Since 2011, General Assembly has transformed tens of thousands of careers with their coding, data science and UX bootcamps. They provide courses in today’s most in-demand skills. When you learn with GA, you get award-winning curriculum, expert instructors, a global community of 70,000-plus full- and part-time alumni, career results from leading-edge tech courses, with mentorship each step of the way.
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It's hard to put into words how much the staff and instructors at General Assembly care about their pedagogy and the welfare of their students. It is VERY challenging, but also very rewarding. You get what you put into it. Also, the atmosphere around campus (San Francisco) is top-notch. Very collegial, filled with very smart colleagues that become friends. They'll push you in all the right ways. Strongly recommend!
While the course itself was useful as an introduction to the field and the instructors were quite good sharing their experience and ideas, the misfit situation of the one off type of course left us out in gaining a real edge in the field. For some of my classmates that were already working in a marketing capacity it may have provided a better experience but it was not helpful for one trying to find his way into a position in marketing or just away from writing code.
I took Data Science Immersive course in Singapore campus. The experience, unfortunately, is not satisfying. The whole focus is business driven instead of education focused. The lecturer cannot communicate well, it's more like paying so much money for self studying. The career coach is doing his job because he has KPI to accomplish. Everything is money driven, not truly caring about your students and you missed the whole point of education.
This was a 6 weeks online course. A suggestion I did have was potentially having local mentors. This would suit the one-on-ones in being about to properly connect and catch-up with the work assignments and the challenges it brings.
Digital Marketing 10-Week Course. As a senior level marketer, my experience was primarily in traditional marketing. I managed a team of mostly digitally trained marketers and wanted to be a better manager and have a deeper level of knowledge about the space. This course served as a great overview of many important areas of digital marketing and gave me a greater confidence level and skill level to lead my team and meet our goals.
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One of the main reasons I chose the Web Development Immersive Program through General Assembly was their outcomes program. It was important to me to gain the technical knowledge for my new career, but it was even more important to have support and guidance through the transition. The outcomes team at the Chicago campus was phenomenal! I felt prepared and supported during my job search. I appreciated the continued communication and support even once the technical portion of the program was complete. They stuck with me while I navigated the job market and eventually landing new positions within the tech industry.
I attended the Data Analytics Course in Washington, DC. It was fast-paced, but there was ample opportunity to communicate with the instructors both online and in-person. I learned so much valuable information! Would definitely recommend!
The big reason I decided to attend GA versus other code camps is because they had an Outcomes program, which was supposed to give you support after the program in order to help you land interviews, pass interviews, and get that job. Not only was our Outcomes constantly gone throughout the program, but when they were supposed to transfer me from one campus to another after my program due to me moving from the east coast to west coast they dropped the ball constantly and I was left without support for over a month.
Also in order to pad their numbers they considered me getting a part time retail job to help with bills as successfully getting hired and closed out my account making me unable to get any continued support. Also they had instructors quit a few months before the program started and instead of doing the responsible thing and pushing back the program for when they got a proper instructor they instead had a web design instructor teach a data science course for 4 weeks. This place is a scam. Stay away.
HTML, CSS and Web Design circuit - I thoroughly enjoyed each lesson, as it worked around my time and I could do everything at my own pace. I just wish that some of the courses weren't so expensive as I'd love to be able to do more.
My experience in the UX Immersive program, Atlanta Campus wasn't all that I hoped it would be. The number of students in the class was distracting and ultimately put us competing on the market at the same time for jobs, making it more challenging and not holding up to what were were "sold on". There seemed to lack enough "relationships" with companies that GA told us about. Not enough people came to our showcase. The wifi issues were frustrating and although we were offered $2,000 since one student received a $5K refund, it felt like if we didn't complain throughout the course we weren't being compensated for our troubles. We were in the same course and had the same experience. Overall, I felt GA could have done better.
I attended the 12 week Data Science Immersive in 2017 at the San Francisco campus. We were introduced to a wide range of Data Science topics and techniques with plenty of practical hands on experience. It was a well balanced curriculum providing a sound base of knowledge to enable you to develop as a Data Scientist as well as a good grounding in the tools used in this field. I would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to start learning this field.
