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Thinkful

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Thinkful is an online school that equips students for new careers by offering online, fast-paced, job-ready programs in software engineering, data science, data analytics, design, and product management. Students learn cutting-edge industry standards, have 1-on-1 mentoring with an industry professional, and receive career services and job placement assistance to get a job in tech (and even offer a tuition refund guarantee). While Thinkful is an online platform, the school also has in-person communities in tech hubs around the US, where students can attend in-person events and classes. 

Thinkful’s flagship programs are the 5-month Engineering Immersion and Data Science Immersion, Engineering Flex, Engineering Nights & Weekends, Data Science Flex, Product Design Flex, Product Management Flex, and Data Analytics Flex. All courses include personal mentor meetings, a custom-built curriculum, and daily mentor-hosted Q&A sessions with industry professionals. Students are expected to commit 50-60 hours per week for Immersion programs and 20 to 25 hours per week for Flexible programs. Thinkful students can set their schedules, learn while they can keep their jobs, and access course materials from anywhere in the world. Students join a community of 3000+ students and mentors on Slack to get on-demand code help and build a professional network. All graduates receive lifetime access to the course curriculum.

Thinkful offers all students career guidance to navigate the job market, build a professional portfolio, and prepare for interviews. All programs guarantee job placement in a qualifying position that is full-time and in-field. If students are not placed within 6 months of graduation, they get a 100% tuition refund.

Prospective students can apply via the Thinkful website, and schedule a call to chat with an advisor. It’s important to note that the Data Science Immersion and Flexible programs have more strict admissions requirements than other programs.

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  • Data Analytics Flex

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    MySQL, Data Visualization, Excel, Data Analytics , Business Intelligence, SQL, Python
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week26 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$7,990
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline, Detroit, Washington, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, Raleigh, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco
    Set your schedule in a program built to turn your into a highly-paid data analyst in six months. Benefit from one-on-one mentorship, career guidance, and community support from enroll to hire.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Options: https://www.thinkful.com/bootcamp/data-analytics/flexible/#pricing
    ScholarshipSelf-identifying women and US military members (active or discharged) are eligible for reduced tuition.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Data Analytics Immersion

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    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$12,250
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline, Detroit, Washington, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, Raleigh, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco
    A rigorous and structured full-time program built to get you a job as a data analyst. Benefit from instructor-led learning, a virtual classroom environment, 1-on-1 mentorship, and a robust support team.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Available through SkillsFund
    Options: https://www.thinkful.com/bootcamp/data-analytics/full-time/#pricing
    ScholarshipSelf-identifying women and US military members (active or discharged) are eligible for reduced tuition.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Data Science Flex

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    Data Science, Hadoop, Spark, Algorithms, SQL, Python, Machine Learning
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week26 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$7,990
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline, Detroit, Washington, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, Raleigh, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco
    A flexible, online data science course aimed at helping you launch a career. One-on-one mentorship, professional guidance, and a robust community network are on hand to help you succeed in this highly advanced profession.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Available through SkillsFund
    Options: 
    https://www.thinkful.com/bootcamp/data-science/flexible/#pricing
    ScholarshipSelf-identifying women and US military members (active or discharged) are eligible for reduced tuition.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelIntermediate
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Data Science Immersion

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    Data Science, Hadoop, Spark, Algorithms, SQL, Python, Machine Learning
    OnlineFull Time60 Hours/week22 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$18,500
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline, Detroit, Washington, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, Raleigh, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco
    An accelerated online program of classes, mentorship, and professional guidance designed to get you a career in data science, fast. This advanced program is designed to serve the needs of equipping degree graduates with the data science skillset they need to obtain a career in their field of study.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Available through SkillsFund
    Options: 
    https://www.thinkful.com/bootcamp/data-science/full-time/#pricing
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelAdvanced degree
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Digital Marketing Flexible

