Bootcamps are springing up all over the place and they are not all the same.  Take the time to define your goals and find the bootcamp that best fulfills your needs. You need to understand what type of student you are  - can you learn from online instruction alone or do you thrive in a classroom setting.

Finally, learn as much as you can about the school you are contemplating.  Read as many reviews as you can from as many sources as possible  - not just the reviews on their web sites. Here are some things to consider:

  • Teaching style(s)
  • Curriculum
  • Can you classes over?
  • Instructor’s background/qualifications

A great starting point for researching courses is  Course Report. Course Report is a site that lets you research technical bootcamps nationwide. You'll find information on courses offerings admissions requirements, locations, pricing, scholarships and student reviews.

Know the company.

It goes without saying that you should know at least the basics about the company – what they do, how long they’ve been in business, which markets they are in, etc.  But savvy job hunters take it a step further. Learn about their corporate culture through their website and by Googling them.  Knowing what they’re all about will help you determine if their values mesh with yours and if you’d be a good cultural fit.  More and more companies are beginning to understand how important cultural fit is to an employees’ success and ultimately the company’s success.

 You can use this knowledge to underscore why you’d be a good hire.  For example, say the company supports its employees volunteering at the local homeless shelter and you regularly volunteer at the food bank.  That common ground is done more reason why you can fit in well with the team.

In order to take charge of your career, you need to know what you want as well as what you don’t want.  You need to be able to show the hiring manager how your experience and skills will make you an asset to the company.  This will help you answer the all-important question that most interviewers open with: “Tell me about yourself”.

Being aware of your value and what you have to offer gives you the confidence you need to shine!

To get you started, here are some things you should be thinking about:

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses overall as they relate to the job for which you are applying?
  • Take some time to review your accomplishments (when you think about it, you’ve probably accomplished a quite a bit over the years!)
  • Be able to briefly articulate your accomplishments as they relate to the job for which you are applying.
  • Know your career goals and be able to briefly state them. 

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Know the job.

Job interviews can be challenging, but a little preparation and knowledge can help you stand out among the applicants and help you take your career where you want it to go.

You'll need to do your homework.

Understand the skills and experience that are required for the position.  This helps you figure out where you fit into the company.  Find out as much as you can about the tasks and responsibilities.

This is where your recruiter will come in handy (internal recruiter or agency recruiter).  If your recruiter has a good relationship with the hiring manager, she can be an excellent source of information that is can give you a competitive advantage over other applicants.  Your recruiter should have a deep knowledge of the job and will be able to tell you about various ongoing or upcoming projects as well as any challenges the team might be facing.   Are they struggling with a migration? Are they thinking of outsourcing part of the product development?  These are the kinds of things that may not be included in the job description, but mentioning your experience in any of their problem areas can make you a very desirable candidate.​

There are lots of articles out there filled with advice on how to ace your interview and win the job of your dreams.   I think to a large degree, having a successful interview (and by successful I mean where you get a job offer) boils down to your knowledge of 3 things – yourself, the company and the job.

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Know yourself.


Depending on your goals, the right Coding Bootcamp can provide a tremendous boost to your career. The keys to success are:

  • Set specific goals. The bootcamp you choose will depend on what you wish to achieve.
  • Understand and accept the financial and time commitments involved.
  • Do your research. Find out as much as you can about the school, instructors, curriculum, reputation, etc. as possible.
  • Be prepared to work hard!

Here are some additional resources that will help you make the right decision.

Is Coding Bootcamp for you?

How to research Coding Bootcamps.

How to evaluate a Coding Bootcamp.

Tips on what you need to do to be successful.