Udacity vs online bootcamp

I am not sure if its appropriate to start this topic here and I hope I dont get removed from the community. Moderators, please feel free to delete it if its inappropriate.

Anyway, I dont have a job at the moment and I am waiting to finish Web Development course to put osmething worthwhile on my portfolio before I can start applying for jobs. And from the looks of it, its going to take a looong time before I can get done.

To speed up the process, I was thiknking of enrolling in either a nanodegree on Udacity or an online bootcamp that gurantees job placement too. I cant seem to pick between the two. Please help!

Hi there
So I’ve actually completed Frontend Nanodegree back in 2015. I can tell you right now that they’ve added a lot of things since then.

Truth be told, I completed at bare minimum because I was working full-time at another job, and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to web-development. After I completed the course, it confirmed that indeed I wanted to do it and I took a hitatus of working and studying (took a whole year of traveling around the world).

In my opinion, I think Udacity is worth a shot. I think their curriculum is well-put, they teach you from the grounds up of HTML-CSS all the way to Javascript, and their job-support is great.

However, unlike FCC Curriculum, Udacity does give out all the information for you already to complete the projects. Though it is convenient, I felt enforcing to do your own research of how to complete a project is worth more- you learn how to google the right keywords, which then you might stumble something you didnt know, etc.

If you’re looking for a more “structured” curriculum, I’d say Udacity is worth it but keeping in my mind that (in my experience) they’ve hold my hands a bit too much. So why not do both Udacity and FCC?

Let me know if you have any other questions

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It depends which type of curriculum are you looking for and which type of involvement you want to have.
Udacity has great courses, great curriculum… with a soft-approach(as said).
Bootcamps are EXTREMELY demanding, as a time invested and as You approach the studying. Nobody is “holding your hands” although you may have invaluable time with a mentor on your side.

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by bootcamps I meant Launch Academy/Thinkful/AppAcademy etc. Will a Nanodegree from Udacity get me a job? Im unemployed at the moment and want to get it done and over with as soon as possible.

Those bootcamps and even Udacity does have some career coaching. However, finishing a bootcamp isn’t going to be enough to get you a job. What will get you a job is for you to actually understand the material, and how long it takes varies one person to another.

I’ve done Udacity (dropped out of the FullStack ND and competed a few free courses). They offer so much in the way of free courses so I think it’s better to supplement FCC and Udacity’s free courses, as well as other things like Eloquent Js.

When I was just starting to learn to code a few months ago I was big on ultimatums of ‘this vs that’. Now that I’ve spent some time learning (as well as too much time lagging) I see that doing multiple things is the way to go.

Front End FCC can honestly be completed very quickly. A majority of the the stuff is algorithmic challenges. I’ve spent like a month just doing Codewars challenges nonstop and I’m at a point where I can complete algorithm puzzles ‘beautifully’ according to a guy I was pair programming with at an FCC meetup.

I feel like you can learn a lot more by doing; music in the background and google tabs rotating on a constant, and that’s what FCC is all about. I wouldn’t discount FCC just because it’s free.

Quickest shot to learning > quickest shot to get a job. Most bootcamps don’t hold much weight job seeking and I’d assume nanodegrees hold even less.

From what I can recall, if you signed up and finish Nanodegree and can’t find a job within 6 months, you get your money back.

Bootcamps like AppAcademy follows the same structure - you don’t pay them until you land your first dev job (18% of your first year salary)

You have to pay an extra $100 /m for that benefit with Udacity, and it essentially preselects people with the initiative to learn things fast. It goes to stand that they’re likely doing things during that 6 month window that makes them more likely to get hired.

With bootcamps I said ‘most’. I plan on going to Hack Reactor (which also offers Remote, OP) but there’s a theory that I’ve talked about with people from an FCC meetup that top bootcamps like HR only select people that are already essentially job ready.

I don’t know. How did you get your first dev job?

I was part of Google’s Dev Scholarship for Udacity Front-End NanoDegree. I found there coverage of JavaScript not enough to complete the projects they have you complete and the mentorship was aweful.

I’d recommend steering clear of them if you have to pay for it.