Unrealistic employment expectations with coding boot camps.

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Unrealistic employment expectations with coding boot camps.
Published in Oakville Today | over 1 year ago

Unrealistic employment expectations with coding boot camps.

Numerous coding boot camps sprung up in the past few years in Toronto. This includes the likes of brain station, bit maker, hacker you, lighthouse labs.

As an employer, I have hired developers who graduated from these coding boot camps. Unfortunately, the majority of them are still not ready for work on most production systems.  Although they can slap together a few WordPress websites, the quality of their work is lacking due to insufficient experience and poor grasp of software development fundamentals.  My senior developers spend a lot of time re-educating them.  I've spoken with other employers and they all echo the same sentiment.

On average, I have found that the 3rd year coop students from University of Waterloo or University of Toronto to produce better work at lower cost when compared with those who graduate from a coding boot camp.  I have also found those who graduate from a computer science program from University or College with no prior professional experience to also product better work at lower cost when compared with those who graduate from a coding boot camp.

Many graduates of coding bootcamps have v-blogged about these problem.  Here are just a couple:

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The individuals I worked with from the coding boot camps are extremely bright and many of them have an undergraduate degree in a life science program. In my dialogue with them, they all strike me as good critical thinkers. So I know they can become great developers if they put in another 4-6 months of intense practice under the mentorship of more experienced developers. So if they enlist the help of friends who are software developers or hire a tutor, they will turn out just find in another half year or so.Enter Credit Information