A Different Kind of Bootcamp: Founder of Code Platoon Shares How Coding Bootcamps Can Launch Veterans’ Second Careers

Over the past decade or so, coding bootcamps have risen in popularity, seen as the ideal route to gain new skills for an in-demand career.

Rod Levy founded Code Platoon to bring those skills to one group in particular: Veterans. According to Rod, it felt right to create a skill-building technology bootcamp for people who have already been through literal bootcamps.

“We asked them to work 12-hour days, six days a week, sometimes more. And we’ve had terrific success,” Levy says. “They thrive in this environment. When you think about the characteristics that veterans bring to the table, you think about teamwork, you think about grit, you think about determination. And that’s exactly what we screen for.”

While a formal education can pave the path to a good career, sometimes higher ed focuses more on theory than practice. After graduation, students might still have to learn skills on the job. Rod says Code Platoon focuses on career services, to help place veterans in the workforce with skills they can use right away.

“We spend a fair amount of time talking about how you prepare your LinkedIn profile, how do you prepare your resume preparation, Levy says. “We do technical interviewing, we do non-technical interviewing, and we do personality interviewing. So, we have a full career preparation component as our curriculum.”

Listen in to our full interview with Rod Levy to learn more about coding bootcamps and how they can provide resources for veterans and others looking to change their career paths.

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Mariel Cariker

Mariel Cariker

Mariel is a Boston-based freelance writer and audio producer who has covered news, technology and innovation for public media groups including WBUR and WGBH. Outside of work, she performs and writes spoken word poetry and voraciously reads true crime novels.