Coding Bootcamp and You: A Love Story

For the first couple entries, I discussed my decision to make a pivot and switch careers from fitness to tech. But what is coding bootcamp like? Is it really possible to learn multiple languages over the course of 10–12 weeks and learn them to a level that can make you employable? Is it worth the 10–20,000 price tag?

The simple (yet painfully unfulfilling) answer: Results may vary.

As I believe I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m wrapping up week 8 out of 10 of a Full Stack Python Development curriculum. During these weeks, I’ve gotten my fingers (all 9 of them… more on that in a later post) typing away on Python, Django, SQL, JavaScript, AngularJS, JQuery, HTML/CSS, SCSS, Bootstrap and more. It’s been a hell of a ride. One that I feel that I was equipped for due to prior experience and also by setting a significant expectation on myself early on. Barring anything else, I was determined to be a success story coming out of bootcamp and to have a career immediately after program completion.

A lofty goal, to be sure, but there was no way I was going to enter this thing only to fail. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have reservations. On one hand it sounds like a platform for highway robbery while on the other it sounds too good to be true. Pay 10k and end up with a career paying anywhere from 60–100k after only 10 weeks? Psh, yeah right buddy. If you believe that, I got a bridge to sell ya!

Here’s the thing though: the most successful coding bootcamp applicant possesses a handful of important traits:

  • Perspective: They realize that this is an opportunity not to be taken lightly, either due to the short time frame or the price tag. Or some other reason unique to them.
  • Ambition: They are consistently looking for the next challenge. If they’ve completed a homework assignment with a given language, the set about finding more challenges.
  • Self-Promotion: You HAVE to be able to sell yourself. Put any qualms about seeming “cocky” or full of yourself to the side. Put your best qualities forward, talk about what you can and want to do. Believe that the company you’re interviewing with will be thankful that they’ve employed you as an asset. Then deliver.

Armed with those traits, I marched in and did everything I could to achieve success. It also lit a fire under my butt that I encountered plenty of naysayers. Nothing is more motivating than a handful of people to prove wrong, yknow?

So should you join a coding bootcamp? I would suggest doing your research and coming to your own conclusions. However, I can vouch for my experience. Coding Temple has been great. The instructors are great, the office manager and financial and marketing guys are great. The environment is laid back and incredibly enjoyable. I’ve got one likely job offer and a couple others in the pipeline, too. Mainly because I applied myself.

A final piece of advice: consider this an investment in your life and your future. Take it seriously and you’ll be set for life in a field that has innumerable twists and turns. If you haven’t gone to college and go to coding bootcamp, you’ve also saved yourself tens of thousands of dollars toiling away in a university model that is archaic at best. Work hard, seek new challenges in and out of class, and reap the benefits.

What Are Chicago’s Most Lucrative Programming Languages?

Our friends at Built In Chicago posted a really great infograph on Chicagos most lucrative programming languages.  Click on the image below for the full article

“The internet can provide a basic understanding of many individual programming languages,” said Ripal Patel of Coding Temple. “Bootcamps bridge the gap between e-learning and a traditional college experience, combining lecture, hands-on training, and a portfolio-based curriculum. This accelerated immersion transforms students into junior developers with promising careers.”

Chicago’s Most Lucrative Coding Languages

Introduction To JavaScript – 10/18/16

In this workshop you will learn about the basics of the JavaScript programming language. This course is designed for beginners with little to no experience in programming.

Why learn JavaScript?
Most popular websites out there run on JavaScript for their front-end. e.g. Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Instagram, Pinterest, Reddit, etc…

Most languages can be replaced with another language. For instance, you can replace Java to C++ and Python to Ruby, but it is near impossible to replace JavaScript. It is not only used on the client side (Angular.js or React.js), but it is also used on the server side (Node.js).

What you will learn:

  • Arithmetic Operations
  • Variables
  • Strings
  • Methods/Functions

Please have the following installed:

  • Web Browser (preferably Chrome or Firefox)

By end of the workshop, you should be well prepared for our intermediate level JavaScript workshop.

See you there!
– CT

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Coding Temple Open House

Come join us and learn more about Coding Temple at our Open House on August 25th! Coding Temple offers both Part-Time Full-Stack JavaScript courses and Full-Time Full-Stack ASP.NET MVC courses. Our graduates range from 17 years old to 55 years old and have successfully landed in Jr. Level web development positions throughout the US. Attendees are welcome to come in anytime from 4:30pm-7:00pm to meet our team, tour our campus, and interact with Alumni. There will be food and drinks provided as well.

RSVP on our Meetup Page

We’ll talk about:

  • We will discuss the demand of JavaScript and .NET developers in the industry
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Financing and Scholarships
  • Day in the Life of a Student
  • Job Placement

Come to meet our instructors, former and current students!


  • THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2016



    332 South Michigan Ave, Floor 9, Chicago, IL (map)

  • HTML Basics and Introduction to CSS

    In this meetup, developers will introduce you to the foundations roblox robux hack of web development: HTML and CSS. We will first explain what HTML and CSS are. Then we will show and help you build a basic, functional webpage using HTML and CSS.

    HTML is a markup language that you use to put content on your website.
    CSS dictates your website’s look and feel.

    Please bring a laptop with Sublime text installed.
    Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose. You’ll love the slick user interface, extraordinary features and amazing performance.

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    See you there!
    – CT



At Coding Temple we do our very best to make sure we can help our students in any way we can throughout the course and after its conclusion.  That includes helping with interview prep, resume building, job coaching and placement.  Our friends over at Course Report have a great article instaspy on one of our students Larry Fang.  This shows you that our bootcamp curriculum not only is a great alternative to a 4 year college, but it can also be a great addition to a degree as well.

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The skills and experience that students achieve at Coding Temple takes them a long way. We offer small classes, so students are able to have a more one on one interaction with our teachers. Our curriculum is designed to make students feel confident and be successful in the workforce once they have completed our course.

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