Four weeks in.

It’s hard to describe how time is moving while attending a coding bootcamp. I came in to the course telling myself that, “I can do anything for 12 weeks.” I told myself that I would need to survive for 12 weeks, then life would return to normal. Four weeks in, I have a new perspective. The perspective of surviving has changed to a perspective of caution; There are only 8 weeks left?!

School has always been something that I went to to continue progress. I went to college and survived for four years to get a degree. I majored in a subject that I was interested in, but now realize I was not truly passionate about. I completed my coursework and got the grades needed to continue to the next step. But, I can’t say that I truly committed 100% of myself to become a master of the material. The feeling of surviving carried through from college to work. And three years later I realized that I could not just survive for another 30 or 40 years.

Since beginning my work with front end development, I have become a different student than in the past. I am still completing assignments and getting the (non)-grades assigned to them to continue. But, I am now a more active member of the class. Instead of nodding my head so the instructor will move on, I am asking the instructors to stop and explain things. Instead of being content with a complete assignment, I am now feeling like I have completed assignments when I feel like I have a complete understanding of the material covered in the assignment. This is the excitement/passion I need to continue with a career.

The workload and the complexity of the javascript concepts has picked up considerably the past two weeks — but I am welcoming the challenges and (at some sick level) have enjoyed the struggles and numerous hours that they have presented.

I was listening to a podcast earlier this morning (JS Jabber) and the guest on the show was a dev bootcamp graduate speaking about the hiring process post-bootcamp. Both the normal host of the podcast and the guest speaker couldn’t stress enough how important it was to make sure that as a prospective junior dev at a company, you have to surround yourself with people who are great senior developers. By doing this, you will continue to be exposed to new materials and methods that you would otherwise lose.

This really tied things together for me. I only have 8 weeks left at TIY. But, the Iron Yard will not be the end of my javascript, web dev, etc. learning experience. As long as I am passionate about learning new practices in development, there will be opportunities to continue seeking to better my understanding while also pursuing a career in the field.