From Paralegal to Programmer: How I changed my career and life in one yearFeatured

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“I had the privilege of teaching single moms, ESL students, and immigrants - all of whom were changing their careers in order to change their lives and the lives of their families.” — Being paid to learn AND impact other people’s lives is probably one of the rarest and amazing opportunities out there. Thank you so much for sharing your story, and good luck in your new position. 💗
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Thanks so much for sharing your story!What was your experience with Codeacademy like?
mschlaefer's profile thumbnail
Codeacademy was great for the basics. I code move at my own pace and it was very informative. The only problem was that it was just basics. I knew I needed a bootcamp to really push and help me learn the more complex topics.
amazzocchi's profile thumbnail
Hi Mariel! I'd love to hear more about why you picked Flatiron? Your story is so great and really proves that bootcamps can propel careers.
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So, I did A LOT of research when deciding which coding school to attend. Luckily, living in NYC provided me with several options for bootcamps. My initial data points were languages and price. Flatiron teaches two languages and two frameworks for those languages. The other schools I looked at only taught one language, but with several frameworks. Through my research, it struck me that I could be more successful learning two different languages rather than just one. That conclusion served me well in my job search. Price was a big factor for me, and at the time Flatiron was more cost effective than my other options. The overall tuition was less than the other bootcamps, and I also received a couple scholarships that applied for both through the school and through third parties. The part of pricing was the payment schedule. Flatiron's payback schedule made the most sense to me because I could pay the initial fee (I think it was around $3000) and then take out a loan for the rest of the cost and pay it off at a set interest rate regardless of my future salary. I found this far more appealing than the salary-sharing plans that several bootcamps (including Flatiron) now have. If I had chosen that payment strategy and had to pay a portion of my current salary as deferred tuition, I would've paid far more for my education than through a standard loan. So, that is a BIG thing to consider. It just depends on your personal financial situation.The last two data points I looked at were the school's reputation and culture. At the time, Flatiron was the only bootcamp that had an audited and confirmed jobs report. They were rated as one of the top bootcamps in the nation, and they had name recognition. These factors were very important because it proved they had an established history of success with their students and in the industry. Flatiron also prides itself on the culture they create for their students, and it showed in the interview and throughout my time there. I was promised a safe, fun and supportive/collaborative environment for learning and that is what I got. I am a year out of my bootcamp, and I am still close friends with my classmates. I hope this answered your question!
amazzocchi's profile thumbnail
Thanks so much for responding with such a thoughtful answer, with so many bootcamps it's hard to navigate which can make the most sense. I agree the % of paycheck can end up being quite a bit and it's great that you were able to avoid that.
nayabcontractor's profile thumbnail
This is so inspiring! Thanks for sharing your story. I'm teaching myself how to code as well.
mschlaefer's profile thumbnail
You'll never stop "teaching yourself how to code" lol. Coding is a never ending process of learning new things. Good luck!
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Thank you!