I studied at the Atlanta campus at a night Digital Marketing intensive. While I found the teacher proficient in the subject matter I think we (the students) could have benefited from different perspectives from professionals in the field. I often find contradictions for approaches now that I am in the field, and that started day one.
Admittedly, this is bound to happen for some topics because digital marketing is still emerging and growing, but only having one perspective (and it seemed like she was fairly new in the field herself) has been challenging as I try to find work and network with other people.
I also find it disheartening that resources that are available to all of the other subjects that GA (such as a job boards and career days) are not available to digital marketing students. One of the things that helped motivate me to signing up for General Assembly was the opportunities for networking with professionals so that I might have a better go at expanding my career. Digital Marketing students pay a substantial fee and to not have similar post-graduation resources has been disheartening and the #1 reason why I have not recommended GA to others (and I have been asked numerous times). I only say it's a good opportunity if an employer will be paying for it. Ultimately it was not terrible, but far lacking in comparison to what other students of GA enjoy.
I've taken a few classes at GA in NYC. Most of my experiences have been great and informative except for 2 classes. For one class, it seemed like the instructor was rushing through the material, and the second class, the instructor wasn't as organized. All the instructors are very knowledgeable of the subject they're teaching.
I was part of the 2nd UXDI cohort so there may have been changes since then. Some of the weeks felt unnecessary there. The visual design and web design weeks were kind of a wash. The group was completely unmotivated during that time and the curriculum was not helpful by the end of the program. It would have been much more productive if we were giving both of those weeks or at least one week to work on our portfolio. It was frustrating that we had to scramble making our portfolio in such a short time before the meet and greet. That time more than ever we needed support and making our portfolios look great.
Finding work was extremely difficult, I think only one person out of my entire cohort actually got a successful contact through the meet and greet event. It was really hard to find a company that wanted an entry-level UX designer. I wish that there was more coaching on interviewing outside of the meet-and-greet event. I think that the client project needs to be moderated more by GA. It seemed to lack direction but I'm unsure if that responsibility lies on GA or the client. I did love my teacher and my class was very special. I do tell any person who gets in touch with me that is looking into doing the program that the teacher/class can make or break the program. I've heard bad experiences with other teachers. They may need to be vetted more.
I received a world class education while attending the Web Development Immersive class at the Atlanta campus. The curriculum was well thought out. The instructors were knowledgeable and skilled. The content provided enough exposure to the key concepts that I was more than capable of moving into and succeeding in entry level full time full stack Web Development role. Proof is in the pudding. At the time of this writing, it has almost exactly 3 years since I graduated from GA. Since that time I have more than doubled my previous salary and have been promoted to a senior level position. I owe this all to GA for providing a solid foundation on which to build a new career.
I took the GA UX Design Circuit 6 week online course. The course was very informative and I learned a lot during my time taking it. I had a 2 mentors who became my 'go to' mentors to chat with and they were helpful. The provided great feedback and good insights on how to move forward with the project. One issue I had was with a 3rd mentor I spoke to. This mentor was not much help and threw off my work for the week I spoke to him which in turn made the following weeks harder. He didn't offer great feedback and he didn't seem like he wanted to be there helping. It felt like I was bothering him during our meeting. Throughout the lessons one thing I kept noticing was the terminology was not consistent. In the lessons it would call something by one name but then in the tests or on the list of the weekly projects it would have a different name. This caused a little bit of confusion.
I am a UX/UI Designer, and I took GA's FEWD course in NYC campus during Spring of 2018. The instructor was well experienced in the relevant industry and has in-depth knowledge in his field. The class and the course were well organized, and students were given full support and instructions to accomplish homework. The campus facilities are great - there is free coffee and ample space for students to work. The best part is the alumni are always welcome to GA, so I came into campus during my job search even after my course ended.
I did the 6 day intensive UX course at the Melbourne location (Australia) in 2017. The teaching staff were excellent and the teaching approach engaging and relevant to real world scenarios. I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in getting into UX or want to incorporate a UX approach to their job. I use what I learned every day in my job in the higher education field.
I took the Adobe Photoshop Bootcamp at the GA New York campus a few weeks ago. I really enjoyed the instructor and his knowledge of Photoshop. We were able to practice and learn various techniques to help with our introduction to the software. I would love to see GA add certification programs to the lineup.
