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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, and design. 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, 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, Python, SQL, Excel, Data Visualization, Data Analytics , Business Intelligence
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week26 Weeks
    Start Date
    Rolling Start Date
    Cost
    $7,990
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Online, Detroit, Atlanta, Washington, Los Angeles, Portland, Phoenix, San Diego, Dallas, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, Seattle, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Raleigh, Tampa, Miami, Austin, 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
    Deposit
    N/A
    Financing
    Options: https://www.thinkful.com/bootcamp/data-analytics/flexible/#pricing
    Scholarship
    Self-identifying women and US military members (active or discharged) are eligible for reduced tuition.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Beginner
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • Data Science Flex

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    Data Science, Python, SQL, Hadoop, Machine Learning, Spark, Algorithms
    OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week26 Weeks
    Start Date
    Rolling Start Date
    Cost
    $7,990
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Online, Detroit, Atlanta, Washington, Los Angeles, Portland, Phoenix, San Diego, Dallas, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, Seattle, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Raleigh, Tampa, Miami, Austin, 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
    Deposit
    N/A
    Financing
    Options: https://www.thinkful.com/bootcamp/data-science/flexible/#pricing
    Scholarship
    Self-identifying women and US military members (active or discharged) are eligible for reduced tuition.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Intermediate
    Placement Test
    Yes
    Interview
    Yes
  • Data Science Immersion

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    Data Science, Python, SQL, Hadoop, Machine Learning, Spark, Algorithms
    OnlineFull Time60 Hours/week22 Weeks
    Start Date
    September 30, 2019
    Cost
    $18,500
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Online, Detroit, Atlanta, Washington, Los Angeles, Portland, Phoenix, San Diego, Dallas, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, Seattle, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Raleigh, Tampa, Miami, Austin, 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
    Deposit
    N/A
    Financing
    Options: https://www.thinkful.com/bootcamp/data-science/full-time/#pricing
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Advanced degree
    Placement Test
    Yes
    Interview
    Yes
    More Start Dates
    September 30, 2019 - OnlineApply by August 4, 2019
    November 18, 2019 - OnlineApply by October 23, 2019
    January 2, 2020 - OnlineApply by December 11, 2019
  • 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 size
    N/A
    Location
    Online, Detroit, Atlanta, Washington, Los Angeles, Portland, Phoenix, San Diego, Dallas, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, Seattle, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Raleigh, Tampa, Miami, Austin, 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
    Deposit
    N/A
    Financing
    Options: https://www.thinkful.com/pricing/#financing
    Scholarship
    Self-identifying women and US military members (active or discharged) are eligible for reduced tuition.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Beginner
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes
  • Engineering Immersion

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    HTML, Git, JavaScript, CSS, React.js, Node.js, Front End
    OnlineFull Time60 Hours/week22 Weeks
    Start Date
    October 21, 2019
    Cost
    $16,000
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Online, Detroit, Atlanta, Washington, Los Angeles, Portland, Phoenix, San Diego, Dallas, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, Seattle, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Raleigh, Tampa, Miami, Austin, 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
    Deposit
    N/A
    Financing
    Options:https://www.thinkful.com/bootcamp/web-development/full-time/#payment-options
    Scholarship
    Self-identifying women and US military members (active or discharged) are eligible for reduced tuition.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Beginner
    Placement Test
    Yes
    Interview
    Yes
    More Start Dates
    October 21, 2019 - OnlineApply by September 2, 2019
    December 2, 2019 - OnlineApply by October 14, 2019
    January 6, 2020 - OnlineApply by November 18, 2019
  • Engineering Nights & Weekends

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    HTML, Git, JavaScript, CSS, React.js, Node.js, Front End
    OnlinePart Time25 Hours/week30 Weeks
    Start Date
    October 2, 2019
    Cost
    $12,900
    Class size
    N/A
    Location
    Online, Detroit, Atlanta, Washington, Los Angeles, Portland, Phoenix, San Diego, Dallas, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, Seattle, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Raleigh, Tampa, Miami, Austin, 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
    Deposit
    N/A
    Financing
    Options: https://www.thinkful.com/bootcamp/web-development/nights-weekends/#pricing
    Scholarship
    Self-identifying women and US military members (active or discharged) are eligible for reduced tuition.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Beginner
    Placement Test
    Yes
    Interview
    Yes
    More Start Dates
    October 2, 2019 - OnlineApply by September 2, 2019
    December 2, 2019 - OnlineApply by October 14, 2019
    January 6, 2020 - OnlineApply by November 18, 2019
  • Product Design Flex

