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Will AI replace my job as a junior programmer?

Generative AI can be a valuable tool for developers to increase the efficiency of their work, but it cannot replace programmers’ job entirely. AI can automate certain tasks and generate code suggestions, but it cannot replicate the unique expertise, creativity, and critical thinking of programmers, nor the valuable mentorship, guidance, and learning opportunities that come from working with experienced programmers. Programmers play an important role in interpreting customer needs, solving problems, making decisions, along with designing and testing reliable softwares. This will allow their work not only to remain essential for successful software development, but with incorporating AI tools they can create more innovative software systems and strengthen their role in the sector as well.

How do I know if I can become a junior developer in only a couple of months?

The applications process has been designed to reveal this. In addition to strong motivation, you will need solid analytical thinking, as well as, quick problem-solving and learning abilities. These competences are measured by the performance shown during solving online games. For us to assume that a candidate will be able to master the curriculum at an increased pace, a benchmark score has to be reached in these games.

Is there anything that works to my advantage during the application process?

Yes, having tried programming of any kind (e.g. on an online course or on a Green Fox Academy workshop) or having a degree in any field.

What if it turns out during the course that programming is not for me?

Although there is a four-step selection process that should prevent this, it can happen that you change your mind. Therefore there is a trial period and money-back guarantee, meaning that during the first two weeks of the zeroth homework, the first 7 days of the mentor-assisted course in the case of the super-intensive course, or the first 14 days of the part-time course, both you and we can decide not to proceed together. In this case only the administrative costs will be required from you.

Why is knowing English necessary for the course?

English is the default language of the IT industry. Our course materials and any online help are also in English. Moreover our students present their projects in English.

Can I get state subsidy for the courses?

You can find more information about the state subsidy here (in Hungarian).

How come your courses became VAT free?

According to the new legislation about adult education, those courses can become VAT free that meet the program requirements passed and published by the minister responsible for vocational training, as well as, have received the preliminary certification of an adult education expert. Java and JavaScript courses of Green Fox Academy (Adult education permit number: E/2020/000006) have met those requirements, therefore we can offer both our Junior front-end developer (06134004) and Java back-end developer (06134005) courses VAT free.

Is it possible to apply now for a later course?

You can apply the upcoming course by default, but we can make an exception if justified.

Is it possible to do a mock application?

No, unfortunately, because the application process requires a significant investment of energy from both the sides of the applicant and our admissions team.

Is there an age limit?

No, but we shall mention that our oldest student was 55 years old thus far, and it was more difficult for him to prove that he is able to cope with a junior position. In our experience it is entirely for you to consider if you are going to be able to handle a new career in a junior position after years of experience in another field.

How long before the course's start will I be notified if I was admitted? Is there going to be enough time to hand in my resignation?

We will let you know more than 30 days prior to the course's start. So if you are employed, you will have to quit your job only given that you got into the program. The application process lasts for appr. 2 weeks and you will receive your results within a few days of completing each step.

Can I try again, if I did not pass the application?

Yes, however, you have to wait half a year, because we believe that this much time is needed for further preparation.

How often do courses start?

They start appr. every 3-4 months, depending on interest.

Are there courses outside of Budapest?

Online courses are doable from anywhere in the world, you only have to consider the time difference. On-campus courses take place in Budapest and Prague.

Can I take part beside school or working?

Not in case of full-time courses, because for becoming a junior developer in only a couple of months you will have to study and concentrate hard. Classes take place from 9 AM to 6 PM, followed by homework. It would be both physically and mentally impossible to fully participate beside another school or job. If you would like to become a developer beside working we recommend you our online part-time course.

How much can I be absent from the course?

You can take 2 days off without notice. You can take 5 additional days off, if you have a child under the age of three. You have 3 more days of sick leave that must be verified by a doctor’s note. Of course, in case of a sudden health issue, we will do our best to find an alternative solution.

What kind of laptop is needed for the course?

Students use their own laptops. Preferably it should have at least a dual core processor and 8 GB of memory, however 16 GB is recommended. You must have a 64-bit operating system, but it can be Microsoft Windows, Linux, or Mac OS. Some specializations may require a certain operating system: Windows is recommended for .net and required for C++ and the Dev Boards module.

Do you offer a remote learning option?

Online courses happen remotely, you can do them from home. However, you have to attend on-campus courses in person. Only 10% of the time is taken up by lectures, the remaining 90% consist of individual and group work led by our mentors.

How much time does the course take up?

The full-time course goes on every weekday from 9 AM to 6 PM, followed by individual preparation and practicing. You can calculate with approximately 50-60 hours a week. The part-time course takes up about 20 hours a week, 3 hours each on two weeknights and a whole weekend day, complemented by individual preparation and practicing.

Why exactly does the full-time course last for 4.5 months?

This is the shortest amount of time, within which you can acquire the level of expertise required for entering the IT labor market. Also we try to minimize the time that you have to spend without income.

What is the difference between a university course and Green Fox?

The biggest difference is in the methodology: you learn the curriculum through assigned tasks with our mentor's support, and the theory behind is mostly learnt at home through educational videos. During our course, you will spend the same amount of time practicing as you would at a university.

What is the average age of the students?

About 30 years.

Has anyone ever left the course before graduating?

The goal of the four-step application process is to ensure that accepted applicants are going to be able to graduate. However it has happened in the past that someone did not finish. This is typically due to a sudden work opportunity, other personal reasons, or failing exams repeatedly.

What kind of professional background do the students have?

Our students became developers coming from a variety of backgrounds:  lawyers, athletes, musicians and engineers have all attended our courses. It is also not uncommon that people wish to combine their existing qualifications with software development. You can read the stories of our students on our blog.

What are the chances of me getting a job at the end of the course?

According to the research of IVSZ (Association of IT, Telco and Electronics Companies) approximately 44,000 IT professionals are missing from the labor market only in Hungary. So your chances are high. This is also supported by the fact that 90% of our students found a job in IT. However, finding placement could take several months, therefore we update the above rate 6 months after the end of each cohort. Nevertheless, best students are hired right after the course.

Is a diploma not needed to find a job in this industry?

Absolutely not, in our experience. Companies are interested in what you can do, your openness and ability to learn new things.

Is there a guarantee for finding a job?

Yes, we give you a '100% placement guarantee', which ensures that if you cannot find a job within six months after successful graduation per the terms detailed in your Adult Education Agreement, we refund 100% of your tuition or waive it entirely if you chose post-payment.

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