At Flatiron School, we’ve always been dedicated to helping students launch a career, not just land a job.
But prospective students are curious: Does a coding bootcamp education work in the long-term? Are bootcamp grads equipped to continue learning new languages? To go on to get raises and tackle new roles? While we’ve regularly reported on our alumni outcomes for recent graduates, we’re pleased to explore newly collected data for graduates two, three, four years out – and paint a more expansive picture of where a Flatiron School education can take you.
We surveyed 541 Flatiron graduates who graduated prior to April 2016. With an over 30% response rate, we collected insights from 164 alumni (66 women, 98 men).*
Avg. time to first raise
Avg. salary increase at first raise
No statistically significant gap in men’s/women’s pay
There’s a healthy skepticism around the coding bootcamp industry – can students trained in three months really keep up with their more experienced colleagues let alone thrive in their new jobs? We found that our grads’ initial success is no fluke. They go on to quickly prove their value and earn raises as they progress through their careers. What’s more, we found no statistically significant difference in salary trends for male and female respondents.
Alumni Salary Growth After Starting First Job
Average Increases to Alumni Salaries
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What comes after that initial developer job? Are you locked into one technical path? While we found that most of our grads go deeper into software engineering roles, these new skills position you to enter diverse roles and industries.
Technical Lead: Make impactful decisions with your code
Engineering Manager: Steer the direction of a team of developers
Entrepreneur: Invent and build the next big app
Product Manager: Set the vision for a company’s product
““The biggest project that I’m working on right now has to do with safeguarding the retirement accounts and investment accounts of people all over the world – potentially helping somebody’s grandmother or dad from getting taken advantage of by an unscrupulous financial advisor."
— Chris Guthrie, VP of Engineering, BlackRock
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“Searching for a mixture of tech and business introduced me to product management. That’s how I ended up at Google. I still write code, but not full-time. I get to read a lot of code and work with a lot of fantastic engineers.”
— Basar Akyelli, Technical Program Manager, Google
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"Learning to handle the pressure of being the only dev required a lot of psychological strength. When sh*t hits the fan, you have to fix it. You have to build and maintain everything. And truth be told, it's not possible for one person to do all that. So learning which battles to fight and which to ‘defer’ was key."
— Alex Au, Founder/CEO, Uncovery
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“I started working full-time at Dow Jones, but after ‘showing them what I could do,’ I renegotiated my schedule and was able to spend more time at home. At Kickstarter, they’ve been incredibly understanding and offered me a flexible schedule from day one so I can pick up my kids from school.”
— Natacha Springer, Cloud Operations Engineer, Kickstarter
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— Avi Flombaum, Co-Founder, Flatiron School
Languages Used On-the-Job by Alumni
So you know where a coding bootcamp education can take you – but how do you get there? It comes down to lifelong learning. Flatiron grads are adept at developing new skills throughout their careers because they’ve learned how to learn – to recognize patterns, abstractions, and commonalities between languages so they can jump into new languages as early as the first day on the job.
And they do! Our alumni community works across across a variety of tech stacks – some of which they learned here; many of which they didn’t.
"I think one of the big critiques of a lot of boot camps is when this technology changes in five years, you'll be left behind. But I don't think that's the case with my Flatiron education. I feel it's very dynamic and I built problem solving skills that I still use as an engineer. I don't write Ruby in my day-to-day job, but I have a great base through which to continue learning and continue teaching myself."
— Simone Hill, Vogue
*Note: We took great care in analyzing and presenting this data transparently, but want to note that our survey findings have not been examined yet by a third party.
Beyond the Bootcamp: How to Craft a Career in Tech