Matt explains some differnces between college and coding bootcamps and why coding bootcamps might be ther better option for you!
College vs coding bootcamps real experience
Matt graduated from California State Long Beach with a degree in mechanical engineering with cum laude and GPA of 3.5. He worked 2 internships and a full-time job in mechanical engineering before realizing that he didn;t want to do mechanical engineering because its boring.
Matt recently graduated from a coding bootcamp in utah DevMountian and he got second best overall for his project.
He heavily favors coding bootcamps because after 3 months of coding at DevMountain they held a meet and greet with prospective employers and he was able to secure three interviews and unfortunately he was moving out of Utah so he denied all three.
In his video, he tries to make arguments for both college and coding bootcamp to really help you make the best decision so let;s see what he has to say.
In terms of curriculum the coding bootcamps are usually better because at bootcamps you only learn practical code and you skip a lot of time taking peripheral classes that a college student has to take. Some might argue that peripheral classes will give you a more well rounded foundation in computer science but Matt says is it really worth 3 years and the expenses involved to do that.
“Go to coding bootcamp, learn what you need to, and then learn the other stuff as you keep working and getting paid”
Since you’ll be learning on the job everything is 100% applicable and not everything you learn in college will be applicable in real life. So you can spend four or five years in college and learn a bunch of stuff or you can be more efficient and go to coding bootcamp.
You might see people who post on Reddit or share videos that say coding bootcamp is a scam and it didn’t work for me, and I never got a job. You have to be careful because usually the people who try the least are the ones who complain.
Most successful people rarely complain so if you see someone making a video complaining about coding school it’s because they weren’t successful and they are looking for something to blame
“Those people that complain or say coding bootcamps suck are usually people who went to coding bootcamp with zero expereince, they didn’t try hard, got bad grades and blamed everyone else”
In the time that it would take an engineering student to complete Calculus 1, in college – a coding bootcamp student could have already graduated with some serious coding skills.
Coding bootcamps are usually in the $10,000 to $20,000 range. It may seem expensive but it’s much less expensive than college and it will always be the most cost effective choice and it will take much less time to get a job and start working.