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Thinkful

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Thinkful is an online bootcamp that equips students for new careers in the world’s next workforce by offering online, fast-paced, job-ready programs in software engineering, data science, data analytics, design, product management, and digital marketing. 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. Thinkful also offers a tuition refund guarantee for qualifying courses. 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 programs include the 5-month Engineering Immersion and Data Science Immersion, Engineering Flex, Engineering Nights & Weekends, Data Science Flex, Product Design Flex, Product Management Flex, Data Analytics Flex, and Digital Marketing Flex. All courses include personal mentor meetings, a custom-built curriculum, and 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 learn while they can keep their jobs, and access course materials from anywhere in the world. Students can 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 Flex

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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 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
  • 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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  • Brad Ellis • Student
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    I started the Part-Time Web Development Career Path to change careers and become a programer. Trying to teach myself I never set a schedule for myself and having the mentor sessions at Thinkful really help me to set a goal for myself and push myself to reach that goal. The community at Thinkful is awesome everyone there is helpful with answering questions or helping you figure out the solution to your question. I am almost done with the frontend development section and feel I have learned more in this month than I have learned throughout my entire college career. I am really looking forward to finishing up the frontend work and diving into backend development.

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    I studied Computer Science a few years ago and was introduced to css and html. From that point, I decided that I would definitely start a career in web development.

    After my search for the best course of study, I found Thinkful and I am so greatful that I did.  My mentor, James, is really cool, and explains the concepts very well. I love that the curriculum not only shows you how to do things, but offers many sites to read and expand on what you have already been taught. I also appreciate the flexibility of the course.

    I am totally enjoying it thus far and looking fowrard to advancing my career.

    Thank you Thinkful!

     

  • Colin McAtee • Student
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    If you are interested in becoming a developer without any prior experience, Thinkful is perfect for you! I decided to take the Frontend developlemt course out of pure curioisity and also a desire to maybe someday be a software engineer. The course is part time and you can complete it as fast or as slow as you want. I now have a full portfolio of eight tangible projects that employers can look at. There is also an awesome full-time career path that I would reccomend if you are sure on a career change.

     

    Tight on money??? No problem! I was able to complete the frontend course in a month and thus never had to make more than one payment. Now I still have full access to the course curriculum and slack chatroom to help continue my development(because the learning never stops)! 

     

    I plan on taking another course in the future. Five Stars all around!

  • Kathryn King • Web Developer • Student
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    I had tried teaching myself Front-End Web Development for a long time and really struggled grasping JavaScript, which was stopping me from getting the job that I really wanted and also from building the projects I had been most interested in. 

    I tried Thinful because it was self paced and offered personalized mentorship, and that's where you really benfit. They host workships and live Q&A sessions all thoughout the day so you always have someone you can talk to when you get stuck. You can also just join these sessions and listen in on what other people are working on. This will save you so much time  and headache when trying to figure things out. 

    After enrolling in this course, I was able to put together the pieces that I was missing and am more confident in building quality websites and web apps. I highly recommend Thinkful, they have a strong support community, high focus on job marketability, and are the best value for what you get. 

  • Great Experience
    - 6/25/2016
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    I'm very happy with my experience at Thinkful this far. I'm 6 weeks into the FEWD program and am pretty positive i'm going to continue on with the career path.

    Thinkful's curriculum gives you to the tools you need to learn indpenedently and then you're able to bounce your questions/ideas off your mentors and other students in the slack communtiy. The most convenient part of the program for me has been that i'm able to keep my full time job as it's not an option to put my life on hold for a certain amount of weeks to attend a bootcamp or other program. To start as an almost absolute beginner has been initmidating but you're supported along the way. My mentor, Tyler, has been such an incredible asset and is what really makes this course so beneficial. 

    You will 100% get out of the program as much as you put in. And if you're willing to work hard, there's no way that you will have a bad experience. 

    I can't speak to the job assistance because I don't believe the FEWD program has it, but i'm really looking forward to that aspect in the career path.

