General Assembly vs CareerFoundry: Prices, courses, and details

Hi, I’m Elle! I work as a product designer at Getaround and as an industry mentor here at Pathrise, where I help our fellows land great jobs in product design through technical workshops and 1-on-1s. Check out my article where we compare General Assembly vs CareerFoundry.

Similarities and differences between General Assembly and CareerFoundry

General Assembly and CareerFoundry are tech bootcamps with courses in UX design, web development, data science, and more. 

Similarities

  • People can take their design, data science, and web development courses online.
  • Both offer 1-on-1 mentorship, though General Assembly provides more in-depth career coaching. 
  • General Assembly & CareerFoundry have part-time options for those who are looking to advance their skills in a specific subject, such as data analytics. 
  • Their immersive bootcamps emphasize portfolio building, so students complete various hands-on projects. 
  • Graduates from both programs have landed jobs at top tech companies like Google and Apple.

Differences

  • CareerFoundry only has courses in UX design, UI design, data analytics, and web development. 
  • General Assembly offers one-day, part-time, and full-time programs in UX design, data science, and web development, as well as other subjects, including software engineering, digital marketing, and product management. 
  • People who enroll in CareerFoundry complete the recorded lessons at their own pace. Their immersive bootcamps take approximately 360-600 hours to complete. 
  • CareerFoundry classes are only available online. People can take General Assembly courses onsite in various cities, including San Francisco, New York City, and Seattle. 
  • Those who enroll in General Assembly can pay for their full-time bootcamp tuition through loans or an income share agreement (ISA). CareerFoundry students must pay upfront or make monthly payments.

Courses offered by General Assembly and CareerFoundry

Both General Assembly and CareerFoundry have courses for aspiring designers, web developers, and data scientists that cover the following topics and more:

  • UX design
  • UI design
  • Usability testing
  • Design thinking
  • Data analytics
  • Web development 
  • HTML & CSS
  • JavaScript
  • Node.js and server-side programing
  • SQL

General Assembly also has courses that cover other topics, including: 

  • Product management
  • Software engineering immersive 
  • Digital Marketing
  • React development
  • Excel
  • Data visualization with Tableau 
  • Agile & Scrum
  • Copywriting 
  • Shopify
  • LinkedIn marketing 

Prices for General Assembly and CareerFoundry

General Assembly offers workshops, part-time courses for developing specific skills, and full-time immersive bootcamps. While some workshops, such as SQL Training for Beginners, are free, others cost up to $250, including the Advanced Marketing Analytics course. Part-time courses meet for 1-10 weeks and cost $750-$3,950. Full-time bootcamps, which take 10-12 weeks to complete, cost $13,500-$15,950, with the Software Engineering Immersive bootcamp being the priciest option. 

Full-time General Assembly students are eligible to pay for their tuition using an ISA. This means that once they secure a role earning at least $40,000 per year, they start paying 10% of their monthly income for 48 months. General Assembly also allows full-time students to finance their bootcamp tuition through fixed-rate, low-interest loans. 

The CareerFoundry courses in UX and UI design cost $6,555 upfront. Students can also choose 9-10 monthly payments of $550-600 if they make an upfront payment of $1,400-$1,500. For the web development program, tuition is $5,225. People can also pay $1,300 upfront and make 7 monthly payments of $600. 

Ratings and reviews of General Assembly and CareerFoundry

General Assembly alumni report finding jobs that related to the skills that they developed in their bootcamp. While some people said that they enjoyed the curriculum and career coaching, others were frustrated with the program’s rapid pace and struggled to keep up with assignments. Many students note that it is best for motivated self-starters who are willing to put in the work.

The online reviews of CareerFoundry are fairly positive. Most grads felt like they learned a great deal from the UX design, UI design, and web dev bootcamps, though some felt that the career coaching did not go into enough depth. Echoing this, one grad praised the instructors and community, though he noted that because CareerFoundry is based in Berlin, the bootcamp’s job network is wider in Europe than in the United States. One UX design bootcamp grad said that CareerFoundry helped them put together a portfolio and jumpstart a design career.

