We know that choosing the right bootcamp is very time-consuming, because there are many alternatives out there and several factors to consider. Here you can compare the cost and course hours from different Full Stack courses.
|Parameter||Codeworks||General Assembly||Ironhack||Le Wagon|
|Pre-course length (in hours)||160||0||60||40|
|Main course length (in weeks)||12||12||8||9|
|Days per week||6||5||5||5|
|Hours per day||11||8||9||9|
|Total number of hours||952||420||420||445|
|Cost (in €)||9.800||9.400||7.000||6.000|
|Cost per hour (in €)||10,3||22,4||16,7||13,5|
|Deferred payment plan||Yes||No||No||No|
|Remote option at discounted price||Yes||No||No||No|
|Hiring rate based only on coding jobs||Yes||No||No||No|
|Lifetime career support||Yes||No||No||No|
|Pre-course length (in hours)||60||60||40|
|Main course length (in weeks)||8||9||9|
|Days per week||6||5||5|
|Hours per day||11||8||9|
|Total number of hours||688||420||445|
|Cost (in €)||6.500||7.000||6.000|
|Cost per hour (in €)||9,4||16,7||13,5|
|Remote option at discounted price||Yes||No||No|
|Hiring rate based only on coding jobs||Yes||No||No|
|Lifetime career support||Yes||No||No|
Codeworks graduates get 27% higher salaries than the industry average. And two thirds of our students get a job in less than 30 days after graduating. This can lead to a faster tuition ROI (return on investment) than other bootcamps. Find out more about our student outcomes here.
Choosing the right bootcamp
There are many factors to consider when choosing a coding school. Here you can find the top questions to ask when making your choice.
What’s my goal?
That’s the starting point. Think if you want to simply get a basic understanding of software development, or if you’re interested in a professional outcome.
Let’s say you just want to add some technical skills into your career as a Product Manager: in this case you should probably choose a starter program that will teach you the basics.
If you’d like to work as a Software Engineer instead, and contribute to coding projects of any size, then consider choosing a more intense and advanced program.
What will I learn?
Once you’ve decided what’s your goal, you need to choose the most suitable program. Find out what languages and technologies are taught in each program, and who are the instructors.
What kind of jobs will I get?
Outcomes are super important too. You should ask what kind of jobs do graduates get after the bootcamp. Keep in mind that some institutions include non-paid internships or low salary apprenticeships in their hiring rates.
The best way to tackle this is to actually talk with the school graduates. Ask the school for references or play the stalking game on LinkedIn.
Can I put my life on hold for a while?
While there are lighter options, you will get the best outcome from full-time study programs. This means you won’t be able to combine your course with a concurring job, or side hustles.
Basically ask yourself if you could put everything on hold for a few weeks.
Getting a job leave, planning a (temporary?) relocation or saving enough money to cover this period are some of the important factors to consider.
Is it a good investment?
Once you know the program tuition and the collateral costs (i.e. a relocation) you need to evaluate if it’s a good investment. Often that’s the case, considering the high demand for Software Developers in the tech industry.
More specifically, the key differences between schools are:
1. How fast is the ROI (Return on Investment), based on the salary or entrepreneurship opportunities you can get afterwards.
2. How relevant would this new skill be in scaling up your career. Understanding a few specific topics is different from becoming a professional Software Engineer,
I don’t have a technical background. Does it make sense?
It does. Most bootcamps offer intro courses that prepare you for their programs. Don’t be shy or unconfident and talk to any school admissions team: they’ll guide you through their admission processes and will help you evaluate your situation.
I’m already a programmer. Does it make sense?
It does –it’s only a matter of choosing the right program. Some bootcamps are a perfect boost for existing developers: having a solid tech background, they can take the most out of it and become a highly demanded professional after the program.
Some examples of these situations:
2. You’re a QA engineer and you want to boost your career.
3. You coded a while ago, but now you want go back into it and get a job in the tech sector.
In any of these 3 situations, an immersive bootcamp could be a great option.