    Apply
    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 size
    N/A
    Location
    Online, Detroit, Atlanta, Washington, Los Angeles, Portland, Phoenix, San Diego, Dallas, Denver, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, Seattle, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Raleigh, Tampa, Miami, Austin, 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
    Deposit
    N/A
    Financing
    Options: https://www.thinkful.com/bootcamp/product-design/flexible/#pricing
    Scholarship
    Self-identifying women and US military members (active or discharged) are eligible for reduced tuition.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill Level
    Beginner
    Placement Test
    No
    Interview
    Yes

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  • Omar Ebid • Student
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    What initially drew to me to Thinkful was the various concentrations I could choose from in the Data Science course. Compared to other programs I looked at, they had the most variety. For reference my interest is in Biological Physics and they offer a Bio-statistics concentration. 

    What keeps me at Thinkful is another story. At first i thought no face to face meetings or classes would be a drag but between my two weekly 45-60 minute sessions with my mentor I get to ask any questions that cross my mind. They can be about Data Science, the curriculum, or anything I ran across. My mentor is probably my favorite part of the program. They're invaluable in terms of their knowledge, work experience and their desire to teach. I honestly couldn't ask for a better mentor. She has a PhD, runs her own labs, does research, consults for firms... If I have a question my mentor knows the answer or can point me in the direction.

    In addition to my mentor, my program manager checks on me weekly and between her and the Student Success team I can reach out for any other issues i may have during my course. They were even available when I felt overwhelmed by some deadlines due to constraints from my job. These people really care and are invested in my success and I appreciate the support from every direction. The minute I reach out to one of them, instantly they're all aware and everyone reaches out to me with advice. Can't ask for more.

    The other benefits are the lectures other mentors, students and contributors post on your main Thinkful page. These can cover topics from mathematics, AI, Web design etc... If you're serious about becoming a programmer you need to learn some basics and have some general knowledge about different topics related to your work. For an interdisciplinary field such as this, these "office hour" lectures are very useful.

    This is a great program and you will definitely be joining a community dedicated to your success and learning above all.

  • Excellent Course
    - 11/15/2018
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    -5 Unique Capstone Projects
     
    What I like most about these projects are that you are able to select which data sets to analyze. You have complete freedom to take your analysis in whichever direction you'd like. Thinkful does a really good job of letting you get creative so you can stand out from others while also holding your work to a really high standard of quality. My mentor has been nothing short of fantastic and has been pushin me on all of my projects to go above and beyong what I originally intended.
     
    -Mentor Sessions/Workshops
     
    The Mentor sessions are great. You can ask you mentor any questions about your code, resume, careers, and really develop under their guidance. It's a great opportunity to build a relationship with someone who could be a reference for you later on in your job search.
     
    If you ever run into issues, there are a ton of workshops hosted by the other mentors during the week where you can come with questions. It's kind of like going to office hours for a TA/Professor back in college.
     
    I gave the curriculum a 4 solely because you do need to be very self-motivated to find answers on your own. Though you have access to tons of material, there honestly isn't a "perfect curriculum" that can address all of the skills you need to make your projects progress. The curriculum is not cookie cutter at all and does a great job providing a scaffolding for your success. The statistics course has room for improvement and I would suggest taking a supplemental stats course along with what Thinkful provides(there are literally tons on the internet that will do)
     
    -Really supportive community and curriculum eases the learning curve(A BIT)
     
    The curriculum is created so that first timers can succeed and does a great job simplifying concepts. I have 0 programming background prior to this camp but I really never felt my lack of programming knowledge was a hindrance but the learning curve is really steep. We also have a slack channel where all students can post/answer questions and issues. We also have different meetups as well!
     
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    I have to say that I am enjoying my experience thus far with Thinkful. Not only is the course material challenging (in a good way) but it is relevant to what you expect. 

     This program doesn’t come without its hiccups but they recover from it quickly. I had a mentor, who was great, that didn’t show up to the assigned meetings. I notified my program manager and not only did they fix it within hours, they credited me any time missed. The whole team was fantastic. I got a new mentor and plugged away without missing a beat.

    I am beyond extremely satisfied with my experience so far!

    I encourage those to seek out Thinkful for their Data Science needs!

     

  • Anthony • Student • Student
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    I still have a ways to go, as I am in the middle of my first capstone project, but so far so good. I contemplated enrolling in this program for several months before I actually decided to go through with it. I am very happy with my decision and wish I made it earlier! Web development always interested me but it was a little intimidating. However, what I have learned throughout life so far has taught me to not shy away from things that might seem intimidating. Ultimately, it is these things that help you grow as a person. Thinkful does a great job at making the task of learning web development feel more comforting than intimidating. They offer an abundance of resources - wether it be your weekly mentor sessions, Q&A sessions, or the Thinkful slack community. Honestly, I probably could take way more advantage of those last two that I mentioned. The fact that they are even an option though is helpful enough to ease the potential stress of learning this difficult topic. They truly want you to succeed and offer you enough resources that if you have the desire to learn and put in the work, it should be somewhat smooth sailing. Life is all about the journey or the process. I believe Thinkful has this in mind when developing its curriculum.