     

     

  • Josh • Web Developer • Student
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    Great self-paced course. If you're willing to put in the time you can go from 0 to 60 in a very short amount of time. With Thinkful, I went from knowing almost nothing about web design to building sites for my company in under eight weeks. Andrea Bailey was my instuctor she did a fantastic job of teaching, answering questions, and supporting me on whatever I was working on. 

  • Eric Meyer • Web Developer • Graduate
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    I entered thinkful with some fundamental knowledge of programming concepts from an intro course in undergrad, and left with a body of real world applicable development skills. I was working full time, and found 20-30 hours / week for programming. Shortly after beginning with simple HTML and CSS, we moved to Javascript and some frameworks. From there we touched on NodeJS before settling for the bulk of instruction in the Laravel PHP framework. Experience with my mentor allowed me to gain a footing in many areas of the stack, including dev ops and other related disciplines. The skills I learned working with my mentor directly resulted in a back end developer job offer for a great web app company near my city. I would recommend anyone interested in programming to enroll in a free tutorial program for a couple weeks to make sure you enjoy the ideas presented. Then, immeditately enroll in Thinkful to secure a future in development!

  • My Experience
    - 6/15/2016
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    Enrolled in order to solidify my knowledge that I currnently had and to better myself as a developer.

    Left knowing more and enjoying the entire process.

    Would recommend for people wanting to learn or just starting out in inudstry.

  • Wes Craig • IT Analyst • Graduate
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    Thinkful does an excellent job at structuring core development concepts into bite-size, but challenging, lessons. The one-on-one mentorship helps solidfy any difficulties along the way, and mentors are very patient to answer even the simplest questions. The coursework is relevant to industry standards and does a great job at stretching you where you need it most.

    Another amazing perk - if you stick around for 3 months, you get lifetime access to new thinkful lessons and can attend live lectures on dev topics led by experts. 

    Overall, I loved my thinkful experience!

  • Awesome program
    - 6/15/2016
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    Thinkful has a way of teaching that is profound and collectively puts you were you need to be through examples, links to various amounts of information, and the 1 on 1 mentoring.  This is an amazing program and I would recommend this one to everyone.  The way the course is it setup could only bring about success to those who use it and take advantage of all the support and content available.  Great job and keep up the great work.  I will definitely be returning for more courses and to continue were I left off.

  • Amazing Experience
    - 6/13/2016
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    Thinkful has been an absolute blessing for me. Going from a retail environment to being on the road to creating apps and websites is mind blowing for me. 

    The curriculum content is very in depth and really encourages you to practice the material several times along the way. The one on one mentor meetings are an enormous tool to help you learn quickly and efficiently. Being able to have your questions answered and broken down while seeing it happen on screen is frankly, invaluable. 

    Be prepared to put time into your course and homework. As many of the reviews stated before i started with Thinkful, it's only as good as the time you put in. Constant practice and reading of the material is required to ensure you're getting a deep understanding and grasp of the content. 

    I'm very happy with my choice to enroll and I look foward to my continuing coding education knowing that I have a great foundation to build on thanks to my time with Thinful.

  • Stephen Crane • Front End Developer • Graduate
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    I finished the course in just over 2 months. Coming into it I was really familiar with javascript and hit the ground running. Overall I really enjoyed my learning experience at Thinkful. I've taught myself a handful of web technologies over the past few years and the learning model here provides a good balance to gain a comprehensive picture of not only how to use the technology but the pain points that produced it. It for sure beats out piecing together outdated tutorials and gives you a good return on time invested. I could move at my own pace and work on projects that were relevant to me and my dev teams priorities and goals. My mentor was knowlegeable, encouraging, and helpful. I think the price fit the skills learned. It's pretty comparable to a semester class at a local community college only way more convienient and custom.

