Do Coding Bootcamps Work? What I Was Looking For

Do Coding Bootcamps Work? What I Was Looking For


Chelsea: So then tell me about the like decision process and the transition from UCSD to LEARN. Jess: Yeah, it was a long transition. I might be your longest transition ever. The most methodical. Chelsea: We definitely I feel like became like friends before you even joined a cohort. Like, you were around a lot. Jess: I was around. Chelsea: Which is awesome. Jess: Yeah. Chelsea: It was great. I think that helps. Jess: Yeah, I feel like I got a lot of it that way. So it was … I mean, it was about a year prior to me actually attending LEARN that I hopped on Code Academy, and was like let’s see how this goes, right? So I like journal every night, I’m now like journaling in HTML, like CSS, like let’s just incorporate this into my daily life, let’s see how this takes. Chelsea: You need the transition. Jess: Yeah, and I decided that I should start looking at boot camps, and just start kind of gathering information, stuff like … Yeah, just very slowly getting a lay of the land. Chelsea: What were you looking for, like in a school or in a boot camp? Jess: I don’t think I knew when I was starting to look, right? Chelsea: Sure. Jess: So there was a couple places in San Diego. LEARN was always kind of the immediate frontrunner, the internship month was like there was no reason to look anywhere else. The only other appealing option could have been like an evening boot camp, where I kept my full-time job, right? Chelsea: Right. Jess: The internship for me in San Diego was a big deal. The other option would have been an online program that I could have done while working at UCSD. But I came to LEARN actually during my spring break from UCSD and met with Hillary. And I liked the vibe; I got to see the classroom. Chelsea: And you hung out with us for like a year. Jess: Yeah, it was a full year. Just, I mean, it felt right. And so I pretty much committed to it like that day I feel like. I don’t think there was a whole lot of hesitation. The start date was the only question mark. It was a matter of finding the right cohort the right time, and that’s how it went. But I was committed the second that I entered LEARN. I knew it was going to happen. Chelsea: That’s great.

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