4 things to consider before you head out to a coding bootcamp

Taha A. Saleh
Apr 26, 2017 · 3 min read
Myself discovering the Ruby on rails framework

1. know that you love coding

I strongly believe that this is the most important thing on the list. Coding is not a field you enter solely because you want a better salary, or because programming jobs are trending on freelancing websites. One must join a bootcamp only if he/she is 100% percent sure that coding and programming are things they are passionate about, and willing to spend the rest of their lives doing it. Now you would probably ask “ and how am I supposed to know if programming is the right field for me ?”. It’s actually simple…experiment! . Dip your toe in the world of coding and start learning how to code on your own, and because there is no such thing as love at first sight in the world of coding, you’ll have to experiment for a while. If you find yourself hungry for more and coding hasn’t bored you, then you and programming are meant to be.

2. Know the curriculum and prepare

Now that you’ve found your passion, it’s time you build your arsenal for the bootcamp. I recommend that you know in advance the topics, concepts and programming languages that will be taught during the bootcamp. As I mentioned above, there are hundreds if not thousands of resources that are beginner/Junior friendly which teach relatively advanced topics. Proper preparation will help you stay on track and possibly put you at the top of your class.

3. it will NOT be easy

Once the bootcamp starts, you’ll realize it is nowhere near from easy . Don’t worry, this is okay. Bootcamps were never meant to be easy. You are expected to learn what is usually been taught over a period of four years(i.e computer science university undergrad) in 12 weeks.

4. be proud of yourself

As I’ve stated before, the boot camp will not always be nice to you. You will feel dumb and stupid many times and at some point you will feel like smashing your laptop screen and tearing your hair out. “Have you realized how far you’ve come?” I ask myself. Something as basic as looping on an array or writing a callback method which seemed impossible just a week ago will in no time become second nature to you. You will have many many aha moments. