What happens in boot camp and what happens to people who have problems with the training?

 

Basically, if you are unable or unwilling to complete training (for reasons other than medical; if it’s medical reasons, they take a slightly different route), and you’re not coping with military lifestyle, they write a report and label you as a “failure to adapt.” In my Basic Training, this happened to 2 people. One (we’ll call him Smith) was simply a screw up, and had the worst time trying to get the simplest things right, though he certainly tried his best. The other (let’s call him Johnson) decided he’d made a mistake, and basically refused to participate in any training.

Both Smith and Johnson were kept around through the end of our Basic Training class before officially being labeled “Failure to Adapt.” In Johnson’s case, the Drill Sergeants made his life absolutely miserable. After Basic Training, they both got put into anotherBasic Training course, since they couldn’t pass/qualify in the first one. Smith stuck with it and passed; we were both in PsyOp and I’m happy to say that he also got through AIT and (unlike most of my fellow PsyOp soldiers) was placed in an office position and never saw a single deployment. Why am I happy about that? Because he tried so hard and he really wanted to be a soldier, but at the same time, I feared the day his screw ups overseas might cost a fellow soldier his/her life. This was the best of both worlds.

As for Johnson, by the end of his second Basic Training, he still wasn’t participating in training, so he was given an Entry Level Performance and Conduct Discharge. Basically, if you’re still considered Entry Level (I believe for active duty, that’s your first 6 months in service), your command can discharge you on the grounds of failure to adapt.

On a funny side note, a person who was in a Basic Training class 3 weeks behind mine decided he couldn’t handle the training, so he snuck down to the payphones one night, called a cab, and asked to be brought to the bus station. Apparently, this happens often enough that the cab drivers have a code for it, so he radioed this code back to his boss, who contacted one person or another, and next thing we know, the Drill Sergeants across all the basic training classes are taking head counts to see whose missing. Meanwhile, the cab drive apparently drove in circles, giving soldiers enough time to get to the bus station to pick the kid back up. Or maybe he drove in circles just to rack up the fair a bit. Either way, by the time the kid got to the bus station, he paid the cab driver and was immediately intercepted by soldiers.

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How Can You Make a Successful Career Change?

 

Changing careers can sometimes be daunting, but if you’re not happy doing what you’re doing, it’s a must-do action. Many people will stick at a job for years even though they aren’t happy, mainly because they feel that’s where their career path has led them and they can’t do anything about it.

There is always something you can do when it comes to changing careers and if you’re not happy working with your boss who doesn’t do anything, or you just hate the job in general, you should seriously consider a change of careers. Here’s how you can make a successful career change.

Believe in Yourself

Whatever you decide to do and whatever your next steps are going to be, always have belief in yourself, otherwise, it might not work. If you don’t believe in yourself, you’re already falling at the first hurdle and that could have an impact on your motivation when it comes to starting your new job.

Nothing should hold you back when you’re going for a new career and don’t let anything stop you from making it a success. Many people are their own worst enemies and it’s only those people who don’t take their careers to the next level.

A Gradual Career Change Is Key

Another mistake career-changers often make is when it comes to changing careers within a month. Not only do you not get a lot of time to think about a career change, but you will also lack experience and that could have a serious impact on your future.

A gradual approach to another career is key and it also means you can find time to study and develop your skills. You’ll be able to obtain your online MBA degree while you’re still working and that will also give you a chance to think whether it’s the right move or not. There are many online MBA programs that will give you the chance to study from home while you’re working a full-time job.

Don’t Think You Only Have One Opportunity

The problem many career-changers have in the process is that they get bogged down in thinking they’ve made a mistake. Usually, they feel they only have one opportunity to get things right otherwise they are going to end up in a dead-end job they don’t enjoy.

Don’t be one of those career-changers. Understand you have endless opportunities when it comes to job opportunities and although you’ll get older, there’s still nothing stopping you from learning another trade.

Don’t Let Your Resume Get Big

While it’s important to understand changing careers isn’t the last resort, it’s also important to not let your resume get too big otherwise it will put off employers. Always think about what you’re doing before changing careers; otherwise, you could end up working in another industry that you hate more than the last one.

A career change is often exciting but at the same time nerve-wracking because you never know what to expect and you’ll often think the worst. Always have faith in your ability when changing careers and you’ll find you will have a much higher chance of climbing the career ladder that you never had the chance to do previously.