  • Kate • Student
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    I'm about a month into the Web Development Career Path and am enjoying it thus far. Although I can't yet speak of the job assistance at this point, I like the way I'm able to view everything that will be coming up in the curriculum and the availability of my mentor. I meet with him three times a week over video chat, and have met with two other staff online who have been super welcoming, nice and helpful. It definitely helps as a motivator to see other people working for Thinkful who are so excited about what they're doing and they have great advice. Most importantly, I love that it's completely on my own time and flexible and remote, as--like many other--I'm not the person to sit still for 8 hours a day in the same spot all at once. There are a lot of extra resources, and essentially a good chunk of the program is teaching yourself how to learn, both now and in the future. This is an essential skill to have since everything is constantly changing in the programming world.

  • Andre Newman • Student
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    It's hard to find a criticism of this program. I always had an interest in learning how to code and I even looked (and got accepted) into competing bootcamps before deciding on Thinkful. The deciding factor for me was that I could learn on my own time and still work my day job, since I couldn't drop everything for 12 weeks. 

    This ended up being the best decision for me because I had no prior experience. Working at my own pace allowed me to become comfortable with the material and my mentor helped me work through any issues I came across. I was so pleased with my progress that I went from the part time web development program to the full time web development career path. That allowed me to have 3 mentor sessions a week which was more immersive and made me feel more accountable for my work.

    Since this is a review for people who are weighing their options I will say that your success depends on you. You could learn on your own but there is only so far you can go without any assistance. Having a mentor helps and in my experience, the mentors have a wealth of knowlege and are extremely helpful. There is also a very active community on Slack as well as live Q&A sessions where you can go for more information or if you have any questions.

    So far I've had three mock interviews and my mentor is helping me iron out how I can present myself to potential employers. I didn't give the job assistance 5 stars yet because it's still ongoing and I stilI have more mock interviews beyond the introductory ones that I've had.

    Overall, I have had a great experience with Thinkful and I definitely recommend it to anyone who has the drive and determination to become a developer.

  • David Conner
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    I've checked out nearly all of the coding bootcamps that are being offered near my location. I initially avoided the online programs since, as an educator at a university, it's a real challenge to offer the same quality and experience in an online environment compared to physically being in a classroom. However, in my evaluation process I was continually disappointed with many aspects of the programs available. Several were struggling to get qualified instructors with any significant experience, class sizes were clearly too large to manage, recruiters seemed to be struggling to get qualified students who could handle the rigorous load, and the cost was extremely high with no factual evidence presented that graduates were getting jobs.

    Then I came across Thinkful. After several weeks of asking questions via email and evaluating the information provided, I decided to interview with an advisor. What a difference! Noel answered all of my questions and I never once got the impression that I was the target of a marketing campaign to fill a seat. Afterwards, I met online with Derek, a program manager, who gave me a clear idea of what to expect, as well as, some initial advice on what it would realistically take for me to switch careers - again, no meaningless slogans or false consolations. As a matter of fact, I immediately took his advice and I'm already talking with individuals in the field to improve my chances of getting a job even though I'm only three weeks into the curriculum.

    A major benefit of the Thinkful approach is the mentor. There's no substitute for being able to have access to a professional developer when you're trying to master these types of skills. Sure, anyone can buy the textbook and complete the assignments, but it's the instructor that makes the difference in the quality of the learning experience. My mentor, Vincent, has a great deal of experience which is evident when he critiques my solutions and responds to my questions. This type of one-on-one mentorship is exactly what I anticipated since I want to be able to think and code like an experienced web developer, not just complete some assignments.

    I'm also impressed with the way the program is designed to accomodate the learning pace of the student. This may be one of the most under appreciated aspects of education, especially when your objective is mastery of a set of skills. The pace flows with me so I never feel like I need to rush over a topic because the class is moving on to something else. When I need more practice, or just want to take some time to explore a related topic, I can do so without worry that I'm holding anyone else back.

    To get job-ready skills, it's clear that I need to put in a great deal of time and effort. This means reading everything I can get access to, searching through resources, asking questions, attending local meetups, seeking out workshops, and writing code everyday. The resources and people at Thinkful have been instrumental in givng me the direction I expected and is definitely worth the cost. I'm sincerely glad I took the time to explore this program!

