I'm a recent grad just out of school with a non-CS degree (HCI) and internship experiences in UX. I'd like to break into a career in software engineering and hoping to get some input here on how best to do so. I've been self-studying Swift for a little under a month now with an end goal of landing a iOS dev position, but I'm not sure how prudent this path is with not having any coding experience prior. At the moment, I'm just running through the Hacking with Swift material.
I started looking into bootcamps and began narrowing down options accordingly to those with seemingly stronger student outcomes. I'm based in California and essentially I'm now looking at App Academy in San Francisco vs. Codesmith in Los Angeles. App Academy as a coding bootcamp seems to have the strongest FAANG student outcomes and alumni network up in the Bay Area. I'd opt for their ISA payment plan (upfront cost 3k deposit + 3 months of SF rent/living costs). App Academy does offer their entire in-person course online for free under https://open.appacademy.io/, but without the recruiter/alumni network and career support programs. As for Codesmith, they don't offer ISA so I would have to foot a 17k upfront cost, but I'd be able to live rent-free in the city with a close friend for those 3 months. Has anyone had experience either attending these bootcamps or have worked alongside their graduates?
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