UNDERSTANDING CODESMITH & CIRR OUTCOMES DATA FOR 2021
Codesmith aims to create a space where people from all walks of life feel welcome, have equal opportunity, and can freely represent themselves and their backgrounds. We challenge residents to think like engineers rather than technicians, and we strive to help people learn, build and refine the skills necessary to become empathetic, productive software engineers.
“The residency teaches you not only the core curriculum, but also what it means to be someone of value personally and professionally. You eventually learn to leverage grit, frustration, mentorship, and perseverance as traits that are going to make you invaluable as an engineer,” says Annette L., Codesmith Grad and Software Engineer at IBM. Our grads go on to work in roles as Full Stack, Front-End, and Back-End Software Engineers. In the first half of 2021, about 85% found software engineering roles within the first six months of completing the immersive. Across programs, Codesmith grads from LA, NYC and our Part-Time Remote Immersive earned a median starting salary between $124,000 and $125,000 in the first half of 2021. The salaries they earn are an added benefit to the community that they build and become lifetime members of through Codesmith. Our graduates' lives are transformed by their experiences during the immersive program, and our outcomes are just one indicator of their success.
WHAT IS CIRR?
Coding schools (some are also known as bootcamps) are an increasingly popular option for people committed to starting a successful career in software engineering. Established in 2016, the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting (CIRR) is the industry standard for accurate and transparent coding bootcamp outcomes reports. CIRR is a source for prospective bootcamp residents to gain insights into each school’s statistics on salary and job placements. Prospective residents can turn to CIRR for consistent and easy-to-read outcomes reports for all students who’ve graduated from each member school. Preventing CIRR member schools from conveying independently-published numbers that run the risk of being inflated (student numbers, program completion rate, median starting salaries, etc.). Because CIRR enforces a single standard of measurements across all member schools, you can easily compare outcome reports across different programs.
Our outcome reports provide detailed insight into how students are doing after graduation, measuring graduation rates and in-/out-of -field employment rates, as well as starting salaries 3 and 6 months post-graduation. CIRR requires independent verification of results by a CPA firm that is specifically AICPA Peer-Reviewed. While only a small number of US firms have this qualification, our peer review was conducted by Banks, Finley, White and Company in accordance with the AICPA standards. For maximum transparency, the peer review is also visible in Codesmith’s published outcome reports. As a non-profit organization, CIRR strives to offer consistent reporting and works closely with member schools to collect and report data. The most recent reports are from H1 2021, which reflects the first half of 2021 (January through June). Before member schools can submit the data for each report to be audited and shared with CIRR, graduates first need time to search for jobs and secure roles.
HOW CODESMITH STANDS OUT
In addition to our Full-Time NYC and LA immersives, for the first time this report includes data from our Part-Time Remote Immersive which launched in late 2020. We are excited to offer a closer look at the impressive graduate outcomes from Codesmith during that time. About 85% of Codesmith graduates from the three programs included in the H1 2021 report found software engineering roles within the first six months of completing their programs. Codesmith graduates commonly secure jobs upwards of $115,000 annually. More than 17% of NYC graduates, over 21% of LA grads, and over 23% of Part-Time Remote Immersive grads earned starting salaries upwards of $140,000 in the January through June 2021 reporting period (see Figures 1.1-1.3). Codesmith alumni have been employed at top companies such as Amazon, Google, Netflix, Meta and Capital One, as well as other game changers in the tech space like Hulu, Hyperloop, Riot Games, TikTok and Blizzard Entertainment.
CODESMITH HIRING AND CAREER SUPPORT
The Hiring Program and Career Support at Codesmith are critical to the resident experience, and set up grads for a lifelong career of challenging and gratifying work. Career Support team members are dedicated to helping each graduate achieve their goals through personalized support and tailored guidance based on industry knowledge. The Hiring Support Program begins during the second half of the immersive and covers all aspects of the Software Engineering job search - from building a stand-out technical resume all the way to salary negotiation! At Codesmith, career support is for life - it is common for grads to consult with the Career Support Team on their second, third and fourth job searches after completing the program. Our grads take advantage of the continually evolving resources that adapt to changes in the Software Engineering industry.
During Codesmith’s Hiring Program, you can expect:
Upon graduation, the Career Support services you can expect:
As the Software Engineering space evolves, so does Codesmith’s Hiring Program and Career Support. Our team is dedicated to continually improving our support and adapting to changes in the industry. Codesmith’s Career Support Team deeply values personalized support and aims to provide each resident and grad with the resources they need to achieve their personal career goals.
ADDITIONAL LEARNING RESOURCES