  • Matias Salas • Student
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    I've taken quite a bit of online course and as a matter of fact, my BFA in Visual Communication is from an online course.  And I can say most of them were helpful, but Thinkful has been by far the best.  I've learned more about Javascript and what to expect from the industry then from any other course I've taken.  The curriculum can be tough, but as long as you keep engaging with your mentor and spend at least 2 hours a day you shouldn’t have a problem.  And even though some of the lessons I’ve actually encountered before from other online sites, there has been a couple of times that my mentors were able to help me expand my understanding of that subject.  I think that is where Thinkful excels.  They have some of the best professionals in the industry and they give you the opportunity to “work” with them.  All of the other online courses I’ve taken before didn’t really give you that interaction, and for me I feel that I learn more when I can when I can get some guidance from time to time.  Though it’s important, especially in this industry, that you can learn new frameworks or technologies on your own.  And thankful does provide some resources that I have not known about until now.   

     

    Their staff is pretty great to.  When I first started with Thinkful, taking the Front End Web Development course, I had some financial issues that prevented me from continuing.  They were able to postpone my course until I was able to start again, and even went the extra mile when I decided to change my study (twice!) in the first month of the course.  I finished up the Front End course and now working on the Career Path.

    I'm about 2 months in and I'm already getting some Job Assistance in the form of getting prepared with my resume and branching out my network.  So far, pretty cool.

  • Rhonda • Student
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    I have been really impressed with the Web Development Career Path here at Thinkful.  I only had prior experience building a website using HTML many years ago (that took about a semester to build) and updating a blog.  I have already learned so much more from this course as I am 7 weeks into my program and still learning at a rapid pace. 

    It's a lot of information and really challenging, but there's a big Thinkful community here with lots of resources and mentors ready to help.  I even get to meet with my own assigned mentor 3x/week and it helps keep me on track when I'd normally stray by now. The thing that's amazing about Thinkful is that it's constantly updating its curriculum to stay current with the latest programming language trends and you get to showcase them in the projects here.

    Everyone is enthusiastic and out to help each other.  It's really nice and encouraging.  The added bonus is that you get career services at the end of the bootcamp which they will help you find a job.  I've already had a pre-session to discuss what to expect and I am excited to finish and get out there. 

    Thinkful has really opened my eyes to endless possibilities and I am grateful for it all. 

  • Adrian Lopez • Student
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    I am about one month into the program and I have learned a good deal more than I have learned on my own. First off, I am going to say that I am not coming into this bootcamp as a fresher, I got my BS in software engineering and have been studying independently through books and pluralsight (another awesome resource in my opinion). I came in with the goal of getting a web developer position which has eluded me for years and although I had a small github presence, I can't say that it was anywhere near impressive. Just in the first month I have pushed 15+ projects to github which have slowly increase in complexity per project and I still have a long way to go. The mentor I was assigned has provided me a good deal of guidance and is trying to push me into more advanced areas to improve my overall code quality seeing as some of the other topics as easy to me. So essentially the mentor doesn't just sit back and watch you do your work, but actually tailors your sessions to push you further as a developer. The course material is good and very well guided but it also doesn't give you all the answers, giving you the chance to think of solutions or do additional research to come up with the answer. Of course, if you are stuck, you can either talk to your mentor or go to Q&A session which are available throughout the day where you can talk to other mentors for assistance. The course also offers workshops which direct in the learning of other technologies. Don't get me wrong, self study can get you far but studying everything without a focus can often leave you without a job. This is where mentorship is working well for me. Thinkful focuses their curiculum in a way that prepares you for work from day 1 and also helps you prepare for interviews. The preparation for interviews is not only in the curriculum, but also tested at intervals through mock interviews which then provide you feedback to go over with your mentor. And of course, there are career services which help you to understand where and how to get out and meet people in your area that both work in the field and can help you find the career you are looking for. Even though I am not finished with the program, I can really say the program is worth it. 

  • Bruce C. • Graduate
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    I can't speak highly enough about my experience with Thinkful.  I enrolled in the front-end web development career path program last fall, and just graduated last week.  I was originally accepted to, and planned to attend, an in-person, 40 hours per week FEWD bootcamp, but discovered Thinkful just days before I was due to begin that program, and I'm glad I did.  

