Posted on August 11th, 2020 in Coding Bootcamp
Is coding bootcamp worth it right now?

If you’ve been waiting for a sign, this is it.

Whether you’re considering how to be a developer, how to become a cyber security professional, or how to transition into tech in general, NOW is the time to take action and change your life with a coding bootcamp in 90 days. Here’s why.

More bootcamp financing than ever is available 

Federal CARES Act funding is available to help individuals like you find career and financial stability—but time is running out to take advantage! Right now, an Eleven Fifty Academy scholarship of  $10k is available to all students, regardless of education or employment status, while those who are unemployed could even qualify for up to 100% of their bootcamp tuition ($15-$18k value). Talk to an Admissions team member today. 

The right skills can help you find a job during a pandemic and recession

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be an economic threat, putting countless jobs at risk, especially for those in the hospitality and service industries. But this isn’t the first or last time we’ll see the risk of a recession or specific industries decline.

The good news? You can take action NOW to arm yourself with employable, desirable skills that nearly every company needs. Tech skills are the future. They’ll continue to find a place in the world as other fields disappear or dramatically shrink. They’re transferable to many areas and types of jobs, meaning you can find the right place for you

In addition, fields like cyber security have a critical shortage of professionals globally, a problem that’s going to continue well throughout the next decade if not beyond. 

As a whole, the tech sector has weathered economic downturns well, and many companies, including right here in Indiana, have continued to hire during the pandemic. We’ve seen dozens of Eleven Fifty students launch their career in the midst of adversity, and you can, too. 

Bootcamps are laser-focused  on getting you the skills you need to succeed.

Are coding bootcamps worth it? is one of the main questions we hear from prospective students. We get it. Choosing to go to a tech or coding bootcamp can feel risky when you have family and financial obligations and life in general feels uncertain. 

But that’s exactly why a bootcamp is the right choice if you’re serious about a tech career. 

They’re not for the casual coder or someone with a faint interest in cyber security or UX/UI. They’re designed to help you transform into a new career and gain the  best skills foundation possible to land a job for a fraction of the cost of a traditional college degree. Many companies  are  focused on finding people with the right tech skills and not just the right degree titles.

“Apple, Adobe, Google, and Microsoft made this transition three years ago. Even the government now recognizes skills over degrees,” says Dr. Jonathan Huer, Eleven Fifty’s Chief Learning Officer.

Just make sure you choose a bootcamp dedicated to making sure you get the right skills for the market. The best coding bootcamps are always refining, revising, and revamping their curriculums. At Eleven Fifty we make a focused effort to work with tech leaders and companies to insure you’re getting the most in-demand skills companies seek in job applicants. If we weren’t continuing to evolve our curriculum, we wouldn’t be putting you in the best possible place when you walk out the door.

Tech careers are the best careers for the next ten years—and beyond!

In 2019, Tech Republic reports there were 4.6 million tech job openings. Approximately 822,000 of those jobs were in emerging tech fields. With new technology on the horizon (like the launch of 5G), these numbers will only continue to go up with companies both new and established looking for ambitious talent with drive. They continue to hire and open jobs up by the day. 

You have dedicated access to instructors.

While the pandemic has moved many tech and coding bootcamps online, you should still have regular access to experienced instructors available to help you succeed. This one-to-one element sets the bootcamp experience apart from many basic online learn-to-code platforms where you’re one among thousands (if not millions). Getting feedback and having your questions answered shouldn’t just be left to message boards and the hope someone sees your comment. 

Your Online Bootcamp will help you build community.

We all need community to thrive, and that’s never more important than when you’re in the midst of challenge. Many Eleven Fifty students have noted that their fellow cohort members were valuable resources throughout their experience for learning, support, and encouragement.

“We learned to work together and really help each other out so we could all graduate from the program,” says Shane Caldwell, an Eleven Fifty Software Development alum. “If someone was struggling, we’d help any way we could to get through it.” 

You can take advantage of career services resources.

When looking for the best online bootcamp, finding one with dedicated career services should be one of your key requirements. They should offer resumé reviews, interview practice and prep, and other key guidance to get you job ready. 

At Eleven Fifty, our career services team also regularly hosts workshops with industry experts for continued learning and networking opportunities. These connections with companies looking to hire individuals exactly like you give you are invaluable when you start your job search—and they work! Many of our graduates are being placed in tech roles, even during the pandemic. Now more than ever you want to be able to stand out on the job market. Don’t miss out on this key resource.

And you don’t need to be in Indiana. Eleven Fifty now offers remote-learning for students. So if you’re in Bloomington, Cleveland, Columbus, Ft. Wayne, Evansville, or anywhere else in the U.S., you are eligible!

Take the first steps to rapidly recode your future. Sign up for a FREE online intro course with Eleven Fifty instructors and schedule a Discovery Session with the Admissions team to learn more about the right bootcamp path for you.