Our students are incredible. From their long hours of hard work and dedication to their life-changing success stories, we could not be more proud of what they have achieved on their journey to becoming web developers. The curriculum at UNH Coding Boot Camp is rigorous and designed to help aspiring coders reach their professional goals.
We know that choosing a boot camp is a big decision that can change the course of your life, so who better to get advice from than students who have been right where you are? Read the reviews and testimonials below to hear directly from a few students and alumni.
About a year and a half ago, my wife came across coding as something to consider. I knew it was a desirable skill, and a good direction because it’s a direction a lot of the world is going in with children learning to code in elementary school. I realized I would add a new skill set and put it together with the skills I already had to distinguish myself and that employers would like seeing these skills on my resume.
Then when I hit the point where I thought this was the way to go, I did a quick Google search and being in New Hampshire the UNH Boot Camp came up and it was only 20 minutes from where I live. This fit in great with classes being on evenings and weekends so I could still take care of my day job. When I saw that I could change my career path in six months, with support from my wife, I filled out the app and did the interviews and started the boot camp in June.
Even before graduating, I’ve actually already met all of my goals. I accepted an offer for a job and started as a support engineer with a software company two weeks ago; that’s four weeks before even graduating.
I knew [the program] would take a lot of time and it didn’t come easy for me. I had to be committed to learning something new for it to work.
I was in the classroom for ten hours a week; Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The repetition has been key. You’d be introduced and exposed to new technology, then do some beginner exercise work through to something more complex. I’d feel a little overwhelmed by the end of the class and then keep up with it the rest of the week.
Some people think there’s enough available online to learn to code that way alone. But, it’s different than trying to learn on your own in your house. The classroom setting was the best for me. The staff and TAs are awesome. And yes, there are endless online resources on YouTube and such on coding. Supplementing with outside sources helped it to really click for me. But, I also needed the structure and the curriculum to follow and the human support—having someone to bring my questions to.
The biggest impact of the boot camp was the life change it created for me. I’m on a whole new path because of the hard work I put in for six months. This was the first time I didn’t dread going to school. It was a very different experience, looking forward to going to class.
I made friends in class who I hope to stay in touch with. A lot of the people are in a similar position, so there’s a lot of different people to be exposed to. And, our TAs and instructors all have good connections and hearing about their real-world experience was intriguing.
I would push the fact that your time in the classroom isn’t enough to have these abstract ideas click. You need to be prepared for a lot of at homework, as well. There are still topics we covered that are a little fuzzy for me. Don’t get discouraged because it will happen.
Some people picked it up really quickly but for me it was a little slower and took more repetition and practice, so don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t come as easily to you as it does to some others. It boils down to how bad do you want it. If you’re not someone who has a photographic memory, you’ll just have to work a little harder, and it will be worth it.
It was a great choice for me and it all worked out really well for me.
What I will be doing post-grad is still up in the air, but, as I’m still getting a grasp on the finishing of the back-end and how things connect full-stack. I like both but, I’m still torn between which side to focus on, but I enjoy both aspects of it. Ideally, I’d like to work in a sports company that deals with front-end or back-end, but really anything that seems interesting I’m open to.
What I find most challenging is the pace of information since a lot is cemented over usage. You really have to work at it to keep up with the vigorous pace. Once you start to pile on the different elements, it gets a little complicated.
There’s a lot of great takeaways from the boot camp. The whole curriculum is built around creating a presence for yourself and is designed to build a portfolio of apps, which is rewarding in and of itself. Also, just the exposure to different technologies and to what’s out there.
Being in the boot camp is getting me excited to get started on my career. I spend all my time coding now and it’s what I want to do. I’m sure it’s different for everyone but, I wasn’t 100% sure about it. I was interested, but not 100% sure. What I’ve found is that the better you get and the more applications you build, the more confidence you get and the more fun it is and the more rewarding it is. And that’s one of the things you get from being in the boot camp.
I wouldn’t enter it lightly. You have to really have a dedication to it. You have to spend time doing it. You can’t just go to class and think you will just get through it. Basically, it gives back what you put into it. You have to really try and also don’t be afraid to fail because that’s part of the learning experience.
The other major factors were:
- Budget: the class is really well priced for the amount of class time that there is
- Time: I could still go to work full-time and also take this program which is a huge plus for people who are employed and are also looking to make a career change.
- As cliche as it sounds, it has opened my eyes to a whole new world. So many things that we use now are somehow tied to the internet. How they communicate and how they work may be a challenge, but the things that you learn as you build software applications is that building small pieces and becoming nearly autonomous when it comes to learning things about these things is a skillset that carries over to so many other realms of tech and life.
- Analytical thinking is not a give in, it is taught.
- Being in the program, you learn how to not only design the ideas but learn how to clearly communicate them. I have met so many people that now know that skill and that you know can develop anything you want to work with.
I gained a great network of supportive people and friends. I learned a massive amount of technical skills in real-world skills not just coding but project management, agile, and troubleshooting skills — all invaluable. Having a deadline helped push me way more than I could ever have by self-teaching, and therefore I learned at a much faster pace. I also learned how to deal with conflicts in a team project; I learned about my weaknesses and strengths, which I did not expect. I am more humble but also stronger and more enthusiastic to get out there in the real world.
The course was unexpectedly an all-round education. One of the best things was the teaching teams lessons on how to figure out problems, ask the right problem questions and solve it ourselves. I have ended up getting a part-time flexible job of my dreams, that fits around my life and family, and I really do credit this to the course. The company I chose to go after are using the latest technologies, perfect for my next step. I am turning down positions as I have marketable skills, and feel I have options I did not have before the course.
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