As our world becomes more intertwined with technology, many people are considering a career change to the tech sector because of its in-demand job market. For many, being in technology is an enticing field because you can start without previous experience and it’s a flexible market where diverse experiences and skills are valued. However, for those thinking of changing careers, enrolling in a university to complete a degree related to a computer science, software development, UI/UX design or any other tech field might not be an option. Taking the traditional university route into tech can be cumbersome for some people who don’t have the time or financial means. As an alternative option many people wonder if joining a coding bootcamp is worth their time to transition careers. Regardless of where you are in your research, it's important to consider all your options.
Here are some tips that can help you better understand your needs and find the training that best suits your case.
The first question you should ask yourself is if you really want to dedicate yourself to the tech field. For many, their desire to be in tech comes from interests they’ve had outside of their careers. Maybe you have always liked topics related to computing, or you love noticing the design of apps and websites, perhaps you have a knack for analyzing numbers and data or are attracted to cyber-security. No matter what tech subjects you’re into, it’s important to be clear on why you want a full-time profession in tech. So before taking the leap, we recommend doing some low-cost or free online courses before enrolling in a program and making a long-term investment of time or money. You can explore topics in tech and learn on platforms like Udemy, Domestika or Freecodecamp.
Whether you want to learn how to design and code a website, build digital wireframes, train in data analytics or learn about cybersecurity, the best way to know what subject area fits you best is to seek guidance. You can use LinkedIn to connect with people who are in the fields you’re interested in, search in-demand job listings, and take notes on what skills they require. You can even view people's profiles to understand their career paths. Also remember to look for the salary ranges in your country based on different roles, to see what the return on investment will be when making the career change. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask someone you know that’s in tech for advice! Talking to someone who is familiar with the industry or has completed the program you want to enroll in will help you get insights on what to expect on your new career journey.
There are over 10,000 Ironhack grads on linkedin that have changed their careers from bartenders, marketers, artists, project managers and more to become developers, UX/UI Designers, Data Analysts or CyberSecurity experts.
Coding Bootcamps allow you to train in technology in just 10 weeks full-time or 24 weeks part-time. These bootcamps are a quick way to make a career change, but you must have the time, dedication, and the right mindset to complete them because of the accelerated intensive training filled with hands-on projects. On the other hand, if you’re looking to learn theoretical topics in tech or you have several years to dedicate to your training, you can consider traditional university studies. For many people who don’t have the time to dedicate 4 years to a degree or the financial means, enrolling in a bootcamp is the most viable option.
Whether you choose an accelerated bootcamp or the theoretical university route, we encourage you to ask if they have a career department. Some questions to consider asking bootcamps are “what is their job placement rate?” and “what kind of career support do they give you once the course has finished?” This will help you determine whether the return on investment will translate into the time and quality of employment opportunities. You can also ask about where their former students are working and get an idea of how long it will take you to search (and find) work. Unlike University career departments, Ironhack career coaches give you dedicated 1-on-1 time, interview support, and job opportunities until you land a position in tech. Instead of mentoring 1,000’s of students, Ironhack career coaches are mentoring approximately 30 at a time, making your career change a priority.
The average salary for an Ironhack bootcamp graduate is around $55,000 and they usually find a job in about 6 months. Starting salary for College Grads and bootcamps are the same which makes bootcamps a much more affordable option. After 2-3 years of work experience, a bootcamp grad can expect a salary between $65,000 - $80,000 depending on your city and cost of living. Eventually, after 3+ years and hard work, bootcamp grads can get into the 6 figure salary range.
The price of a masters degree, undergraduate university education, and bootcamp varies between school and the type of training you are looking for. Generally, a Master's degree can range between $30,000 and $150,000 and a public undergraduate university degree can cost around $25,000. This price of traditional university education has left many students with massive student loan debt and no support after graduation. That is why there are many people who choose to study at a bootcamp instead of doing a master's degree or going to a university for four years.
Since bootcamps cost around $12,500, it is a worthwhile investment in terms of saved time and immediate access to the job market. In addition to knowing the price, you must ask about the financing options made available by the different schools to meet the cost of your education. For example, at Ironhack, we offer a variety of payment options where they can finance it with very low interest rates. This is not your traditional education loan with compounding interest. These are options that don’t always exist in traditional education.
In conclusion, if you are looking to make a career change and are weighing your education options, the main variables to take into consideration are your time, financial investment, job market demand and your commitment to transitioning into a career in tech. At Ironhack, we offer intensive bootcamps in UX/UI Design, Web Development, Data Analytics, and Cybersecurity. Our employability ratio after the pandemic is around 85% in 6 months and we offer job support before, during and after the bootcamp.
If you would like to learn more about our courses and how we can help you jumpstart a career in tech, feel free to contact us and schedule a quick chat with one of our learning advisors.
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