5 UNIVERSITY COSTS YOU PROBABLY HAVEN’T BUDGETED FOR

 

A proportion of students will think of some if not all of the costs to make this list, but a number of those students will still fail to adequately budget in order to afford the real cost of them. Hence, give our list a read through; the time it takes you do so is likely to cost you far less than miscalculating your spending, after all.

1. Books and Study Materials

Almost fifty percent of freshers here in the UK admit that that study materials have ended up costing them more than they expected to spend, with some having not budgeted at all for having to fork out for books and likes, according to figures collected by and published via the Which?  University website.

Other students, of course, assume the books and texts in particular that they will need to use and rely on throughout the year will be available in their university library. In reality, university libraries are more often dedicated to providing a diverse and broad range of materials students are unlikely otherwise to have easy or in some cases any access to and to introduce students to a breadth of information. The idea is, any book you are likely to use regularly or need for a prolonged period or piece of work your will yourself purchase.

Fortunately, many of the university books you need to use and are best off buying are available to buy second hand online via the likes of the Sell Student Stuff website or even directly from your university at a reduced price. Many universities hold second-hand book sales on campus which enables students to sell the ones they no longer need and for other students to buy those they do at a reduced price. Hence, it is worth enquiring if your university runs such events or their own university bookshop. Otherwise, you will need to purchase your books new. When doing so, just remember to make use of your NUS card; in major bookshops it will usually save you 10% on all you buy.

2. Utilities

For those moving into University halls, utilities are most often included in the price of the rent. This is not always the case for those privately renting. Hence, way before securing accommodation it is paramount to establish the maximum rent amount you can afford to pay each month both including and excluding utilities. After all and otherwise, it is surprisingly easy and frightening to realise that whilst you can afford the rent you have no to suddenly somehow afford to pay for electricity, gas, water rates.

3. A TV Licence

Again, if you opt to live in university owned halls, private halls, lodge with a family or board it is likely (though not guaranteed) that he cost of an annual television license will be included in and budgeted for from the rent you have agree on with your landlord, university or the people with whom your board.

If, on the other hand, a TV licence is not included and you fail to realise this and consequently use a television without first acquiring a licence to do so, not only are you effectively breaking the law here in the UK, what is worse, get caught (which in 2016 is highly probably) and you could find yourself facing a fine of up to £1000. And that figure is not including any legal fees you may subsequently also be billed for should you get caught with a TV and no licence.

Further, it is no longer simply television watching via a standard TV set that is likely to get you in hot water. In fact, the law has recently changed as to how a person is permitted to use the internet and what they can legally access, stream and watch via a computer, tablet or even mobile phone in 2016. Hence, it is worth setting aside the £145 it currently costs to purchase a licence and also referring to the TV Licensing website to familiarise yourself with exactly what your TV licence permits you to do and watch.

4. Insurance

Insurance is a matter that split many students; those who bother with it, often swear by it. Meanwhile, those who decide to do without insuring their property whilst living within student digs, often do not see the point of forking out ‘just in case’.

To help you to decide for yourself whether to budget for and take out insurance and one way to decide the matter for you is to take a few minutes to think about and calculate the value of your belongings. The figure you end up with might just surprise you. Then, imagine losing any number or even all of those belongings. How likely is it that you will be able to afford to replace them, or even just the items such as a laptop, tablet and books required in order to complete your studies?

5. Internet

Last but not least, do not forget to budget for the cost of having the internet as a student. The internet is not only in most cases and in 2016 necessary and required in order to complete your studies and as well submit your work once completed, it is likely to also be a major factor in your social life and keep you connected to family and friends back home.

Hence, even a week spent as a student without the use of the internet or access to it within your accommodation can plummet the most happy go lucky student into a state of homesickness and social media withdrawal, if not make getting their studies done near impossible.

Early Round Wins Again for the Class of 2021

Early round versus regular round? With our 20+ years of experience in college admissions we can guarantee you this shouldn’t be a question in your mind at all, ever, because the answer is ALWAYS without a shadow of a doubt … BOTH! Here’s why and it’s simple. Applying in the early round significantly increases your odds of admissions –across the board.

EARLY ROUND FOR THE KNOCK OUT

We want to make SURE you understand the benefits of applying in the early round so we made it nice and easy. Our chart below only highlights Ivies and Stanford/MIT, but know that this trend flows across the board at all top-tier schools. For instance, Claremont McKenna’s early round acceptance rate was around 31 percent whereas the regular round acceptance rate was 10.35 percent. For the sake of clarity, these stats can’t get any more crystal.

