Times are changing and it’s changing fast. We have seen a significant leap in technological advancement within the past decade. With the speed at which technology is growing, there seem to be no speed bumps in sight.
The advancement of digital technology has brought about so many possibilities that people could only dream of 20 years ago. It is now possible to communicate with someone on the other end of the world through video calls. In a nutshell, the Internet has now become a part of our daily lives.
For a fast-evolving space, our traditional way of learning seems to be lagging in delivering practical skills needed to take up jobs in the tech industry. Hence, there was a need to seek an alternative learning method that can equip students with the required skills within the shortest time possible. And so, coding bootcamps were born.
Zuitt coding bootcamp is leading the march on the tech revolution in Southeast Asia by offering affordable coding skills training to bridge the tech skills gap in the Philippines. It has also extended this opportunity to prospective students worldwide who share similar passions for tech but can’t afford the cost of the average coding bootcamp.
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What Makes Zuitt Coding Bootcamp Unique?
Headquartered in Singapore, Zuitt is leveraging the Philippines’ digital literacy as well as its experience in the global workspace as a business process outsourcing (BPO) hub, to respond to the tech skills shortage. Since a vast majority of the local workforce are already tech-literate, the coding bootcamp allows them to upskill and reskill in the field.
This opportunity is especially important when you consider the growing global demand for software developers and those with coding skills in general. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has projected a 22 percent growth in software development and related jobs by the end of the decade. To meet this growing demand, having a tech-literate workforce is a necessity.
The need to have a workforce skilled in tech and the opportunity that lies ahead for them is the driving force behind Zuitt’s inception. Its program is designed to equip the local workforce with tech skills to compete on the world stage. The same opportunity is now extended to students outside the Philippines through its online courses.
“When the pandemic started, in-person teaching wasn’t feasible, so we had to use the online teaching method. After six months, we realized that we were doing better. Now, the program is not only limited to the Philippines, people from outside the Philippines can apply, too,” said Tomohisa Kato, the founder of Zuitt.
And since the cost of the average coding bootcamp might be too expensive for most students in developing countries and students from the lower economic spectrum, Zuitt has the perfect idea to address this shortcoming.
“Don’t let the cost of learning define your future in tech. Don’t let material things stop you from your coding dreams. All you need is passion,” said Kato. As for the finances, Zuitt lends assistance to students through a more flexible payment plan.
“We understand the challenges with finance, that is why we introduced the payment option of ‘Study Now, Pay Later’. It is similar to the income share agreement,” said Kato. Zuitt aspires to allow learners to acquire industry-standard software development skills without the corresponding high cost.
The increased access to tech education has allowed students of all backgrounds to try their hand at coding. “We now have students who are not only career shifters but also career augmenters. Career augmenters are those students who learn coding for their current professional lives and not necessarily for a career in software development,” said Kato.
One might ask, what else can I use coding skills for if not for a career in tech? Kato gave some examples of what coding skills can be used for outside tech.
“There are people who want to automate their daily manual tasks, and there are professionals who want to perform web scraping for report data gathering. Having coding skills will make it possible to perform those tasks. However, you will need a mentor for guidance on how to apply your coding skills.”
With this in mind, Zuitt has helped train over 2,000 students from all corners of the world including the Philippines, the US, Japan, and Senegal. It has also provided technical training for more than 300 employers.
A Review of Zuitt’s Full Stack Program
Zuitt coding bootcamp takes a robust approach to web development by focusing on the MERN stack framework, which can give developers more options than the Angular framework in web development.
The Developer Career Program is designed to be completed around eight to 12 weeks, comprising 260 hours of main courses and 100 hours of short courses. Delivered live online, the main course covers the following topics and tools:
- Programming essentials and introductions to Git, GitLab, Bash, Sublime Text
- Front end development using HTML 5, CSS 3, Google Chrome, Chrome Developer Tools, Bootstrap, Wireframes, and Mockups
- Full stack development using MERN tech stack: MongoDB, Express.js, React.js, and Node.js
Students round up the program by completing three functional projects that can demonstrate their proficiency to potential employers. Upon completing the main module worth 260 hours of study, students who wish to specialize in PHP or Java can choose to pursue Zuitt’s short courses, which require students to commit 100 hours of study. The short courses are:
- PHP Package. The course tackles MySQL, PHP, PHP App, Laravel, and Laravel App and is ideal for aspiring backend PHP junior developers and full stack PHP junior developers
- Java Package. The course covers MySQL, Java, Java App, Spring Boot, Spring Boot App and is ideal for aspiring backend Java junior developers and full stack Java junior developers
Offering both courses aligns with Zuitt’s goal of equipping students with a wide variety of in-demand tech skills. Tomohisa elaborated, “Different employers require different coding skills. It is not so time-efficient to learn Java to apply to employers using PHP. Career shifters require deeper coding skills than career augmenters do.”
