One of the most common questions I got this winter, was whether someone should join Bootcamp X, or Bootcamp Y. Sadly, I can’t attend all of these myself and check, like I have done once in the past — there’s way too many of them out there.
Many of my viewers/readers have finished Bootcamps however - often really expensive ones. The conversations I had with them led me to coming up with a way that you can check a bootcamp yourself, before enrolling. It should help you make a better choice and avoid wasting money.
I made a video on all of these steps and red flags, so if you prefer watching to reading here it is:
🟢 Don’t go into debt!
This is important! I know we’re living in a world of instant gratification. Buy now, pay later, in monthly installments, forever. Don’t fall into that trap. If you cannot afford a UX bootcamp, don’t take one. If you need to go into debt to start, it’s something I’d strongly advise against.
Buy now, pay later, in monthly installments, forever. Don’t fall into that trap.
Sure, some bootcamps promise or guarantee you a job afterwards, but those guarantees are full of caveats and loopholes. There is no way to guarantee a job for everyone, as they have no idea how connected to this industry people are. And while there’s often a money-back guarantee if you don’t get the job, going into debt is always a bad idea.
🟠 Start with free or cheap
Another advice I have, is to start with free or very cheap courses. You can take the one by Google, at $35 per month, and the Foundations part of it can be free if you finish it in a week.
Get yourself familiar with UX, as sadly I’ve often seen people jump onto a bootcamp, max out their credit card, just to…