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Data Science Bootcamps

Three years ago, this industry didn’t exist but today we have more than two dozen online learning portals with Data Science resources, some hybrid offerings and about 15 full-time Data Science bootcamps scattered across Silicon Valley, New York, a few other US tech metros, London, Berlin and Dublin.

You could say the industry is essentially unregulated  and so our focus here will be to publish as much information to ensure that prospective students seeking to transition to Data Science via a bootcamp or similar programs have all the information they need to make an informed decision.

An insider’s take on the future of coding bootcamps

How could two coding bootcamps close while employer demand for bootcamp grads grows?

Here’s where the market is going: Code schools will graduate 22,000 students in 2017, about half as many as all accredited colleges and universities combined (despite a 200 year head start).

The growth comes from millions of adults who picked majors that didn’t deliver a good career, a recognition that they weren’t qualified for the job they wanted, and that employers won’t fund switching careers.

It’s an old idea but coding bootcamps are going wild for it because students trust schools with skin in the game, and it helps create access for those with no credit (and all without government funding;

Universities are cashing in by white-labeling products claiming a “bootcamp education.” My British fiancé believes there’s a chip implanted in first-year students during orientation at US colleges to build lifelong affinity.

As a result, the best schools 1) weave career services into the curricula months early (this is one of the hidden innovations versus a traditional college education that puts career services into separate buildings altogether), and 2) budget for the cost of hiring phenomenal career coaches, advisors, and mock interviewers.

If there’s fraud, if there’s betrayal of students, if there’s profiteering, a single school may suffer in the short term but eventually it’ll hurt everyone.

If scaled (and so far it’s barely starting up) the program will undermine the basic premise of bootcamps: That education should be clearly ROI-positive for students with schools directly held accountable when it’s not.

Cottom also argues on her blog that students’ paying for their own education is a “tax paid for job entry.” So, ruling out government loans (like EQUIP) and students paying themselves, Cottom dismisses Bootcamps because “until the social problem is solved or the political conditions that make the market the only solution to that problem change, we will keep writing this story.” Rather than Cottom dismissing bootcamps (and founders ignoring her) both parties should listen more.

Of course, this only works, as I go on to say on Twitter, if 1) you don’t need the boot camp certificate as a signal 2) wages are sufficiently high to offset individual costs and 3) the boot camp credential functions for both labor market entry AND promotion.

Nevertheless, there’s a lot of people who feel ready to jump into their first job at 18 years old (especially kids in Silicon Valley for whom access to career growth let alone the the “middle class” isn’t in doubt).

For even more people the costs and debt of higher education are irrational, and finding a way into that market is an exciting long-term proposition.A few names – FreeCodeCamp, Code Newbies, and Codecademy – will continue to be the “go to” places to spark curiosity in coding.

But for bootcamps the free tools are an existential threat: If someone succeeds in creating a free, self-learning platform as good as bootcamp programs the cost of this education will drop from several thousand dollars to $0.

After five years as an education entrepreneur I’ve learned, perhaps to the chagrin of my gold-seeking peers, that success will come only from those who remain harder working than the competition, more optimistic than the critics, and more dedicated than those who thought it’d be easy.

Data Science Bootcamps

Three years ago, this industry didn’t exist but today we have more than two dozen online learning portals with Data Science resources, some hybrid offerings and about 15 full-time Data Science bootcamps scattered across Silicon Valley, New York, a few other US tech metros, London, Berlin and Dublin.

You could say the industry is essentially unregulated  and so our focus here will be to publish as much information to ensure that prospective students seeking to transition to Data Science via a bootcamp or similar programs have all the information they need to make an informed decision.

Want a Job in Silicon Valley? Keep Away From Coding Schools

It was a calamitous job interview two years ago that prompted Jose Contreras to demand his money back from the coding school he attended.

His interviewer, the chief technology officer of a startup, watched as Contreras struggled with basics on JavaScript, a coding language he was supposed to be learning during his courses.

(The BPPE had previously denied Coding School’s application to operate, in November 2015, June 2016, and again on Nov. 4, 2016.) The regulators have told the school to give refunds to all students who have attended since it opened its doors in 2014.

On its website, the school advertised a 95 percent hiring rate within two months of graduation from the academy, but the BPPE said that only 57 of 70 graduates had reported employment and salary information.

The school, where students also lived, changed location several times, and told students to avoid going outside and keep the blinds drawn to avoid drawing attention.

said Tony Fadell, the former head of Google’s Nest smart thermostat company, in a recent promotional video for a nonprofit coding school, 42.

Coding House’s spectacular fall is an extreme case, but interviews with more than a dozen coding school graduates reveal that when they do land a job, often their engineering education doesn’t cut it.

The same holds true for graduates holding computer science degrees, but those employees generally have a better grasp of broader concepts and algorithms, recruiters said.

“Our experience has found that most graduates from these programs are not quite prepared for software engineering roles at Google without additional training or previous programming roles in the industry,”

Last month, Donald Trump agreed to pay $25 million in lawsuit settlements over Trump University, real estate seminars that plaintiffs said overpromised results.

By the following year, the school, now owned by Kaplan, said that over 90 percent of its grads found jobs within three months of graduation, with salaries of about $83,000.

When he finished his studies three months later, he expected to land a job somewhere in the San Francisco Bay area where he could flex his newfound software muscles.

Tarlin Ray, chief operating officer of Dev Bootcamp, said the program isn’t easy, and students have the option to repeat three-week chunks of the course at no additional cost;

It took Hinchcliff 16 months and sending out over 1,100 resumes before he found what he considered a real programming job at a health-information startup in San Francisco.

