We Visited a Coding Bootcamp for a Day, and We Would Totally Sign Up

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Do you have your whole life figured out already?

If you said no, that's OK - hardly anyone does at our age. And that's why so many of them have stumbled into coding bootcamps.

When we heard about these legendary places, we wanted to see what all the hype was about, so we ventured onto Dev Bootcamp's New York City campus last week.

Intensive programs like Dev, which says it's the longest running coding bootcamp, are designed to morph you into as a job-ready, full-stack web developer, and immerses students into coding, starting with the very basics.

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"I think what is so awesome about working in technology is that technology is a tool that you can build whatever you want," says Community Marketing Manager Eleanor Whitney. "So if you're interested in art, fashion or music, there's something you can make with code that relates to that interest."

This particular bootcamp has two parts: The first is a nine-week remote prep program called Phase Zero: The Building Blocks. If you don't know anything about coding yet, this is when you'll get brought up to speed.

The second part is a nine-week immersive program on campus composed of Phase 1: Programming Fundamentals, Phase 2: Programming for the Web and Phase 3: Making Beautiful & Meaningful Things.

"I found out that [coding] was very creative," says Eleanor, who worked in museums for the first part of her career. "It was actually a lot less harder than I thought, and I just because obsessed with making things."

Stepping onto the campus, there are two things that strike you right away: One, how comfortable everyone is - dressed down in jeans and sneakers, casually lounging on the floor - and two, the collaborative effort that goes into the lectures and solving problems (always in pairs).

"I was just convinced that everyone was going to be coding on the computer all the time, not really interacting with people," says student Angelita Graves, who majored in psychology and picked up a computer science minor her senior year. "I wish I understood that it is way more interactive. I do so much team building here."

In addition, students have resources like counselors, yoga and dance classes and wellness coaches in addition to Dev's career coaches and job listings. After Dev Bootcamp, students have gone to work for companies like Square, Twitter and Yahoo.

Student Laura Evans signed up for Dev after partaking in Girl Develop It, a nonprofit organization that offers affordable web and software development programs to ladies. "It was kind of empowering seeing all these women learn a language of the future," she says.

Currently, about 30 percent of Dev Bootcamp is female across its four locations in San Francisco, New York City, Chicago and San Diego.There's also a $500 scholarship for students who identify as female or as part of an underrepresented racial group in tech - it's just deducted from your tuition if you qualify. No application needed.

"Code is a great tool; it's not a means to end," says Eleanor. "And I think what's so important is that every company now is a tech company. Every company now uses technology and if you can understand that you'll be a huge asset to whatever company you choose to work in."

If you don't have plans to start your own #BUILTBYGIRLS company, then maybe the key to landing your dream job is a coding education!

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