A coding boot camp involves an intense amount of learning crammed into a short period of time. To get the most out of your learning experience, it helps to prepare ahead of time.
If you’re planning on signing up for a 14-week coding course or you’ve already enrolled, here are a few tips to help you prepare for what will be one of the most exciting experiences of your life:
Have you already signed up and are waiting for classes to start? Why not start learning now?
There are plenty of online resources to help you get a head start like our free 7-day email series on basic programming.
It might also be helpful to pick up some beginner books and start reading blogs on programming.
Remember, there’s no reason to wait to get started. Learners who show initiative are often the ones who get their dream job once boot camp is over!
Want to know a secret to getting better at coding?
Hang out with like-minded individuals.
Look for Facebook groups, Meetup groups, or online forums that have both new and experienced coders and join them.
When you surround yourself with others like you, you’ll feel more inspired and motivated to get through the course and find your dream job.
Most coding camps allow potential applicants to tour the area. Some boot camps even hold free events for people interested in becoming a student. Since you’re going to spend a lot of time at the boot camp, make sure to visit the school so you know what to expect.
Nowadays, you can find out almost anything about someone on the web. Tech companies that are interested in working with you will look you up online.
If you have an online presence, make sure it’s clean. Have some unsavory photos of yourself from last year’s Christmas party on your Facebook wall? Consider deleting them.
Once you’ve made sure there’s nothing online that could affect your chances of getting hired, set-up a LinkedIn account or even your own website. It can take a while for professional profiles to get indexed by Google, so setting up a business page before Boot Camp can pay off.
Remember, after you complete a coding boot camp, you’re going to want to take your new knowledge and begin applying for tech jobs. Instead of waiting until you’re done with camp, consider preparing now.
Your hard work and preparation will pay off in the long run, once you’ve landed your dream job and the big salary that comes with it. Read our student success stories.
“After the We Can Code IT on-site training at University Hospitals, we embraced Agile software development methodology with tremendous success. On a project that was not going well, we were able to develop 1-week iterations where we did a mini-planning session on Monday, committed to stories for the week and then completely tested them by the end of the week. Our teams have really enjoyed moving to a more structured Agile environment with much more collaboration.”
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