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    Digital Marketing, Growth Hacking, SEO, Data Analytics
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week12 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$4,950
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline, Detroit, Washington, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, Raleigh, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco
    Learn the technical skills needed to build an audience, create a brand, and drive sales. Study with a flexible, online schedule, a personal mentor, and peer groups. Professional career coaches guide you with networking advice and personalized resume tips to help secure a high-income marketing role.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Options: https://www.thinkful.com/bootcamp/data-analytics/flexible/#pricing
    ScholarshipSelf-identifying women and US military members (active or discharged) are eligible for reduced tuition.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewNo
  • Engineering Flex

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    AngularJS, HTML, Git, JavaScript, CSS, React.js, Node.js, Front End
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week26 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$9,500
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline, Detroit, Washington, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, Raleigh, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco
    A flexible program built to get you a career in full-stack web development. Study online at a pace that works for you, while a team of mentors, career coaches, and peers guides you every step of the way.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Available through SkillsFund

    Options:
     https://www.thinkful.com/pricing/#financing
    ScholarshipSelf-identifying women and US military members (active or discharged) are eligible for reduced tuition.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • Engineering Immersion

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    HTML, Git, JavaScript, CSS, React.js, Node.js, Front End
    OnlineFull Time60 Hours/week22 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$16,000
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline, Detroit, Washington, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, Raleigh, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco
    A fast-tracked, full time program of online classes, mentorship, and career coaching. Skills, tools, and the support you need to become a highly paid full-stack web developer.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    ScholarshipSelf-identifying women and US military members (active or discharged) are eligible for reduced tuition.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Engineering Nights & Weekends

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    HTML, Git, JavaScript, CSS, React.js, Node.js, Front End
    OnlinePart Time25 Hours/week37 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost$12,900
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline, Detroit, Washington, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, Raleigh, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco
    An online program that will turn you into a full-stack web developer after hours. Work up from the fundamentals, write strong code, and build the perfect job-ready portfolio.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Available through SkillsFund

    Options: 
    https://www.thinkful.com/bootcamp/web-development/nights-weekends/#pricing
    ScholarshipSelf-identifying women and US military members (active or discharged) are eligible for reduced tuition.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
  • Product Management Flex

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    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$8,650
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline, Detroit, Washington, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, Raleigh, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco
    This flexible, online Product Management course is built to help you start a brand new, high-paying tech career. You’ll receive a personal mentor, work on real-world projects, and benefit from career coaches.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    ScholarshipSelf-identifying women and US military members (active or discharged) are eligible for reduced tuition.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelN/A
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes
  • UX/UI Flex

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    HTML, Git, JavaScript, jQuery, Design, User Experience Design, CSS, Front End
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week26 Weeks
    Start Date Rolling Start Date
    Cost$8,500
    Class sizeN/A
    LocationOnline, Detroit, Washington, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, Raleigh, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco
    Set your schedule with an online program aimed at taking you from newbie to a confident, highly-paid product designer. Learn the skills and the best way to present them with a team of mentors, career coaches, and community supporters.
    Financing
    DepositN/A
    Financing
    Available through SkillsFund

    Options: 
    https://www.thinkful.com/bootcamp/product-design/flexible/#pricing
    ScholarshipSelf-identifying women and US military members (active or discharged) are eligible for reduced tuition.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelBeginner
    Placement TestNo
    InterviewYes

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  • Great insights
    - 5/26/2017
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    I learned a lot in my online frontend AngularJS course. The curriculum was very well designed and the project based learning really accelerated learning the material.  My instructor Kyle always had insightful tips and thoughtful pointers to answer my questions as well as provide support when I would get stuck. If you are looking to accelerate the learning process w/ web skills thinkful provides a great option.

  • Gaining Ground
    - 5/23/2017
    Darrell • Student
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    I thought a lot about this review before posting it, because I haven't completed the entire course yet. However, I don't expect much to change, and my experience has been good! With that in mind, I haven't approached the "Job Assistance" process yet (5/23/2017) so I've left it N/A for now.

    Assuming you understand that a 'Bootcamp' is a "hit the ground running" kind of thing - Thinkful has done a great job of putting together an order for learning lessons that builds upon the previous where you eventually create capstone projects that are portfolio worthy.