    Being online based, Thinkful was extremely flexible in allowing me to work around my own schedule, and keep my part-time job while working my way through the program.  And my mentor was even more flexible, allowing me to move our meetings around if something changed with my job schedule, with minimal notice.  

    And speaking of my mentor, he was nothing short of AMAZING.  Seriously.  The FEWD career path program allows for three one-hour meetings with your mentor per week.  Well, my mentor often went above and beyond that guideline.  I can recall a handful of times when, if I was struggling with something, and he had extra time on his hands, our sessions would last two to three hours.  He was happy to take the time I needed to get it right, and feel comfortable with what we'd just worked on together.  

    On the occassions my mentor wasn't available for whatever reason, fellow students, other mentors, and various Thinkful employees would often be available on Slack to discuss bugs in code, or just to chat.  Rarely did I ever feel I was on my own.  

    I'm just now about to start into the career services portion of the program, so I can't speak to that at this time.  But if it's like the rest of my experience with Thinkful, I'm certain I won't be disappointed.  

  • Matthew Hull • Lead Quality Analyst • Student
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    Great course!  The mentor and Q&A time is singular.

    Mentor time: recurring time you get 1x weekly with the same mentor.  They help steer your ship.  My mentor is also responsive to email, which is great for getting hints on what to search for when I hit a snag.

    Q&A time: random time slots with experienced developers.  If you're stuck on something look for an open Q&A related to your subject, join the hangout, and start debugging.  

    Both are helpful and lower frustration while increasing learning.  This is important when you are already working 50 hours a week.

     

    I did not rate Job Assistance as I am in the middle of the course.

  • Impressive Program
    - 5/22/2016
    Lynne W.
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    I've been in the Web Development Career Path track for almost a month and have been very impressed with the curriculum, the Thinkful community, the staff ,and my mentor. There's no doubt that the coursework is substantial, but Thinkful help and support is never far away. The Thinkful staff periodically reach out to see how I'm doing, I've already had one call to discuss career plans, and my mentor is awesome. The three sessions every week really help keep me on track (especially since I'm also working full-time) and it's great to discuss what I'm learning with someone who has been doing this work for years.

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    I am a full-stack web developer with an background in illustration and painting. I hit a wall in my career and decieded to up my skills with the Modern Web Design course. The exercises were thorough and I learned a great deal about typography, design, logos, etc. My mentor was amazing, and we really worked well together. She gave me a lot of ideas and tools for finding inspiration on the web. This course and my mentor really helped enhance my skills and helped me to become a more aware and thoughtful front end developer. I am back on track and excited about what I have learned.

  • UX Design
    - 5/17/2016
    Amanda • Production Designer • Graduate
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    My experience taking the UX Design course was pretty great! Unfortunately, when I first started the class I was paired with an instructor that was unable to attend meetings after the first week. I was paired with a new mentor after about a week. I was not refunded for my first 2 weeks (I had to start over with the new mentor). Once I was paired with Tom, everything was awesome! He simply explained any area of UX Design that I was struggling with, gave me great ideas, helped me realize things that could be improved upon, told me alot about real world experience and how to help myself in the future and spoke to me as a professional. I am giving a 4 star rating for "Instructors" based solely on the fact that my first instructor quit. If I was rating Tom, he would get 10 stars. The course curriculum is well written and very easy to understand. The projects are great and lend themselves to be open-ended and can turn into amazing portfolio pieces. 

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    Like you right now, I too scoured this and other "coding bootcamp review websites” trying to evaluate which school was the best choice for me and my situation. I am 44 years old with a 20+ year background in management and operations. Prior to starting with Thinkful.com the last time I coded was when I was 15 and teaching myself BASIC with my Commodore64. 

    After researching several schools that met my criteria (fully online with a dedicated web development career path program), and speaking with prior graduates of different schools, I chose Thinkful.com because it seemed to have the strongest, and most serious, focus on preparing its students for a career in web development.

