Well read teachers and up to date curriculum along with better job support
To be honest, I was skeptical about this whole coding school thing, I mean learning a new skill in 4-5 months with no prior experience and knowledge and then go on to become a successful coder, doesn’t it sound too dreamy? These schools really go out of the way to advertise themselves in a way that you get instantly infatuated. But I wanted to do my research before narrowing down a name. After all, if I was going to pay a good amount so I needed to be sure. I finalized 5-6 options but it finally came down to General Assembly and SynergisticIT and since my preference was for an online camp which provides the best Java training, I chose the latter. What makes this camp stand out is that their career perspective is really strong. Not only are they known as the best boot camp for Java training but they have reliable industry clients so it’s almost a guarantee that you would get a job afterwards.
How was my experience? In short: Great! But I will elaborate it a bit so to help you. The instructors there are well read and knowledgeable so you learn way more than just your curriculum. You get to work on real projects and assignments that are well researched for actual learning and overall development. They are patient with doubt resolving and due to smaller batch size (not more than 7 students), you really feel that you are getting the needed attention you signed up for.
What should you expect? Going in the coding world without any experience can be scary and overwhelming. So it is important to begin your journey with a reliable place. Coding camps are gruesome so you need to be really prepared to put in the hard work if you want it to succeed because unlike a college degree, you only get a few months to learn and practice it all. Also think of coding camps as a place that set a good foundation for you and not a place that could miraculously make you a good coder. Coding comes with practice.
Any Suggestions? Every place has its pros and cons so you have to figure out what works best for you. Overall my experience with SynergisticIT was good. A lot of people join a camp because they are after a job and that is why they miss out on the learning part. So keep an open mind!
What my advice for them is that they should check the extra workshops a bit, I mean with regular classes and assigned projects, it gets too much sometimes and not every student can handle that much work. Also students should be given a choice to choose their partners for pair programming exercises sometimes.
Pick your course carefully and get a consultation if you are not sure but go into the coding world with an open and dedicated mind, only then you will be successful. This place can prove to be a great start no doubt!