Some have begun to question the usefulness of bootcamps. Not only are the expensive, but they also require a substantial time commitment. Additionally, they might not be an ideal path to a job in tech.
Often, bootcamps are touted as a way to break into the development field. However, the majority of attendees already work as developers, using the bootcamp to help advance their skills. And, for those that aren’t currently employed in the field, completing a bootcamp isn’t a guaranteed path to employment.
In fact, nearly 20 percent of bootcamp graduates don’t land jobs as developers within the first 90 days of graduating, according to a recent survey. When those who are currently employed in the field, that results in odds of landing a job within three months of graduating just only slightly better than 1 in 3.
But why is that the case? Here’s what you need to know.
Not All Businesses Trust Bootcamps
By and large, the bootcamp world is unregulated. This means there are no set standards regarding the quality of instruction or what topics or skills will be covered.
Plus, there are some irreputable bootcamps floating around, thanks to the lack of regulations and the high potential for profitability, that don’t leave graduates equipped to function in developer roles.
Overall, this leaves a lot of companies hesitant to trust that a bootcamp graduate who doesn’t have any other experience or education in the field is actually capable of meeting the demands of their developer jobs.
You May Leave Ill-Prepared
As mentioned above, not all bootcamps offer the same quality of education. This means, if you select the wrong one, you might not end up with the skills you need to succeed as a developer, particularly if you have no background in the field or supporting education.
Now, this doesn’t mean that all bootcamps are worthless, just that you have to be incredibly diligent in selecting one. Do your research before enrolling, and don’t assume that a high price tag means quality, as that isn’t necessarily the case.
Additionally, you need to look beyond the placement rate advertised by the bootcamp, as these figures may be artificially inflated by attendees who entered the program as an employed developer and left to rejoin their existing team.
Some bootcamp graduates do find a developer role quickly after graduating, or even immediately after finishing their program. However, there is a range of factors that can play into those statistics, including prior experience and other forms of education.
Can a bootcamp be beneficial to your career? It certainly can. But it’s important to remember that graduating from a bootcamp isn’t a guaranteed path to employment, so consider weighing other options, like courses through a local community college or university, before you pay for a bootcamp.
If you are interested in learning more or are seeking a new tech position, the professionals at The Armada Group can help. Contact us to speak with one of our experienced team members today and see how our services can benefit your career.