EARLY ROUND VS REGULAR ACCEPTANCE RATES

Your admission odds are much higher when applying in the early round versus regular. That said, there is no guarantee and you must have grades and scores in range. Always remember that grades and scores are #1!

Ivy League early round & regular acceptance rates

 

THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM

The old adage ‘The early bird catches the worm’ is never more true than in college admissions and data speaks –actually it SHOUTS in this case. These stats clearly show that developing an early round application strategy is absolutely KEY (not to mention worth it!) in the admissions process… no matter the tier of college you’re targeting.

 

 

10 TIPS FOR PLANNING A TRIP WITH FRIENDS

Heading back to college after a summer full of outdoor fun? Just because classes are back in session doesn't mean you have to give up camping for the school year. It can be tricky to find the time and the means to go camping when you're in college, but we know that if you can pull an all-nighter and still make it to your 8 AM class, you can definitely organize a camping trip.

Skip that next keg party. There will be plenty more. Here are some tips to help you rally your friends and get outside, instead!

Plan ahead.

                       

Some of the best campgrounds are reserved for months. And since your schedule is a busy one, you'll definitely want to plan your camping trip in advance, and make reservations if your chosen campground takes them. For first-come-first-serve campgrounds, designate at least one person to arrive as early as possible to claim a site.

Keep your group small.

It's tempting to rally all of your friends to help cut down on costs and include as many people as possible. But large groups can make planning a challenge. Will you all be available for the same weekend? Or will the trip be delayed for eternity while you try to align your schedules?

Also, camping should allow you to escape the crowds of college. Do you really want a bunch of people making noise while you're trying to enjoy nature? Your campground neighbors will also appreciate it if you keep your group small.

Consider your transportation.

Be honest: When was the last time your car received a proper tune-up? Many parks don't have great cell coverage so you really don't want to run into car trouble while you're out there. If no one in your group has a reliable option, consider public transportation or even a cab. You might have to stick to more developed camping areas if you're going that route. But it's better than getting stranded!

Use a checklist.

Don’t be the one who forgets something important, like socks or tent stakes. Make a list and check it twice. If you're sharing supplies, make sure to review your checklist with everyone who will be camping.

Ask for help.

                     

Don’t have much camping experience? Then invite along someone who does. Don’t be shy-- experienced campers are usually happy to pass down their knowledge to aspiring adventurers.

If you are the experienced camper, don't feel pressured to shoulder all of the responsibility. Tell people how they can help you plan for your trip. Everyone will have more fun if everyone contributes.

Over-prepare for cold weather.

It's really hard to truly "over-prepare" for cold weather, especially in the fall when nighttime temperatures can be surprisingly cold! It’s important that you bring gear that will keep you comfortable all night. Check out our line of durable and warming sleeping bags, and you won't have to worry about waking up with the shivers.

Find an on-campus camping group.

Does the thought of planning your own camping trip seem a bit intimidating? If so, get in with the outdoors-y crowd and learn from the best. Many colleges have outdoor groups that allow you to meet fellow campers and plan trips together. If your school doesn't offer them, 

Bring extra cash.

You might think sleeping in the woods doesn't require much cash -- if any. But it's important to be prepared for the unexpected. Always bring cash, just in case.

If you're paying for your campground when you arrive, you'll definitely need cash. There aren't many ATM machines in the woods!

Avoid social media.

Don't drain your cell battery by trying to upload to Instagram with minimal service. We know you love to share your adventures with friends on social media, but getting sucked into your apps can remove you from the present experience. Take a ton of great pictures and post them later.

For more advice on camping, and to find the perfect campground for your next camping trip. They've got honest and thorough reviews on campgrounds across the country, making it so much easier to find all the information you need before you go.

8 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR GROCERY SHOPPING AS A STUDENT

 

Students are not famed for their expertise when it comes to shopping savvy. To help you change all that and save some much needed money along the way, here are 8 ways to keep costs down…and do so without missing out on all your favourite foods.

1. Make a List…and Stick to It!

Whilst keeping to a weekly meal plan is not perhaps very realistic for the average student, or something many are likely to want to do, making a list (and sticking to it) can still save you a lot of money otherwise frittered by hitting the supermarket with a clue as to what you need or want.

2. Stock Up on the Essentials

Try to never run out of the essentials, which in most student house include pasta, rice, oil, condiments, spices, fruit, vegetables and freezer staples.