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    Challenging but rewarding program. Motivated student support staff. Meetings with mentors prove to be rewarding and challenging. Rigorous course but full of great content and resources. 

  • Amazing Bootcamp!
    - 10/10/2018
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    I am currently enrolled in the Thinkful Data Science program. I am looking to make a career change, and researched many bootcamps before choosing Thinkful. The reason I went with Thinkful is that they have a great network of graduates, and the course is not disappointing! The course is exceptional, the mentors are fantastic, and the job placement is fantastic.My mentor is extremely knowledgable in Data Science, and is working on his own projects, which make the class exciting and relatable to real world applications. The program managers are constantly offering field trips and networking opportunities to connect you with the local tech community, not to mention providing invaluable consulting time. Could not recommend this course enough! 

  • Thinkful is Great!
    - 10/8/2018
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    I carefully considered several boot camps before deciding to go with Thinkful. I had narrowed it down to my favorite two and then when I looked at the curriculum offered by both, there was no comparison to Thinkful. I have enjoyed being enrolled and I have found many employers to be excited to hire a boot camp grad (this was one of my hesitations with doing a boot camp). My mentors have been awesome and my program manager has checked up on me to make sure I am enjoying the experience. To be honest, I didn't expect much from an online boot camp, but Thinkful has blown away all my expectations. I would recommend Thinkul to anyone who is considering a transition into software engineering. 

  • Great Course
    - 10/4/2018
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    I am currently a student of the Thinkful Full Stack Flex curriculum. The coursework is online and allows me to study when I get home from work in the afternoons. I have been assigned a mentor, and I meet with him twice a week. My mentor is excellent. He has answered thousands of questions that I have regarding the coursework as well as the industry in general. He has managed to keep me on task and has given me a timeline to help guide my completion of my capstone projects.  It's one thing to have an online course to study material, it's another thing to have someone successful guide you along and explain what is important. This course has definitely been excellent.

  • Elisabeth Miller • Student • Student
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    I have been in Thinkful’s fullstack flex bootcamp for about 3 months now. So far I am impressed with the content and the interactions I’ve had in the course. The most beneficial part of this boot camp in my opinion, is the one-on-one mentoring sessions. These sessions are twice a week for an hour. These sessions have been hugely helpful for me in understanding the curriculum especially once I began leaning JavaScript. Overall I would recommend the thinkful full stack program for anyone just starting out in web development.

  • Achyut Kafle • Student
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     Thinkful offers a month long preparation course which was extremely useful to me to refresh my understanding of fundamental statistics. I had no experience of using Python before joining the program. The prep-course really prepares you for programming skills needed for the main bootcamp. Once you compete the prep-course, you will be assigned a mentor based on your available schedule for two one-hour mentor sessions a week. I am taking this program while being on a full- time employment and the flexibility was the key to me for enrolling in this program. I find this style of 1-1 mentor-student pairing really helpful for my learning style. I feel like there are plenty of resources available online  if you want to learn data science on your own but this mentor guidance is the key that I love about this program.  I get to talk through the challenges I faced in the course materials or assignments during those sessions. Mentors are really knowledgeable. If they are not expert on some aspects they guide you to great resources.  Thinkful also has plenty of Q&A sessions (via video sessions) during the week where you get to ask questions if you are stuck on course materials between your mentor sessions. Thinkful also has a great community of program managers, students and graduates! If you are motivated to learn data science, go for Thinkful!  

  • FullStack Flex
    - 9/12/2018
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    I always wanted to do one of these coding bootcamps. I started getting burntout at my current job and did some research and found Thinkful. My overall experience has been great so far. I think what sets Thinkful apart from the rest is its community as a whole. Whether it be online through the Slack channel, locally, 1-on-1 mentor meetings, or Q and A sessions. Being in Portland allows for family dinners which usually involve someone from the local tech scene. Though everything within Thinkful happens online, it's nice to have the support of a local community from other students to your Program Manager. 

    The only thing I'm not a huge fan of, is how the curriculum is laid out. It's mostly reading, which can be difficult for visual learners like myself. Luckily, there are resources available to help drive home some of the harder concepts. It would be nice to have some videos to go along with the material. 

