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Frequently-Asked Questions

Online Web Developer Career Course

The Course

  • What are the differences between the Career Change program versus the Certificate Courses?

    Aside from tuition, five things most clearly distinguish the “full stack” Career Change program from the Certificate Courses:

    • Job Guarantee
    • Career Services
    • Several 1:1 deep-dive Instructor mentorship sessions (“Portfolio Projects”) versus only 1
    • Full Stack Curriculum versus single-topic
    • Financing (available for Career Change program only)

    The Certificate Courses are great for adding an extra notch on your existing coding belt. But the Career Change program is fully built out to turn novices into professional software developers that can compete for the most intense junior developer jobs in the world.

  • Should I learn in-person or online?

    Our Online campus and Manhattan campus have a great deal in common:

    • Shared, Rigorous Curriculum
    • 1:1 Mentorship with Expert Instructors
    • Community Support: Code with other learners
    • Code Portfolio: Graduate with the biggest portfolio of code — all of it on GitHub.
    • Professional Workflows: Write code the real way, using Git, Bash, and a test-driven approach.
    • Study Groups: Work through curriculum and code labs with other students in a structured way.
    • Certification: Pass our final exam to certify your mastery of Flatiron School’s robust curriculum.
    • Job Guarantee: After certification we guarantee a job offer within 6 months or your money back.
    • Career Training: Learn what it will take to land the Software Engineering job you want.
    • Employer Access: We will share your profile with our 1000+ cross-country employer network.

    That said, think about what works best for you:

    • Location: Do you live near Manhattan, or prefer to study from home?
    • Timeline: Most in-person courses last 12 weeks. Our online course goes at your own pace, faster or slower.
    • External Commitments: Do you need to maintain a day job? In-person courses meet full-time, M-F 9am-6pm. Online is at your own pace.
    • Budget: The in-person Web Developer program costs $15,000. Our online Web Developer programs is $1,500/month.
  • What are the best programming bootcamps/courses available in the United States?

    See Flatiron School Co-Founder Adam Enbar’s in-depth answer on Quora.

  • What are the best programming languages to learn today?

    See Dean Avi Flombaum’s in-depth answer on Quora.

  • Do coding bootcamps live up to what they advertise in terms of pay bumps and job placement with a new career?

    As of today, Flatiron School is the only in-person programming school to have released an Independently Audited Jobs Report.

    This means we’ve given Certified Public Accountants access to all of our data, and allowed them to reach out to alumni, and employers, at their will, in order to certify the accuracy of our data (for that certification, they required 100% response rate, with 100% accuracy). We had auditors certify statistics around things such as average salary ($75K), time to placement (less than 6 months), and graduation rate (99%).

    Hopefully, with time, more schools will do the same.

  • Why is Flatiron's average starting salary lower than other coding bootcamps like App Academy and Dev Bootcamp?

    Is it actually?

    This was covered recently in an article in Business Insider:

    Here’s what you should know about those 99% job placement rates at ‘coding bootcamps’— some of which boast $100,000 exit salaries

  • Is attending a bootcamp really worth the high cost when there are such substantial learning resources for free?

    That depends entirely on you.

    We often equate learning to fitness. Technically, all you need is a pair of sneakers – you can run as well as do pushups, crunches, stretching, etc… in order to hit your goal.

    For some people though, that’s not enough. They join a gym because they thrive with a sense of community - being surrounded by other people who have the same goal.

    Others want more structure so they’ll enroll in classes like Spin where they can be told exactly how to progress. Or maybe even get a personal trainer.

    And yet others want full immersion so they’ll go to something like a yoga retreat where they can focus 100% of their time and energy on that one goal. This is most akin to attending our bootcamp.

    What’s best for you ultimately depends on what brings the best out of you. From a pure ROI perspective, our students on average see a 40%+ increase in salary after graduating from Flatiron School.

  • Is it possible to shift to a software job after the age of 40?

    See Dean Avi Flombaum’s in-depth answer on Quora.

  • Do I need a computer?

    For online courses, you do need your own computer, but it can be either a Mac or a PC.

  • Do I need any experience to apply?

    The most common thread among our students is that each one has a genuine passion for coding; the best way to know whether coding is for you is to start doing it! Start a free online intro to programming course today.

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