How to Get Your Coding Bootcamps Sponsored by Your Employer

Step 1: Check your benefits!

  • Tuition Reimbursement: The way tuition reimbursement typically works is that you pay the upfront cost of tuition, and your employer reimburses you. Heads up: some employers only reimburse upon program completion!
  • Tuition Assistance: With tuition assistance, employers may offer economic support upfront, thus helping employees for whom the upfront cost is a significant hurdle to upskilling.
  • Employer-Sponsored Scholarships: While tuition reimbursement and tuition assistance tend to be widely available across the firm, employer-sponsored scholarships may only be available to select subsets of employees based on categories such as job functions and the need for a particular skill.

Step 2: Choose the right program for both you and your employer

  • Check out your company’s job postings to see if they are actively recruiting for certain technical roles
  • Research adjacent skills — look at the work being done by the people around you. What skills are essential to the work done by your manager or your colleagues?
  • Research transferable skills: what are some general skills that can be transferred between jobs, departments and industries? These can range from engineering or cybersecurity to analytics or design.

Step 3: Review the advantages of offering tuition assistance with your employer

Step 4: Help your employer find the money

  • If you are a veteran, you may qualify for funding under the GI Bill.
  • If you identify as a woman or member of another group typically underrepresented in tech, you may qualify for certain scholarship opportunities.
  • Check if your state offers skills development scholarships. Certain states, such as Texas, have a skills development fund that can help cover some of your boot camp costs.

Step 5: Read the fine print

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