Why Do Bootcamps Work

Why Do Bootcamps Work?

You want to revolutionize your education and define your financial future. You’ve narrowed it down: there's a booming demand for jobs in web development, data science, and cybersecurity. One of the ways you can learn those skills is to attend a four-year college with a six-digit price tag. Alternatively, you can jump into an aggressive and immersive bootcamp that gives you the skills you need, for a tenth of the price tag in just a couple of months.

For the first time in higher education, schools are building curriculum that matches future labor demand while educating students at an accelerated pace. Enter: The bootcamp.

Let's get real: It's a dedication of your precious time and money – with tuitions ranging from $10,000 to $20,000, and an average length of 11.4 weeks. So what’s the big deal? What makes bootcamps actually work? It's a combination of values - all created with YOU in mind.


Today, college graduates are faced with the huge risks of unemployment rates and future uncertainty. They find themselves having to go back to school to get the career they want, or they discover they're not in the right field and start from scratch. Colleges and universities are a great place to be educated beyond high school - and many graduates go on to secure viable employment after getting a degree. But there's a discrepancy surrounding the cost and value of traditional education, and in response, student debt has increased tenfold over the past several decades. It's because students are learning skills that are not applicable to the current labor demand.

Imagine getting a job - a great job - within three months of graduation. There's a huge marketplace demand for tech jobs, and in response, accelerated learning programs offer a fast and effective education that is focused on connecting you with employment in a growing industry.

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Your networking starts on Day 1. Bootcamps work directly with partner companies to set up matchmaking events and job fairs. Often times, bootcamps have direct partnerships with companies to help fill their job demand.

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At every bootcamp, there's at least one staff member whose job is to get you a job - literally. It's career support taken to the next level: you'll learn what company you want to go on to work for (Startup? Fortune 500?) - all while receiving helpful tips and training along the way.

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It's more than just a mock interview. You'll receive hands-on support at every step of the way. Most bootcamps have a segment of curriculum that's solely used for resume workshopping, portfolio preparation, public speaking practice, and networking events.


Traditional college curriculum gives students a well-rounded education, including lecture- and essay-based courses on anthropology, art, mathematics, and more. These courses are helpful for students who need help deciding what they want to do, or who want a broad understanding of everything.

Bootcamp curriculum is focused, aggressive, and lean: You won't find Art History or Literature on your weekly agenda. The curriculum is drilled down to only include core concepts that are directly related to the job you're going to get.

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If a language becomes the next big thing, bootcamps will quickly respond and change their curriculum so you're always on top of your game. A bootcamp's curriculum changes every cohort. Colleges will run the same curriculum for years.

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You'll learn exactly what you need to learn. Dive right into applicable material - no filler lessons.

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Upon graduation, you'll have a portfolio of applications or projects that you've created - perfect for your first interview!


Your time and money are precious resources. Time and time again we see students dedicating their lives to an outcome that doesn't return the favor. The bootcamp model is built around YOUR future, so you get exactly what you need as quickly as you can. It's all about a Return On Education: you put in your time, money, and dedication --- and then get a transformed career.

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College graduates invest four years of their time in school. The average bootcamp course length is 11.4 weeks.

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The numbers speak for themselves: The average bootcamp tuition is $11,400. Average tuition cost for a 4-year computer science degree is $157,760.

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Skills Fund performs due diligence on the quality of curriculum and strong student outcomes for each bootcamp. If you enroll in one of our partner schools, you know that you'll get a return on your education.


To put it simply:

  • Bootcamps are effective because the curriculum is specifically designed to teach you skills quickly and effectively.
  • Bootcamps are designed to fill the technology skills gap.
  • Bootcamps focus on career placement and student outcomes.
  • Bootcamps take your mind, time, and money, and turn them into a high-reward career.

But don't just take it from us: imagine yourself in a bootcamp, and do a self-assessment to see if it’s right for you. It depends on the way you learn, and the goals that you set for yourself. Explore a few of our partners and reach out to them. Research online, attend info sessions, ask lots of questions, and get a feel for what kind of environment you'll thrive in.

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Choosing your bootcamp is a huge decision, fueled by a number of factors. Let us be your guide to selecting a bootcamp with our free infographic.