    The curriculum has forced me to search beyond what is provided to gain a deeper understanding of all the concepts. My mentor has been able to clearly answer every question I've had, and Thinkful also has scheduled Q&A sessions available throughout the day, where you can jump in and ask questions with a different perspective, or point of view. It's good school, but I would recommend knowing some basics before jumping in, as the pace can be quick. Stay ahead is key for me, while working a full-time job.

  • Great Program
    - 5/16/2017
    Allen Smith • Graduate
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    After doing extensive research on coding boot camps, I decided to enroll in Thinkful's Web Developer flex course. I recently graduated and had an awesome experience. Here are some of the highlights of the program. 1. The flexibility. I was able to continue to work my full time job without quitting. This was a huge necessity for me. I worked during the day and studied in the evenings and weekends. 2. The one on one mentorship. As a novice, having a dedicated mentor that could refine my skills as I moved through the course was essential. They recently began to implement local mentors in some locations. I had a local mentor which was really helpful. Not only having a mentor with coding knowledge, but someone who had experience in the local job market was a plus. 3. The price. I looked at a dozen or so boot camps and most of them were priced way out of my range. Thinkful was one of the few boot camps that I didn't feel extreme anxiety about paying for. They have many payment options including month to month, deferred and a third party loan company called SkillsFund. I used the SkillsFund loan and they were really easy to business with. 4. The job report. Thinkful is one of the few boot camps that publishes job report statistics of their graduates. This was really reassuring to know where graduates usually go after finishing the course. 5. The material. The course layout was designed really well. I had no experience in development before joining. The material is packaged in a way that makes it simple to learn fundamentals, practice what you've learned and use that knowledge to build applications. Each section is a building block from the previous. 5. The Support. They want you to succeed and this is very apparent with the support system they've built. They have mentors that have open 'office hours' available from early in the morning to late at night to answer any questions you have. They also have a huge slack community that's available 24/7. So between your personal mentor, office hours and slack, you're always able to get help when you need it. 6. The Community. All of the team members are beyond nice and genuinely care about your success and happiness. My program manager Derek was extremely helpful in making sure I had the support I needed throughout the course. The GM and Program Manager of Atlanta(Jas and Peter) do a great job of building the local community which is really helpful for current students and graduates.
  • Great experience.
    - 5/16/2017
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    After researching coding botcamps, I chose Thinkful because: it offers the most relevant and up-to-date curriculum I've seen from online scholols; the teachers/program managers are very invoilved in your learning experience and are quick to respond.

    I started the Thinkful Felxible bootcamp with absolutely no prior experience in coding. The curriculum covers HTML, CSS, the command line (Git/GitHub etc) with lots of drills at the end of each lesson. They make sure you get solid foundations before you actually start programming in JavaScript and using JQuery, APIs etc.
    Once you have completed the front-end section, you move on to the server-side. You also learn about more advanced topics in Computer Science which is an aspect lots of bootcamps  tend to overlook.

    Apart form the curriculum, the strength of this program lies in the projects you work on, the portfolio you build and the three weekly 1-1 mentor sessions –coupled with lots of daily live Q&A and workshops– that help you overcome the challenges of programming.

    This is an online school, however you are not on your own...far from it.
    Thanks to Kristen, Mark and Derek by the way.


    Highly recommended.

  • Laura • Graduate
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    I looked around at several bootcamps before choosing Thinkful. I moved ahead with them because they offer several options to 'try-before-you-buy' so I felt confident that if I decided this wasn't the right place for me, I could back out without loosing a ton of money. Once I got going, I realized I really loved to code and have been loving the courses ever since. I've been working as a nanny so I haven't been paying for child care for my own kid for the past few years and I realized if I did an in-person bootcamp, I would not only be paying for the school but also need to find care for her while I was there and not be able to work even part-time and that was too much. With Thinkful's flex-program, I've been able to keep working part-time and be with my daughter while working through the course materials. I still had the support of an individual mentor at all times and constant access to other support through Q&A sessions and the slack community. Atlanta has also become a very tight-knit family where we meet up in person a couple of times a month so I wound up still getting some of the most fun parts of an in-person bootcamp without needing to leave everything else for 4+ months.

