Quick question - are online coding schools worth it? I’m thinking of a career change and I’ve thought about a coding Boot Camp but saw an online full stack developer course by mammoth interactive. Would I be wasting my time and money with something like this if I wanted to go into an industry as a coder? Or should I just go back to school?

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Short answer: yes.
Long answer: it depends on the person and how dedicated they are. Boot camps can be very intense/fast-paced and if you’re more used to a traditional school environment it may be a bit overwhelming.

I’m not familiar with MI’s dev course but if you’re looking for more support then a bootcamp would be better.

Feel free to message me if you want more insight.

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It comes down to the person.
I don’t do well in school settings, and I don’t do well teaching myself by reading stuff.
A boot camp was a great step into tech with hands on experience.
On top of that, many jobs really like junior devs from boot camps because the bootcamps tend to focus on being able to deliver a product, not theory.
All-in-all, I’m happy I went to a boot camp over school or self-teaching.


No, not the case at all. If you can show you have the skills, most companies don't care if you were self taught or did a Boot Camp or formal university course.

I think certificates are worth the change!


Boot camps are good, but they're no substitute for an actual education.


100% good idea, I think it's a great way to pivot to the industry and it's valued just as much as a degree. I think the boot camp is a pretty intensive setting, but you get a lot of valuable hands-on experience


So between a boot camp and online self pace course, definitely a Boot Camp, but are the latter not taken seriously in the industry?

Depending on the amount of time you want to invest this program might be a good fit for you. https://www.buildadev.com/

It’s a non-profit in Canada. Live online class every day for a year. The consistency of coding will help you to develop your skills, you’ll have a cohort to work with, and build a portfolio. One of the things I think makes this a valuable option is the weekly technical interview prep. At 1,000 for the year it’s less of a financial commitment than boot camp. You’d be a Jr dev at the completion of the program.


Good luck. They’re very responsive if you want to give them a call. They are also starting their first data science program next month.


You're not wasting your time learning. But don't be fooled by courses whose main bragging point is "certification". When it comes to code, ability (and projects that can show it off) are the real value, not titles.
For learning code-- especially if you're considering going back to school -- I highly recommend MIT OpenSource. All of MIT's CS courses are free online. It's an incredible resource, and totally free!


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