“By choosing which short courses to take, you can semi-customize your bootcamp program. We limit learnings relevant to employment needs. This is also partly why we can make our program shorter and more reasonable.”
How to Pay for Zuitt Bootcamp
Zuitt’s programs are each priced at $1,200 when paid upfront. Students who can’t afford to pay in bulk can choose the “Study Now, Pay Later” model, a deferred payment plan that only requires students to deposit $80 upfront and pay the rest of the tuition after the bootcamp.
In addition to providing students with an industry-led curriculum at a highly accessible rate, Zuitt also offers a job-centric career service.
How Zuitt Bootcamp Helps You Land a Job in Tech
Zuitt career services are designed to prepare students for the job market. Career services encompass all aspects of job hunting, from resume building to technical mock exams. Students are also provided with interview guides and post-graduation support.
For more insights, see how two to three months at Zuiit can set students up for a lifetime of tech career success.
Alumni Reviews: Is Zuitt Bootcamp Worth It?
Some people may think that coding is limited to a particular field, that those who have no background in computer science or prior knowledge shouldn’t venture into coding. To challenge this belief, Deen Matuleen, a physical therapy major, took the bold step.
Deen enrolled in Zuitt’s part-time program because of his passion for tech. He got a job as a web developer immediately after he graduated from the bootcamp.
“I wanted to expand my horizons as a professional, and the medical field really isn’t doing it for me. So, I decided to venture into the IT field, specifically software development, where I know that continuous improvements and advancements are always present.” Deen said. “With recent trends, I am seeing that the web is set to be the go-to platform for everything”.
This is a clear indication that regardless of your background, pursuing a career in tech is not only possible but rewarding if intentions are strongly backed by motivation.
“If you have a dream, hold onto it tight and don’t let go. Things don’t just fall on your lap; you have to believe it and work for it as best as you can. Do this, and success will surely follow.” Deen Matuleen said.
Another Zuitt graduate, who is now an associate software engineer at Accenture Philippines, Justin Miguel Marcelo, has similar advice for those looking to follow in his footsteps.
“Take the bootcamp seriously. When building a portfolio, practice is the best way to land a good job,” he said. With Zuitt’s Developer Career Program, Justin went from a college student and freelance developer to a full-fledged tech professional.
Whoever said one can not combine a coding bootcamp with a college education has probably hasn’t met Justin.
“I was still in college when I attended Zuitt and right after completing the bootcamp, I was able to land an internship in a software solutions company in which I handled backend development using Python/Django,” said Justin. His internship experience along with his bachelor’s degree helped him land a job at Accenture Philippines Inc, as an associate software engineer only a week after graduating.
Now, Justin is one among many who enjoy the opportunity of working full time from the comfort of their home.
“I can do more when working at home as it reduces travel time and workspace environment pressure. My mental health greatly improved compared to working at the office. You can control your own time and do things aside from work…like taking an exercise during lunch break or even taking a nap to recharge. I’m more productive when I’m outside the office,” Justin said.
Start Your New Career from Anywhere with Zuitt
As technology evolves and as the demand for Internet-related services grows, the need to have professional web developers will likely grow proportionately to meet the demands. There are currently thousands of web developer jobs for the taking and more opportunities are popping up every day. Acquiring the needed tech skills can set you up for life.
It is no longer news that those with tech skills are leading the march on remote work due to the remote nature of tech jobs. Currently, it is even more possible for someone in the Philippines to work for a company in the US without the need to relocate. To learn more about Zuitt programs, visit its website for more information or enroll directly in its Developer Career Program.
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