for it. You won't regret it!
- Great Bootcamp - Great Experience- 12/21/2017Julian • Full Stack Developer • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Berlin • Verified via GitHub
Being a student at SPICED was such a great experience. You will have a great place to work, a cohort of like-minded people who have the same goals as you and great teachers to give you a well-rounded education.
I graduated from the course in November 2017 and got a developer job only a few weeks after graduating. I would recommend everyone with the right mindset to apply for the course to become a web developer.
Be prepared to work hard. You should be willing to put in extra work. It will not be enough to just work the minimum required hours. This is a commitment for 3 months and you should use this time to put in 100% of your energy. If this is what you are looking for SPICED is the right place for you.
To sum up, SPICED was an awesome experience and I really learned a lot. I can only recommend joining the Bootcamp!
- Spiced got me a job in web development- 10/13/2017Alex G • Frontend Developer • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Berlin • Verified via GitHub
I graduated from Spiced Academy's full stack developers course eight weeks ago, and today I have signed a contract as a Frontend developer at an established start-up in Berlin. I feel that Spiced Academy's course was very relevant and up to date and that the curriculum prepared me well for the technical questions that came up during the interviews. I would not have landed this job without Spiced Academy.
The course is fast moving and you do need to be somewhat self-reliant. The lectures and course notes are clear and well organised and guide you in completing the exercises and projects but you a given a lot of freedom in your approach to the solutions. It was important to ask for help when stuck as the instructors do not always check in with you. I liked this style of teaching as I feel it is more realistic of the real world and increased my confidence of tackling technically challenging problems by myself, although it may not suit everyone. When I did need additional help, both instructors, David and Matt, were approachable, friendly and extremely supportive. I was impressed with their knowledge and like their different approaches to problem solving and teaching. I learnt a lot from both.
The first half of the course focus on learning the basic and fundamentals of web development. There is a lot of information to learn and I didn't realise at the time how important so of it was. During the second half of the course, the projects become bigger and what we had learnt in the first half came together and I felt like a full stack developer. I found that the projects from the second half gave me a good portfolio to put on my GitHub to showcase my abilities but most to the technical questions in the job interviews were based on what we had learnt in the first half of the course. .
I had completed a couple of free online coding courses before joining spiced and this definitely helped and I would recommend this. However, without Spiced I think I would have struggled to know what I should be focused on learning and I would have struggle to stay motivated. I definitely would not have learnt so much in such a short time.
My favourite part of the course were the React projects, my least favourite part of the course was the Backbone project. However, having said that, the interviewers seemed to like that I had knowledge of an older library such as Backbone and could compare working in it with the more modern React. For that reason alone I am now glad it was included in the curriculum.
I am in my late 30's and I was concern that my age may be an issue as tech is a young person's game. During the course, my age was not an issue at all and all ages mixed well together. Afterwards, during the job hunt, I do believe I possibly did not progress with some job application because of my age, however where I was offered an interview I was told that they saw my age as a positive and liked that I had previous experience in a different field.
The career works shops was more relevant for people that have not had much experience in the job hunt process so a lot of it I already knew but I did take away some good tips that helped during the job search and it was also a useful refresher and motivational component.
My cohort was also amazing people from many different countries and I am glad to have had this experience with. They made it easy to stay motivated through the 12 weeks and the job search.
In summary I found the course to be fun, interesting, challenging, relevant and believe it offers good value for money. However, it is hard work and you will need to take responsibility for your own learning and success. I would not hesitate to do it over again.
- Do it!- 9/1/2017Ina • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Berlin • Verified via GitHub
I have a background in HR and I had worked in couple of tech startups and in IT consultant resourcing. I however realised I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of software development and be able to code myself. I was already living in Berlin and I was researching the different bootcamp opportunities here. I soon noticed that SPICED and its Full Stack Web Development program would be the best option because of its interesting and encompassing curriculum and the positive reviews I read about it.
I haven´t regret my decision a single moment. I could never have been able to believe how much you can learn in only 12 weeks. I still remember watching the previous cohorts´ final projects and thinking I could never be able to build anything like that. But as the 12 weeks passed I noticed I had grown from someone who was struggling with Codeacademy´s exercises to being able to create full stack web applications. Many thanks to the excellent teachers David and Matt!
If you are determined, willing to work hard and want to learn to code in a supportive and encouraging environment, SPICED is the right place for you.
- Best decision!- 9/1/2017Olof Reimegård • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Berlin • Verified via GitHub
I had studied product design and wanted to go from making physical products to software. I did a bit of studying on my own through codecademy and such but had a hard time keeping up my own pace and knowing what to do next. I started looking at developer boot camps and SPICED caught my attention, I was a bit causious as I didn't believe that three months was enough time to fully learn what was promised but decided to reach out and book a meeting with Shilpa. She was happy to meet me and answer any and all questions i had, i got to meet with the teachers and even sit in on one of the lectures.
I made the decision to do the course and since the first day I haven't looked back. David and Matt, the two teachers are competent and willing to help at all times, the curriculum feels tailored for the job and is constantly updated to match the fast changing job market. The career workshops helps prepare you for getting a job when you graduate and most importantly, SPICED feels like a little family, you spend 8-10 hours a day in school so having a good atmosphere and work environment is very important.
If you feel willing and ready to really dive inte coding then this course is for you. With that said i wouldn't recommend it to anyone who wants to take a lot of days off or keep a job on the side, the course really is full-time!
- Incredible teachers - I had a great experience.- 8/31/2017Pearla • Graduate • Course: Full Stack Web Development • Campus: Berlin • Verified via GitHub
I entered SPICED Academy a couple of months after graduating from a bachelor's of economics. I am passionate about development economics and technology and I want to work in social entrepreneurship. I had been trying to learn how to code for a long time, so I chose a bootcamp for an intense learning environment, and I decided on Berlin both because I adore the city and because its tech scene is thriving (and it's great for beginners, so many meetups!). I fell on SPICED by chance but it’s after my Skype call with Shilpa, the Director of Programs and Community, that I knew SPICED was the right fit for me.
I believe that the most important thing about SPICED is the quality of teaching, as it is the reason you would choose a bootcamp over an online course. David and Matt are incredible teachers and form a great team. They were always there for us if we needed them, whether it was for a quick question, or to save us after a couple of frustrating hours facing a bug we were initially determined to solve ourselves. Other than learning a programming language from scratch, I realised that my problem solving skills immensely improved too. Following David and Matt’s example, we slowly learn how to identify where the problem comes from and how best to solve it, and soon enough you know why your app is crashing, on your own! Another key skill you learn is simply how to learn on your own - which is something that you will have to continuously do as a developer.
Another thing I loved about SPICED was its community. The cohorts are small and cohesive. Your classmates come from very different backgrounds and countries, but everyone sticks together and helps each-other during the bootcamp and even beyond the 12 weeks. I have made friends and good memories during my time at SPICED, and now away from Berlin I miss our well-deserved beers and a chats on Fridays.
Overall, I recommend SPICED because of:
- Its quality instructors.
- Its curriculum that teaches the best practices to be a good programmer.
- The care and work they put into improving themselves and making each student’s experience the best it could be.
- Their career workshops that help you be more self-aware, confident and job-ready.
- And finally because you want to take your first steps as a Full Stack Developer in a kind and caring family.