Coding Bootcamp.
Pros & Cons

Possibly, you have a friend, family member, or acquaintance who has mentioned coding bootcamps to you. The unstoppable advancement towards the digitalization of the economy and businesses demands an increasing number of application programmers. The issue lies in the fact that the traditional educational system, including school, college, and university, is neither designed nor intended to equip us with the highly sought-after skills needed to secure quality employment. Consequently, a new option has emerged recently to transform our professional careers – coding schools or Code Academies.

Their origins trace back to 2013 in New York and San Francisco, where a group of programmers, seeking projects in a coworking environment, observed the high demand. They decided to teach others how to program, giving birth to this new educational model.

Since then, schools have been opening and developing in major cities worldwide and wherever there is a significant demand for tech profiles.

Ubiqum Code Academy was founded in January 2016, and since then, we’ve helped over 1.100 individuals start a new digital career in both software development and data analysis.

Coding Bootcamp: Key Features and Differences

Coding schools have very specific and distinctive characteristics compared to traditional education.

  • Intensity: A typical university master’s degree spans 9 months, from September to June, over 1 or 2 years, with a few hours of theoretical classes per week, generally not exceeding 2 to 3 hours per session. In contrast, a bootcamp is intensive, with 8-10 hours a day, condensed into a few weeks, ranging from 10 to 20 weeks for the course. This format allows students to achieve better results in much less time.
  • No Prerequisites: Another aspect is the absence of requirements to access the course. Due to the practical and professional methodology employed, any intelligent and motivated individual willing to work hard for 5 months can join the course and emerge successfully.
  • Professionalism: Another significant difference is the course content. In a bootcamp, the focus is on tools and processes sought after by hiring companies, not on theoretical and academic concepts that only interest the instructors.
  • Practicality: As a result of the above, learning in a bootcamp is practical rather than theoretical. Top bootcamps operate through projects, almost exactly simulating the real professional life that students will encounter in their new careers. Therefore, the transfer of learning to the workplace is swift (Time to Performance), and companies appreciate this practical and professional approach.
  • Employment Focus: The ultimate goal of a good bootcamp is to assist its students in finding employment as close as possible to the course completion date or enabling them to  a btter position in their current professional careers.

Who Attends a Coding Bootcamp?

The demographic of individuals seeking this educational service has evolved notably over recent years. Typically, they exhibit the following characteristics:

When our journey began and the bootcamp phenomenon gained traction, the archetypal bootcamp candidate was between 25 and 30 years old, possessing a university degree or vocational training certificate, often unrelated to technology. Alternatively, they might have discontinued their studies. They generally had 3 to 5 years of professional experience in a job that didn’t align with their career aspirations, all while maintaining a proficient level of English.

Let’s delve into a couple of case studies:

Oriol, at 27, graduated in criminology from the University of Barcelona. Despite pursuing a specialized master’s program, he couldn’t find employment in his field. Currently holding a stable job, he felt unfulfilled. After completing Ubiqum’s 5-month Web Development course with Java, he transitioned into backend development, shaping a promising career over three years.

Egle, a young lawyer, worked at the European Commission as a legal translator but sought a drastic career shift to the digital realm. Upon completing Ubiqum’s 5-month course, she has excelled as a backend developer for over three years.

Yet, we’re observing a rising trend among employed professionals seeking upskilling opportunities to adapt to their companies’ digital transformation initiatives.

They highly value our flexible and personalized approach to part-time programs.

Consider these two illustrations:

Celia, a seasoned HR professional over 40, witnesses her company’s profound digital transformation and desires expertise in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics. She’s enrolled in our Data Analytics and Power BI course tailored for non-technical individuals seeking entry into this field, offering a part-time commitment, a personalized mentor, and a flexible schedule.

Luca, a project manager in a tech company, content with his role, aims to enhance his programming skills for upcoming challenges. He’s enrolled in our part-time Web Development course, benefiting from a personal mentor and a flexible schedule.

