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A review of Lambda School as a tech educational tool

What does Lambda School do?

Lambda School is an online bootcamp that helps people learn the technical skills necessary to land a job in web development, data science, UX design, and iOS development. Students participate in projects with their classmates, which they can add to their portfolios and resume as they search for jobs.

The full-time program has class from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday for 9 months. The part-time program lasts 18 months, with students working 3 hours in the evening Monday through Thursday and a full-day Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

Who is Lambda School for?

For those who are interested in finding their first job or transitioning into a software engineering, data science, product design, or iOS development role and do not have a background in the subject, Lambda School can be a good option. Because they provide career guidance, and the option to pay later with an ISA, it can be especially helpful.

What does Lambda School cost? How much work is involved?

Lambda School students can choose to pay upfront or through an income share agreement. The upfront option is $20k. For American citizens, the income share is 17% of their salary for 2 years with a maximum payment of $30k. For EU and UK citizens, the income share is 10% of their salary for 4 years with a maximum of £25k GBP / €27.5k EUR.

Students fill out a brief application for the program and then are required to complete pre-coursework, which is described as intense. In some cases, it can take prospective students months to finish the pre-coursework. Once they do finish, their answers are reviewed and they are accepted or rejected.

Ratings and reviews

The reviews of Lambda School are mixed. Recently, they have seen rapid growth in the number of students in their program, which has resulted in the student success team being slow to respond, using cookie-cutter answers, and withdrawing people without proper notice.

In this 157 comment Reddit thread about students’ experiences with Lambda School, both negative and positive (often from affiliates or employees), students mention that they felt they could have found a lot of the information online. Not only that, but Lambda has a motto of “teaching their students how to learn,” which just means that students should Google anything they don’t understand, rather than ask questions.

On the positive side, students are extremely grateful for the opportunity to learn a new skill that will hopefully lead to a lucrative career. A lot of people in their program are struggling and they find support and guidance with Lambda School. After doing the program, a lot of students find jobs at tech companies like Uber, Stripe, and eBay

Alternatives to Lambda School

As an educational program, there are a fair number of alternatives to Lambda School.

  • One of the most well known bootcamps is General Assembly, which offers full-time, part-time, and 1-day courses on a variety of topics like software engineering, data science, UX design, digital marketing, product management, and more. Read more about General Assembly in our review.
  • Students can also consider Kenzie Academy, a full-time tech bootcamp that offers in-person and online courses in 2 tracks: software engineering & UX design and front-end engineering. Learn more about Kenzie Academy in our review.
  • Similarly, App Academy, Flatiron School, and Coding Dojo are also bootcamps with online and on-campus courses.
  • Like Lambda School, Holberton School and Rithm School both offer income share agreements (ISAs) to finance the tuition of the bootcamp.
  • The Tech Academy and Galvanize are online and onsite bootcamps that help people learn the technical skills necessary to land a job as a (junior) software developer or data scientist.
  • Codesmith and Actualize have online and on-campus options, as well, but Codesmith is focused on students becoming mid-to-senior level software engineers.
  • For people with an interest in data science, Metis has part-time introduction courses as well as onsite and online bootcamp options. Learn more about Metis in our review.
  • DataCamp, Dataquest, Promotable, and Data Science Dojo are also options for current and aspiring data scientists. They offer individual courses, as well as in-depth tracks.
  • You can check out Udacity and Springboard, which are online educational platforms that students can use to brush up on the basics or advance their current tech skills. Read more about Udacity and Springboard in our reviews.
  • People who are more interested in software engineering can look to Codeacademy, which teaches courses in computer science and coding for free and also offers membership that are around $20-$40 per month.
  • Students interested in taking online self-guided or instructor-led product design courses can check out DesignerUp. Learn more about DesignerUp in our review.
  • They can also check out Hack Reactor, which is a software engineering bootcamp, which has online and onsite options.
  • Offering a variety of diploma programs, certificate courses, and other training, BrainStation is for students who are looking to pivot into a new career in data science, UX/UI design, development, and product management.
  • Coding Temple and RMOTR are Python data science and web development bootcamps, focusing on the fundamentals.
  • Aspiring designers can consider Designlab, an online bootcamp that teaches the necessary skills to land a job as a UX designer. Read more about Designlab in our review.
  • Similarly, Bloc, Skillcrush, OpenClassrooms, InternStreet. Treehouse, and Pluralsight are online bootcamps and resources with tracks in web development and design.
  • Free online resources, SoloLearn and the Mode tutorials have tracks in SQL, as well as other programming languages.
  • Students located in the Bay Area or looking to work in Silicon Valley can check out Tradecraft, which has tracks in product design, growth marketing, engineering, and sales.

How does Lambda School compare to Pathrise?

Lambda School is a full-time bootcamp, with courses for people who are interested in learning a completely new skill, like web development or design. At Pathrise, job-seekers in our program should already have a background in the field they are interested in so that they can participate in and fully benefit from our technical workshops, where we provide a more specific curriculum based on what they will see in their interviews.

All of our workshops and sessions at Pathrise are live, as well as recorded, so that job-seekers in our program can review them afterwards and continue learning. Our program is flexible, with only 4 hours of group sessions per week and 1-on-1 sessions that can be scheduled whenever job-seekers need them. Our program is personalized to work on the specific skills that people struggle with the most.

Specifically, Pathrise focuses on technical and behavioral interviewing as well as resume and LinkedIn optimization, portfolio building and strengthening, cold email and reverse recruiting lessons, and negotiation templates and guidance. Job-seekers in Pathrise find a job, on average, within 3-5 months of joining the program. The Pathrise income share agreement is just 9% of their first year’s salary.

Pathrise is a career accelerator that works with students and professionals 1-on-1 so they can land their dream job in tech. If you want to work with any of our mentors to get help with your technical and behavioral interviews or with any other aspect of the job search, join Pathrise.

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