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Are Private Training Companies an Alternative to a Computer Science Degree?


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Recent university graduates are turning to bootcamps to grow their skills in some of the most in-demand areas of tech, and to do it fast. Private training companies offer bootcamps to people with no previous experience or education in IT or computer science, and graduates have been very successful when it comes to finding work in their new fields, be it coding, UX (user experience), data analytics, or cybersecurity. The average starting salary for bootcamp graduates in North America is $69,079, according to Course Report.

Bootcamp courses include live lectures, code-alongs, and real-world projects such as app building or web interface design. Completed work can be converted into tangible material for students' portfolios. The programs also offer career prep and resumé building.

Some employers have reservations. "I need people with a master's or Ph.D. to work in AI," says Marie-Eve Drouin at Coveo, a software company. "I've never encountered someone with a bootcamp certification that could create or work on these algorithms."

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