Can bootcamps educate job-ready UX Designers?

Is what I get asked a lot. Mostly by prospective students, but also by employers. And the answer is: Yes. We have trained and placed several thousand people in the last 3 years, so at least the CareerFoundry Program is working (there are certainly varying quality degrees of bootcamps).

I wrote down more stats, infos and arguments on the CareerFoundry blog → read full article here.

Bootcamp employment statistics

Bootcamps grew 170% and educated 17,966 people in 2016 in the US alone. This refers to offline bootcamps. If you include online bootcamps, which typically have higher capacity, this figure would be even higher.

According to Course Report, a popular comparison site for bootcamps, “The majority of graduates of coding bootcamps are finding full-time employment, and 73% of graduates surveyed report being employed in a full-time job requiring the skills learned, with an average salary increase of 64% or $26,021.” (Head over to Course Report to see more stats on bootcamp outcomes.)

Read more stats here.

My strong belief is that if so many people have found jobs in the industry, it’s clear that the bootcamp model does work. Going from complete newbie to working in a company really happens, and often the turnaround time is under one year.

Bootcamps teach more than just skills

As said in the full blog article, I strongly believe that beyond the skills, a bootcamp teaches a mindset. To successfully add value to an existing process, product or service requires certain mindset. UX bootcamp grads have a different mindset — a mindset focused on good design and customer centricity.

UX is a movement, a way forward, a vision. UX has applications in every industry. Thus, UX designers ares the new superheroes or secret weapons of any organization looking to grow.

Such a mindset does not come out of the blue. Graduates intentionally design their personal interplay of investment, training, and life, to really design experiences over products and thus, create innovation. They have learned to think about the user first, and are prepared to defend them. They are prepared to take organizations to the next level, using their wealth of practical skills and their depth of user understanding.

The level of maturity, independence and motivation that it takes to stay on track usually means that those who succeed go on to become hard-working, self-motivated, proactive employees. The passion and energy required to change careers usually means these people are excited, curious, and innovative members of the team.

That’s why, when people ask me if bootcamps can really work, I have no doubts about it.