At Rutgers Bootcamps, we couldn’t be more proud of the hard work and accomplishments of our students. Our courses help students to master new skills and reach new heights in their careers. We formed our programs for our students to create the best outcome for each aspiring Web Developer or Data Scientist that enrolls in Rutgers Bootcamps. Hear directly from real Rutgers Bootcamp students and learn about their experiences in our Coding and Data Science programs by reading their reviews below.
I graduated Kean University and decided to take a year to relax, work and save money without the pressure of getting into my field. As my year was coming to an end I began to apply to jobs and noticed that I had almost no experience in web development (aside from my youth program as a teenager) and couldn’t land any jobs or internships. I stumbled upon a coding bootcamp description and began doing research and decided that Rutgers Coding Bootcamp was the best choice for many reasons. I chose RCB because it was Rutgers of course but also because they emphasized their career services and I was also able to take out a loan through Sallie Mae. The schedule worked perfectly because it was 24 weeks part-time which made it extremely easy for me to keep my full time job.
I absolutely loved the bootcamp. The curriculum was very intensive but I felt that it taught us the necessary languages and discipline to dip our feet into the Web Development world. It was NOT easy at any point in the course but I was lucky enough to have an AMAZING instructor and two AMAZING tutor assistants. There was an endless amount of support literally 24/7. I never felt like I was bothering anyone when I asked for help and never felt that I was so lost that I wouldn’t be able to catch up (which was my biggest fear coming into this bootcamp). My instructor (Ahmed) genuinely wanted to be there and help all of us succeed. Aside from the education aspect, my instructor, classmates and TA’s have helped me grow as a professional and also as a person. I am forever grateful for my whole RCB team.
Through career services I was able to get my LinkedIn and resume looking great and landed two internships. My advice for anyone contemplating this bootcamp is to STOP and APPLY to RCB. I learned so much as a developer and am leaving with 30+ people that I can go to for help even when class is over. This bootcamp isn’t easy and it takes a lot of time and dedication but it is beneficial in the long run. I recommend this bootcamp to anyone.
My feelings of nervousness quickly went away when I met everyone in my class. Everyone had a unique past. From nurses to engineers, from teachers to librarians, not everyone has coding experience but everyone was eager to start a new career. I felt relieved! I strongly advise to get to know some, if not all, of your classmates on a personal level as they will be with you for the next six months and call help you with the assignments. I’m glad to have met everyone in this course, from the instructors to the career services team. Everyone really helped shape me into the full stack web developer that I am today.
Furthermore, I sincerely appreciate all of the instructors and TAs for everything that they taught me and my classmates. I know that they all had full time jobs but still came to teach and instruct afterwards. Often, they would show up before anyone else did and be the last to leave, making sure to answer any question that anyone may have had. They were extremely patient, making sure that every one of us understood each concept before moving forward. I am extremely grateful for Dan, Nate, and Jimmy as they were my instructors/TAs and for all of their knowledge. They would often teach us things that were not in the curriculum. Things like how it is out in the real world working as a developer and giving us advice whenever the time was right. Not only did they do their jobs as teachers but they also motivated us and inspired us every step of the way.
Lastly, the career services portion of the program is immensely helpful. Although they do not guarantee a job after graduating, they provide all of the right resources to acquire one. They often brought in professional guest speakers that gave us advice on start-ups, business methods, and really gave us a peek into the tech industry. Towards the end of the program, we were presented with a lot of mock-interview opportunities. Career services just made sure that we had professional profiles on sites like LinkedIn and StackOverflow and made sure they were nicely polished. I even landed an interview towards the end with the help of one of my instructors and some of my classmates were landing interviews and jobs left and right. Ultimately, it is not the job of career services to get you a job, it is up to YOU. You have to be self motivated and really determined to succeed despite constantly getting turned down by companies.
I really hope that this testimonial helps you make an informed decision and inspires you to apply. The best decision that you can make is to invest in yourself.
There were also guest speakers that came in to talk on Saturdays about career services or their experiences with coming from a non-traditional background in technology. Career services were there to beef up our LinkedIn presence, resumes, and portfolios. They were really helpful in making sure that you have everything completed and ready to send out job applications. A little over halfway through the program, I managed to get a couple of job interviews. Nearing the end of the program, I am confident that I will be able to find a career with the skills that I have learned.
For anyone thinking about getting into web development, I recommend Rutgers Coding Bootcamp. It can be very intimidating at first, but it’s also very challenging and exciting. You have support from not only your instructors and TAs, but also your fellow classmates. If you’re serious about doing this program, know that the amount of work that you put into the assignments and learning outside of class will help you know what questions to ask in class.
Without missing a beat I have slid into my role at work feeling prepared and confident I can accomplish tasks, even if they require skills I have yet to learn. This level of problem solving was fostered in the collaborative learning environment provided by Rutgers which aided greatly in the refinement of my skills. With a classroom full of people from diverse backgrounds, problem solving the same coursework, I was exposed to thought processes and perspectives I would have missed in a self-guided or online class. Often times it was fellow students that would help me through problems, or the other way around with me helping them. Some of my best learning came this way, as I worked through issues in two or three person teams. Don’t get me wrong, my instructor and teacher’s assistants did a great deal to make the entire learning process a smooth one for me. They did a great job of leading me through areas of confusion while pushing me at the same time to reach outside my comfort zone. There wasn’t a lesson that I felt neglected or lost when stuck on a piece of code. I always had an outlet for help and it was their engaging nature and passion for what they do that made me want to come back every day.
While class was the best resource for knowledge, it was repeating these themes meticulously outside of class which led to the mastering of skills. This is why my biggest piece of advice to any prospective students is, “you need to be realistic about your time!” There really is no substitution for repeating skills in order to learn them. I treated this bootcamp as my full time job for the entire six months and can honestly say that I spent as much time as possible outside of class to aid in my growth as a web developer. The curriculum was always fun and interesting to me, which helped me stay engaged through the many hours I spent every week outside of class. Bootcamp was a rewarding experience, and I came away with more knowledge than expected. I definitely feel comfortable with my skills as a web developer working in the industry. I was even lucky enough to find a job a month before my graduation date. It was not just the learning process that helped me accomplish this, but also the way I was setup with a portfolio and interview skills that helped me land my job. From start to finish this bootcamp has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I would highly recommend this course to anyone that has the desire to take the step into the technology industry as a full stack web developer.