Thinkful Alternatives: Tech Mentorship

Published April 28, 2021

It is our goal to make mentorship in tech more accessible. Thinkful is a coding bootcamp which shares this goal with us wit a twist. As a mentorship-powered bootcamp, they look at things differently.

Thinkful Alternatives: Tech Mentorship

About Thinkful

Thinkful is a mentorship-powered coding bootcamp, offering a selection of degrees and courses, ranging from Data Science to Product Design. Alumni of Thinkful work at some of the best companies in the world and aggressively increase their salary after the bootcamp.

The company is offering access to a well-crafted curriculum, bundled together with 1-on-1 time with one of the company’s 300 mentors. 90% of the bootcamp’s alumni land a job after 180 days of completing the program.

Thinkful offers a set of financing options to reach that goal: First and foremost, there is a Income Share Agreement, allowing you to pay the tuition fees as part of your new salary after the bootcamp, namely 15% of your salary for three years (usually between $40,000 and $80,000 in total).

Other financing options include:

  • Receiving a living stipend, paying back 15% of salary for four years
  • Loan with monthly payments
  • Paying month-per-month, at $2,000+ per month
  • Upfront payment, ~$16,000

About MentorCruise

MentorCruise is an independent education platform with the goal to connect you with a mentor for effective career development and skill building, according to your own goals and expectations.

The platform allows you to choose a mentor from the marketplace for longterm, career- or skill-driven mentorship and is allowing you to book specialized sessions, such as a Introductory Call or a Sample Interview with a mentor for a relatively cheap price.

Mentors communicate via chat and/or video calls and support mentees in organizing learning resources, advisory calls, career building and more.

One thing that mentees appreciate about MentorCruise is that there is no artificial limit on the interactions a user can have with their mentor – the program is therefore perfect for anyone looking for the most personal way of doing coaching.

Thanks to our vetting, application and auditing process, mentors on MentorCruise are incredibly high quality and enganged. Mentees appreciate the more exclusive group that makes up MentorCruise and the ability to choose their own mentors.

Pricing at MentorCruise is very simple – for the longterm mentorship you pay a monthly fee between $10 and $300. You choose which mentor you want to pick and at which price. That way, the mentorship is affordable and fair for both parties.

Why should you choose MentorCruise?

MentorCruise is a less structured and less job focused program. If you’d like to learn a new skill, get some help in your ongoing carer search, develop your career further or start your own business, MentorCruise is perfect for you! MentorCruise also allows you to pick your own mentor, have multiple mentors at the same time or switch them up.

Thinkful is a career-change and career-focused program with the sole purpose of getting you a job in the industry. That service alone isn’t cheap, depending on your financing, you might pay more than 10x the amount you’d spend on MentorCruise.

If you’re just starting your career and you are looking for an alternative way of getting a degree with a specialized curriculum, Thinkful is a solid choice.

If a bootcamp isn’t your style, seems too hands-on or you’d rather do something else with the ~$20,000+, MentorCruise may be a great fit for you. Our mentees regularly reach their goals within 3 - 6 months, have a simple, flat fee to pay month-per-month and can try out as many different mentors as they want.

Comparison

Thinkful MentorCruise
Tagline One-on-one mentorship Coding Bootcamp 1-on-1 Tech Mentorship
# of mentors 300+ 600+
Cost $2,000+ per month, financing available $0 - $300 per month
Type Immersed Coding Bootcamp & Course with a 1-on-1 mentor 1-on-1 Mentor offering Daily Messages, Tasks, Sample Projects & Calls per Agreement