Some recent graduates are adding coding to their skill set by attending short-term development bootcamps -- and landing big-paying jobs as a result.

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.

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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.

Would you consider enrolling in a development bootcamp? Let us know in the comments.


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  2. Kristi Henry

    I know a little coding but not enough to get a job. Do you know of any grants that can help pay for this program?

  3. Luciana Alexander

    I am looking to apply to Startup Institute in Boston/New York, which is a far cheaper program than DevBootCamp. I also like that they incorporate aspects of UX, SEO and Marketing no matter what track you choose. It’s also less time – 2 months instead of 3. There are some out there that are 6 months, and that’s too much time off work for a working professional. One thing these reviews never mention is that you have to have some familiarity with code, otherwise you’ll crash and burn. These schools can actually kick you out if you don’t or can’t keep up with the grueling pace and/or their teaching methods. I am waiting to apply for the development track (Ruby on Rails) and have been for the past month teaching myself Ruby in preparation. Like anything joining one of these is a risk, but it seems to be paying off for a lot of people. If you are a woman there are some scholarships available, but often times these camps have some sort of payment plan, which they don’t often advertise unless it’s part of their perks. For example, some programs won’t charge you until you are hired, and then take a percentage of your earnings.

  4. Vicky Harinski

    I have nada and need something soon because I am ready to lose my mind

  5. Kayla Hulen

    I’m “on a journey,” so to speak, towards Dev Bootcamp. I’ve just completed some basic coding tracks on Codecademy and am getting ready to start working on Ruby. I’m also going to a local, free Ruby workshop at the end of this month. For the next year and a half, I’ll be saving up for Dev Bootcamp tuition. I’m going to have to go on a hardcore spending diet, but I’m determined to make it work!

  6. jrandom421

    Get, read and live by “Code Complete” By Steve MConnell. It’s a software engineering course in a book. If you learn and apply what’s in there, your prospective project manager and lead software development engineer will be grateful.

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