Want a quick break into the tech industry? Coding bootcamps may be your best bet.
More people are starting to take a step back from their current careers and heading towards tech as the industry continues to grow and flourish. But this career move won’t just happen overnight. It will take hard work, dedication, and sweat. No need to stress though, you won’t need a computer science degree… but you may want to consider learning to code.
It’s always helpful to try online courses to see if the tech industry is really your field. If you do unearth a once dormant passion about becoming a programmer, then it’s time to think bigger and more full-time. This is where coding bootcamps come into the picture. These are highly immersive, short-term programmes intended to equip students with the necessary skills to transition into tech. Most bootcamps accept you as a beginner and teach you the ropes when it comes to programming languages, tools, and techniques. Almost more challenging than the programme itself is actually choosing one that’s a perfect fit. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Listed below are our top ten coding bootcamps – specifically web development – found within Europe.
Location: 35 cities
Con: With only nine weeks of classes, it may be that you learn a little about a lot. And certainly, like with any bootcamp, you would need to put in extra time on the side but even more so with shorter programmes.
Pro: Multiple locations is a key feature of Le Wagon. On the one hand, it means you can choose a city that is more affordable to live in. On the other, there’s the added perk of their alumni of +6000. This soon this becomes your foundation for networking in the tech industry after graduating.
Duration: 16-week bootcamp + 10-week mentorship
Con: Although little to no prior knowledge is expected when applying, this particular bootcamp is highly selective and only accepts sixteen students per intake.
Pro: Their selection process can also be a selling-point for some people as you’ll be surrounded by equally dedicated and hard-working students. Additionally, the course is free, so no worries about spending a couple grand for just the bootcamp.
Location: Live and Online
Duration: 6-Month Software Engineering course – Full Time
Con: The course is longer than any other boot camps. However, this enables you to learn and absorb new concepts over time, so making you more job-ready when you finish!
Pro: On completion of the course, you receive 6 months of career support to help you find the right job. If you don’t find the right job during that time, you may be eligible for a refund. With that kind of offer, they have to be confident you will find the right role and company for you!
Price: €10,000 (full-time) or €7,500 (part-time)
Location: Madrid, Barcelona, & Paris
Duration: 9 weeks (full-time) or 24-week (part-time)
Con:.In comparison to the other listed bootcamps, Ironhack’s prices are the most expensive. And additional fees will pile up when it comes to paying rent and living for two months – you will need to invest.
Pro: For many people taking 9-weeks off to attend a bootcamp may not be financially feasible. But at Ironhack, their cheaper part-time option means that you can continue to work.
Price: €7,800 (full-time Full-Stack Web Development) or €9,800 (full-time Data Science)
Duration: 12-weeks (full-time)
Con: Part of their admissions process requires 60-80 hours of pre-work and a final assessment. For someone who has never previously done programming, having to complete all this before the course has even begun might be a little daunting!
Pro: The pre-assignments grant you an opportunity to study with other students who are on the same page of working hard.
Location: Barcelona, Berlin, London, Austin, New York and Toronto
Con: Codeworks has a more rigorous entrance policy. Students begin with a 4-week remote intro training, then an 8-week (part-time) remote pre-course, followed by the main 12-week bootcamp. For those who hope to learn in a shorter period of time, this may be a downside.
Pro: No bootcamp can turn you into a professional within just a few weeks. If you have the time, the extension beginner courses can help you become a far more talented programmer. As the bootcamp says themselves, they want to take you from “20 to 100” rather than “0 to 60”.
Con: At Makers Academy, they also have a selective application process, accepting only the top students rather than being open to everyone. Regarding the cost, it’s not an option for anyone hoping to learn programming on a budget.
Pro: Once more we have a bootcamp with large and ever-growing alumni with +700 students, so you can count on a strong network! Since the price is considerably high, they also offer funding assistance or a fellowship, which is an interest-free loan for anyone who fits their criteria.
Price: £8,000 (full-time) or £2,800/£3,000 (part-time)
Con: The full-time course is quite expensive, and seeing that London’s living standards are too, you will need to save up beforehand.
Pro: Here they have a part-time program ranging from £2,800 to £3,000 depending on what web development course you take, and there is an interest fixed-rate loan available!
Location: London, Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Denver, Houston, NYC, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC
Con There is an assessment so with that potential to fail the test. But nearly everyone graduates so don’t panic!
Pro: When it comes to the technical terms and theory, this bootcamp takes on the academic approach called problem-based learning. This will not only help in understanding what you are learning, but with the application of it all as well! Additionally there are so many US locations!
Sophie van Wersch recently graduated with honors from the University College of Maastricht with a B.A., and majored in International Politics and Sociology. During her time at university she concentrated on the ways in which technology played a part in political events, and society as a whole. Since graduating, she has taken time off to prioritise her online courses in both computer science, and social media management. Although having majored in more of a political study, she intends to build a career in the video game industry – specifically, project management and/or the social media management of video games.