College Students Are Willing To Spend Thousands Of Dollars More To Get Ahead

By David Biden, Semesterz

What was once a time for rest and relaxation is now a college student’s opportunity to learn new skills. Summer break is no longer used for part time jobs or internships, and more and more students are maximizing their summers to add more ammo to their belt for when they go out into the dog-eat-dog world of job hunting.

Take for example Eagle Wu, an 18-year old who just finished his freshman year at Babson College, Massachusetts. He will be spending his summer as part of the Horizons School of Technology bootcamp, geared towards college students, which will teach him skills such as HTML, JavaScript including many other computer skills in order to increase skill base, useful for the advancing workforce. Other students like Wu are not deterred by the 6-day week intensive program and many come to these types of courses to further their career options.

[post_ads]In a world where hi tech and computers are the next big thing, these skills are essential if you want to make it big. Abbhi Ramesh, Edward Lando and Darwish Gani are the founders of Horizons, and their vision have allowed them to tap into a booming student led market. According to Course Report, participation at coding bootcamps has more than doubled in 2015, bringing the total to 16,056 graduates enrolled in such programs.

Most of these programs are designed for college students looking to add applicable skills to their current foundations. However, there is a factor to take into consideration, especially for cash strapped students. Horizons, about to start its first course next week, is asking its participants to pay $14,000 for tuition fees. Some students like Wu can receive scholarships to relieve the financial strain, though most will either pay upfront or can decide to hand over 17% of their starting salary instead when they get hired. Don’t forget, this is on top of their expensive college tuition they are paying already.

One of the founders of Horizons believes that their programs can offer students crucial coding expertise that most of the other educational institutions are not proposing.

“We do see some classes in the US that do attempt to teach these essential computer skills to their students,” Ramesh says. “Though most of the universities are still teaching only theory, rather than application.”

The usefulness of these courses was confirmed in a Course Report Survey in 2015, where they found that two-thirds of the boot camp graduates reported having a full time job as a result of learning the skills from the program. It was also noticed that they had an average salary which was 38% higher than what was expected from those in their majors.

For programs such as Horizons, it seems that they have got the advantage in offering students something their colleges are not currently doing. According to Tara Hurley from WunderLand Group, a talent engagement agency, students that come to interviews with these credentials have stronger portfolios and a better idea of what the workforce expects from them.
Though bootcamps offer increasingly attractive courses and useful skills knowledge, it doesn’t mean every student needs to attend in order to succeed after graduating. If your college offers computer courses in addition to your major, you may not need to pay out more than what you were planning to. Moreover, other skills outside of the computer room are also crucial in helping your portfolio stand out, such as volunteering, project management and other significant achievements from your studies.

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