Is a Skills Boot Camp Worth Your Time?

Is a Skills Boot Camp Worth Your Time?


Students are struggling under massive debt and daily gaps between awarded financial aid and the actual cost to live, and not gaining basic skills to get entry level jobs in their field after college.


If you want to develop new skills, you can try to teach yourself with the help of Google and the library. However, there’s often a more effective way – signing up for a skills boot camp.


The problem is that these boot camps may be pricy, so it’s important to understand what skills you can get from a boot camp and how to find one that will help you the most.

The Advantages of a Skills Boot Camp

A skills boot camp gives you several advantages over trying to learn skills on your own. These advantages are discipline, structure, and a full scope of knowledge.



How many times have you told yourself that you’re going to commit to something, only to fall off after a couple of weeks? If you’re like most Americans, the answer is “more than you can count”. There’s a reason only 8% of Americans achieve their New Year’s resolutions each year.


A boot camp will give you the discipline you need to actually follow through by providing accountability and evaluation throughout the learning period. Depending on the type of boot camp, this might come from projects, homework, peer evaluation, or coach accountability.



Teachers take classes on how to develop a lesson plan – it’s not something you can just stumble in to. Even if you have perfect discipline on your own, your learning will be very piecemeal unless you have a specific structure.


Simply Googling “leadership skills” will not give you a thorough class on how to lead, and you certainly won’t get the hands on application you would in a boot camp. Boot camps have the advantage that they are structured and include built-in time to practice what you’ve learned.


Full Scope of Knowledge

Learning a topic simply by using search or books will give you a piecemeal, incomplete understanding of the subject. You may miss key points simply because they weren’t available in the materials you chose to use. You may also get confused because basic points are assumed or glossed over.


However, a boot camp can give you a more complete experience. You will start with the foundational information and move on to more advanced material, gaining a complete understanding of the topic. Boot camps are structured to give you a full scope of knowledge on the topic.

Who a Skills Boot Camp is NOT For

Skills boot camps are not for everyone. You have to have a specific mindset and willingness to learn in order to truly benefit from a skills boot camp.


Specifically, you have to have commitment, a willingness to grow, and a willingness to find the right boot camp for you. If you don’t have these things, a skills boot camp is not for you.



Generally, skills boot camps have two kinds of commitment – time and money.


Financially, you have to be able to afford the boot camp, or be committed to finding a way to make the financing happen. If the boot camp is virtual you won’t have additional relocation expenses, but on-site skills boot camp will have housing and food expenses you can’t overlook.


Time-wise you have to be willing to commit to the work for the duration of the program. Before joining a boot camp, make sure you understand how much work will be required, both for the group classes and for homework or practice. If you can’t commit to the work of the program, you will be wasting time and money.


Willingness to Change

Many skills boot camps aren’t just about learning a specific skill; they are also about shifting your mindset. This includes boot camps about business, entrepreneurship, and life skills. If you’re not willing to open your mind to new ways of thinking about things, you are likely a poor fit for a boot camp.


The good news is that new mindsets can help you go much further with your new skills than you could ever go before. Mindsets also transfer to helping you utilize other skillsets, so a change in mindset can literally change your whole life!


Willingness to Find the Right Skills Boot Camp for You

Everyone will say that their boot camp is exactly what you need. It’s up to you to find out if it’s true. You’ll need to research the following aspects of a boot camp to make sure you’ll benefit:

  • Cost and location
  • Skills and mindsets learned
  • Applicability to future jobs you desire
  • Any employer partnerships the boot camp maintains
  • Success rate of previous participants
  • Reviews from previous participants


A boot camp can be an incredible experience that helps you develop mindsets and skills that you will use for the rest of your life. Or, it can be a complete waste of time and money. Which one it is depends entirely on you – your wiliness to commit, change, and find the right fit for you.


We help students take their skills and abilities to make money now, and build a resume with appropriate job skills to get a job after graduation. This promotes and maintains your student’s independence and future success.

If you’re interested in earning more cash in college without leaving campus, the Cash for College virtual Boot Camp could be perfect for you. Do you want to create the life you’ve dreamed of?  Watch the video to find out more at!



