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One Month bootcamp review

Hi, I’m Polina! Formerly, I worked as a senior digital marketing manager and now I am the marketing mentor at Pathrise. I help job-seekers prepare for their future in digital marketing. Check out my review of One Month.

What does One Month do?

One Month offers online courses to help people launch new careers in web development, software engineering, product management, digital content marketing, and other business fields. While classes have about a month’s worth of content, the program is self-paced so students can take as much time as they need. Their membership system also allows students to customize their learning path by taking multiple courses at no extra cost.

Courses are self-paced and consist mostly of video lessons. In addition to lectures and demos, students build projects with real world applications that they can add to their portfolios. All grads leave the program with a formal certificate that they can add to their resumes.

Product management

Their product management course teaches people the fundamental skills they need to become a product manager in just 30 days. Students learn to brainstorm and validate product ideas, then identify risks, assumptions, and uncertainties. The curriculum covers user flows, wireframes, and product documentation in depth. Students even sharpen professional skills like customer communication and goal prioritization. Bonus content includes a video on frequently asked PM questions plus career insight from the instructor, a former product manager at Etsy.

Web development

One Month also offers five different courses on web development: HTML & CSS, Javascript, JQuery, WordPress, and responsive design. Students can take these courses together as a stack so they can learn to build their own web apps. A free 7-day coding course is also available to give prospective students a taste of HTML and CSS. Students can also take a 5+ hour programming for non-programmers course to get a sense of the industry and the kind of work they will be doing as full stack web developers. 

Data

While there is no formal data path, a Python course and a SQL course are available to teach students the basics of data analytics. Students in these courses learn to grab data from APIs, create a SQL database from scratch, as well as read, write, query, and analyze data.

Software engineering

Aspiring software engineers can take their month-long Ruby course. Students get access to 4+ hours of lectures that they can access for up to 12 months. The course also includes support from the instructor, a Columbia University business school professor and the co-founder of One Month. In addition to building their own projects, students can download a completed project to use as a reference.

Marketing

Their content marketing course teaches students to grow and connect with an audience. The curriculum covers common content marketing pitfalls and customer relationship building strategies, as well as how to acquire leads and build successful landing pages. Students also work with A/B testing and email opt-in forms. A separate storytelling for business course is also available for aspiring marketers to sharpen their communication skills.

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Who is One Month for?

People with little to no experience in product management, digital marketing, web dev, software engineering, or data analytics who are looking to move into these careers could benefit from a One Month course. Their program is especially helpful for people seeking a short, self-paced course that they can take while working a full-time job. Since members get access to every course, students who want a comprehensive curriculum that covers lots of different subjects could also be a good fit for the program.

What does One Month cost? How much work is involved?

A membership costs $299 yearly for access to their 20+ courses. However, non-members can pay $199 for 1-year access to any individual course. All courses come with a free preview, so people can get a taste of their video lessons before enrolling.

There is no formal application process and no prior experience is required. Anyone can sign up for a membership and enroll in any course.

Ratings and reviews

Reviews for One Month have been mostly positive. The program holds a 4/5 star rating on Switchup, where grads praised the curriculum and flexible experience. One student described their courses as “easy to follow and well structured” with a very comprehensive curriculum. However, the grad wished there were “more assignments to put the learnings to use.” She also commented that “I’d like it to be a little more challenging” and felt some sort of scoring or grades system might improve the experience. 

Another student on Switchup felt the course had a “good structure” with a flexible pace. They appreciated that the curriculum was “easy to follow” and that “the teacher leading the course was engaged and had a great energy.” A student on Medium felt the course was perfect for students who had “little to no experience with programming.” Overall, grads were impressed with the curriculum and flexible experience, though some would have preferred a more hands-on approach with more assignments and guided practice.

Alternatives to One Month

If you choose not to enroll in a One Month course, there are a number of alternative bootcamps and resources that can help you launch a career as a web developer, digital marketer, product manager, data analyst, or software engineer.

