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How Your Bootcamp Review Can Help Future UX Students

Mary Bergeron

Before committing to a bootcamp in UX design you’ve no doubt researched different options online; you’ve read reviews, browsed blog posts on Medium, or even reached out to alumni through social media.

Reviews and feedback are extremely important for future students. According to SwitchUp’s research, there are now over 120 in-person bootcamps and hundreds of part-time, and online programs available worldwide.

While the growth means that there is more choice than ever, it is sometimes difficult for prospective students to find the perfect education for them.

The Value Of Reviews

A thorough review is important because it gives students a first-hand look at a bootcamp outside of marketing claims or statistics. Reviews can also shed light on post-bootcamp life at a variety of stages: from the first job search right after graduation, to an alum’s outlook once they are settled in a new tech career.

If you are a bootcamp grad (or soon-to-be grad), your perspective can help “pay it forward” to the next cohort of students, and give your school helpful feedback as well.

We suggest the following tips to write a review that is valuable to future students:

Weigh the Pros and Cons

Reviews are most helpful to students when they equally balance the pros and cons of the experience. Even if you have a very strong opinion about your bootcamp, try to balance out your feedback to make it more constructive. Keep in mind that everyone is looking for something a little different, so something that was a big “pro” or “con” for you might not be viewed the same to someone else.

Prospective students are most interested in the quality of the curriculum, teaching staff, and job support; so be sure to mention your thoughts on these areas. For an online program like CareerFoundry, be sure to talk about the quality of the support structure. Some students find a lack of in-person support to be challenging, so you’ll want to talk about how you navigated the perks and challenges of an online bootcamp.

Talk About Your Complete Experience: Before, During, and After The Bootcamp

The entire bootcamp process - from pre-work to your first job offer - is part of your career transformation. As you write your review, include how the program prepared you before and after the bootcamp itself. Did the pre-work give you a useful introduction to coding? Did career services help you ace an interview with your dream company? The complete picture will show future bootcampers how the program can help them both learn to code and meet their career goals.

Tell Your Story

Maybe you embarked on a career change into coding from a completely different background. Or maybe you took a semester off from college to gain UX skills at a bootcamp. Whatever the case may be, your path will show other students what’s possible. This perspective is especially helpful if you do not have a computer science background since many bootcamp students come from different fields. Your story will show future students that as long as they are committed, they too can switch to a tech career.

Where To Find & Write Your Review

Many bootcamp alumni are choosing to leave reviews on sites like Quora and Medium, or on the review site SwitchUp.

If you are interested in writing a review of CareerFoundry, check out their reviews page here. As an added incentive, you’ll be automatically entered to win a $350 Amazon gift card once you submit a verified review.

By taking a few minutes to write a review, you’ll provide invaluable feedback to CareerFoundry and help “pay-it-forward” to future students.

What You Should Do Now

  1. Get a hands-on introduction to UX with a free, 6-day short course.
  2. Become a qualified UX designer in 5-10 months—complete with a job guarantee.
  3. Talk to a Career Advisor to discuss career change and find out if UX is right for you.
  4. Learn about our graduates, see their portfolio projects, and find out where they’re at now.

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Mary Bergeron

Mary Bergeron

Contributer to the CareerFoundry Blog

Director of Marketing at SwitchUp.