date icon May 6, 2024

Can you do bootcamps part-time?

CEO & Founder at CodeOp

In today’s fast-paced and soon-to-be-AI-driven world, the tech industry offers promising career opportunities, especially in coding and programming.

However, for many women, trans and non-binary people (women+), breaking into this field can seem daunting, to say the least. We could talk about reasons all day – from technical to societal challenges- but we’ll pick solutions for today.

This is where coding bootcamps, particularly part-time ones, come into play. These camps, including yours, have been gaining immense popularity (rightfully so) for their practicality and accessibility.

As someone who has navigated the twists and turns of the tech industry for years, I understand the unique challenges and opportunities of learning to code later in life or alongside other responsibilities.

In today’s article, I’ll tell you all about the viability of these bootcamps and discuss whether they’re worth the investment for YOU.

1. What are Part-Time Coding Bootcamps?

First, let me make sure we’re all on the same page about these bootcamps.

Part-time coding bootcamps are structured training programs that teach coding and programming skills outside traditional full-time educational settings. These bootcamps offer a flexible approach to learning that allows you, the student, to continue with their day-to-day commitments.

The duration of these programs can vary widely, generally lasting from 6 to 24 months, depending on the intensity and the curriculum covered. The time commitment can also differ but usually involves spending 10 to 20 hours per week on coursework, projects, and coding exercises.

Mostly, classes for part-time coding bootcamps are held online in the evening or during weekends to accommodate the students.

2. Can You Learn to Code Part-Time?

Learning to code part-time is not only possible but quite common among those seeking new career opportunities or wanting to enhance their skills without giving up their current job or life commitments.

Coding bootcamps, particularly part-time ones, have proven to be a practical solution for many women+ across the globe.

Don’t believe me? Trust the numbers.

According to the 2022 Coding Bootcamp Market Sizing Report, part-time bootcamp enrollment has significantly risen, indicating a growing acceptance and demand for flexible learning schedules.

The report also forecasted that the coding bootcamp market will increase by 1.39 billion euros at a CAGR of 19.77% between 2022 and 2027.

That said, like most good things in life, it won’t be easy. Learning to code and program as a beginner requires focus, commitment and lots of practice.

Depending on the program’s focus, our students in part-time coding bootcamps can expect to gain foundational to advanced knowledge in various programming languages such as JavaScript and Python.

Projects and practical coding exercises that we have inculcated in our bootcamps (as with several other bootcamps in the market) are there to equip students with real-world skills.

Are You Guaranteed a Job After Coding Bootcamp?

Ah, the million-dollar question.

The job guarantee can vary widely between bootcamps, with some offering conditional job guarantees while others may not.

According to a 2021 survey by Course Report, about 79% of coding bootcamp graduates in the US found employment within six months of graduation, with many landing roles in web development, data analysis, and more.

I have a separate article on job guarantees and expectations from coding bootcamps that you can read.

The tech job market in Europe is burgeoning, with a particular demand for software developers and data scientists. A report from the European Commission notes a shortage of ICT professionals across the EU, indicating strong job prospects for coding bootcamp graduates.

Similarly, in the US, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 22% growth in software development jobs from 2020 to 2030, significantly faster than the average for all occupations.

However, securing a job post-bootcamp also depends on several factors, including the reputation of the bootcamp, the individual’s networking efforts, the geographic job market, and the specific tech skills employers seek.

In addition to technical skills, employers highly value soft skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, and adaptability, which are often emphasized in bootcamp curriculums.

3. Full-Time vs. Part-Time Coding Bootcamps: What’s the difference?

FeatureFull-Time BootcampsPart-Time Bootcamps
ScheduleMonday to Friday, 9 AM to 5 PMEvenings and weekends, 10-20 hours per week
IntensityHigh-intensity, immersive learning experienceModerate intensity, flexible learning experience
DurationShorter duration (usually 3-6 months)Longer duration (usually 6-24 months)
Time CommitmentFull-time commitment, similar to a full-time jobPart-time commitment, suitable for working professionals
CostHigher upfront costsLower upfront costs, financial flexibility
Learning PaceRapid coverage of material, quick applicationSlower pace, extended time to absorb material
FocusRapid job readiness, immediate career transitionBalanced approach to learning and application
SuitabilityIdeal for career changers and full-time learnersSuitable for those with ongoing commitments
Career ServicesOften includes job placement servicesOffers career services, though job transition may take longer
Financial FlexibilityLess financial flexibility requiredMaintains income, more financially accommodating

A. Structure and Time Commitment

Full-Time Bootcamps typically run Monday through Friday, with hours that mimic a full-time job (e.g., 9 AM to 5 PM). This immersive environment is designed to help you acquire skills as rapidly as possible. It’s suitable for women+ who can dedicate much of their time exclusively to learning.

Part-Time Bootcamps, on the other hand, are structured to accommodate students who cannot commit to a full-time schedule. These programs often hold classes in the evenings or on weekends, requiring 10-20 hours of commitment per week. This allows students to continue working or managing other personal responsibilities.

B. Learning Pace and Interaction

Full-Time Bootcamps offer a fast-paced learning environment where students quickly cover and apply topics to practical projects. This intensity can be beneficial for complete immersion and rapid results.

