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A review of The Software Guild as a software engineering bootcamp

Hi, I’m Brian a former senior software engineer and now industry mentor at Pathrise. I have helped hundreds of software engineers land their dream job in tech.

What does The Software Guild do? 

The Software Guild is a bootcamp that helps people learn the fundamentals of .NET/C# and Java. They offer a full-time 12-week program online or in-person at their campuses in Louisville and Minneapolis, as well as a part-time 24-week course at the University of Georgia’s Gwinnett campus in Atlanta. For those who cannot commit to the full-time or on-campus programs, they have a self-paced option, which takes about 10 months to complete. 

Students in the .NET/C# track focus on Microsoft Visual Studio, C# syntax, NUnit framework, LINQ, and System.IO. They also learn the basics of tiered application design, model binding, stored procedures, ADO.NET, HTML helpers, and more. 

The Java track covers the necessary frameworks, collections, and syntax, as well as NetBeans, lambda expressions, tiered application design, spring web MVC, servlets, JavaServer pages, spring MVC security, and more. 

Those enrolled in the online and in-person bootcamps participate in lectures, assignments, and projects. The online program does not require any live sessions, but participants must check in with their instructor at least once a week to review their assignments and progress. They can connect with peers and instructors on the course Slack channel.

In-person attendees must be on campus from 9AM-4PM everyday. Unlike the online option, on-campus lectures are not recorded, so attendance is highly encouraged. Students work on projects over the weekend and spend the evenings reading and completing assignments. 

All participants are partnered with an employer network manager who provides professional support, both during and after the program. Available as often as needed by students, they assist with resume building, interviewing skills, and networking suggestions. Throughout the program, students also attend presentations, guest panels, and mock interviews.

For those taking the course in Louisville and Minneapolis, The Software Guild brings prospective employers on campus to interview attendees at the end of the bootcamp.

Who is The Software Guild for?

Aspiring software engineers who have no experience or background in the field could benefit from The Software Guild bootcamp. The program especially benefits those who are looking for software engineering jobs in the Minneapolis, Louisville, and Gwinnett metropolitan areas.

What does The Software Guild Cost? How much work is involved? 

The full-time in-person bootcamp costs $13,750. Those taking the part-time program at the University of Georgia-Gwinnett campus pay $12,000, though UGA students and alumni receive a $2,000 discount. Tuition for the full-time and self-paced online program is $10,000. 

All full-time students must pay a $125 registration fee. Veterans, women, and graduates of universities that have partnerships with The Software Guild are eligible for a $2,000 scholarship. Attendees from Code Louisville, another bootcamp, receive a $1,000 scholarship towards tuition. Skills Fund and Climb offer a variety of fixed-rate, low interest loans to help students finance the bootcamp. 

To apply to The Software Guild, students must fill out a short online application, complete a 1-hour interview, and take an aptitude assessment. Students are tested on logic, reasoning, pattern matching, and basic algebra. Afterwards, students enroll in the online introduction to web development course, which covers the basics of Git, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Consisting of written materials, videos of instructors writing code, interactive practice exercises and some project work, the introductory course takes about 60 hours to complete. 

Ratings and reviews of The Software Guild

Online reviews of The Software Guild bootcamp are generally positive. They are on SwitchUp’s list of best bootcamps. Reviewers on SwitchUp were largely satisfied with the bootcamp’s curriculum and job resources, though they warn that the program is exhausting. One grad reported that “between in-class work and homework I put in, on average, 70 hours a week for the duration of the 12 weeks.” 

Grads on CourseReport said that the curriculum, instructors, and job-seeking resources helped immensely. One reviewer mentioned that she “constantly received help over Slack from instructors.” Many participants report landing jobs before graduation, with one grad saying “we got a lot of great advice over several sessions on how to interact with recruiters, interview, find jobs, and more.” 

But, one Reddit reviewer suggests that the bootcamp may not be the best option for those seeking jobs outside of Louisville and Minneapolis, noting that “while they do have dozens of companies in their recruitment network, the vast majority of them are local.” 

Alternatives to the Software Guild

If you decide not to enroll in The Software Guild, there are a number of alternative resources and bootcamps that can help aspiring software engineers. 

  • 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.
  • Coursera, edX, Treehouse, Ruby Koans, egghead, and Pluralsight are popular online education tools for those interested in learning or advancing their tech skills.
  • Another online learning platform, Udemy allows students to pick & choose from 100,000 video courses in a wide variety of topics, often paying around $10 per class.
  • SoloLearn, freeCodeCamp, and W3Schools are free alternatives for people looking to learn programming languages.
  • 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, Actualize, Hack Reactor, Rithm School, and App Academy offer online and in-person courses for software engineering. 
  • 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.
  • With tracks in software engineering, Thinkful and Galvanize are tech bootcamps that can help aspiring engineers learn the necessary skills.
  • Similarly, Lambda School, General Assembly, Coding Dojo, and Altcademy, offer bootcamps in software engineering and other topics.
  • Those preparing for mid-to-senior engineering roles should check out Codesmith, a more advanced bootcamp.
  • With a time commitment of 12-24 months, Launch School is an option for aspiring software engineers willing to spend a lot of time on a program.

How does The Software Guild compare to Pathrise?

The Software Guild is a bootcamp for people who are interested in learning how to become a software engineer from scratch. At Pathrise, job-seekers in our program should already have a background in their field of interest so that they can participate fully in our workshops, which prepare students for the questions they will see in their technical interviews.  

All of our workshops and sessions are live, as well as recorded, so fellows 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 as needed by fellows. We personalize our curriculum to target each fellow’s specific needs and job search goals, including expertise level and geography. The Pathrise income share agreement is 9% of their first year’s salary and we never require upfront payments or deposits.

Pathrise is a career accelerator that helps people land their dream job in tech through 1-on-1 mentorship. If you are interested in working with any of our mentors to optimize your job search, join Pathrise. 

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