With so many bootcamp providers available, finding one that fits your unique needs and goals can take time and effort. Below are some factors to consider when narrowing down your options.
Know your time commitment
Before enrolling in a bootcamp, you need to determine how much time you are able and willing to devote to your studies. Some full-time programs recommend more than 60 to 90 hours per week, while part-time programs may suggest between 15 and 30 hours per week. Full-time programs can take as little as 12 to 14 weeks, while part-time bootcamps can take six to 10 months.
While some bootcamps may allow fully flexible study times and deadlines, note that many require synchronous attendance and collaboration in a cohort.
Consult job offers
Just like with a traditional college degree, graduating from a bootcamp does not guarantee you any particular job. However, all of the bootcamps on our list offer access to job placement services. Many also feature major hiring partners such as Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon, among others. Determine if potential bootcamp hiring partners match your career goals and interests.
Some bootcamps offer job guarantees, which means they can reimburse tuition for students who are unable to land eligible jobs within a specified time after graduation. Many job guarantees stipulate that graduates apply for a certain number of jobs per month, and refusing an eligible job offer may invalidate the job guarantee. Terms vary between bootcamps, so be sure to read the terms of a potential bootcamp’s job guarantee.
Consider your future goals
Your future goals should impact the coding bootcamps you consider. If you want to enter the job market as quickly as possible, for example, you can look for a full-time immersive bootcamp with a job guarantee. If you want to continue working while attending your bootcamp, you may prefer a part-time, self-paced option.
Likewise, if you want to work for a specific company, look for bootcamps that partner with that company for hiring.