Realising you haven’t the basics to make a reasonable or filling meal is likely to result in either ordering yet another costly take away or making a trip to the shop, where most of us struggle to restrict ourselves to getting only that which we are there to buy.

3. Don’t Shop on an Empty Stomach

An important and age old tip for anybody doing the weekly shop is to never do so on an empty stomach. The reasoning behind this tip is obvious; enter a place full of food when hungry and you are more likely to think with your stomach than your brain.

4. Ditch the Brands

Most of us are guilty of reaching straight for the branded names in the supermarket, without even having given the supermarket own and value ranges a go. We recognise a familiar brand, trust it and go for it. Unfortunately, this can quickly burn a hole in a student’s pocket. So, it is worth at least giving non-branded foods a go, especially as the difference in price in some instances can be literally tenfold.

5. Shop Around

As a student grocery shopping is unlikely to top your list of exciting things to do, but because shopping wisely can mean having the money to actually do some of the things that are on your ‘list of exciting things’ such as hit the pubs and clubs, it is worth shopping around.

Further, for students moving to a new area, familiarising yourself with a range of your local shops, markets, the local butcher and the likes can prove a great way to get your bearings,  as well as get some good deals.

6. Be Wary of Offers

Offers save us money right? Whilst that is the logic, it isn’t always strictly true. A buy one get one free offer on a named brand might still mean that it costs more to buy than a supermarket own alternative.

Then, before reaching for an item, especially one that is on offer, always take a closer look at the price breakdown on the label affixed to the shelf where in most cases the cost per gram will be clearly stated.

This is surest way to know you are getting the best deal and is likely to save you falling prey to offers that only result in buying double of everything. After all, stockpiling can be a good idea, but in most cases this isn’t true. Rather, most of us will just let food languish at the back of the cupboard or fridge whilst we head out to buy even more.

7. Don’t Throw it…Freeze It!

Don’t throw out leftovers. Rather, bag them up and bung them in the freezer. Simply doing this will not only save you money, but effectively you have just created you own convenience meal. Simply defrost, reheat and enjoy. This can also be done with foods when they are nearing their use by dates.

8. Hunt for Reduced Items

Last but not least, it is worth knowing that most major supermarkets and even some smaller stores and market stall holders will reduce the prices of certain items near closing time. In supermarkets this is done on products that are ready to be eaten and items such as tins that have become dinted.

At the market fruit and vegetable sellers often bag up mixes of fresh produce to sell it off at the end of the day. Some even and routinely sell these bags for as little as a pound.

Hence, it is worth shopping near closing time to at least see what is going cheap. This can also be a great way, on a tight budget, of affording a few luxuries as sometimes supermarkets will also sell cakes and treats for as little as a few pence to avoid throwing them away.

Is Coding Bootcamp Right For Me?

In the old world, companies used to differentiate between “technical” and “business” roles.

Career tracks matched these roles. Business roles were filled with MBAs. Technical roles had computer science or other technical degrees.

But along the way, something changed and technical literacy became more important for all roles. In the 1990s, three of the biggest employers were Ford, Chrysler and GM. Today, Facebook, Google and Apple “have 10 times the market cap but employ only a tenth of the people,” noted Dom Barton, global managing director for McKinsey & Co.

As Marc Andreessen wrote in his famous 2011 WSJ Op-Ed, “Software Is Eating the World.” Major transportation (Uber), hospitality (AirBnB), and financial (Coinbase) companies are increasingly run on software and are delivering services online. To have successful careers and stay relevant in business, all of us operating in the business world will have to develop and maintain a strong technical literacy.

Not convinced? The Harbus, the Harvard Business School’s newspaper, published a piece on why coding is the new business literacy.

Seeking technical skills, but not sure where to start?

It’s never too late to start. It doesn’t take many years (or decades) of learning to obtain a powerful technical skill-set. We’ll walk through a few potential starting points.

How old are you — and what opportunities are available at this stage in your life?

Cities like New York and Chicago are adapting their middle school and high-school curriculums to better prepare students for a tech-enabled world. Colleges have also created more technical opportunities. Harvard College announced that computer science had overtaken economics as the most popular undergraduate course. Duke graduated ~30 computer science majors in 2010, and six years later, 300+ students graduated with a CS degree — a 10x increase.

But what about the rest of us who missed this window? For those of us who already graduated from college (or are not going to attend college) — there are three ways to jump back in.