Course Report’s recent survey of bootcamp graduates, a self-selecting group of 1,143 students who completed their studies before Aug. 12, 2016, showed that more than a quarter weren’t employed in a full-time coding job.

Other Coding House students also say they didn’t learn languages they had expected to learn, based on the school’s web site, and complained that some teachers didn’t have very much experience. 

Patrick Shaughnessy, a former Coding House student who was hired as an instructor after finishing his course in February 2016, said the program’s goal was to stay relevant, and as demands in the hiring marketplace changed, the school tweaked its offerings to match.

He takes particular issue with the success many schools boast, saying many hold low standards for what counts as a coding-related job.

One common way to juice results, graduates say, is to include jobs that test code for flaws in the tally of software jobs.

California, with its 28 coding schools, is among the states that require for-profit schools to seek government approval, but few schools have completed the process.

In the cases where coding school grads do land jobs, they often find it hard to succeed not just because their skills need polishing, but because computer science majors sometimes don’t accept them.

San Francisco’s Holberton School, a two-year program, requires no money up front in exchange for 17 percent of a graduate’s salary over three years once a graduate finds a job.

One of Holberton’s students, Philip Yoo, said he hopes to land a software job analyzing large data sets, a major part of artificial intelligence work.

Without addressing Contreras, James wrote in an e-mail: “Our aim was to change the way education was delivered, and we made some great strides and helped many people change their lives, learn how to code, and get a great job.”

Best Coding Bootcamps The 2018 Comprehensive Guide

Throughout last year, we amassed thousands of alumni reviews and data points to bring you our list of recommendations.

We’ve analyzed price, location, job support, alumni reviews, instructor quality, and several other important indicators of quality.

Over 90% of the bootcamp's first two graduating classes reportedly landed a full-time job, paying more than $80,000 per year on average.

As the educational model spread — and as the media took notice — the notion of an immersive programming education gradually begun to enter the mainstream.

For ten hours a day or more, students learn to code, and do this for two to three months until they're deemed proficient for an entry-level developer role.

Some bootcamps further supplement hands-on learning with relevant activities such as guest lectures on building real-world technologies and career-building workshops.

Just last year, Harvard University's introductory computer science course was attended by a record 818 undergraduates, overtaking economics to become the school's most popular course.

At the beginning of 2015, bootcamps that offered a full-time program charged a tuition of $9,900 and lasted 10.4 weeks on average.

Critics say that the accelerated model produces lower-quality programmers, that instructors are often inexperienced, and that many of these programs are primarily concerned with maximizing profits.

While many of these concerns are valid, it's unlikely that bootcamps which have not made an effort to improve their pedagogy will find success beyond their first cohorts in the long run.

Programs which have been able to prove their effectiveness through a rigorous curriculum, a strong teaching staff, and high-performing graduates will achieve longevity far more easily.

Additionally, a growing number of third-party coding bootcamp reviews and emerging forms of regulation and accreditation can only help to lend transparency to this new industry.

While interested applicants should always do proper research and beware of unethical marketing tactics, the quality of education in the industry remains healthy overall.

We have begun to see bootcamps like gSchool announce higher education offerings and traditional schools such as Concordia University begin to develop shorter, career-focused programs.

A competitive educational marketplace has begun to yield a diverse spectrum of options that can cater to a wider range of needs, backgrounds, and skill levels.

Here on SwitchUp, we now list hundreds of bootcamps in a range of subjects including fullstack web development, front-end development, data science, UX/UI design, and cybersecurity.

One of the most common questions we hear from students is “which programming language should I learn?” The correct answer highly depends on each individual’s career goals and learning style.

In general, ignore conversations about which language is “best” and focus on your career goals and the type of company that you want to work for (e.g.

For example, academic researchers typically use Python for their simulations and data analysis, whereas an enterprise desktop software company might be using C++.

Either way, your goal at a bootcamp should be twofold: To gain complete mastery of one programming language and framework after going to a bootcamp.

learn how to 'think like a software engineer.” Long-term success in a developer career requires an understanding of software engineering fundamentals, not just the latest framework.

The most important step you can take toward discovering your perfect fit is talking to graduated students and reading reviews online.

With large turnover in the industry, teachers don’t usually stay at schools very long — oftentimes they are experienced coders and prefer to be coding!

Bridging Education and Work: New Models for 'Skilling Up'

In today’s knowledge economy, people expect change over the course of their careers.

As they continue to build foundational knowledge throughout their lifetimes, they’ll add job-specific skills along the way, getting a certificate in data analytics one year and sprinkling in some coding classes the next.

In this guide, you’ll hear stories from students, new jobs-focused education providers, traditional higher-ed institutions and accreditation experts, all navigating different 'skill-up' options.

In theory, the growing number of options to access learning will give students of all ages more opportunities to develop the skills they need for rewarding careers.

We'll hear from students who want to boost their technical savvy in pursuit of better jobs, companies that are addressing hiring challenges and new skills-training providers that have cropped up to meet demand.

Colleges and universities have historically tied program quality to the accreditation system, but emerging 'skill-up' models are evaluated on student outcomes, which can be difficult to compare across industries, competencies and providers.

Universities and companies have tried to bridge the gap, and recently many new skill-up providers, including bootcamps, have sprung up smooth the transitions between learning and career opportunities.

To help you make sense of these murky waters, we've included just a few examples of the thousands of programs out there at universities, skill-up providers and even within companies.

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