    Having a mentor is one of the greatest assets. They are there to get you unstuck and help with any concepts that may be unclear. Everyone at Thinkful genuinely wants you to succeed, and for that I'm extremely grateful. 

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    I entered the data science program with no coding background and have learned more than I ever could have imagined. The curriculum is easy to follow and makes learning fun and relevant. You are paired up with a mentor that you meet with twice a week. Mine is incredibly knowledgeable and always helpful. The Thinkful staff is very responsive, and I feel a sense of community among the students. I highly recommend this program. 

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    I recently finished my bachelor's in Management of Information Systems after returning to school as an adult. I wanted to make a career change into the tech world and landed in IT and software support but still wasn't quite fulfilled. I wanted a career that involved working on my own projects versus supporting others.  After completing a free tutorial on web development I decided to start researching boot camps. Thinkful won because of the mentor program, flexibility, overall ratings, and cost. 
    I am currently a little over half way done and am so happy with my decision. My mentor has been fantastic and such an asset. There are Q&A sessions every day and a helpful Slack community so I've never gotten stuck for long because I couldn't find help. The curriculum is thorough. I've been really happy with my projects and feel like I'm going to have a good portfolio for job searching. It is a big time commitment, but totally worth it. If I could change one thing I would love to be working part time while doing the program instead of full time. That being said, there are pauses available and it's nice to have a regular income. Overall, I definitely recommend Thinkful. 

     

  • Terrance Corley • Graduate
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    I was making the switch from a previous career when I started to research coding bootcamps and I wanted to make sure I picked a reputable one. After now completing the Engineering Immersion program in it's entirety, I can tell you without bias that I made the right choice and I've learned a plethora of valuable tech knowledge in the past 4 months. 

    I know how hard learning coding can be, especially when self-teaching. I was teaching myself on the side for about two years. The problem with that was that I wasn't growing at the speed I wanted and all the material to learn code is out there on the internet, but it can be difficult to find direction, curated learning, and a personal mentor who has relative experience in the field. Thinkful provides all of this. They even give you access to an entire community of current and previous developers you can network with via Slack.

    The tech stack they teach is great, mainly the MERN stack so MongoDB, Express.js, React, Node.js. You also touch on PostgreSQL, mLab, ElephantSQL, data structures, algorithms, HTML & CSS, jQuery, JavaScript, and I'm sure I'm forgetting a few. You also learn really valuable skills for potential employers such as test-driven development, project management, agile methodologies, git workflow, and you will have a few team-based projects that will teach you a ton. That's one thing I really enjoyed about Thinkful, the team-based projects simulate how it'll be like working as a developer. There is also an important byproduct that you'll gain during the course, and that's confidence. Confidence to continuously learn on your own after the program and knowing you have the ability to learn any technology. The docs will become your friend. 

    The only real con to list, and it's not even much of a con, is that in my experience so far I haven't been presented to any employers directly through Thinkful after graduating. I know their employer networks are more developed in certain cities. That being said, I have a personal career coach through Thinkful and she's been great. Gives job leads, resume/cover letter tips, how to follow-up with a job, and if she does come across actively hiring companies in our area she makes sure to tell us about it. So depending on where you are in the states you may not have jobs just presented to you after grad, which shouldn't really be expected though. You will be more than capable of landing a position after grad on your own. I'm not even a month out of graduation and 4 people from my class are already working. I myself have had multiple interviews and I'm still in talks with a couple of companies. Keep in mind, most payment options come with a 6 month job guarantee (at the time of writing). Honestly though, I doubt I would even ask for a refund if I somehow didn't land a job by then just because what I learned in the program feels invaluable. 

    If you're on the fence I say do it. I'd make sure this is something you really want for yourself, and having a very basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, & JavaScript wll go a long way. If the answer is still yes though, then do it! Thinkful is regarded as one of the top coding bootcamps for a reason and if I could go back I wouldn't change a thing.

  • Ellie Grebowski • Software Engineer • Graduate
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    I spent a lot of time researching bootcamps before finally choosing Thinkful. Having graduated and received a job offer, I am now confident that I made the right decision. The deciding factor for me was Thinkful's job placement statistics and career services support. The curriculum and one-on-one mentoring were also great, but it is the extra services that really distinguish this program. 

    I enrolled in the 6 month Flexible Program, as I was still working full time for the first several months. I found Thinkful's estimate of 25 hours a week to be fairly accurate in order to graduate on time, especially during the later parts of the curriculum. I breezed through the fundamentals with no problem, but I don't think I would have been able to sustain working full time during the second half of the program (not if I wanted to graduate in 6 months). After a couple months I knew this was the career path for me, so I quit my job to focus fully on web development.