  • Bryan G • Graduate
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    I recently wanted to make a career switch, and thought that programming and software were always something that interested me. So, I decided to do research and research and research, and did not get anywhere until I saw thinkful. Up until that point, everything was either expensive, weird, or plain old garbage. So, I then got in touch with Benjy. 

    From there, he took care of my every concern and worry. Not only did he do that, but the onboarding process for this company is serious. The whole staff works to make sure you have everything you need to allow you to work hard and learn this tough stuff. So, with the help of thinkful, what I would have learned in 6 months on my own, I learned in a week with thinkful, no exaggeration. 

    Here is why. Plain and simple. When you learn, you need knowledge and practice. For knowledge, you need to know, what to learn and then best sources. Thinkful, gives you structure from A-Z, and guides you in the right direction. Different from being self taught and going at it blindly. This is more strategic honestly. On top of that your mentor is also there, so you have an expert right at your fingertips who actually becomes a friend like mine did. Then you need practice, and Thinkful gives you plenty of it. You learn through rigorous drills, and then capstone projects. Amazing way of learning, why? Well you practice all of the small pieces that will makeup your capstone later on. Practice makes perfect, you succeed in projects, and you will feel great. 

    Also, YES, you could learn programming like anything else by yourself. But honestly, time is spare, so why waste it. Unless you actually like devling into the unkown, and don't give up, join Thinkful. They give you a free trial. No other bootcamp will care about you enough to let you try them. 

    Shoutout to my mentor Juan, amazing guy. Will always be a friend and mentor. 

  • I got a job!
    - 5/2/2017
    Deb T. • Graduate
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    I started the Flexible Full Stack Web Dev Bootcamp with Thinkful in summer 2016 with only some knowledge of HTML, and an awareness of CSS.  I was working in email marketing (where I learned some HTML) and enjoyed it, so I wanted to learn more.  If you're like me and can't pay attention in a physical class, Thinkful's online bootcamp is great.  

    The Flexible course is paced so that you can go at your own speed, and it provides relevant examples along the course as you learn, so it's not just pure text reading.  You do need to be willing to dedicate and put it in the time and effort into going through the material and practices/projects when you're by yourself, but having a mentor work with you 1 on 1 is amazing and helps you through it when you're stuck or just have questions.  Also, special shoutout to Capi for being awesome and patient with me through the entire course!

    There are also a lot of sessions that you can join throughout the week to ask questions from other mentors, and I highly recommend taking advantage of those.  Sometimes even if you don't have a question, you can pick up some stuff from other students asking questions.

    I finished the course in about 6 months after portfolio reviews and started working with Career Services.  Thinkful does guarantee a job after the course, however they're not going to just give one to you.  You need to put in the work in searching, applying, and interviewing, but they make sure to help you through the entire process.  Resume and portfolio reviews, interview practice, suggestions/resources on whiteboarding, and a Career Services mentor are all part of the package. Also, a special shoutout to Rob for always taking the time to meet and pep-talk me before my interviews!  Thinkful Slack is helpful during this process in the careers chat too.  You can get tips from the people in Career Services there or from other students.  

    Learning web development in a short time isn't easy, but I feel that Thinkful does a great job in getting you skilled and ready.  Two months after I finished the course, I got a contract as a junior front end web developer, and I'm making more than I used to doing something I enjoy a lot more.

  • Pat • Web Developer • Student
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    A summing up of my experience with the Front-End Developer track:

    • Wonderful curriculum rich with information that is otherwise hard to find
    • Curriculum is meaningful, fun, and fast-paced. No fluff or information you could quickly google.
    • Very practical information that I could use
    • Lessons flowed logically and reviewed previous content
    • Tons of outside resources and references to modern tooling
    • Mentorship was the best part. I got a mentor that fit my needs very well. Got decent feedback and answers to questions.
    • Mentorship sessions were very much led by me and how much coding I got done that week. If I did have a lot of questions prepared the lesson wouldn't be as rewarding. 
    • Curriculum was project-based. No useless certifications. Only real results I could show an employer and that would prepare me for real-world projects. Final project was a portolfio website that showcases all of my projects. 
    • Workshops were frequent and were mostly great. Some workshops didn't reallty touch on a lot of content. Others had my notebook filled with great tips.

