There are many ways to learn how to code: universities or vocational studies, DIY, and coding bootcamps. Let's take a look at the pros and cons of the most popular of them.
Why learn to code
A profession without unemployment, a profession with future
currently open jobs
in the United States
in 2015 in Spain
software engineers needed in Europe
developers needed in Europe in 2020
According to Michael Page, the average salary for an unexperienced web developer in Spain is around 19.500€.
According to the InfoJobs' Job market report the jobs related to programming have grown 60%.
Testimonials from experts
Designer at Accenture
"At Skylab Coders you will deeply learn a coding language, which is basic and extremely important".
UX/UI/Mobile en King
"Designers have to be able to demonstrate with data that an investment in design has to be done, and try to go beyond the aesthetic value".
"We want programmers that are have a strong knowledge of a programming language".
Front-end developer at Deloitte
"I would never have gotten a job as a developer unless I had attended to a bootcamp and worked hard during the course".
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few questions we’re typically asked, along with our responses.
Why should I learn to code?
There's code everywhere!
You can create your own company and be the next Facebook! Also, from startups to Fortune 100 companies, there is a consistent demand for web and mobile developers. There are currently 150.000 open jobs for software engineers in the United States.
It's an industry without unemployment.
There are no good or bad programming languages, but you can do it on your own if you understand the fundamentals. Our teachers and mentors help you get them during the Bootcamp.
Why should I join a coding bootcamp when there are plenty of free resources online?
Self-learning is difficult for some reasons. First of all, students waste time and energy attempting to assemble their own curriculum as the content is available but fragmented. Second, there's around a 95% abandonment ratio on online education (MOOCs) and, for those who finish the course, often end up with an incomplete understanding of the programming language as well as underdeveloped skills in debugging and engineering workflow.
Remember: there is much more than just writing code.
You can see how Skylab Coders Academy prepares for you a coding program according to the industry needs.
Why should I join a coding bootcamp instead of attending to a traditional institution?
Traditional software engineering or vocational education are the most common ways to access this sector. Widely accepted and looked by employers, but slow to react to the most up-to-date needs of the industry, wich leaves students with gaps in their knowledge of the latest technologies and methodologies.
It also takes a student two to four years to enter the market, while a coding bootcamp takes around 12 weeks to deep dive in the most important issues a web developer needs to work in the industry. We do not to focus on Computer Science theory but on hands-on practical experience and modern programming methodologies not just required but expected on a mobile or web developer.
Our teachers and mentors may (or may not) have an academic background, but our main value is they have no less than 5 years of real-life working experience. We are widely connected to agents, companies, recruiters, CTOs, startups and investors, as some of us have around 20 years of experience in this sector.
Who is the typical applicant for Skylab?
Students may come from different backgrounds. There isn't a "typical" profile, but if we should group them, we would find the following:
- Some hold a CS degree and want to get web dev or mobile specific training before applying to jobs. Some want to learn and gain experience in modern methodologies.
- Many come from fields like design, looking to gain a complete skill set and begin a career in engineering.
- Some others come from unrelated fields like business administration or management and lack the abilities to develop their business ideas and build their own startups.
- There are also students that come from other completely different backgrounds like architecture, literature or music and want to transition to the tech industry.
There's though a common treat in all of them: successful applicants are highly motivated, passionate and are intelligent learners.
I’m interested, but have very little (or none) programming experience. How can I prepare?
Join our precourse and watch yourself code in a few days.
Are there financing options?
We don't want financial barriers to keep talented people from reaching their goals. We’re offering a few different financing options: student loans from financial institutions, scholarships offered by our partner companies, or deferred payments.
Note that you must first be accepted into a Skylab program before applying for financing.
Contact our admissions team for more information.
If you want to know more about the requirements to attend a course at Skylab, please contact us.