More such success stories are highlighted on Ubiqum’s Testimonials page, showcasing individuals embarking on successful new careers through Ubiqum’s coding bootcamps.

Curso de Programación Web y Data Analytics en Barcelona

Difference between Ubiqum and a traditional bootcamp

Since our establishment in 2016, we’ve undergone a significant evolution. Initially employing a conventional bootcamp format, where cohorts of 10  to 20 individuals progressed collectively, we’ve transitioned to a more adaptive and personalized model. Our primary objective is to cater to the diverse time commitments of our students by offering a bespoke mentoring service.

Our methodology is centered on real-world, very structured projects,  designed to simulate the challenges professionals encounter in the business and corporate realm. This approach is further bolstered by the support and guidance from a dedicated personal mentor, coupled with the flexibility embedded within our program schedules.

We Keep

  • Intensity. Our courses cover extensive content within a short duration, allowing for rapid progress.
  • Focus. We prioritize delivering highly specific and market-demanded content for tangible skill enhancement.

We Add

  • Personalisation: A dedicated personal mentor available throughout the course, providing one-on-one guidance.
  • Flexibility: Customized timetables and dedicated support tailored to each student’s requirements.
  • Practical and Professional : Emphasis on real professional practice over extensive theory, ensuring hands-on, industry-relevant learning experiences.

We Eliminate

  • FixedTimetables: Uniform schedules applied to all participants.
  • One Teacher for Multiple Students : Single instructor managing multiple students simultaneously.
  • Rigid Start and End Dates: Firmly set commencement and conclusion dates for the course.

What to look at when choosing a coding school.

Taking a coding bootcamp course to start a new career in technology is an investment that expects a good return in the form of a higher salary (immediately) and better career prospects in the medium and long term. Therefore, choosing carefully which school deserves our trust is crucial. Here are our recommendations:

Course duration: At Ubiqum, we believe that 9 or 10 weeks are too short a time to solidly learn a new discipline. That’s why our courses last for 3 months, minimum, equivalent to 480 hours, that can be extended according to personal needs an career plans.  We expect a dedication of 8 hours per day for full time students (Monday to Friday) or three hours to part-time students.

Practical methodology: Passively listening to a teacher talk is a waste of time. At Ubiqum, we dedicate most of each student’s time to coding, coding, and more coding: 100% practical. It’s the only way to make the most of the hours spent in the course. Do we disregard theory? No, but we integrate it with the task. We use a highly advanced and effective methodology that yields great results for our students.

Course content: In a good programming course, you should learn the three front-end languages (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) and a back-end language. At Ubiqum, we offer the opportunity to learn back-end development with JavaScript and MERN (3 months) or with JAVA and Spring (5 months).

In the realm of data analytics, our offerings are diverse and tailored to suit varying levels of experience and backgrounds. We present three unique pathways anchored by a central program. Students can ascend to master advanced technical skills or opt for a pathway leaning towards Business Intelligence, catering to those with a more business-oriented mindset and less technical background.

Focus on professional employment: It may seem simple, but it’s not. A course that realistically simulates the professional work environment is the best way to acquire the skills that companies seek when hiring a programmer. At Ubiqum, our students complete 4 comprehensive projects using processes and tools used by professionals in real-life scenarios.

Financing: Finally, since this is an investment in your professional future, consider the available financing options. These are the main ones:

  • Lump sum payment with a good discount (up to 15% at Ubiqum).
  • Bank loans with low-interest rates, allowing payments over 3 years.
  • Income Share Agreements: No initial payment is made, and you reimburse the cost as a percentage of your future income once you secure employment.

As you can see, the idea of financing an investment to enhance your professional future is critical when considering a coding bootcamp. You’re not seeking a new academic degree since you already have one; instead, you aim for a well-paid job.

At Ubiqum Code Academy, we’re here to help. We’re a high-performance center for beginners in web development and data analysis, with a 100% practical methodology. Feel free to reach out for more information by filling in the form below.