  • Self-study via online programs or intro to coding books
  • Attend a coding bootcamp — a 3–6 month long intensive program
  • Apply to a well-known, accredited university for a masters degree or PhD (or as some friends have done: get a second bachelor’s degree)

This guide will focus on coding bootcamps vs. self-study, but we’ll briefly touch on applying to an accredited university.

An aside on graduate-level technical degrees

The major benefit of getting a graduate degree from a well-known university is: prestige. Even though Silicon Valley often claims to love college dropouts, brands like MIT and Stanford still hold a lot of weight for establishing technical credibility.

Many formal programs tend to be more academic than practical. Curriculums are slow to change and often don’t prepare students well for the skills in the job market today. Triplebyte, a YC company that matches programmers with companies, performed an analysis on college vs. bootcamp grads — and found that bootcamp grads “match or beat college grads on practical skills, and lose on deep knowledge.”

Nevertheless, to meet the job-market demand, universities are launching new programs — notably for the technical-business integration roles (e.g., Stanford’s joint CS MS/MBA Degree, Duke University’s joint between Economics and CS). Every quarter, there are countless new programs starting across the world. If you’re familiar with other new technical-business joint programs, leave a note in the comments.

From now on, we’ll focus on coding bootcamps vs. self-study.

How do you learn best?

If you have a lot of discipline, self-study is a good way to go. There are countless resources online to help you learn. Often people find the most success with self study if (a) they have a specific project that they want to build or (b) they follow a well-known curriculum.

Some of the most popular programs:

  • Harvard’s (online)You’ll learn from the legendary David Malan. Description: “Topics include abstraction, algorithms, data structures, encapsulation, resource management, security, software engineering, and web development. Languages include C, PHP, and JavaScript plus SQL, CSS, and HTML. Problem sets inspired by real-world domains of biology, cryptography, finance, forensics, and gaming.” This course is more focused on computer science than on web-development. Time to complete: ~180 hours (9 problem sets taking 10-20 hours each and 1 final project). No schedule; learn at your own pace.
  • Flatiron School’s online programs on intro to Javascript or iOS Development (Swift). These programs are designed for complete beginners or programmers new to Swift/Ruby/Javascript. No schedule. Learn at your own pace. Time to complete: ~50-125 hours of rigorous coursework including project time.

 

If you’ve successfully self-taught yourself, please share your story and favorite resources in the comments!

What’s a coding bootcamp?

A coding bootcamp is a technical training program that focuses on teaching skills that the market needs. Bootcamps are generally 2–6 months, and are designed to place students into jobs when they graduate.

There are a wide range of coding bootcamps. This guide will focus on full-stack web developer bootcamps, which focus on both front-end (e.g., HTML/CSS/JQuery) and back-end skills (e.g., often in Javascript/Node.js, Ruby/Rails, or Python/Django).

For those looking to focus on mobile development, there are iOS and Android developer bootcamps. There’s also some excellent programs for data science bootcamps. In general, less technical bootcamps (e.g., product manager bootcamps and design bootcamps) don’t score as high ratings and don’t seem as impactful for job switchers compared to the technically-oriented ones.

Ok, if everything I need to know is online (and free!), why go to a bootcamp?

Learning how to code requires a maker-schedule: long periods of unstructured time to be creative and work through a problem. Graham observed: “When you’re operating on the maker’s schedule, meetings are a disaster. A single meeting can blow a whole afternoon, by breaking it into two pieces each too small to do anything hard in.” Coding is nearly impossible to learn in 1 or 2 hour long increments in the evening — it requires long 5+ hours stretches over many weeks.

Having experienced developers around helps a new student get through roadblocks faster. You can save hours of your life by working near someone who can skim your work and let you know that the problem in the code you’ve been working on for the past 5-hours is: a missing semicolon.

I tried many self-study courses and none of them stuck for me. Learning how to be a software developer requires a lot of effort to get over the “hump” in the beginning. As one person said — coding is like golf. Golf is absolutely terrible if you don’t know how to play, but as soon as you can play 18 holes, it’s fun. I needed in-person class time and structure to build my base — so I decided that coding bootcamp was the right move for me.

So, how do you pick a bootcamp?

Start with the city you’d like to live in

Most of the major US cities have a top-tier coding bootcamp. It’s useful to start building your network in the city you’d like to live in long-term. You’ll also make life-long friends in the bootcamp, and they will be indispensable to have around when you’re starting out.

Pick a bootcamp that fits your learning style

 

Some bootcamps are for people who are starting at zero, and others are for people who start at “20%.” Some are in-person and others are remote. Some are shorter/longer than others.

