Coding bootcamps have been growing at an incredible rate since they first emerged in the United States around six years ago.

Earlier in 2018, it was estimated that around 20,000 people will graduate from coding schools by the end of the year. That’s a huge increase on the 2,000+ people who graduated in the early days back in 2013.

One of the key advantages of coding schools you’re likely to have heard is that they help propel students into careers in computing – and that’s very true. On average, 98% of our students were in work within six days of graduation and their average salary after 12 weeks is around £23.8k.

So what makes coding school graduates so attractive to prospective employers?

A high-impact learning approach

You probably remember the scenario from school. You’re sat in maths class, learning about Pythagoras’s theorem. Suddenly it hits you: when am I ever going to use this in the real world?

Coding schools don’t have problems like this because they practice high-impact learning. This means that the curriculum is shaped around teaching students the skills they’re likely to be using in real-world, working environments.
For wannabe developers, that means learning coding languages that technology companies are using to build websites, apps and software. JavaScript, React and Node.js are just a handful of them, and they’re some of the ones we teach at Code Nation.

Coding schools don’t have problems like this because they practice high-impact learning. This means that the curriculum is shaped around teaching students the skills they’re likely to be using in real-world, working environments.

For wannabe developers, that means learning coding languages that technology companies are using to build websites, apps and software. JavaScript, React and Node.js are just a handful of them, and they’re some of the ones we teach.

Taking this approach not only makes the teaching more relevant, it also means students are more motivated to learn, as they know they’ll actually be using the skills in future.

So those Pythagorean daydream sessions are a thing of the past!

A fast-paced, immersive environment

Coding bootcamps’ highly-concentrated curriculum means they’re quick and efficient, and that’s another key part of their success.

Studying computer science at university can be a time-consuming process. Many computer science degrees take around 3-4 years to complete, and that doesn’t always work for people who are keen to move a little faster.

Coding courses typically take a few months to complete; our course, for example, lasts 12 weeks. This means that students can go from novice to work-ready junior developer without having to wait 5 years, as is the case through traditional routes.

And while speed doesn’t necessarily always equal quality, coding courses create a learning environment designed to immerse students in development from the very first day. This means there’s never a sense of disengagement from the subjects being taught, so the curriculum really sticks.

With the UK experiencing a digital skills shortage and employers desperate for good-quality quality developers, getting qualified now means coding course students can get a head start on people still in education, and start filling those places.

More than just coding skills

Perhaps the most important element of a great coding school is that they don’t just teach you coding. The best courses will go beyond HTML and C++ and give you a wider understanding of the working world.

They do this by teaching personal and professional skills. These are skills beyond those actually needed to do the job, and are sometimes referred to as soft skills.

For example, a personal skill might be the ability to deal with criticism. This isn’t a coding skill; you don’t need it to build a great website or develop an app. However, it can help you work better with your colleagues and make you a better employee.

A professional skill (sometimes called a commercial skill) is a skill that helps you understand how the working world functions. This can include a knowledge of the tools of the trade (a Kanban board, for example) or simply understanding development methodologies like Agile.

Employers are looking for new hires to hit the ground running; they don’t want to have to spend precious time and resources training staff in these skills, so having them to hand puts students ahead of their competition and in with a great chance of landing the job they want.

In summary

Coding schools are still relatively young, but the reason they’ve taken off the way they have is because they genuinely work.

By taking a coding course, you can gain much more than coding skills; you can learn how to become a great coder and employee and set yourself up for a brilliant career in computing.

You can find out more about Code Nation by getting in touch with us today!

Email: develop@wearecodenation.com
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