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Why do you want to learn data science? Ultimately you need to land a high-paying job. All those boring online courses workshops and course materials that you have invested in on a belief that in the near future you will be market-ready for a job, trust me data science will definitely help you get a good job and worth learning. But there is always a thin line barrier between learning and being market-ready. Let’s explore how you can become a market-ready player by attending data science Bootcamps.
What Is Data Science Bootcamps?
To keep it simple and short Bootcamps are similar to online courses but they will be a little bit more focused on the real-time application of what you are learning and will be rich with hands-on projects. The primary objective of a Bootcamp is to develop or enrich the skills of the participant.
See when we start to learn anything on our own the first problem that we come across will be not having a plan or structure of what we are learning. I would call this scenario absence of a syllabus, in our learning journey syllabus is what keeps us in order, we will be lost in the learning track if we don’t have a syllabus. Bootcamps come with a well-structured syllabus and teach us the focus areas of the course that we are studying.
Why Data Science Bootcamps Are Important?
Most of the degrees come in the duration of 3 or 4 years if it’s a computer science engineering degree you definitely have to spend at least 4 years to learn it. And during the course of study, you will be learning many topics like game theory, networking .etc which are meant only for academic purposes. In your daily life as a data scientist, you won’t be using them under any circumstances.
Data science Bootcamps isolate the most relevant skills from a 4-year degree and infuse them with relevant industry skills to bridge the gap between the theoretical world of academia and the real world that meets the current needs of the industry.
Bootcamps also focus on high-impact learning through real-time hands-on projects on the topic and will be conducting hackathons or competitions among the participants. These activities will further boost the enthusiasm among the students and will make them way more competitive.
A great Bootcamp will also improve the social interacting skills of the participant.
These are some of the benefits of Bootcamp over the online courses, even though online courses do offer community and forums for the enrolled students to communicate with each other they don’t prove to be much effective.
Does It Worth Spending Money?
A 65-page market report published by career karma says that the Bootcamp market is growing at a rate of 4.38% (This is an old statistic of course it would have increased due to corona). This humongous growth rate resembles the ever-growing need for skilled employees in the market. And the report also says that the students who enrolled in the Bootcamps have also been placed at tech giants like Google, IBM, Amazon, and so on. And also the cost of Bootcamps is 50% lesser when compared to the average cost of a computers science degree, some of the Bootcamps even offer direct placement drives also.
Motivated enough to join a Bootcamp? Consider reading the rest of the article before jumping into a decision.
The average cost of a Bootcamp is 13000$-15000$ some of them also cost more than 20000$, which when compared to the average tuition fee for a computer science degree, 26000$, is still less but most of the participants might have already completed a degree before joining the Bootcamp. Most of them consider Bootcamps as a program to enhance their skills, so they will be carrying a hefty burden of both degree fees and Bootcamp fees.
The primary objective of Bootcamp is to serve the ones who are underprivileged in the traditional university ecosystem. The university model does not work for everyone. Learners who are parents and have family commitments, who cannot afford to quit their jobs, or who are otherwise unable to commit to a university program, could not attend a university program. People who live in so-called “education deserts,”—where there is no college or university nearby—are also unable to benefit from going to university without traveling long distances, which is not an option for everyone.
These are the category of people who should join Bootcamps. They should be treated as an alternative for university education rather not like an online course certificate that you add to your resume. So students who want to learn an additional skill while you have already enrolled for a degree program and employees who are seeking a job promotion should not consider Bootcamps they should find an online course which suits your need.
Does Data Science Bootcamps Worth The Money?
As we have seen in the previous part that data science boot camps are only applicable for a specific category of people, it especially doest fit for data science enthusiasts too. As per the report by career karma top technical skills that prove to be effective in the Bootcamp mode of teaching are, React.js, Node.js, Git, JQuery, and Ruby on rails. As we can understand that none of these are related to data science.
Under present circumstances, all we can understand is Bootcamp market is more focused on market segments like web development, software development, app development, full-stack development, and so on.
But yet there are a few popular data science Bootcamps like NYC Data Science Academy, The Data Incubator and so on which are very famous and provide high-class education and placements. But yet the overall market is more biased toward the topics that I mentioned before.
Bootcamps Vs Online Courses
|It will be focused on key areas of the topic.||Most of the online courses give us an overview of the topic and cover almost all the contents briefly. Of course, you can opt-in for specialization if you are interested in any specific areas.|
|Bootcamps come at a cheap price when compared to traditional university education but it’s way too expensive when compared with online courses.||Online courses are cheap and are affordable.|
|Suitable for only a specific category of people.||Some courses that are offered by udemy, Coursera .etc are very cheap and are affordable for everyone including students or working employees. But there are expensive online courses too.|
Apart from these both these industries have massively benefitted from the pandemic, all these markets skyrocket since everyone around the globe started to look for alternative ways to learn new things.
Is There Any Chance Of Getting A Job After Data Science Bootcamp?
Now to the question that we have been talking about since the start, do Bootcamps guarantee any job opportunities?
Well, the answer could be Yes or sometimes No, it depends on many factors like your course specialization, the reputation of the Bootcamp provider. Sometimes some Bootcamps come with the guaranteed job interview, in such cases, we are more likely to be placed on companies directly after we completed the Bootcamp.
But when it comes to Computer science degrees and Bootcamps, a computer science degree gives mone opportunities for a job. Some old numbers say 79% of the students who enroll for a Bootcamp get placed on a job directly after the Bootcamp.
There are pretty good chances for getting a job after Bootcamp, but not completely guaranteed. But When compared to the placement rate of computer science engineering students, the Bootcamp placement rate is higher. Only 51% of the students who take computer science are placed for jobs in India. So 79% is a lot of difference, likewise, placement for a job is a highly dependent factor, it depends on your location too.
The key takeaways from this article are:
- Bootcamps are programs that are focused on enhancing the skills of the participants
- Bootcamps comes at a cost which is 50% lesser than the traditional university fees
- Even if it is like that Bootcamps are suitable only for a specific category of people
- Investing in a Bootcamp after degree or for job promotion might turns out to be a bad idea sometimes
- The overall Bootcamp market is more biased towards skills like full stack development, there are only a few good data science Bootcamp programs
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