First Steps are tough:
The first step to getting into coding bootcamp is applying to one but this can also be the toughest part to complete. I encourage you to take the first leap into your future and step out of faith if coding is something that really enjoy and you want to make it your full time job.
Access the website to which you are applying and find the application. Be honest when filling out the information and if your bootcamp has options to filling out a scholarship application while applying for the bootcamp, fill those out as well. Even if you don’t get the scholarship, you filled it out and tried. Remember you can’t win the game if you don’t show up to play.
Also note that if you are applying to multiple bootcamps that you should pay attention to deadlines and send in all applications at the same time if possible to increase your chances of hearing back around the same times.
Once you’ve sent out your application, it’s the waiting game but you should note that while you’re waiting you should still be working. You should be practicing coding as often as possible if not everyday after all this is your passion and you will have an interview for the coding bootcamps you have applied for.
- Keep communicating with the interviewer
- Be honest about what you don’t know – You can only do what you know!
- Interview in a place where it’s quiet and you won’t be bothered/distracted
- Have fun 🙂
There’s nothing better than to hear “Congrats you got accepted!!!” It’s then you realize this is really and that you need to get the money to go. There’s some ways you can go about this:
- Use savings (ex. 401K) – As long as you also have the funds to live off of
- Pay out of pocket – If you have the money sitting in the banks, by all means use it better yourself
- Go Fund Me page – Try this out and send it to friends and family to help support the cause
- Get a loan
Many people who want to attend a coding bootcamp are going to be in the fourth category and that’s okay. Remember that you are bettering yourself and following your passion so do what you have to do in order to succeed. Sometimes you have to use all the options above. I used the money for my 401K for living expenses and got a loan to pay for the schooling. I also received a scholarship to pay for some of the bootcamp.
Here are some of the places I went to to get a loan:
- Climb: climbcredit.com
- Pave: hello.pave.com
- Upstart: upstart.com
Unfortunately, I was rejected by the above and told admissions that I would not be able to attend. Fortunately I did so because they pointed me to another source that did agree to loan me the funds to attend the bootcamp.
I applied for a personal loan through Earnest. During the application process they ask you how getting the loan would help you achieve your goals. They’ll ask you the details about the coding bootcamp you are going to and also ask you what the remaining balance left to pay is – If you are unsure, it’s okay. If approved, they will work will the coding bootcamp to figure it out. Finally, they provide 1, 2 and 3 year options on paying back the loan – whichever is most comfortable for you.
- Please note that checking your rate through any of these sources does not affect your credit score.
- Also note that your coding bootcamp may have a referral link for any of the loan companies you are considering so make sure to go through their website first.
- Lastly, when requesting funds, I wanted to get enough for living expenses and once my loan was approved, they stated they could only give me the remaining balance of the cost of my coding bootcamp so keep that in mind while applying. If your coding bootcamp operates the same, make sure to have living expenses from savings or to take out a personal loan to cover your expenses.