Part-Time Bootcamps provide a slower pace, which is better for those who prefer to take more time to absorb complex information. The extended duration of these programs also allows for prolonged exposure to the material, which may enhance long-term retention.

C. Cost and Financial Investment

Full-time Bootcamps often require a higher financial investment upfront due to their comprehensive nature and shorter duration. This can be a significant consideration for those without the financial flexibility to stop working.

Part-Time Bootcamps tend to be comparatively less expensive upfront and allow students to maintain their income, making them financially viable for a broader range of individuals.

D. Outcome and Career Transition

Full-Time Bootcamps are typically geared towards rapid job readiness. Graduates are prepared to enter the job market quickly, often with job placement services as part of the bootcamp.

Part-Time Bootcamps may take longer to complete, but they still offer robust career services and job preparation. The longer duration can provide more time for networking and exploring potential career paths within the tech industry.

full time vs part-time bootcamp

4. Challenges of Part-Time Coding Bootcamps

Okay, we’ve been talking about the advantages of part-time bootcamps for a while. However, as with everything else, it has some challenges as well.

And as you know, Codeop is always transparent with its students. We want you to have the kind of faith in our teaching programmes that I have in our students.

So here are some challenges that our students have to face with a part-time course:

  1. Balancing Bootcamp, Work, and Personal Life

Balancing the demands of the bootcamp with work and personal responsibilities is a big challenge. It requires time management skills and can sometimes lead to stress and burnout if not managed properly.

  1. Longer Duration to Complete the Program

Part-time bootcamps typically extend over a longer period than full-time programs. This prolonged duration can sometimes affect motivation, as the extended time commitment may lead to fatigue and a decrease in enthusiasm.

  1. Potential for Slower Progress or Retention of Material

The spread-out schedule of part-time programs might result in slower progress than the immersive experience of full-time bootcamps.

Additionally, the longer gaps between sessions can sometimes hinder the retention of programming concepts, requiring more self-study and participant discipline.

Although, our women+ students do a great job of bypassing this challenge. We encourage you to take a little time out of your schedule every day to practice. This turns the challenge into an advantage and helps you retain the previous week’s lesson much better.

  1. Limited Networking Opportunities

Although part-time bootcamps offer flexibility, they may provide fewer networking opportunities than full-time programs.

Networking is crucial in the tech industry, and the intensive cohort experience of full-time bootcamps often fosters a stronger sense of community and professional connections.

So, what does this mean for you? Are part-time bootcamps hard to manage? The answer will change depending on who you ask. But then again, good things in life are seldom easy.

The real question is if you’re willing to transform yourself and strap a rocket onto your career’s back. If so, there are some great coding courses out there. You can always talk to our advisors and find out what suits you best.

5. Tips for Succeeding in a Part-Time Coding Bootcamp

Here are some tips to help you thrive in your part-time coding studies:

A. Time Management and Balancing Responsibilities

Create a schedule and stick to it. Dedicate specific weekly hours to coding practice, class attendance, and completing assignments.

Set realistic goals. Break down your learning projects and lessons into manageable tasks to keep track of progress and stay motivated.

B. Staying Motivated and Committed

Celebrate small wins. To maintain enthusiasm and commitment, recognize and celebrate each milestone, no matter how small.

C. Seeking Support from Peers, Instructors, and Mentors

At Codeop, we take pride in helping our students every step of the way. Our mission, after all, is to change the face of tech.

  • Participate in study groups and online forums with fellow students. This helps with learning and compensates for the limited in-person networking opportunities.
  • Take full advantage of the expertise of your instructors. Ask for feedback and additional resources to deepen your understanding of complex topics.

6. Why CodeOp’s Part-Time Coding Bootcamp

We’re dedicated to helping our students improve their quality of life by building intellectually challenging and meaningful careers.

Our graduates go on to build successful careers in tech—in 2021, 90% of CodeOp students were hired within 6 months of completing their bootcamps.

Want to know the secret of our success?

1. Updated Curriculum

At CodeOp, we understand that technology evolves at a breakneck pace. Our curriculum is continuously reviewed and updated to match industry standards and practices.

We make sure you’re learning the latest technologies and prepared for the challenges of tomorrow’s tech landscape.

2. Quality and Experience of Instructors

Our instructors are not just educators; they are seasoned professionals from some of the biggest tech companies in the world.

This means you’ll be learning from individuals who have real-world experience and insights that go beyond textbooks. They bring their firsthand knowledge of the latest technologies and industry demands directly into our classrooms.

3. Practical Projects

At CodeOp, we place a strong emphasis on practical learning. Our bootcamp includes numerous projects that simulate real-world problems and scenarios.

This project-based learning structure is designed to help you understand the course material and build the practical skills needed to succeed in a professional environment.

4. Specialization

CodeOp is proud to offer an environment that is supportive, inclusive, and tailored to the unique needs of women+ students.

We aim to foster a learning environment that empowers our students to thrive in their careers without facing the common barriers many women+ encounter in tech.

Join Us!

We believe every women, trans and nonbinary people (women+) is a hero in their story. And we want you to achieve something every hero deserves – success. So let’s build your future together.

Have any questions or need guidance on starting your tech journey? Don’t hesitate to reach out.

Author: Katrina Walker
CEO & Founder at CodeOp
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, I relocated to South Europe in 2016 to explore the growing tech scene from a data science perspective. After working as a data scientist in both the public...
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