How to Choose a Coding Bootcamp

Jessica mitsch By Jessica Mitsch ● July 07, 2021
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Know­ing the right ques­tions to ask is essen­tial to learn­ing how to choose a cod­ing bootcamp.
Cod­ing boot­camps have become increas­ing­ly pop­u­lar in recent years. They offer a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to gain valu­able tech­nol­o­gy skills that can ulti­mate­ly lead to a job in web devel­op­ment. How­ev­er, fac­tors such as lan­guage spe­cial­ty, tuition, and time com­mit­ment that vary between pro­grams can make the deci­sion process dif­fi­cult to navigate.
To help ease the stress, we’ve com­piled a list of sev­en impor­tant ques­tions to ask when choos­ing a cod­ing boot­camp, and how Momen­tum would answer each one.

1. What Tech­nolo­gies Do You Teach and Why?

Cod­ing boot­camps usu­al­ly spe­cial­ize in a few lan­guages through­out their pro­gram, so know­ing what these are and whether they will be use­ful to you is an impor­tant first step in learn­ing how to choose a cod­ing boot­camp. If you know for cer­tain that you want to learn a spe­cif­ic pro­gram­ming lan­guage, for exam­ple Python, check to make sure it is actu­al­ly a part of the cur­ricu­lum — because that is not a guar­an­tee. There may also be cer­tain skills that are more in demand in your area, and oth­ers that are less attrac­tive to employ­ers. Do your poten­tial boot­camps reflect these trends?
At Momen­tum, we use our rela­tion­ships with employ­ers across the coun­try to devel­op a rel­e­vant cur­ricu­lum that sets stu­dents up for suc­cess through­out the recruit­ment process. Our immer­sive pro­gram is orga­nized into four 4‑week phas­es to make for eas­i­er retain­ment. The first phase fea­tures front-end tech­nolo­gies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The sec­ond focus­es on back-end devel­op­ment with Python and Djan­go. In the third phase, stu­dents choose to spe­cial­ize in either front-end of back-end devel­op­ment and dive into an advanced study of their cho­sen spe­cial­iza­tion. Phase 4 is team-based and an oppor­tu­ni­ty to use Agile devel­op­ment method­olo­gies to build final projects.

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2. What Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Do Your Instruc­tors Have?

This one seems obvi­ous, but nonethe­less it’s cru­cial in know­ing how to choose a cod­ing boot­camp. Your instruc­tors are the peo­ple who you will be learn­ing from for sev­er­al months, so take the time to make sure they are qual­i­fied. Ques­tions such as What are the instruc­tors’ back­grounds,” and what are their teach­ing styles” will help you gain an under­stand­ing of the pro­gram and the skills you will walk away with.
All instruc­tors at Momen­tum have indus­try expe­ri­ence, mean­ing they have worked in web devel­op­ment them­selves before tran­si­tion­ing to teach­ing it. This means they know what skills are actu­al­ly use­ful in the work­force and have put them to use in real-world set­tings. This also means they were once in your posi­tion – both as a stu­dent learn­ing to code and as a prospec­tive employ­ee search­ing for a job. Some of our instruc­tors even have teach­ing expe­ri­ence, anoth­er impor­tant qual­i­ty for a cod­ing instruc­tor. Know­ing the code is one thing, but know­ing how to teach it is anoth­er. Momen­tum instruc­tors bring a com­bi­na­tion of web devel­op­ment and teach­ing expe­ri­ence that makes them great at what they do.

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