Alternatives to General Assembly and CareerFoundry

If you decide not to enroll in General Assembly or CareerFoundry, you might consider one of these alternatives instead: 

  • Aspiring UX designers and software engineers can check out Kenzie Academy, a full-time tech bootcamp that offers in-person and online courses. Learn more about Kenzie Academy in our review. 
  • Like General Assembly, Lambda School and Holberton School allow students to finance their software engineering tuition bootcamp through an ISA. 
  • Tech bootcamps, BrainStation, Thinkful, GW Bootcamps, and Flatiron School offer programs in UX design, data science, and other fields. 
  • As for online bootcamps with tracks in product design and web dev, Skillcrush, Helio Training, V School, Ironhack, allWomen Academy, and Bloc are possible alternatives to CareerFoundry. 
  • If you want to take an online product design bootcamp that is self-guided or instructor led, you can also consider DesignerUp. You can see if DesignerUp meets your needs by reading our program review.
  • Another online design bootcamp, Designlab teaches the necessary skills to land an entry-level UX designer job. See if Designlab meets your needs by reading our program review. 
  • An online bootcamp, GrowthX Academy has courses for people who are interested in UX design and growth marketing, as well as sales and business development.
  • Similarly, PluralsightBootcamp DigitalDigital Creative Institute, Somerville Academy, and InternStreet offer tracks in digital marketing.
More alternatives
  • edX is one of the largest online learning platforms. They have courses from top universities like Harvard and MIT as well as big tech companies like Microsoft. Learn more about edX in our review.
  • On the other hand, Springboard and Udacity are online learning platforms with courses in UX design, data science, programming, and more. Read more about Springboard and Udacity in our program reviews. 
  • Similarly, Codecademy is one of the most popular coding programs online. They provide free courses on many different programming languages. They also offer membership options ranging from $20 to $40 per month for more course options and greater support. Learn more about Codecademy in our review.
  • You can also use online learning tools such as Coursera, Pluralsight, and Simplilearn to brush up on the basics or advance your current tech skills. 
  • Free online resources, SoloLearn and the Mode tutorials have tracks in SQL, as well as other programming languages.
  • Those looking to advance their product management skills and network with a community of peers can check out membership and classes at Product Gym.
  • Product managers with some experience can check out the community and courses on Mind the Product.
  • Another option is 280 Group, which has onsite and online courses in product management.
  • Similarly, Product Hall is a product management bootcamp with live courses and 1-on-1 mentoring opportunities.
  • Aspiring software engineers and web developers can also consider CodeX Academy, a self-paced coding bootcamp with mentorship opportunities. Learn more about CodeX Academy in our review.
  • UX Pro Academy has courses for beginners as well as more experienced people.

How do General Assembly and CareerFoundry compare to Pathrise?

Both General Assembly and CareerFoundry are tech bootcamps with courses that teach people the necessary skills to land a job as UX/UI designer or web developer from scratch. While CareerFoundry also offers a fundamentals of data analytics course, General Assembly has a wide range of programs for current and aspiring software engineers, digital marketers, data scientists, and product managers. At Pathrise, fellows should have some background knowledge in their respective fields before entering the program. We offer tracks in product design, as well as software engineering, data science, digital marketing, and product, strategy & ops.

A full service organization, Pathrise helps people land their dream job in tech. Our mentors, who have years of experience on both sides of the hiring table, provide 1-on-1 assistance on every component of the job search. Besides placing a great deal of emphasis on technical interview preparation, we support job-seekers on resume & portfolio building, cold emailing & reverse recruiting strategies, behavioral interview preparation, salary negotiation, and more. Fellows learn skills that can benefit them in future job searches as well. 

The Pathrise income share agreement means that fellows don’t pay until they land a great job that they love and we never require upfront payments or deposits. CareerFoundry does not offer an ISA option. 

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

If you are interested in working 1-on-1 with any of our mentors to optimize your job search, become a Pathrise fellow. 

Apply today.

Elle Chun

Elle Chun is an experienced Design professional helping Pathrise fellows to ace their technical interviews and succeed in their next design role.

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