In its origins, the term Bootcamp was used to refer to a type of military training proper to the military, based on the high intensity to achieve a better physical performance in short periods of time. Over the years, this concept was also applied to educational programs, characterized precisely by offering intensive and specific training in just a few months.
Bootcamps, in education, are created to transmit in a short time the practical knowledge that companies demand from their employees, allowing those who opt for this type of training to access greater employment opportunities by investing less time than the defendant for university degrees. The most popular and used are the Bootcamps of Programming, also known as Coding Bootcamps, in which it is tried to teach complex computer languages but indispensable for the current work context.
Why are these programs so popular?
First, we must say that Programming is a new read and write. In an increasingly technological world, anyone who knows how to create and manage codes will understand the language that moves the world and can adapt to their demands. The program’s illiterates, however, must comply with lower-paid jobs in less prominent professional areas.
Another interesting point, which can be seen as a benefit of participation in programs of this type, is the fact that they facilitate the entry into the technological industry. Those trained in Programming Bootcamps will be aware of the latest developments in their sector, as these programs are characterized by a constant update, and thus will have more possibilities to access companies in the area.
In general, the curriculum of the Programming Bootcamp is created based on the demands and needs of the companies that are looking for professionals trained in the subject, so to take these programs is a way to ensure the interest of the future employers.
As for the content of the programs itself, it can be said that by eliminating the unnecessary theoretical contents that can be found in other types of training, they are more practical and attractive for students.
In conclusion: agile and realistic contents, essential knowledge for the world today, access to the labour market, and interest of insured companies … By where they are seen, Programming Bootcamps are presented as a complete programs to learn to work with computer codes And enter a market with high demand and excellent remuneration.
Why participate in a Bootcamp?
With the intention of getting closer to the reality of the graduates of this type of programs, and to know firsthand the contributions that a Bootcamp can offer to students with different interests and objectives, we contact Bootcamps graduates of Design UI / UX in Ironhack To hear their opinions.
Isabel Morell, Luis Nagel, Guillermo Simon and Héctor Calaza are the professionals we interviewed. All of them work as UI / UX Designers in various companies and show the usefulness of their training to access the employment they currently have while recommending to other students to take advantage of this type of programs to train in the areas of the future.
In general, these professionals consider that participation in the Ironhack Bootcamp allowed them to obtain a new vision of the digital world, but not any vision, but the one that the companies are looking for. In the words of Guillermo Simon, these programs allow us to know “the level of work required to work in a real company, to the mentality that one must have when facing difficult projects or situations.”.
This, coupled with networking possibilities with colleagues offering these programs, makes access to the job market much easier. The great advantage of this aspect is that, theoretically, these professionals can work in all types of companies: from start ups to companies with a specific department for everything related to UI / UX design, or as consultants for companies and brands of everything kind.
Frequently the differences between university careers and these types of training are highlighted with more condensed programs and a lower load of theoretical concepts. In this regard, Luis Nagel expresses his preference for this format: “Normally in other types of education you are given a degree and a theoretical basis, but you lack that learning of own mistakes. That’s why from the university you become a fellow, and from a Bootcamp, you start to work directly, even if as a junior. “