  • Hack Reactor/Maker Square — Dubbed as the “Harvard of bootcamps — the best place to get your CS degree for the 21st century.” It’s more expensive than the other ones. Generally if the others start when people have 0% skills, Hack Reactor requires 20%. You’ll have to study a decent amount to get into the program. When I was applying, I was working full time in private equity and didn’t have the capacity to do that kind of studying to get into the program. So, I didn’t apply.
  • Dev Bootcamp — I graduated from here, and I’m biased. Similar to Hack Reactor, it supposedly has a 5–10% accept rate, meaning that people who attend are serious about the program. Getting in requires some studying but less than Hack Reactor, perhaps ~15 hours of Ruby on Codecademy. The thing I like the most about this program is its emphasis on emotional intelligence. EQ, meditation, yoga and empathy are all a core part of the curriculum and culture. Compared to other programs, it’s longer. It has about 2 months of “remote” work (e.g., 20–25 hours per week) and then it goes into 3 months of intensive (e.g., ~6 days a week 12+ hours per day). The benefit of the 2 months of prep means that all students arrive on the first day of the intensive session with a similar background. In other bootcamps, students arrive with a more varied set of experiences and some are much more advanced than others.

The coding bootcamp landscape is constantly changing. None of these schools are accredited, and they are regularly updating their curriculums to match today’s job market.

Which language should I start with?

I wouldn’t get caught up in the language debate (e.g., Ruby/Rails vs. Javascript/Node vs others). Bootcamps teach you how to understand the basics of coding, and you can learn the rest. Although Dev Bootcamp is predominately a Ruby/Rails program, many of my classmates now work in Javascript or in other languages that they were able to learn because they understand the basics. As long as the program is based in Javascript/Ruby/Python for web developers or Swift/Java for mobile developers, you’ll be able to pick up additional languages after the program is over.

Is coding bootcamp really worth $10–15k?

Note: Just because a bootcamp costs $15k doesn’t mean it’s a quality bootcamp. There are many scams on the market. Ask around for recommendations before applying or attending a bootcamp. There’s only a small number of good bootcamps, and then the quality drops off quickly.

Many people ask me whether it makes sense to quit their job and drop $15k. It’s a tough decision that you’ll have to answer, but programs like Dev Bootcamp can soften the blow. The first 8 weeks of Dev Bootcamp are remote, and only require ~15–25 online hours per week. Many people in my cohort stayed employed during that time (I did, too). After that time, you are able to make the decision if you want to quit your job and do the full-time program. I decided to quit and go full-time, but there were others that decided not to do the intensive bootcamp. It’s a great learning experience even if you start with the remote program.

From a financial perspective, many of my friends are working in junior software developer roles and getting paid post-MBA level salaries. [What’s better $15k in a coding bootcamp for $125k+/year salary or $200k of debt for an MBA for $125k+/year?].

Can I really learn enough in 3–5 months to get a real software engineering job?

Yes. Let’s do a thought experiment. At Duke, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Computer Science requires 9 computer science classes. To graduate from Duke, a student needs to take 34 classes. This means that only 1 in 4 classes for a CS major at Duke was a computer science class — and the rest were core curriculum and elective classes. If college is 4 years, this means that a CS graduate has effectively taken 1 year’s worth of computer science classes. An academic year is ~8 months. So, if we compare a computer science major (~8 months of CS classes) to a bootcamp grad (~5 months), a CS major has about 3 months more training (plus, maybe internships).

Additionally, a CS major requires many academic courses that aren’t as applicable to the working world. CS degrees are often from liberal arts colleges that do not have such a focus on employment. Bootcamps are designed to place graduates into jobs.

Of course, getting a CS degree is a massive accomplishment and you will learn things that bootcamps don’t cover. With both paths, you’ll need continue to learn more, but the goal of the thought experiment is this: you can learn a lot and get dangerous in 5 months in a bootcamp.

Friends of mine from Dev Bootcamp and Hack Reactor have gone on and gotten software engineering jobs at companies like Google Life Sciences, Coinbase, Instacart, and many other engineering-led companies. They competed against CS majors for all of those roles. More and more people are entering engineering careers via non-traditional paths.

Perhaps most importantly for me, Dev Bootcamp changed the way I see the world. Before I attended, I had many ideas that I wanted to build, but I had no idea how to do it. Now, my limitation is no longer skill, but time — and that’s empowering.