by Kim Desmond, cofounder of CodingNomads
I’m sure it goes without saying, but CodingNomads is not your average bootcamp 😉
By combining coding bootcamps with world travel, we attract students who oftentimes have different goals than traditional code camp students. Some of our applicants don’t want to immediately find work after the course, and we do not disqualify them for that.
We admit students based on their motivation, enthusiasm for learning, and technical aptitude – not their ability to boost our employment stats.
The catch is that coding bootcamps are often judged by job placement rates. Many bootcamps advertise placement rates of up to 99% – very attractive for prospective students. Unfortunately many of these stats have been debunked, drawing negative criticism for the entire industry.
Even still, many CodingNomads applicants ask about our employment outcomes. For us, it’s not a black-and-white answer. So in the spirit of transparency, this blog aims to educate prospective students about CodingNomads’ student base, employment stats, and what students need to know about too-good-to-be-true coding bootcamp job placement rates.
Various student goals for attending a coding bootcamp
Many of our students are looking for a career change, and want to obtain a software engineering job soon after the bootcamp. Others want to bolster their tech skills for their current career or side projects. Some are still in school, while others continue traveling the world. And in the end, some decided that software engineering just isn’t the right path for them. Below are some examples of what our alumni are up to.
Yovalice – Currently continuing her Master’s Degree in Computer Science.
Nicola – Currently living in Germany, studying German language.
CodingNomads’ student outcomes
Below is a breakdown of our students who graduated more than 2 months ago. We don’t include our more recent graduates, because we consider 2 months the minimum time one should expect to find a job after a bootcamp. We will continue to update the numbers in this post as time goes on.
Another way of looking at this is by how many students are actually in the workforce vs. those who are not (either still studying or decided not to pursue a career in coding). In this light, only 60% of our students are even looking for work, meaning our employment rate won’t rise above 60% until some of our graduates decide to enter the workforce.
The dark side of job placement stats
As mentioned, many bootcamps have gotten bad press for publishing high employment stats that don’t tell the whole story. There are many ways that coding bootcamps maintain high placement rates:
- Rigorous and time-consuming prerequisites. Applicants may spend weeks or even months on the prerequisites, and still not be admitted.
- Only accept students who demonstrate a high likelihood of job placement. This can include a college degree, years of professional work experience, etc.
- Expel students who do not demonstrate employability during the course.
- Hire graduates as their own bootcamp teacher’s assistants to boost employment stats.
Since there is no industry standard for what’s included in these statistics, bootcamps can easily manipulate the numbers in their favor.
At CodingNomads, we want to support anyone who wants to learn to code. Through our application and interview process, we screen candidates to make sure they have a genuine interest in tech, and are ready to work hard in our demanding courses. This ensures we admit students who are serious about learning to code, even if they’re not serious about immediately finding work. In fact, some of our best performing students had been denied from other bootcamps for having too little technical or professional experience, i.e. “not easily placeable.” Our win!
Stay tuned on this page for updated employment stats. If you have any questions about our placement rates, admissions process, course material, or anything else, please get in touch!