A survey of high school students earlier this year showed that the odds of attending a four-year-old school dropped to 53%; against 71% in previous years. “High school students are putting more emphasis on vocational training and post-graduate employment,” the report revealed. Instead of a protracted, costly affair with massive long-term debt, the aspiring college student essentially wants the educational equivalent of The Ancient One in the 2016 Marvel classic. Dr strange: raw lessons that lead the virtual ignorant to a competent master in a few mentoring sessions. But this is fiction.
Where is it.
Students interested in computer science discovered “Coding Bootcamps,” which in about three months provide students with focused learning and a fast track to programming positions around the world. The size of the Bootcamp market grew only 5% in 2019, but jumped over 30% in 2020. “The pandemic is contributing to the downturn as students choose to delay college or because they can’t not afford it, or because they don’t want to attend classes remotely, ”says Sarah Grillo of Axios, paraphrasing University Ventures CEO Ryan Craig. “The underlying crises of affordability, completion and employability continue unabated. “
And companies like Apple
The question, however, is whether these programs provide a sufficient foundation for all industries, or if the technically difficult positions in automotive and aerospace on-board electronics are off the lines.
According to a Mayuko – a YouTuber who posts frequently on the subject – there are bootcamp campuses in more than 85 cities in the United States and Canada with 83% of graduates employed in programming jobs with an average starting salary of just under $ 67,000. On average, the tuition fee is $ 13,584 and the programs last approximately 15 weeks.
For example, Skylab Coders Academy is the top rated provider by Switchup.org and its students receive eleven (11) weeks of intensive face-to-face instruction in Barcelona or Madrid, Spain. “With over 20 years in the online education business, Skylab’s relationship with the industry gives them a unique insight into the exact skills employers are looking for and allows them to develop programs and projects accordingly. “
And so the question is whether there will be positions for these graduates in long-term core industries like automotive and aerospace. The simple answer is yes. “Websites, applications, and front-end development will be necessary for any industry, and the automotive and aerospace industry are no exception. In the growing age of distance shopping, dealers and airlines will increasingly need online marketing tools powered by software developers.
Could this early career start lend itself to well-paying or stable positions within software product development in these complex areas? In all likelihood, no. The in-depth knowledge needed for positions such as Software Architect, Product Owner or Software Lead goes beyond fast bootcamps. “Needless to say,” says GeeksForGeeks.org, “a software architect is responsible for many tasks. Therefore, there are several crucial areas that you need to familiarize yourself with such as systems design, development operations or DevOps, etc. Some of these tasks involve learning the integrated and complex technology and then creating a well-communicated abstraction of the product to help lead teams to effective development. Per Kugler Maag Cie, CEO of North America, Peter Abowd, “The art of simple abstraction – which has traditionally only been taught by a few of the best universities or coaching experts – is one skills crucial for effective software architects, and cannot be learned and practiced in a matter of weeks.
Traditional university software programs
And so the assumption is that the best money is spent in traditional university programs where experienced staff and defined courses lead the way to enlightenment and steady income.
May be. Maybe not.
According to US News and World Report, the top five universities in 2021 for undergraduate software engineering degrees are Carnegie Mellon University, MIT, UC-Berkeley, Georgia Tech, and Illinois. Average out-of-state tuition fees for these fine institutions exceed $ 45,400 per year, which adds up to nearly $ 250,000 over 4 years after room, board, books, etc. Each university offers in-depth studies on topics such as cybersecurity engineering, DevSecOps, and artificial intelligence engineering. Additionally, fascinating electives offer related learning topics such as entrepreneurship for IT, telecommunications policy in the internet age, and ethical dilemmas in IT. This part is the “maybe” argument.
However, these elongated degrees require many mandatory, inflated and independent requirements, thus increasing the aforementioned cost. For example, to earn a Georgia Tech degree in computer science, a student must complete a total of 124 credits, including 51 credits in humanities (12), social studies (12), science labs (12), and math (15). . Arguably, none of this will particularly help the future developer to code and create almost $ 100,000 in unnecessary costs. Ironically, this is exactly the starting salary for a computer science student at Georgia Tech, which should make the reader imagine that the graduate is earning those six figures in their senior year rather than paying it to college. According to an unscientific study from 2018, 89% of students (i.e. the client) disagree with the argument that compulsory and unrelated courses broaden their horizons in a necessary way, of where the rise of alternatives.
And just in case you don’t do the math, it will take 26 years for the college graduate’s nest egg to outperform the bootcamper’s lead. Meanwhile, student debt is piling up at unprecedented rates (over $ 1.6 trillion).
Perhaps the fictitious, scholastic metaphor shouldn’t be the teachings of the Old One but rather a school that would work for Goldilocks.
One that is not too soft and yet not too hard.