Consumer FAQs

Consumer FAQs

If you’re wondering whether a Flatiron School bootcamp is right for you, check out some common Consumer FAQs about our programs.

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Choosing to change careers is a big decision. Acquiring skills, building a network, and landing a job, it’s hard work! That’s why – when you’re ready to make the leap – Flatiron School is here to support you in all stages of your journey.

If you’re wondering whether a Flatiron School bootcamp is the right choice for you to pursue your career change dreams, take a look at some of the common FAQs below. If you like what you see, we’ll be here when you’re ready to get started.

What is the difference between the On-campus and online Live and online Flex experience?

On-campus programs are 15 weeks long and are held full-time. Students are expected to be on campus for each day of class from 9 am – 6 pm local time. The Live program is also 15 weeks, but rather than going to a campus, you’ll be logged on and learning remotely full-time. Both on-campus and Live programs monitor attendance daily. 

The Flex program gives students up to 60 weeks to complete the curriculum and offers the most flexibility day to day. Students enrolled in Flex programs must attend at least 10 check-ins to be eligible for graduation, but are not otherwise required to attend live instructional activities.

Are bootcamps worth it?

Bootcamps offer a lot of things. They offer an opportunity to learn the skills you need to launch a career at a relatively affordable and fast pace.

What’s required of you is to find the right bootcamp. Find a place that teaches in a way that fits your learning style, meets your price point and schedule, and focuses on the languages and skills that align with your career ambitions. If you do your research and find the right place for you, then attending the right bootcamp is the right choice.

Do bootcamps work?

Employers value people who can do the job and who can learn and adapt quickly on the job. By successfully completing a bootcamp, you’re demonstrating that you can “do” as evidenced by your projects and that you can “learn” as evidenced by completing the program. 

At Flatiron School, you’ll be able to demonstrate both. You’ll learn how to learn because new technologies appear on the market every day. Our approach enables graduates to learn and apply new tools when needed. In other words, it’s not just the skills themselves that are important to hiring managers, but how you go about acquiring skills to complete a job that sets you apart. 

In many ways, bootcamps definitely do work, and there’s a lot of proof behind that statement.

But it’s better to first ask yourself, “What do I want to get out of attending a bootcamp?” Asking yourself what your goals and ambitions are is how you’ll know if a bootcamp would work for you.

Some people want to just become acquainted with the basics of a skill, which is great, but a full-time bootcamp might not be the best route if you’re looking for a basic understanding of something – whether it’s coding, data science, cybersecurity, or product design.

If your goal is to learn the skills you need to pursue a new career, then yes, bootcamps do work.

What is an online bootcamp?

While they vary with each course and each school, typical online bootcamps are short-term and often rigorous training programs to help students learn the knowledge and skills they need to be eligible for an entry-level position in a related field (aka, change careers).

What experience or requirements do you need to join Flatiron School programs?

We don’t require you to have prior relevant experience to apply for any of the Flatiron School programs. Our admissions requirements are being at least 18 years old, having a high school diploma, a GED or equivalent credential, having a native or highly proficient fluency in English, and completing the admissions process.

Before joining your cohort on Day 1, you will have to complete around 40 hours of coursework called Prep to learn the basics of your program and prepare you for success in the course. 

What’s the application process like?

The first step is to fill out a written application. Once submitted, you will receive prompts from the admissions team to schedule an interview and take a 15 min aptitude assessment. During the interview, a member of the admissions team will learn about your learning needs, career goals, and help you decide whether the program is the right fit for you. If you passed your assessment, we will give you the admissions decision after your interview.

What does job search support look like?

The Flatiron School Career Services team exists to help you find a job. You’ll receive guidance on how to:

  • Build and Optimize your LinkedIn Profile and Resume
  • Ace your behavioral and technical interviews
  • Grow your network of tech professionals
  • Connect with Flatiron School employer partners 
  • Negotiate your salary
  • Optimize your job search using AI
  • Track job search activity using Huntr

You’ll partner with a dedicated Career Coach regularly to make forward progress each week, with up to six months of one-on-one support after graduation.

Am I guaranteed employment upon graduation from the program?

Flatiron School does not guarantee employment upon completing any of our programs. However, our technical curriculum combined with hands-on, one-on-one career coaching support has helped launch 7,000+ grads into new careers. While launching a new career is hard work, it is absolutely possible with consistency and commitment.

What types of companies hire Flatiron School graduates?

Our graduates have and continue to make lasting impacts in a range of companies from small startups to Fortune 500 companies. 

Companies who have hired our grads include:

  • Google
  • Apple
  • Microsoft
  • IBM
  • Facebook
  • Shopify
  • VOX
  • BuzzFeed
  • Spotify
  • Accenture
  • Intel
  • Kickstarter
  • The New York Times
  • Thought Works
  • Goldman Sachs
  • PWC
  • Citi Bank
  • Dow Jones
  • Akamai

What financing options are available?

You have a few options in terms of financing your enrollment in one of Flatiron School’s courses. See all of your options on our Tuition & Financing page.

We also offer initiatives that can help to offset the cost of tuition on our Scholarships and Diversity Initiatives page.

What is Flatiron School’s job placement rate?

You can view our latest job placement rates in our Jobs Report.

We’ve issued a third-party examined Jobs Report each year since 2014 and remain committed to honesty and transparency with student outcomes.

I would like to talk to a Flatiron School team member, what should I do?

If you would like to connect with a member of our team, please simply schedule a chat with one of our Admissions representatives.

Get Ready To Upgrade Your Life

Flatiron School’s 10+ years of training expertise, seasoned career service coaches, and 10,000+ alumni network all play a role in helping you change careers. In a market that rewards ambition and dedication, our graduates have that in spades and go on to live the lives they’ve dreamed of.

Ready to get started? Apply Today.

If you need more time, why not visit our program pages, or hear from other grads that were once in your shoes? 

Disclaimer: The information in this blog is current as of August 15, 2023. Current policies, offerings, procedures, and programs may differ.

About Anna Van Deusen

Anna Van Deusen is the Marketing Content Manager at Flatiron School. When not writing about tech and Flatiron School students, she can be found hanging out with her dogs on a beach…

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