    This experience really jump-started my web development career and I got a job within 3 months of graduating. Strongly recommended!

     

  • John Kneafsey • Graduate
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    Note: Edited to add background and note at end

    I graduated from the Full-Time Full Stack Web Development Bootcamp in the beginning of April. I'm now 2 weeks into the job search. 

     

    Background:

    I joined Thinkful after an 18 month stint in the banking industry in NYC. That was my first job after graduating college. Prior to taking the course, I took a 4 week bootcamp prep course offered by another bootcamp institution.  In addition, I completed the Javascript track on Codecademy. Other than that, I had never been exposed to programming in any meaningful way.

     

    Overall Experience:

    I could not be more happy with my experience at Thinkful. Thinkful provides a comprehensive suite of services to their students from day 1 to the day you land your first job (and beyond). The instructors, the TAs, the mentors, the program director and the career services advisers share one common trait: they care deeply about your success. This is what drives the entire process at Thinkful and it's what makes their program stand out from the rest.

     

    Instructors:

    The instructors at Thinkful are top notch. They are tremendously knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. Joe and Ben were extremely responsive to our questions and they were always willing to clarify and expand on topics when necessary. The TA's (who join the class for several hours every day) were excellent at explaining difficult topics, guiding students through bugs, and suggesting improvements to code. Every weeknight, students meet 1 on 1 with Mentors who are there to answer questions related to coding, technology, languages, frameworks, jobs etc. I looked forward to my meetings with my Mentor every single day. Finally, Thinkful offers several live Q&A sessions every evening where subject matter experts are on hand to answer questions related to all things programming. 

     

    Curriculum:

    The skills taught at Thinkful are highly relevant in the job market today. The primary stack is MongoDB, Express, React and Node.js. This seems to be the most commonly desired stack among employers in early 2017. I feel like I'm well-prepared to contribute to a development team. With that said, the curriculum at Thinkful is very flexible. When technologies change, Thinkful adjusts quickly. Furthermore, Thinkful also reserves the right to make adjustments to the curriculum on a daily basis in order to address difficulties that the class might be having as a whole.

     

    Job Assistance:

    I am still early in the job search process, but Thinkful has been very helpful so far. They take it upon themselves to connect you with employers. Not only that, but they provide you with resources such as career coaching, interview prep, portfolio review, resume editing and more. Even though I "graduated" a few weeks ago, I feel like Thinkful is as involved as ever. 

  • Solid program
    - 4/11/2017
    Hannah • Graduate
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    I recently finished the full-time web dev bootcamp. Highlights: strong course material, helpful online community, and lots of in-depth, student-driven projects that I had a lot of fun with — and they look great in a portfolio. Lows: Mentors are hit or miss, and the daily in-person lectures are often just repetition of the course material and also are limited by the online format, so they're not super engaging or interactive. The lectures in particular are a casualty of the online format, but overall, if you're looking specifically for a remote bootcamp, I'd recommend Thinkful.

  • Impressive
    - 4/9/2017
    I'm DZ • Student
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    I have switched 3 mentors, and it's a common situation. If you could be assigned  a mentor who is responsible, willing to help you, lead you, I'd say you are super lucky.

    My second mentor spent 2 whole sessions to debug a typo, refused to take a look at my code, and told me that was not his responsibility to take a look at students' code :) Funny

    My third mentor was much smarter than the last one, however he ignored my messages for most of the time, when you get stuck and nobody could help you out, the feeling is fantastic:) 

    Then I started my career service. They have this strict rule says if students don't show up in the session for twice, they will lose the 6- month job guarantee. So be careful and read the email once the career service send to you , don't act like me chose to take it as an automatically assigning email and ignore it, because nobody will tell you that unless you break the rules. 

