Feel like you’re lacking the technical skills to land the job you want?
Some recent graduates are adding coding to their skill set by attending short-term development bootcamps — and landing big-paying jobs as a result.
As Business Insider reports, one liberal arts major spent $11,000 to participate in a 9-week summer software-writing program called Dev Bootcamp, then landed an engineering job that paid more than twice his previous job. How’s that for ROI?
The story explains:
Dev Bootcamp, which calls itself an “apprenticeship on steroids,” is one of a new breed of computer-programming school that’s proliferating in San Francisco and other U.S. tech hubs. These “hacker boot camps” promise to teach students how to write code in two or three months and help them get hired as web developers, with starting salaries between $80,000 and $100,000, often within days or weeks of graduation.
“We’re focused on extreme employability,” said Shereef Bishay, who co-founded Dev Bootcamp 15 months ago. “Every single skill you learn here you’ll apply on your first day on the job.”
These intensive training programs are not cheap — charging $10,000 to $15,000 for programs running nine to 12 weeks — and they’re highly selective, typically only admitting 10 to 20 percent of applicants. And they’re called boot camps for a reason. Students can expect to work 80 to 100 hours a week, mostly writing code in teams under the guidance of experienced software developers.
This is cool not only from the perspective of job-seekers and career-changers, but also for the U.S. economy. While the unemployment rate is still disappointingly high, leaving millions of Americans without work, plenty of tech jobs go unfilled because employers can’t find workers with the right skills. Little by little, these bootcamps are helping the U.S. close its skills gap.
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