Is Coding School Right For You?

Is Coding School Right For You?

When it comes to coding schools, one size doesn’t fit all. And, there are several sizes available right now. The market for coding schools has grown steadily over the past four years, with an estimated 17,966 new coding school graduates in 2016 alone.

There are seemingly endless options to choose from, and it can be overwhelming to sort through them. Choosing the right school is a major decision – your time, money, and effort is at stake. So, how can you ensure you select the right school?

We recently released an eBook to help you do just that. Our Guide to Choosing the Right Coding School can help you narrow down your options and find the perfect fit. The guide will help you determine your goals in learning to code; research and compare coding schools; and finally select the school that best fits you.

First, you’ll need to determine if you can teach yourself to code, if you want self-paced online training, or if a more intensive bootcamp-style coding school is a better fit for you. In-person, intensive, accelerated learning programs often teach beginners the programming skills that have the biggest impact and relevance to current market needs. However, intensive code schools aren’t for everyone. It’s important to carefully weigh the pros and cons of coding bootcamp against other methods of learning to determine how to best accomplish your personal goals.

Coding Bootcamps vs. Self-Study

Thanks to the internet, vast amounts of information and resources are easily accessible, so you might consider teaching yourself to code. Many successful developers are self-taught, but self-study may not suit your own personal experience and learning style. Consider:

  • Learning Style. Have you tried to teach yourself a new technical skill in the past? Were you successful?
  • Prior Experience. Do you have prior CS or development experience? Students who have prior computer science experience or knowledge of coding may find it easier to teach themselves what they need to achieve their goals.
  • Resources. Do you have the proper resources and support systems to learn to code? A major benefit of attending a coding school is access to qualified teachers and a set curriculum. Do you have access to the necessary tools to learn the trade?
  • Timeframe. How quickly do you want to become proficient? You may save money in the long run by paying for a bootcamp and learning to code in just a few short months.
  • Networking Opportunities. Are you well-connected in the programming world? Coding schools often host networking events that allow you connect with industry experts, and hiring managers.

Which Type of Coding School Is Right For You?

If you decide to go the in-person coding school route, realize that not all coding schools are created equal. There’s a big difference in how coding schools teach students to code and prepare them for the real world of programming. Factors to consider when searching for a top-tier bootcamp include:

Type of School

Your lifestyle and current employment situation will dictate your desired coding school experience. Some schools require 40+ hours a week, while others offer a more flexible schedule.

Intensive Full-time

Intensive coding schools can last from 2-7 months. Classes are held full-time, and students are taught the technical skills required to obtain a developer position after completion. These programs require a high level of commitment to successfully learn new concepts, review what was learned, and work on projects.

JRS Coding School operates on a 12-week timeline. Leaders of the school have found that this is the optimal timeframe to increase satisfaction and employment rates among students.

Related: Founder and lead instructor Tom Wilson shares more about the story behind JRS Coding School.

Part-time

Part-time schools are convenient for those looking to remain employed full-time while learning to code. Classes usually meet on nights and weekends, and the course is spread out over a longer period of time. Students typically spend 6-15 hours per week in class and another 10-15 hours per week working on additional concepts.

Online

Online schools are offered on both a part-time or full-time basis. Most students complete the curricula and activities from home and receive mentor feedback. Many online programs provide online communities where students can connect and share with other students.

For those interested in learning to code, there is an abundance of options and methods to choose from. This variety can make it challenging to determine the right learning method and coding school for you. Our Guide to Choosing the Right Coding School can help students make the right decision.

If you think JRS Coding School could be the right school for you, we can’t wait to meet you. Contact us today to request an application or learn more about our programs.

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