    After the initial fundamentals phase (the first month, usually), Thinkful assigned me a new mentor for the rest of the curriculum, as my first mentor was new and only trained for the fundamentals. My second mentor was amazing but tough. It helped to have that accountability, to have to face my mentor and fess up when I hadn't done much work between sessions. He kept me motivated and working hard, and made sure to keep me on schedule so that I didn't have to pay more tuition for additional months beyond the six months I had budgeted. If I got stuck between sessions, I could hop on a Q&A session, happening hourly, to ask another mentor for advice (these sessions are basically open office hours where anyone can get help). In the end I produced a professional-looking portfolio that helped in the job search. 

    The program itself was great, but the career support is really where Thinkful shines. I met with a career counselor once a week, and she helped with everything from reviewing my resume and cover letters, to networking advice, to helping me send follow-up emails and prepare for interviews. My job search did take longer than a lot of students, and that is partly the tech job market in my city. In certain cities, Thinkful graduates seem to get jobs immediately, and in others it just takes longer. Before enrolling in the program, I recommend asking Thinkful about job placement success in the city you are targeting, as it varies greatly.

    Even though I have graduated, I still have access to the curriculum and mentoring through Q&A sessions. Since Angular was much more popular in my area than React (which is the one I originally learned), I asked for that course and worked my way through it while applying for jobs. It was wonderful to still have access to those resources after graduating, and I plan to take more advantage of it in the future.   

    I highly recommend Thinkful for anyone serious about finding a job in the field!

  • Good Experience
    - 8/24/2018
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    This program is good for me because i can fit it around my other responsibilities. I did my research before signing up and thinkful was a perfect fit between pricing, time commitment and curriculum. I am about halfway through the program and i love it. I have always been interested in web development and it is nice to go from working full time in sales to learning something where i get to create. The main piece of advice i would give is any potential student should really understand the time commitment required. I put in about 10 hours a day only to find out i need to be putting more time in. There is so much to learn and it is important to really understand complex concepts because typically the next subject builds off of it in some way. My mentor is brilliant and i consider him a friend. The Q/As are very helpful. I am not far enough in the program to speak on the job aspect. It is really incredible, if all works out, how in 6 months someone can change their career trajectory with programs like these.

  • Luis Lau • Student
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    I am currently a Full Stack Flex student at Thinkful's online program. Overall, I'd the say the program is very well rounded and that it has positively impacted my professional life so far. In this review, I'll give you an overview of Thinkful's FSF course, as well as my experience with each part of it.

    - Overview: Thinkful's Full Stack Flex program is a 100% online course centered around full stack web development. which is only half the course; FSF (and other Thinkful courses as well) shines the most when it comes to career building since it is centered around technical knowledge for its own sake.  FSF's objective is not only to teach you skills that are valuable in today's market, but also to prepare you for job interviews and professional networking in a realistic environment. To reinforce this, every student has access to their own mentor, who will provide private coaching,  which is another selling point for many Thinkful courses. Finally, FSF earned its name because it has a flexible schedule that won't force you to quit your job.

    - Program: It takes around six months to graduate from FSF (but you get quite a lot of free additional time for career services). Every month, you will start by reading written material and doing small projects and drills. Every week, you'll have two or three private sessions with your mentor, where you will discuss course material. Near the end of each month, you should be ready to complete a capstone project, which will go through a formal code review. Finally, there are also mandatory mock interviews, where both your skills and professionalism will be evaluated in an emulated professional environment. You will also be assigned a personal program manager who will monitor your performance and make success in the course easier to achieve.  Overall, I'd say the program is well paced and not stifling, especially if you already have a job and lack extra time. Although sometimes they take a bit of time to respond, it seems all mentors, program managers and other staff members really pay attention to you as much as they can. If you go without completing a goal for too long, your program manager will send you emails to check you on, which is always a good sign.

    - Pricing: Thinkful charges based on how many months you need, which means you will be charged less if you're a faster learner. There's many payment options and I won't explain them in detail here, so check Thinkful's website. However, I will say that overall, the prices are fair and worth it.

    - Curriculum: FSF's technical skill curriculum is well rounded, including both clientside and serverside web technologies, all of which are in demand in today's market. Specifically, there are courses in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Node.js, MongoDB, React, user experience, and some computer science, which is great for interviews. Mastery of each of these is necessary to graduate. Capstone projects make a good job of cohesively mixing the technologies you know. The course attempts to have you make useable products as soon as you can, which is a plus. This might be nitpicking, but I don't think the curriculum's written resources are perfect yet. Sometimes I found them to be very brief or abstract and I think some of them could use a rewrite. Fortunately, Thinkful staff seem to be working on improving these resources, and you can leave them feedback whenever you finish a lesson. Something else the written resources might be missing is adding superficial introductions to related technologies, even if they aren't part of the course.

