Chapter 1 — Opportunities For You
& How to access them
Level-ups to be had
Be more confident in your skills — via pair-programming, helping others, building projects, getting help from others.
Make new coding buddies — via different cohort chats and activities. You can build a coding buddy network with devs from all over the world.
Get out of your comfort zone to accelerate your learning — via the FCC Speedrun challenge, build.to.learn projects, random challenges, Moonshot projects, working with others, asking for help, helping others.
Build an impressive portfolio to get hired— via Build.to.Learn projects, pair programming, help/support with your personal projects.
Help Getting a job — via advice on coding interviews from people in the cohorts, support while learning, and if you’re lucky, direct connections to a job (it has happened).
Stay focused/ consistently coding —via accountability buddies, team dev projects, seeing so many people learning, the Weekly Update, getting jobs, and building projects.
Be Motivated — there’s something about being surrounded by people who are actively working towards the same goals you are that is motivating. This is one of the most common comments we get about the cohort experience.
Cut-down on hours of googling—via curated resources as people share what they found helped them.Need a good React tutorial? Ask the network.
Opportunity to make your ideas come to life — via Build.to.Learn projects, help with projects, the Weekly Showcase
Nice, but how can I get these level-ups?
There’s primarily 3 ways to benefit from the cohorts (there are definitely others, but these are the main ones):
1. Being surrounded by others working towards the same goals.
2. Interacting with the coding community/ network.
3. Signing up for cohort activities.
Before your cohort starts, you’ll be given a link to the signups page. From there, you can sign up for the following:
FCC Speedrun Challenge: a coding challenge designed by P1XT to get you out of your comfort zone. You spend 4 weeks completing as many as the FreeCodeCamp projects as you can, along with a group of others doing the same challenge.
Build.to.Learn remote dev team projects: This is where you can gain experience crafting your skills by gaining remote dev team experience. Soft skills, git/github, version control, project management — these are all skills fundamental to working devs and bizarrely skills people rarely practice before applying for jobs.
P1xt Study Guide Study/Support Group: The place where people discuss topics related to the P1xt Study Guides. It’s flexible and has an informal style, and it’s a great place to get support if you’re following any of the Guides.
Pair-Programming: Great way to solidify, learn and feel more confident in your coding skills.
Accountability Buddies: We found that most people struggle with staying motivated, so we created this feature for people who want to have someone to help them keep accountable.
Sign-up for activities that are aligned with your main focus. The cohorts are intentionally flexible so that you have the freedom to shape the cohort to what works for you and your situation/schedule.
That being said, make sure you sign-up for activities that you can commit to.
If you are coding part-time, it’s not a good idea to sign up for having an accountability buddy, pair-programming and a build.to.learn project. You probably don’t have enough time.
The above are all tools at your disposable to help empower you to level up and reach your goals. You can mix and match them however you like. I’m serious when I say it’s a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure! The choice is yours, but if you are unsure on how to get involved in any of the above tools, feel free to reach out to me and ask questions. :)