Coding Bootcamps vs You Can Learn it on Your Own…

Before choosing a coding boot camp there should be a TON of research applied to the final decision. “What is expected”, “what do I expect”, “can I afford it”, “which camp best fits my needs” and “can I learn it on my own”…

Keep in mind that this is strictly my opinion, as is every other blog for and against those who choose to attend coding bootcamps.

Recently read a really solid article on Medium about a guys choice to continue developing his skills as a coder. He was intrigued with bootcamps but had been studying code sparingly over the prior 2–3 years. The question became, “can I do this on my own or should I spend $15k?”

“You Might not Need that $15k coding bootcamp”

This is a conundrum that seems to be growing in popularity as web-developing gains momentum as a career choice for many.

Ultimately to each their own as we choose our paths. I feel everyone comes to a point in their life where learning on your own could be the more viable choice but then there’s a time where a boot camp makes more sense.

Learning on your own has its perks and is way more friendly on the pocket book but it has its drawbacks.

As mentioned in the article, taking 2–3 years learning on your own is extremely cost effective but that’s 2–3 years of grinding that may or may not get you the results you want. Having the ability to learn on your own and have a job simultaneously is always a win-win, but it can also further limit ones progress if that person lacks the skills to balance. Maintaining a job, life in general, and learning to code is a huge mountain to climb.

The one thing that the article doesn’t fully address is that bootcamps are largely composed of those making career changes later in life. A boot camp offers the chance to learn what one (depending on ones drive) may learn part-time over 2–3 years. It truly is a boot camp and the information over load is REAL! It’s 2–3 years of information crammed into 12+ weeks. It’s called an IMMERSIVE for a reason.

Long story short, at 38 I sure as hell wish I would have taken the time to learn coding in my 20s or early thirties. The reality is I don’t have the time and patience to spend the next few years part-time coding. Boot camp allows me to gain the foundation to build on in a short amount of time. The expectation that a bootcamp gets you a job is a bit skewed. I view it as it gives me the resources and tools in 12 weeks to really prepare me for a future as a coding Jedi…

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