    - Mentors: You will be assigned a personal mentor which is responsible for helping you with the technical aspect of the course, and to provide feedback on your work in general. All mentors are guaranteed to be professionals with lots of field experience and I can assure you they are. In many ways, I believe Thinkful's mentor approach is vastly superior to those of other schools. Mentors also make up for anything the written material may be lacking. Mentors other than yours will also host daily non-private questions and answers (Q&A) sessions to provide yet another additional resource. Personally, I don't have my mentor explain the material to me; rather, he reinforces it and provides meaningful insights that you couldn't get from traditional pre-recorded lectures, written resources or even structured classes. Ancillary to this is the fact that your mentor has no reason not to wait for your progress, no matter how slow you are, which means pacing will always work with you, rather than against you. 

    - Community: As an additional resource, Thinkful provides all students with a Slack community where students and mentors collaborate with each other. If you're an FSF student, working with other students directly is not part of the course, which might be a con for some. The community alleviates this a little, being a good example of going the extra mile.

    - Career Services: Finally, the greatest asset Thinkful has to offer is career services. I personally haven't fully gotten to this part yet, but so far career-related interactions have been good. Even before you reach Career Services you will practice with mock interviews. Students who graduate from the main course will have free access to the career services staff, who, according to Thinkful, will help you ace interviews, build your network, and ultimately land a job that takes advantage of the technical skills you picked up.

    Overall, I would say Thinkful is a great option for anyone looking to start a career in web development and software engineering. However, I also believe FSF, in particular, is best suited to lone learners like me. I'd say the course's best asset is that it puts you in contact with very competent people who actually have time for you, which provides an unparalleled learning experience.

  • Brian Thomas • Student
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    I started knowing nothing about this industry but have a passion for creating things and especially technology. I started the 2 week trial where they give you all the normal tools has a full time student but it only last 2 weeks. It’s a great “get your feet wet” opportunity. I’m about 2-3 months into the course out of 6 months, starting on APIs and there will be a lot of times where you will feel very overwhelmed but with the 1 on 1 mentorship and the around the clock Q & A sessions you’ll never feel alone and always have help! 

  • Corey Highland • Student
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    The Thinkful staff is quite helpful and my mentor is very knowledgable and quite experienced. After coming from a terrible experience with a different company's course (long story short -I was put in the wrong course, dropped from the program, and then billed for it) I am excited to have the chance to learn relevant technologies in a truly hands on way in the Thinkful "Full Stack Flex" program. My mentor takes the time to answer my questions in our twice a week sessions and allows me the chance to do my work and my research to find the answers before he simply gives them to me. If it is important to you to learn by doing but to have the support necessary to handle those tough questions in the difficult scenarios then enroll in Thinkful.
    I look forward to graduating!

  • Bryan Spearman • Student
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    Hi, my name is Bryan.  I'm 47 years old.  I spent well over 10 years of my career in web development building simple info sites and WP sites and basically just taking advantage of the fact that web design was in high demand but the digital iq of clients was quite low.

    Then social media hit, then easy site builders came back.  The world changed quite quickly.  By this time I had hung up web development and moved into management so I let my UI/UX people worry about the tech changes.

    But along came a life changing/career changing event that left me struggling to find work in management and I decided it was time to go back to the thing I loved more than any other career path: web development.  

    But the digital world had gone racing by me during my time away from the coding chair and I was clearly not in the 'know' anymore.  I needed a hardcore update to my skill set and clearly additional coding skills that I hadn't bothered with in the past because they just weren't a necessity.  Or so I thought.

    So I turned to a bootcamp for this purpose.  I did weeks of research and digging to make sure I was not going to fall into something that cost thousands but that didn't help me reach my goal of being back in the industry and very hirable.  

    Through resources like coursereport.com, forums, reviews, articles and even talking to trusted associates of mine, what I decided on was Thinkful.com.  I needed a program that would allow me the flexibility to not relocate in order to take the course and I needed flexibile time because obviously at this age I've got a family and many commitments.  

    Aside from that I wanted the best program available (if possible).  What I learned was that Thinkful's program offered mentorship throughout the educational process as well as long-term support (if needed) after graduation to assist in finding a job.  