     

    Curriculum

    Thankful’s Web Development Career Path curriculum is a compilation of several classes pieced together in a logical sequence  that gradually increase in complexity and depth and build on each other.  You start at the basics in HTML/CSS and work through jQuery to JS. Then you go back through everything again but at an advanced level. After that you will then move onto advanced front and back end libraries. 

    Your question to me now should be, “Yes, but have you learned anything?”  In less than three weeks I have worked in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and jQuery, and that I can comfortably say I not only know the ‘how’, but also the ‘why’. SO, yes, I have learned A LOT in three weeks. 

    Mentoring and Support

    Imagine having access to working professionals throughout the day and evening to ask all your questions, because that is what you will have. Like other schools Thinkful's mentors are experienced working professionals with extensive experience in the industry. But, even though I meet with my mentor 3 times a week, he is regularly available on Slack throughout the day or night. And, if my mentor isn’t available to help me outside of our sessions, there is always someone from Thinkful available on Slack, or holding ‘office-hours’ via a webinar you can hop onto. Outside of the program, Thinkful’s staff has always answered every email I have sent regarding a question or concern within less than a day. 

    Career Service

    During the first week their Education Director set up a meeting with me and laid out the services that will be provided throughout the course and the schedule of when they will occur. I am only into my third week and I have my first mock interview in a few days and then my program review. Yes, you will be reviewed before you can go on and continue the program. They are not just going to take your money. You have to pass a review of your work based on input from your mentor and your interview. I don;t believe it is a test so much as a ‘check point’ to establish that you are both capable and able to continue on with the program.

    Summary

    Overall I would say that Thankful’s Web Developer Career Path program has exceeded my expectations and I believe that when it comes time to find an employer I will have the knowledge as well as a full support team assisting me.  I highly encourage you to engage them with questions and concerns. 

    Feeback

    My only feedback regarding this course is I wish I had more time to go deep on JS, but the course seems focused on being more wide than deep which makes sense for someone pursuing this career path.

  • Amazing program!
    - 5/6/2016
    Anonymous • Student
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    It's only been a month since I started the Frontend Web Development course but I've learned so much in the past month than just by studying by myself. I learned a few things here and there online about HTML and CSS but Thinkful courses really help you learn it, feel comfortable with it, and create things. For instance, I'm comfortable at making websites and know which resources to look at to learn how to do things I don't know how to do yet. I just learned to use jQuery and learning JavaScript so I can do a few things to make a website interactive. 

    Not only that but I also get a career guidance counselor, a mentor who I see for 3 hours every week, and a program manager to make sure that my curriculum suits my needs. There's also cool workshops and Q&A sessions to learn more about a particular topic or just ask another mentor at Thinkful questions about your projects. You also have to do 5 mock interviews to make sure you're ready to answer any technical questions that you'll face during your real interviews. All in all, it's pretty awesome!

    The community at Thinkful is really friendly and everyone is always ready to help you. I was debating about going to a bootcamp in SF but it's really expensive and even to get in, you basically have to know just as much as a junior developer and I really didn't think I was ready to do that yet. On the otherhand, you can learn through Thinkful at home, get all the support and community at your fingertip and they even help you find a job. I think everyone should at least try it and see for themselves what an amazing program Thinkful is.

Thinkful Outcomes


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On-Time Graduation Rate
78%
In-Field Employed
$60,450
Median Salary

100% of students intended to seek in-field employment within 180 days of graduating. 0% of students did not intend to seek in-field employment.Below is the 180 Day Employment Breakdown for 9 graduates included in report:

180 Day Employment Breakdown:

Full-time employee
77.8%
Full-time apprenticeship, internship or contract position
0.0%
Short-term contract, part-time, or freelance
0.0%
Started a new company or venture after graduation
0.0%

Employed out-of-field
0.0%
Continuing to higher education
%
Not seeking a job for health, family, or personal reasons
%

Still seeking job in-field
22.2%

Could not contact
0.0%

Salary Breakdown:

100% of job obtainers reported salaries. 0% of job obtainers were hired by the school itself.

Notes & Caveats:

Read the full Thinkful CIRR report here

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