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- Similarities and differences between Product School and General Assembly
- Courses offered on Product School and General Assembly
- Prices for Product School and General Assembly
- Ratings and reviews of Product School and General Assembly
- Alternatives to Product School and General Assembly
- How do Product School and General Assembly compare to Pathrise?
Similarities and differences between Product School and General Assembly
- In non-COVID times, people can take their classes online, as well as onsite in San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, and other cities.
- Both bootcamps provide part-time and full-time programs.
- Students receive weekly mentorship and career support from their instructors.
- Product School & General Assembly have programs for current and aspiring product managers.
- Product School only offers courses in product management.
- General Assembly has tracks in software engineering, UX design, data science, and digital marketing as well as product management.
- The courses offered by Product School prepare people for certifications, including the Product Manager Certificate (PMC), Product Leader Certificate (PLC), and Product Executive Certificate (PEC).
- Besides their immersive bootcamps, General Assembly offers part-time and one-day courses on topics such as user research, Agile & Scrum, design thinking, and visual note-taking for creative thinkers.
- General Assembly students are able to finance their bootcamp tuition through loans or an ISA, whereas Product School students can make interest-free monthly installments.
Courses offered by Product School and General Assembly
Both Product School and General Assembly offer courses for product managers that teach the following topics:
- A/B testing
- Customer surveys
- Project management
In addition to their product management offerings, General Assembly has courses in a number of other subjects, including:
- Software engineering
- UX design
- Data science
- Digital Marketing
- Web development fundamentals
- Python for data science
Prices for Product School and General Assembly
At Product School, the PMC, PLC, and PEC programs cost $4199, $6999, and $9999 respectively. Students can pay upfront, or make interest-free monthly payments for up to 36 months.
General Assembly offers workshops, part-time courses, and full-time bootcamps. Some workshops (such as SQL Training for Beginners) are free, whereas others cost up to $250. Part-time courses, which meet for up to 10 weeks, cost $750-$3950. Full-time bootcamps run for 10-12 weeks and cost $13500-$15950. Full-time General Assembly students are eligible to pay for their tuition using an income share agreement (ISA), which 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.
Full tuition for the General Assembly product management bootcamp is $3950, and students can finance their tuition through low-interest loans or divide their tuition into 2-4 payments of at least $998/installment.
Ratings and reviews of Product School and General Assembly
In general, online reviews of Product School are positive. People felt that the curriculum was well organized and had no problem finding PM roles after graduation. But, others were disappointed with how expensive the program was, with quite a few reviewers pointing out that Coursera and Udemy have cheaper options that cover the same material.
Like most Product School grads, many General Assembly grads are working in roles that relate to what they studied in their bootcamp. While some viewed the bootcamp favorably, others struggled to keep up with the pace of the curriculum. Many students feel that the program is best suited for motivated self-starters who are willing to work hard and learn everything they can.
Alternatives to Product School and General Assembly
If you decide not to enroll in Product School or General Assembly, there are quite a few bootcamps and online resources with courses in similar topics:
- If you are interested in taking classes through an online learning platform, check out Springboard or Udacity, both of which offer courses in a variety of topics. Discover how Springboard and Udacity can help you advance your current tech skills in our program reviews.
- Similarly, Coursera, Pluralsight, Simplilearn, and Udemy are online learning tools, with courses in product management, programming, and other topics.
- GrowthX Academy is an online bootcamp, with programs for people who are interested in growth marketing and UX design, as well as sales and business development. Read more about GrowthX Academy in our review of the program.
- 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.
- If you’re interested in taking an online product design bootcamp that is self-guided or instructor led, consider DesignerUp. Read about DesignerUp in our program review.
- Another option for aspiring designers is Designlab, an online bootcamp that teaches the necessary skills to land a job as an entry-level UX designer. See if Designlab meets your needs by reading our program review.
- Women who are looking to return to the workforce as PMs can take courses at Product Academia.
How do Product School and General Assembly compare to Pathrise?
Product School and General Assembly are tech bootcamps that teach people the necessary skills to land a job as a product manager. General Assembly also offers courses for aspiring UX designers, software engineers, digital marketers, and data scientists.
While Product School and General Assembly teach courses for people with no tech experience, fellows in the Pathrise program should already have a background in their field of interest so that they can participate fully in our industry workshops, pair programming sessions, and 1-on-1s, which prepare students for the questions they will see in their technical interviews.
A full service organization, Pathrise helps people land the best job possible. Our mentors have years of experience on both sides of the hiring table and provide 1-on-1 guidance on every component of the job search, including resume & portfolio building, cold emailing & reverse recruiting strategies, behavioral interview preparation, salary negotiation, and more. Fellows learn lifelong skills that will benefit them in future job searches as well.
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 are interested in working with any of our mentors to optimize your job search, become a Pathrise fellow.