If you’re interested in earning more cash in college without leaving campus, the Cash for College virtual Boot Camp could be perfect for you. Do you want to create the life you’ve dreamed of?  Watch the video to find out more at!


Do You Know the Full Cost of College?

Do You Know the Full Cost of College?

When you look at how much college will cost, are you comparing schools based on “sticker price” – that is, tuition and fees – and that’s it?

If so, you’re making a mistake. The “tuition and fees” price of college is actually only 50 – 70% of the true cost of going to school.

Maybe, if you’re aware, you look at the college’s estimates for books and room and board and add those in too.

Now you’re getting closer, but you’re still not there.

The Costs No One Budgets For

College is an expensive endeavor, and even when you buy the biggest room and board package it’s far from an all-inclusive resort.

You may plan on your student having a job that covers incidental food, activities, and life in general. Even still, there are tons of expenses that catch students and their parents by surprise every year. Here are just a few of the costs very few people think of budgeting for.

Dorm and Apartment Furnishing

Furnishing a dorm room is not cheap! There’s all kinds of small things that add up – a dorm fridge, microwave, sheet sets, comforter, decorations, and more. Many students are their families find themselves struggling to pay the expense, which can easily range from $750 – $1500.  

Furnishing a dorm and/or apartment is an expense that catches many families by surprise. Other expenses often overlooked are the cost of laundry, cleaning supplies, and cell service or internet access which can add $100-$300 monthly out of pocket.

Travel – Part 1

Many families look forward to having their students come home on weekends, holidays and school breaks, but they underestimate how much it costs to get them back and forth.

Travel – especially if your student is out-of-state – can be expensive. Will they fly home frequently? Will you drive to pick them up? What is the cost of gas, food, and lodging for the trip?

Even if your child is close to home, the gas, wear on a car, and incidentals from road trips can cost a pretty penny.

The other costs to consider when traveling home are not always having access to resources such as the campus library, the internet, a computer with the right software at home to continue with assignments, and access to professors and/or tutoring.

Travel – Part 2

How is your student going to get around on campus? If you provide a car or scooter, also plan to pay for tickets, towing charges due to parking mistakes, and regular repairs.

If your student can’t have a car, you might consider buying them a moped or scooter to get around. That expense can be $1000 – $1500, not including a helmet or storage lock.

And, of course, there’s car insurance. If your student is going to school in a larger city, expect to find that insuring a young driver in that environment will be quite expensive.

Between travel on camps and travel coming home, many families find themselves paying thousands of dollars they didn’t count on.


Congratulations, your student was selected for a prestigious semester abroad, or an amazing internship over the summer! The only question is, what are you going to do with his or her personal belongings during that time?

Many times, students find it impractical to bring everything they own at school home for school breaks, summers, or semesters abroad. As a result, parents find themselves paying for storage units to keep things safe until they return.

Generally, storing personal items between school terms is an unexpected cost.

Covering the Extra Costs of College

If a student or family finds themselves surprised by enough expenses, the results can be devastating. A college fund can be used up in just 2.5 or 3 years, leaving a student with the choice to leave school or take on significant debt. Often these students are considered the highest risk as they will not be able to take advantage of a higher salary degree offers and will still have to maintain payments for school loans. 

School loans are not a great solution either. Statistics show that in 2015, 68% of college seniors had college debt. Their debt averaged $30,100 per borrower.

At the same time, 41% of the graduating classes of 2013 and 2014 were making $25,000 or less after graduation. Only 25% of those classes make $40,000 or more.

It doesn’t take a college math degree to see that those numbers don’t add up! Starting life in the “real world” with a crushing debt load and a low salary is not a formula for success.

Students and their families need a better solution. Students need to know how to make their own money on their own terms – in college and beyond.

When they do, they can meet the financial challenges they face with less debt, and position themselves for success in college and after graduation.

That’s where Plan to Succeed can help. Our Right Steps Conferences help prepare your student and your family for success in college and afterward. You can attend an upcoming event.

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