  • The well-known tech bootcamp General Assembly teaches full-time, part-time, and 1-day courses on a variety of topics including product management, software engineering, data science, digital marketing, and more. Their program features over 19,000 hiring partners, hands-on projects, and a 91.4% job placement rate. Learn more about General Assembly in our review.
  • Similarly, BrainStation is a bootcamp that runs courses in data science, web dev, product management, and more. Their program is project-based, with networking opportunities and 1-on-1 feedback for students.
  • Likewise, Thinkful is an online tech bootcamp that teaches courses in data science, digital marketing, software engineering, and more. Their program includes an income share agreement (ISA) so students can pay with a percentage of their income after they land a tech job.
  • The product management association Product Gym offers training, job support, and networking for aspiring product managers. Their program is flexible and includes remote options. Or, consider One Week PM to learn the basics of product management.
  • Another popular product management community is Mind the Product. Their community has 150,000+ people who participate in workshops, discussions, and networking events. 
  • Similarly, Product School teaches full-time and part-time product management courses. In addition to earning formal certificates, students receive weekly mentorship and career support.
  • Product managers with 1-3 years of experience can check out Product Faculty. Their part-time online bootcamp includes 1-on-1 mentoring, access to their Slack community, advanced product management (APM)(R) certificates for graduates.
  • Aspiring data scientists can consider DataCamp. This online tech resource hosts 300+ courses on data science subjects that only last about 4 hours each.
More alternatives
  • Although students should have basic math skills before applying, Metis teaches introductory data analytics courses with a project-based curriculum. Learn more about Metis in our review.
  • The full-time bootcamp Kenzie Academy offers in-person and online courses in 2 tracks: software engineering & UX design with front-end engineering. Learn more about Kenzie Academy in our review.
  • Aspiring web developers can check out CodeX Academy, a self-paced coding bootcamp with 1-on-1 mentorship opportunities. Read more about CodeX Academy in our program review.
  • The wildly popular platform Codecademy hosts hands-on courses on web development, dozens of programming languages, and even data science. They offer full courses completely free. However, $20-$40 monthly memberships are available for greater course options and support. Learn more about Codeacademy in our review.
  • People who want to take self-paced courses on a budget can check out Udacity. They have tracks in product management, marketing, software, web dev, and data science with both free and paid options. Students in their nanodegree programs build polished portfolio projects and work closely with both technical and career mentors. Learn more about Udacity in our review.
  • Another remote program is Springboard. They have tracks in software engineering, data science, data analytics, machine learning, and more. Their career tracks include mentoring and a project-based curriculum. If students don’t land a job within 6 months of graduating, they get a full refund. Read more about Springboard in our review.
  • Students seeking university courses could be a good fit for edX. This online learning platform hosts self-paced university courses from top schools like Harvard and MIT, and even big tech companies like Microsoft. Students can choose to learn the fundamentals or take a deep dive into specific topics, like Ruby or product management. Read more about edX in our review.

How does One Month compare to Pathrise?

One Month offers tech courses to help people start a new career in product management, web development, digital marketing, data analytics, and software engineering. Most of their programs are designed to help beginners hit the ground running with their 30-day crash courses. Pathrise job-seekers should already have some background in their chosen field so they can fully benefit from the technical curriculum.

Pathrise is a career accelerator that has helped 800+ students and professionals land their dream job in tech. A full service organization, Pathrise works with program fellows on all phases of the job search, including resume and portfolio optimization, cold emailing and reverse recruiting, technical and behavioral interviewing, and negotiation. Our curriculum is tailored to each individual fellow’s needs, focusing on whatever area they need to improve.

Like One Month, our program is flexible, with only 2-4 hours of group sessions per week and 1-on-1 sessions fellows can schedule as needed. The Pathrise income share agreement (ISA) is 9% of their first year’s salary so fellows don’t pay anything until they land a great tech job. We never require upfront payments or deposits.

Pathrise optimizes the job search through 1-on-1 mentorship and personalized training. Fellows in our program see their interview scores double and their application responses triple, landing jobs in just 3-5 months on average. If you are interested in working with any of our mentors to land your dream tech job, join Pathrise.

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