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What do alums think of Microverse?
Opinions on Microverse's program from its former students.
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Written by Ariel Camus
Updated over a week ago

Microverse accepted its first cohort in early 2018 and its first students started receiving job offers in September 2018. Here are some of their comments, reviews, and videos. 

Paul Rail (Toronto, Canada) 🇨🇦

Before I even finished Microverse, I lost sleep deciding between several great job offers. Calling it just a “bootcamp” would be a disservice.

Some background: I used to work in finance, but I started learning to code after realizing a lot of what I did in finance wasn’t being valued and there was so much opportunity in software development.

I joined Microverse as part of one of its first cohorts. For me, Microverse’s biggest draw was that, unlike most other coding bootcamps and really most traditional forms of education in general, where they take your money upfront and don’t care what happens afterwards, at Microverse I wouldn’t owe anything until I got a job—and if I didn’t get a job, I wouldn’t owe anything. This means that the organisation’s interests are the same as mine, which is a system that is fundamentally better in every way. All education should be like this. So I decided to take the leap and join.

Before joining Microverse, I learned a little bit of coding through free resources like freeCodeCamp and practicing through #100DaysOfCode. Microverse realizes this—that some of the best learning content is already out there—so they focus on guiding you to the right content and supporting you with a network of intelligent, ambitious people.

Microverse is also based on “remote pair programming”. If you’re not familiar with remote pair programming, it’s based on the idea that two heads are better than one. Basically, we were paired with another student, and every day, my partner and I would switch between being a “driver” and “navigator”. One of us would write the code and the other person would watch and provide feedback, comment, or suggest a different way of doing things.  My partner (Kyle) was great—he was smart, ambitious, and hard-working. I was lucky to have him—we had our “aha!” moments at different times and we were able to play off of our different strengths.

The Program is also substantially more thorough and complete compared to what typical coding bootcamps offer. So this really should not be called a “bootcamp” or considered as such.

One of the last parts of the curriculum is the “career prep” portion where you spruce up your resume, your online portfolio, and your online profiles while also practicing interview questions.  I found some freelance work through Microverse, and combined with the projects I completed during the Program, I received A LOT of calls and emails from recruiters before even finishing that section. I was humbled. I ended up turning off my online profiles and stopped accepting more interviews.

Going into my interviews, I didn’t feel ready for them because I didn’t have time to practice. Luckily, I passed several of them and received several job offers. I was like “Is this actually happening?” I genuinely started losing sleep because I was having a hard time deciding between several great job offers.  

Microverse has the same incentive as you—to help you get a great job. In order to get there, they guide you toward the best materials to learn the most in-demand coding skills, surround you with an ambitious community, pair you with someone else going through the Program, and help you establish a schedule and accountability. All education should be this way.

Sava Vuckovic (Nis, Serbia) 🇷🇸

Software Development Program offered by Microverse is definitely worth doing!

I graduated high school and decided to learn software development instead of going to college. At first, I learned on my own with freeCodeCamp, Udemy, Udacity, and YouTube videos.

I learned about Microverse and that they would help you become a software developer free of charge until you had a job. I also read that everything was done in pairs, and I was interested because I wanted to try working with another developer. I also saw they had code reviewers check your work. I applied and was accepted.

I was paired with Kevin, a developer from Kenya. I’m from Serbia and we only had a small time difference, so it worked out well. Pair programming had a lot of benefits. For example, Kevin had more programming experience than me, which was really helpful. He taught me more about algorithms and databases, and due to my experience in front-end web development, I was also able to teach him few things.

I was doing the Career Prep portion of the curriculum when I saw a local internship that tends to lead to a full-time job. I had already practiced some algorithms and interview questions with Microverse, and I was glad that some of those questions were on the interview. I passed and got the internship.

I would definitely recommend Microverse to anyone who is hungry to learn software development remotely and willing to dedicate 9 months or so.

Max Li (Taiwan) 🇹🇼

Microverse is indeed a life-changing remote software development program!

I attended Microverse remote software development program from April 2018 to September 2018 (full time) and found my dream remote job in Poland! :)

I studied aerospace engineering in college, but I decided to go for software development when I graduated. I was lucky to find a company in Beijing even though my goal was to find an international company to work for. After spending one year in Bejing, I went back to Taiwan and decided to start applying for international jobs. I had a hard time getting any job because back then I didn't know the proper way of applying for jobs. Then I found Microvese, a remote software development program that teaches you to become a pro at remote jobs. It was completely free until getting a job and it’s worldwide available, so I decided to give it a try.

The Program is divided into two parts:

In the Level Up Experience, I spent 1 month getting an overview of software development, web development, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, React, Ruby and Ruby on Rails. However, I was still not ready to land a job after that.

Once I got accepted into the full-time program, I went over those same languages and technologies, but this time I built at least 30 different projects so I have a very deep understanding of each one now. I worked full-time with my coding partner (another student) by doing remote pair programming. That gave me a lot of teamwork experience, as well as teaching me the most important workflows used by real teams, and helping me improve my communication skills and English level.

I also dedicated at least 100 hours to mastering data structures and algorithms, so I’m now confident to work on more complicated algorithms and coding interviews.

Finally, Microverse assigned me a career coach that worked with me to help me get ready for job interviews. They helped me improve my portfolio, resume, and online presence, and taught me everything I needed to know for job interviews. They then helped me find and apply to jobs and even negotiate my salary offers!

This program is for the dedicated and determined, but it's not like college or another school. You’re working collaboratively with many other highly-motivated and smart people who are determined to start a career in software development. There is a reason why Microverse accepts less than 1% of the people that apply. If you're looking to pull the trigger and commit to learning to code, then this is the program for you. It is truly incredible how much you can learn during the Program. This program was both incredibly challenging and extremely rewarding.

Bottom line? Great people, great program. If you're committed to this craft and you have a passion for it, go for it.

Best of luck!

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