    The funniest thing was, my career coach forgot to send me invitations which include session link and time each week( they have the rule that mentors and coaches have to send out invitations each week to remind students). And I totally forgot about our meetings because I have a very small brain :). Although I was sitting in the front of computer thinking about my life, and one single slack message could remind me of this meeting, however my career coach chose not to, instead sending me very caring and considering  emails 3 hrs later after the sessions were over, told me I lost my job guarantee. Here is the funniest part, I explained to career service manager and my program manager that my coach never sent me the invitations, and she suddenly realized she made this mistake and changed the date information of my first agreed invitation, screenshot to the managers. So now I'm not only a irresponsible person but also a lair :). I cried for whole day, and explained everything to my program manager, I asked the receipt emails of agreed invitations to prove myself, he ignored me, and after I was reassigned a new career coach, the last one started sending out the invitations LOL. Such a unforgettable experience.                                                                            

    Overall, you are on your own for 90% of time and efforts, so work extremely hard.

  • Thinkful Review
    - 3/25/2017
    Dhafir Fuller • Marketer • Student
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    Thinkful has been extremely helpful in teaching me to code. I was a complete newbie upon entering the program. I really love the mentors and the huge array of support from both teachers and students alike. This is really a community. I look forward to the next chapter of my coding career and I thoroughly believe Thinkful has played a huge part.
  • DJ Jaiswal • Graduate
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    I'll start by saying this, I never thought in three months I will be able to build a static web application using multiple API's (Google Places/Yahoo Weather..). This course is really suited my style of learning. I first wanted to learn the Front end portion (HTML/CSS/JS..APIs) and see how I perform before taking a bigger leap forward and get the Backend dev knowledge. Thinkful program really helped me to make that choice and i am definetely going to move forward and learn the backend portion of it too. My mentor Sara, was really great..we had a really friendly relation and she was always there whenever I had any concerns. Generally, I use to write down my concerns and send it to her prior to our weekly sessions so that she can review them.

    Overall, this course was great and if you are looking to learn some good stuff! GO AHEAD! 

  • Isrrael • Systems Administrator • Graduate
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    I recently went throughthe Python Programming course. Although my experience prior was in databases (Microsoft and Oracle), I had never ventured into programming in Python. Right from the start I really enjoyed the content that Thinkful provides. I am a serial Udemy user and have taken a ton of courses in C#, however Thinkful condenses information very well. My mentor was very helpful and attentive even for the smallest of questions. I found the mentorship to be the best part of the experience because they provide a ton of information beyond the course content itself. I would definitely recommend Thinkful to any beginner or intermediate tech professional. 

  • Michael • Graduate
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    Coming from a computer science degree, we did not get a lot of coding in. So I thought it would be beneficial to me in my field. I chose the Web Development online course. The chat board is always busy full of helpful people and often mentors too. Since I chose the frontend web developement course I had a mentor once a week. This part was a little shaky for me but Thinkful made it all better. I had one mentor for a while I really liked but had to leave one personal reasons and  then one I was not working well with. So I emailed my thoughts and what I was looking in a mentor to thinkful and they set me up with a wonderful, mentor exactly who I was looking for to excel in the course and in my field. Like all the bootcamp style courses, you truly get what you put in. but this one was there for all the hard times. And when you finish you get to stay in the slack channel, and be able to review the course work, which you can modify or leaveas is for your protfolio.

    It was a was a good experience and one I am glad I took.

  • Nina • Graduate
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    As I wanted to switch my career from Marketing to UX design, I decided to take on the UX design course at Thinkful. It was a great experience, with a great curriculum.The weekly 1 to 1's with your personal mentor are really helpful, as you discuss your coursework and you get an industry professionals feedback and insights about your work. The online course itself is also good, exercises are fun and insightful. Thinkful's UX design course is great because you also work on a couple of projects which you can actually use for your portfolio, which is one of the main reasons why I decided to go with Thinkful. Additionally, I thought the 'student service' was great: If you have any questions about payment, curriculum or anything else, they are quick to reply and help you the best they can. All in all a great learning experience!

  • Thomas Riley • Graduate
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    I was hesitant about online learning before I started my courses with Thinkful. Thinkful has established a great support community through slack, Q&A sessions, and the invaluable 1x1 mentorship. My mentors throughout the courses were professional and informative. I would recommend it to anybody in the market, 10/10 in my book.