I loved my experience, I think the curriculum was great, but it was too expensive and too short for what I paid. 2nd there was not enough vetting for classmates, some were not a good fit and it made me feel less validated and slowed the class down. I too spent much of my own time coaching students on programs that I was fluent in and they had never touched, for example, a few students had no idea how to use a Mac or powerpoint!
My next big concern was the amount of job seeking I did with little to no success. I tried to follow the recommended guidelines but with money quickly running out, and having to commute to GA daily I had to go back to work after a month in my case driving for Lyft. The claims that 99% of graduates are working after 120 days was not true for me or most of my fellow students. I briefly had UX work after 4 months which lasted 9 months, and many in-person interviews, but I find it is hard not to be burned out quickly by the process and the rejection. I believe I would have been more successful with a 6-month course, not as intensive in lecture and more in-depth in "real" shippable experience.
Data Science Intensive - The course suffered from poorly organized instruction. The instructors couldn't work well together, and the material being taught suffered. I haven't been able to find a position in Data Science since taking the course. This might help young people improve data science skills, but it is not helpful for career changers.
I took the Data Analytics class which focused on some advanced MS Excel, SQL and Tableau basics. It was my first classroom learning in over 10 years and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The training reaped immediate benefits in my work as I was able to spruce up my querying capability and publish organization wide dashboards. The instructors, assistants, facility and other students were all top notch.
This was a great day of learning, it was remote and well managed. Both the information we covered, and the technology we used were just so great, I got so very much from the course, that I am happy to give it five stars, and recommend to a friend.
I recently took the User Experience Design course at General Assembly Chicago. I thought the content of the class was awesome. I learned a lot and would recommend this course to my colleagues. However, my experience with the instructor was ok. He seemed to get lazy at times: reading off slides, minimal and sometimes unclear feedback and direction. The beginning of the class started out very rocky and unorganized. The GA site was having issues, due dates were incorrect and I finished all the weekly pre-work before the class even started. The pace was sometimes too fast and even though we were given two days to miss, the course felt inflexible.
The cost of this course compared to similar self-paced online courses was 6x with content that was on par with GA. Also, why wouldn't you allow the students access to these courses for more than a month? Additionally, the mentors were only free sporadically and it was tough to get a 1:1 session when I really needed the help. Overall - I was disappointed that I had to use 125% of my yearly education stipend for this course and do not feel like the ROI was there.
I studied the full-time User Experience Design Immersive (UXDI) on the NYC campus in the fall of 2017. I honestly could not have been more thrilled with my experience through the course and post-course. I attribute this to my instructor, assistant instructor, and career coach, as well as everyone in my cohort. My experience would not have been the same if even one of these people would have been different. I know many people who had just as great experiences as me on the NYC campus but a few others who weren't as promising due to having a different instructor or career coach. I feel overall they do keep their staff quality generally high at the NYC campus considering it's the HQ. It really is about the people you get to interact and learn from/with during this experience! Do as much research as you are able on who's instructing at the time you'll be taking the course.
Intro to Front-End Web Development. I had a good experience doing the boot camp at GA Atlanta. Very intense but our instructor was very helpful during class and outside class. I liked the location of location and the overall design.
WDI immersive - I had my 12 weeks in San Francisco. It was one of the best experiences I ever had, I learnt a lot and this boot camp really helped me for my Final graduation subject at my computer science engineering school. It is too bad I just couldn't find a job in the USA due to the employment policy for internationals, which is not an easy procedure.
I soon realize after a two weeks into the program that General Assembly is more of a cash-grabbing company. The admission process is a joke, they just accept whoever willing to pay. The instructor is far from quality. Don't expect to get a job or thinking that General Assembly is a good name to have on your resume.
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Immersive education: General Assembly’s 13-week, full-stack program covers web development from front to back, remotely or on campus, positioning students as job-ready software developers.
Payment plans: Choose from three installment plans or a low-cost loan with financing partners. In some cases, students receive tuition reimbursement via employer sponsorship. Veterans can use their GI Bill to defer costs. Scholarships are also available.
Build real apps: General Assembly’s 12-week iOS and Android development courses train students in the coding, design and iteration skills needed to break into the mobile app field.
Global network: General Assembly works with more than 10,000 hiring partners and has 20 campuses with locations throughout the U.S. and in Toronto, London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.
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