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A review of Springboard as a tech educational tool

What does Springboard do?

Springboard is an online education platform with a focus on career preparation. They are most well known for their data science courses, but they also have UX design, digital marketing, machine learning/AI, cybersecurity, and analytics.

They have 2 different types of tracks: skills and careers. The careers tracks give students more time spent on curriculum, specific technical 1-on-1 sessions, and access to career coaching and feedback. For data and cybersecurity, there are also introduction courses for students who are interested in the vertical but don’t have the right background yet.

Who is Springboard for?

Similar to bootcamps and Master’s programs, Springboard is for people who are looking to learn either basic or more advanced skills for their vertical of choice. Depending on where they are in their education, Springboard is helpful for gaining background and industry knowledge. They also provide their students with some support, networking, and collaboration opportunities, so Springboard can be good for people who are interested in working with others and/or industry partners.

What does Springboard cost? How much work is involved?

Introduction and intermediate courses (skills track) are usually around $900-$1500 and last, on average, 3 months with the student working 8-10 hours per week. Career tracks are a bit more expensive, around $3,300-$9,000 and students work 10-20 hours per week for 6 months.

From a review, the application seems to be fairly straightforward for the data science intermediate skills track. It starts with short answer questions, mainly behavioral, and then leads into an online technical assignment with questions on coding and statistics. The statistics portion consisted of multiple-choice questions that are similar to what you might have seen in an AP-level class. The coding questions required some background in programming. It seems fair to say that the other tracks follow similar application processes.

Ratings and reviews

From the same review, which is of their data science program, the student explained that Springboard relies on DataCamp for a lot of their modules. He enjoyed working with that program and found it helpful. The remaining materials from the Springboard curriculum are sourced from external resources, like Harvard classes.

Springboard also provides weekly 30-minute calls with a mentor. These calls are meant for the student to receive help on their individual Capstone projects, of which students in the data science program do 2.

There are a lot of positive reviews of students who made good industry connections through their mentor and/or capstone projects, which led them to good internship and even full-time positions. The data science career track also includes a job guarantee, where you get your money back if you do not get a job within 6 months of completing the program (which means within 1 year of starting).

Alternatives to Springboard

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

  • Udacity is probably the most well known – they offer a mix of free and paid resources that students can use to learn many different tech skills.
  • Similarly, Udemy, Coursera, and edX are popular online education tools for people interested in learning or advancing their current tech skills.
  • If you are looking for bootcamps, Lambda School is a well known 9-month bootcamp where students can learn fundamentals of software engineering, UX design, data science, and iOS development while deferring payment through an ISA.
  • You can also check out General Assembly or Flatiron School which offers a variety of courses on similar topics.
  • The Tech Academy is an online and onsite bootcamp that helps people learn the technical skills necessary to land a job as a (junior) software developer or data scientist.
  • Codesmith and Actualize are software engineering bootcamps with online and on-campus options. Codesmith focuses on preparing people for mid-to-senior level software engineering roles.
  • Coding Temple and RMOTR are Python data science and web development bootcamps, focusing on the fundamentals.
  • 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.
  • Hack Reactor is a software engineering bootcamp with online and onsite options.
  • 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.
  • For those looking to learn data science, DataCamp has courses on a variety of topics.
  • For designers, HackDesign is a free online newsletter with tools and lessons that aspiring and current designers can benefit from.

We created a list of the best resources to learn software engineering and data science, so you can decide what the best option is for you.

How does Springboard compare to Pathrise?

For those who are looking for the career coaching and guidance that comes with the career tracks, Pathrise provides is much more focused on the job search itself. At Springboard, students are given access to weekly 30 minute 1-on-1 sessions with their mentors, in which they mainly work on their individual Capstone projects and focus on technical education. In comparison, the Pathrise 1-on-1 sessions are a bit more flexible and focus on anything that the fellow needs help with at that moment in their job search. In short, Springboard can help you build new technical skills, but Pathrise is focused mostly on specifically getting you the best job possible.

Springboard’s introduction and intermediate classes provide basic skills-based education that would help someone with little to no experience in the topic. At Pathrise, our fellows should already have a background in the field they are interested in and our technical workshops provide more specific learnings based on what they will see in their interviews.

All of the materials used for the Pathrise curriculums are created in-house and they are based on data, which means they are often updated and refreshed with each fellow we help land a job. The content is then personalized for the fellows’ specific needs and interests. Our technical workshops include pair programming and assignments that advisors review each week with fellows and grade against actual company rubrics, which is different than the technical work that is done at Springboard. Springboard is focused more on helping their students learn and advance their skills for all aspects of working in that field. You can use a Springboard introduction or intermediate skills class in conjunction with Pathrise to get the technical skills you need as well as the career prep and optimization that will help you land your dream job.

Pathrise is a career accelerator that works with students and young professionals 1-on-1 so they can land their dream job in tech. With our tips and guidance, we’ve seen our fellows interview performance scores double.

If you want to work with any of our advisors 1-on-1 to get help with your technical and behavioral interviews or with any other aspect of the job search, become a Pathrise fellow.

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