    Both of those attributes stood out and in fact did seem to be unique to Thinkful so I began my correspondence with them.  They were completely transparent and open about their course, the process, the benefits and even the options that exist outside of bootcamps.  I was pleasantly surprised by this and although I was pretty much ready to pull the trigger right there, I continued to ask "what if" questions of my program counselor and she never missed a beat in getting me the answers that I needed/wanted.  So after another week of 'cooling off time' to think about the decision, I felt it was my best option and I jumped.  Student loan.  All in.

    Right out of the gate I was given clear guides as to what exactly was going to happen each day/week of the course.  I was assigned a mentor and allowed to take part in setting my twice per week, one hour mentor sessions.  That for me was just pure gold.  I am person that must know what's going on and what to expect without having to go digging for it and Thinkful had that already well thought out and prepared for me.  Huge plus.

    Next I began the pre-course web basics which I moved through with considerable ease because I had years of HTML and CSS behind me, yet I found the curriculum to be extremely helpful and in fact did expose me to resources and techniques that I had not explored prior.  In addition, one of the most valuable attributes of the program for me is that each and every step of the curriculum focues on preparing you for a job interview. 

    Being in management for many years which at times required me to hire devs, I can tell you this is an outstanding feature of the program.  And it's not only training for tech interviews, it's training on interviews themselves!  I can't tell you how many people I interviewed that were uber talented but just plain sucked at interviewing. So this feature is awesome in my book.  In addition to that, after your final capstone project, you'll work on your resume, social channels, portfolio polishing etc.  Again, Thinkful being focued on your professional success after the program is clear and something I value hightly. 

    Educationally, my first challenge came as the intro to JavaScript began.  I'd never coded a single line of JavaScript and was quite nervous that I could fall behind in this section and/or possilby just get overwhelmed and regret my decision to enroll in a bootcamp.

    Not the case.  I had an unbelievable amount of resources to use for answers/guidance including my mentor which proved to be the most impactful resource of all.  Two hours each week with him was like access to a massive trove of knowledge and no topic was too trivial. If he was tied up on our off hours I simply jumped to the Thinkful slack channel where it seems that every mentor stays plugged in to and is ready to help.  I can't tell you how many mentors (that aren't my mentor of course) have helped me solve issues with my code. On top of that I attend Q&A sessions each week to either listen in or present an issue I'm experiencing.  All three of those resources have been immeasurably valuable.  

    Fastforward to now, I'm over half way through the program and I have overcome some serious challenges in terms of learning things that I knew nothing of prior, again, thanks to the Thinkful environment.  Clearly I'm not suddenly, or about to be, a senior level full stack dev but I can tell you that without this course, the self learn path for me would simply have not gotten me ANYWHERE close to what I know and can do currently.  

    I would consider myself a skilled web developer again (which is/was a goal coming into this) and most definitely better than I ever was before taking this course.  I've still got three months of the program left so the challenges of learning completely new concepts and coding continue but no question, this program has been worth every cent and every second of time that I've spent on it. 

    If you're on the fence about whether a boot camp is worth it, take it from me (a self-taught hacker that's seen a lot of evolution in web development) this is absolutely a sound investment.  Is it the end of the road?  Hardly.  It's the on-ramp.  Albeit, an on-ramp with a jetpack attached but an on-ramp.  It takes dedication, hard work, persistence and desire to attain a high level of expertise in this industry but it can be done, and even at my age.  

    In conclusion I will say that Thinkful (for me) has been an absolute dead ringer.  I can and will get where I want to go because of this program and I believe that it has to do with how their program is setup and how it aligned with my learning style and goals.  

    Hope this review helps someone as I know I needed help in making my decision as well.  Good luck!!

     

  • Adriana Suarez • Student
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     I just finished the prep course and I can’t believe how much I’ve learned already. So far my experience has been awesome at Thikful. My mentor is a great help. There are lots of Q&A sessions throughout the day so whenever I’m stuck I just drop by and ask for help. I like it that they change the curriculum often to be up to date (yes, I was going through previous material to get ready for my first mock interview and noticed the updates) I’d totally recommend this bootcamp to a friend :)

  • Pounding Sand
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    Mike Townley • Senior Full-Stack Developer • Graduate
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    Starting out, you're eased into introductory-level skills that are considered the foundation for later learning. The problem is, those introductory-level skills have no bridge between them and the professional-level cirriculum. There's a lot of referencing students to outside online resources (even Google) to gain a grasp on concepts that should be taught by the instructor.

    I was very lucky to already have a working familiarity with HTML/CSS/Javascript and really only needed Node and React skills. The thing is, without strong mathematic prowess and an analytical mind, you will struggle in these courses. No, I'm not saying it can't be done, but these courses are designed to be fast-paced and self-reinforcing. You will rely on instructors, mentors, Slack, and other resources to the point where... I hate to say it, they just quit responding to you and leave you out to dry.