  • Andrew C. • Designer
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    The Front End Development course was great! Definitely challenging. I had a great mentor in Morgan, who really helped me out whenever I got stuck or didn't really understand a concept. Doing some external reading/research will really help you out if you get stuck as well. I do wish there were a few video lessons though. That would've been nice. But I had a great time and learned a lot!

  • Lisa • Educator • Student
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    I took Thinkful and was very excited to start. My first mentor call was challenging, at first she asked me questions to get to know me better and once I told her where I was from. She then took up the majority of the call telling me about how she lived in the same state and all the places she visited and aswesome things she did. At first it was nice but then she never moved on. I'm a school teacher and learn quickly but the course material was not user friendly. I noted to my mentor on my second call how words were mispelled on the weekly lessons and all they provided was steps and did not explain the purpose on why the material was provided. It was like insert code here, insert code in this other area but you never knew the reasoning behind it. My mentor again dominated the call with her weekend and didn't seem to want to discuss my coding fears. She advised that she was teaching a course at a college and was only the night before trying to get a lesson together. I was like huh?!? After the third call and her dominating the conversation with trivial facts, it was like we spent the entire call talking about her and she had the worse internet signal. In the end, I was paying for the course and she wasn't helpful at all so I requested another mentor. The second mentor was awesome and explained the lessons way better but still the course material that we worked on weekly did not provide any helpful instructions. I shouldn't have to wait until my phone call to get clarification. My mentor was great but I ended up leaving the program. I felt it was more of a code cash meal. I work in education and know when something has been poorly created and executed. I have a MS in Instructional Design and technology and create core content. They really need to retool the outdated resources on their website and at least provide instruction. Telling someone to go find the answer on the internet without even providing an explanation makes no sense. How about you give me a plausible solution and tell me to check the internet if I need further clarification. If you need a program that's gonna start ground up and build, this is not the program but if you have a basic coding background, this may work for you. I did not get to the job assistance art 

  • Matthew W. • Graduate
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    I had a great experience with my mentor, Alissa Pierce, and the UX Thinkful Course.  I took this course to refresh some of the traditional education I received a while back, to brush the dust off my UX training. There is a great amount of flexibility, in that the pacing of the course can be changed based on your availability.  The materials and links are rich with information.  My parting observation - the more time you put into the course, the more you will get out of it!

  • Mason Harr • Graduate
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    I enjoyed The Frontend Web Development course at Thinkful. It challenged me, and the mentors kept you from getting stuck. The mentors really add so much value. They get excited for you doing well.

  • Daniel Rosensweig • Freelance Musician (soon web developer?) • Student
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    I've been studying with Thinkful for around 2 months now, and I'm really enjoying it and learning a lot. I had more coding experience, I think, than many students coming in, which allowed me to sail through early lessons very quickly. Within a couple weeks, though, I was learning lots of new stuff. The curriculum is good, but there are other good curricula out there, often cheaper. The real game-changers for me were two things:

    1) The capstone projects (you'll do three of them in the bootcamp), where you come up with your own independent ideas outside the curriculum and build it. These become portfolio pieces that you can be proud of, and show off to prospective employers. It makes a huge 

    2) The mentors. My mentor, TJ, has been amazing. In addition to just helping me understand issues I struggle with, and helping me get back on track when I get stuck, it's also a big help to have someone to hold me accountable for working every day. He has also become a friend over time. This one-on-one attention helps Thinkful escape the problems with many other online programs, that you're on your own and can easily run out of steam or motivation alone. There's also a Slack (group chat) team, where you can engage with other students and staff.  All mentors are not equal, though, and because the system is so dependent on that one-on-one attention, the experience could be very different with a different mentor. Keep in mind that you can request a new mentor at any time and for any reason, if the one you're originally assigned to doesn't meet your expectations. I recommend that new students take advantage of this option, until you find the mentor who's right for you.

