Options upon options upon…options!
Many of you might be wondering, why DigitalCrafts? Is it worth the time, energy, & money (stay tuned for the next 15 weeks to find out)? After I made the decision to switch careers and pursue a coding background I was left with more questions than answers. Where was I even to begin? I started with where we all do: Google! I began to search and find all sorts of programs out there: Bloc, Tech Talent South, GeneralAssembly, DigitalCrafts, self-taught and so many more! I had to compare all aspects between the programs: cost, front-end or back-end, & material covered. Taking all of that and then compare it to my lifestyle and what was going to be best for me. Only then could one be comfortable with their decision and cost to venture forth.
Online Vs. In-Person
Life threw me a curve ball and made my decision a bit easier between a full-time or part-time course when I got let go from my company for budget cuts. I took it as a sign to pursue what I had always thought about and make that dream a realization. So it was then that I decided I would go full-time and in person, giving me the opportunity to learn not only from an instructor but others in the class. An added benefit of this I will state has already allowed me the opportunity to meet a lot of interesting people spanning different walks of life and career ambitions! In this day and age networking is the name of the game and all about who you know! So I might as well surround myself with plenty of people like me looking to get into the industry.
I looked carefully at each program and what they had to offer, but price was a huge factor for me and something I had to take into consideration. Especially given that I am only working part-time right now while doing this program, and didn’t want an insurmountable amount of debt. I knew I couldn’t afford all of the upfront cost that some of the programs require and I didn’t want to forfeit a portion of my yearly salary either. So I knew I would need to finance a piece of it but one thing that was nice that a lot of programs didn’t offer was scholarship consideration.
I will also add that like everything in life you get what you pay for! So if this is just something of passive interest these bootcamps are probably not for you. If you are looking to change careers and grow as a developer, you are in the right place.
The one thing I liked most about DigitalCrafts was they were pleasant to deal with and communicative throughout the process. They knew when to give you the space to process, make the decision, and were timely in their responses. It made me feel like I was valued as a potential student to their cohort as opposed to another sale to made. Between their admissions director and co-founders you really got a sense of who they were and what DigitalCrafts had to offer. They were open and honest about the questions I had, especially when it came to questions about GI Bill (sorry they are still working on that piece). At the end of the day you were a person and they treated you as such which I appreciated.
After discussing the conversation to death between colleagues that were in the industry and friends I decided that it would be beneficial for me to learn both! Many said that no matter what you learn give it time and do your best to grasp the concepts and do that language well!
Before I start sounding like I’m pimping out DigitalCrafts to everyone I’m going to leave you with some food for thought. Every program will offer you something in some way shape or form. Do some self reflection and figure out what it is you are looking for and what aligns best with that. From there do more research, ask friends, developers, and so on until you feel that you’ve thought of everything. At that point reach out to that company and begin the process of seeing if you are a good fit for the program and most importantly, if they are a good fit for you! If it seems off maybe they aren’t for you! Listen to your gut and be cognizant of what you want and where you want to end up. From there you get out what you put into it!