4 Benefits of Code School

Debating committing to a bootcamp or Code School? Is it worth it? Does it work? Morgan jumps into the benefits of Code School in this episode.


The idea of code school comes with all kinds of preconceived notions and expectations. During this episode, we are going to talk about some of the most valuable parts of attending a code school.

Welcome to Effectively Human, where we discuss how to close the knowledge gap between technology and the people who use it. Each week your host, Morgan Lopes, will share real life practical tools on how to bridge the gap. Let’s jump in.

What makes Code School Valuable?

As [00:00:30] we think about what makes code school valuable, there are a few things that really stand out. Code school provides a curated curriculum, actionable skills, established networks, reduced amount of time, and in most cases, a lower cost. The Internet is filled with information. Access to information is not a problem today. The problem is understanding what’s most important. To do that, curation is key. [00:01:00] By selecting a code school, you don’t have to fumble through disconnected tutorials and articles and resources. Someone puts the pieces together. They put them in line in a way that hopefully makes it easier to digest, easier to understand. When you can have experienced professionals curating the information into a format that is easier to digest and learn, the essentials get prioritized over treating all information as if it were equal.

1. Actionable Skills

Let’s talk about actionable skills, actionable [00:01:30] over theoretical. Of course, there are times when it is valuable to understand how your computer works, how do you assemble systems, how does the hardware communicate with the software? But by and large, the highest percentage of professionals don’t need this information to get a job.

Most of the infrastructure of the Internet infrastructure of the computers has already been taken care of by other people. Code schools do a great job of prioritizing actionable skills that most employers need today. Historical and theoretical knowledge definitely has its place, [00:02:00] but employers rarely demand anything close to the knowledge that’s provided from a Computer Science degree.

2. Established Networks

Another benefit to code school is established networks. A great network can catapult your career. Many students in code school overlook the power of a strong network, connecting with other students and alumni that have gone through the program before.

Participating in a code school provides access to skilled teachers, to alumni, to advisors, to other employers [00:02:30]. Without a form of formalized education, you’re often left to figure all of this stuff out by yourself. Growing your own network organically can take years or even decades, and code school can cut that time down considerably.

3. Code School takes less time

Schools take less time than their more formalized alternatives, like computer science degree or a bachelor’s degree in college. Time is a priceless resource. Code school courses vary from three to 12 months in some cases, but it is nothing compared to [00:03:00] four to six years of college. Of course, there are all kinds of other benefits to going to college, but time is not one of them. There’s a lot of value when subjects are very complex to having more time and more exposure to the curriculum. But the great thing about technology is a lot of those things can be picked up after starting a career.

It’s very rare that you need to learn every little detail required to be successful before you get started. One of the last great benefits of code school is money. For decades, the cost of colleges and universities have continued [00:03:30] to climb, though the value that they provide has been relatively flat for a long time.

4. Code School costs less money

For a lot of people who come from a less affluent background or with fewer connections, college can be inaccessible. Code school can help curb a lot of that inaccessibility and bring the knowledge and the skills needed to get a job, but do it in less time at a way, way lower price tag. The average college student leaves with tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. Even the most expensive code school pales in comparison along those same lines.

Because schools [00:04:00] are new, they’re emerging. They’re trying to figure out their place in the market, there’s all kinds of creative financing options. The education that you get is definitely not apples to apples, but a lower cost in less time reduces the overall risk and the barriers for students to get access to the information. So there you have it. A couple of the largest benefits of code school, curated learning, actionable skills, an established network, less time and lower cost.

Code school is not a one size fits all solution. And for many, it actually [00:04:30] might not be the right answer. But when you compare the cost to the overall value to be gained in a very short amount of time, code school is a pretty good choice.

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