    Another aspect that was a deciding factor for me was Thinkful's job guarantee. They have a 94% placement rate for graduates into full-time jobs in their field of study. That's pretty impressive! Though not 100%, it's high enough that Thinkful is willing to refund your money, if you're in the 6% that don't find jobs in the end, so it's low-risk. The program will quickly pay for itself if you do find a full-time web developer job, of course, as it's a well-paid field. That 93% is for students who graduate within the expected 6 months, who find a full-time job in the field within 6 months after graduating. I've had an initial meeting with one of Thinkful's career counselors, soon after starting the program, and they gave me some good advice for moving forward. I can't really evaluate that part of the program yet, though, as I haven't gotten to the point where that's a primary focus, or seriously started looking for a job.

    A couple caveats about the job guarantee: it applies only if you complete the course within 6 months, and if you live in an area where tech jobs are available. If you mention the job guarantee in your initial meeting to talk about Thinkful (which you can do for free, and without commitment), they'll explain this to you and tell you whether your area qualifies, but I think most metro areas are good. If you live out in the sticks, don't count on their guarantee. The trickier part is graduating within 6 months. I noticed that their graduation rates are considerably lower than their job placement rates (among graduates.) If you do graduate, but not within 6 months, you're still pretty likely to find a job but they won't guarantee it. And if that's an important aspect to you, plan on treating the expected 20-25 hours per week as a bare minimum, and going well beyond it whenever you can.

    After spending a couple months in this program, I highly recommend it. I've come a long way since I started.

  • Joe H.
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    For anyone considering taking a programming bootcamp, you'll find Thinkful's among the best, and most challanging programs online period!

    The one thing I appreciated the most about their programs are the 1-1 mentors you'll be assigned to as soon as you sign up to one of their bootcamps, like my mentor Morgan, who'll help you break down evrery challange, problem, or obstacle, until you're able to solve it on your own, or he'll walk you through the solution, and answer any questions you may have. He'll will also assess your progress and suggest other useful tools or references that will help you get a better understanding of whatever area you're struggling with!

    And if you still need some more help, their daily held Q&A sessions and their active coding community on Slack, are always available to help out with any coding problems, and to give you any advice or feedback that you may need!

     

     

  • Bootcamp Review
    - 12/21/2016
    Bernadette Kelly • Student
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    My first few weeks with Thinkful have been very fulfilling. The support network is strong and incredibly encouraging. As someone with no former coding experience, I am grateful for the structure of this program because it provides a path to a new career and new experiences. Learning web development is hard, but Thinkful acknowledges that and does everything possible to help along the way. 

  • Brice Christian • Student
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    Before enrolling at Thinkful, I had done a pretty thorough investigation of programs that would best meet my needs. With only about a month of coding experience, only about 20 hours to spare a week with coding after working and a four month old baby girl, you can say I needed a pretty flexible program to meet my needs. I also wanted a program that would intentionally invest in me as a student and not just stick a video or book in front of my face and expect me to learn. I was for sure that intentionality and an online program wouldn't mix, until I came across Thinkful. Thinkful uses a mentor-mentee model that capitalizes on some of the perks of being in person and learning, and combines it with the flexiblity of learning online at your pace. I'm about a month in, and I've seen my mentor over a dozen times through live video chat and numerous other program mentors (Program Mentors and Career Mentors). My mentor, Aleksandar Grbic, has been incredible. From working with my crazy schedule to being available for me at a moments notice. Not once have I felt like I'm alone on this journey. The resources Thinkful and Aleks have provided me with have been above and beyond to make sure I succeed. No program is perfect, but this is about as close as you'll come to finding an intentional, flexible, and resource packed program to make sure you get a job.

Student Outcomes


36%
On-Time Graduation Rate
88%
In-Field Employed
$70,500
Change in Salary

180 Day Employment Breakdown:

Full-time employee
69%
Full-time apprenticeship, internship or contract position
19%
Hired by school in-field
0%

Started a new company or venture after graduation
0%
Short-term contract or part-time position
0%
Hired by school out of field
0%
Out of field
0%

Still seeking a job
12%
Not still seeking a job
0%

Non reporting
0%

Salary Breakdown:

86% of job obtainers reported salaries.

Notes & Caveats:

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