Should I Go to a Coding Bootcamp or a University?
Why has Ireland been struggling to take advantage of the technology market for the last two decades? I mean, we got off to a wonderful start, but innovation and investment, has been slowing down over the last few years. Ireland is a perfect first step for companies expanding into Europe; a highly-educated, English speaking population, third-level education rates and a low corporation tax. These factors have led to investment from Apple, Google, and Facebook and any more.
Technology-based companies are booming, and the demand for capable coders is increasing all the time. Unfortunately, universities spend far too much time teaching theory and semi outdated practices. The demand for coders right now means companies no longer need you to have a college degree – an impressive portfolio and practical knowledge are the entry requirements. Employers simply can’t wait for universities to catch up.
Employers can’t wait for recent graduates to catch up
One of the biggest problems that employers face with new software development hires is this: when they enter the office, they can’t keep up with the sheer amount and speed of coding required.
In a coding bootcamp, you’re sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with your peers, and you all have an identical goal- you’re spending the next 12 weeks working in a team and coding coding coding.
In university, you might be sitting next to a student taking an elective for the sake of an easy grade, but in coding bootcamps, everyone codes like their life depends on it. Concentrated, focused learning of an immediately applicable skill-set. As a coder, you’re not paid for every textbook you read or lecture you attend. You’re paid for the task at hand, and how efficiently you can provide it.
Coding bootcamps try to bridge the gap in between current skill sets and employer needs
Coding bootcamps want to offer an educational environment for like-minded individuals. Theory is on a need to know basis. Practical and the applicable skills are learned by doing. The university model of teaching programming skills within a Computer Science degree is often bogs down students with arbitrary requirements and a lecture format which neglects the more practical aspects of coding.
Instead of a slow-building 4 year degree, you’re immediately put into an environment of people with the exact same goal. The fact that so many coding bootcamps use current industry practitioners makes an enormous difference as novice coders are immediately face-to-face with a practicing member of the software community. They don’t have to meet a software engineer for the first time when they step into their first job interview.
Its not that the university model isn’t suitable for the inexperienced coder; it is that the model is limited by theoretical components and can’t adapting quickly enough to the modern expectations of employers.
Graduates can’t meet employer expectations
It becomes impossible for companies to thrive, as they cannot hire the people who can advance their product. The current system means that so many employers are tasked with training these new hires. This means that even though every new hire is a risk, you now have to invest 6 months of training on top of the usual employee investment.
Technology hasn’t experienced such a huge volume of growth since the dot com boom, and its important that Ireland keep up with the demand. The path is no longer secondary school, to university, to career.
Now it’s just finding the right person, with the right attitude, with the right skills.