    I graduated and was declining offers through Career Assistance. Many of these "Fortune 500" companies are actually contractors looking for cheap contract employees and don't really care about a CS degree. The best offer I had was for $51,600 entry level. I make over $100k at my current job!

    Bottom line, they're a business and they're in it to make money. While my experience was mostly positive, I can spot how they prey on people wanting to be these big-shot devs with fat salaries. One gal I knew sold her car just to pay tuition, only to be continually ignored. Another gal was completely blown off by career assistance after graduating. Not good. It's bad enough this field is lacking in diversity, this program didn't help that.

    If you're tech-savvy and analytical, this would be a great fit for you. If you're looking to enter as a beginner to development and hope for a larger-than-life salary competitive with a Computer Science Master's degree; think again.

  • Shari Hobbs • Frontend/UX Developer • Graduate
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    I chose Thinkful from 3 different schools and the reason it won was the flexibility of the programs offered as well as the service level from the very first email exchange. They made sure that, at every step, I was aware of my status in the program, was still fully satisfied and supported and that I was happy with my experience. I joined the local in-person community since I live in a hub city and also began assisting at the free intro classes and that really helped make my experience a well-rounded one. The caliber of instruction from the curriculum, mentors, and Q&A sessions was high in my humble estimation and the project based learning was a good fit for me. It has also translated well to my first job as a developer. The reputation of Thinkful is the last thing I'll mention here as they have built it in such a way that hiring managers and recruiters were seeking me out based solely on the fact that I had completed the Thinkful program. Overall, I'm so glad I chose Thinkful and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

  • Chris Valle • Student
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    I started the full stack flex program at Thinkful with the intention of switching careers to that of a computer programmer/web developer.  I had very little knowledge of computer programming beforehand and was looking for a time-efficient way of switching careers while still getting a quality education.  I have to say that I am very happy for choosing to study with Thinkful.  Being that the course is over the span of 6 months, the program is intensive and challenging, but the quality of education is very good and the resources Thinkful provides are invaluable.  The curriculum is thorough and my mentor has been a huge help is helping support my learning when I get stuck.  

    I also appreciate how honest and straightforward Thinkful was before I started the course.  They told me in advance what I could expect and how much time I would have to invest.  Instead of just trying to sell the course, they accurately depicted what the next 6 months would look like if I decided to take part in the program.  The program also teaches the more in-demand aspects of programming (from what friends already in the field have informed me of) so I am definitely confident this will be a successful yet efficient way of transitioning my career.  

  • Andrea • Student
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    I've been in the Thinkful full stack flex program for about a couple months now. I researched a lot of 'bootcamps' and programs before committing and couldn't be happier having landed on Thinkful. From the first interaction with people of Thinkful everyone I have worked with (mentors, program managers, other students) has been great. They always engaged with me very positively and on a very individualized, personal level. The curriculum is great so far. I had learned on my own for awhile previously, so the first month was an easier recap and now I am getting into new and exciting stuff. It's a great mix of text based learning and projects. Though parts of the program, like mock interviews and attending meetups, can be intimidating for me, I know they are incredibly beneficial for real world experience.

    Mentors and mentor sessions are great. Not only are they nice and knowledgeable but the regular sessions keep you motivated to get work done before each session. It's a good way of keeping yourself accountable for moving forward on the material (something I was struggling with learning on my own). Having all the useful Q and A sessions to access is also great as a back up resource.

    What really exceeded my expectations was my local Thinkful community (Portland, OR). Getting to meet with folks IRL on a weekly or more basis has been really positive. I thought a drawback of Thinkful was going to be the it was an "online program" but I couldn't have been more wrong. Mentors and students alike are always offering to meet up and work together. It's been really helpful to have these opportunities to again help with accountability, to learn more, and to foster a network of people in my local tech community. 

    Lastly,  a consistent thread through all of this is that Thinkful is 100% focused on getting students where they want to be...hired. It was obvious that other bootcamps just want to get tuition and churn out students and hopefully keep their stats up and only paying lip service to career help afterwards. Thinkful is not like this. Everything the do from changing curriculum, to networking with local companies, to incorporating mock interviews, to their robust career services is student first focused and I have real confidence that our goals are aligned.

Student Outcomes


40%
On-Time Graduation Rate
84%
In-Field Employed
$63,700
Change in Salary

180 Day Employment Breakdown:

Full-time employee
63%
Full-time apprenticeship, internship or contract position
21%
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
16%
Not still seeking a job
0%

Non reporting
0%

Salary Breakdown:

92% of job obtainers reported salaries.

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