I graduated three years ago, and have spent most of the time since in healthcare/pharmaceutical PR. I loathe it. I want to sign up for an intensive Rails course, but I'm not sure if I should make the leap!
I think I'm done with the world of PR -- high stress, very hierarchical companies, and fundamentally boring work. It doesn't challenge me, and I want out.
I've been looking at web development bootcamps -- the sort of thing that involves three months of intensive, hands-on coding experience to get you a 'junior developer' position. Specifically, I've been looking at Makers Academy
in London (which is where I live). I'd love to do something like App Academy
(which you only pay for if you get a junior dev job), but they don't offer that payment plan for international students (who may end up not being able to work in the US, after all).
Makers Academy is £7200 total if you pay upfront. They claim a 100% placement rate for their ~125 alumni so far. It looks like a great programme. I've completed the Codecademy Ruby track and a couple of beginner's Rails tutorials and have really enjoyed it -- and I'm a very technical type, proficient with the command line, have a few DigitalOcean droplets running, and so on, so it's not as though software development is beyond my grasp (and I have a good idea that I'd enjoy it).
I have the money, and would be happy to invest it in myself. But it's still a huge amount for something that technically isn't even a qualification, and I've no real way of knowing if it's worth it.
The alternative is teaching myself Rails in my free time and trying to get a job out of it. But I've not done terribly well with that so far, and I'd have to invest a huge amount of time outside of work to get any good, I suspect -- which would be fine if I didn't hate my job. I'm not willing to spend another 9-12 months here while working on Rails in my evenings. I'm also not confident I'd be able to get a development job at the end of it -- the connections that Makers Academy have are of huge help in finding a job at the end of it, I imagine.
What are everyone's thoughts on these kind of bootcamps, and how do I assess if this is the right move for me?
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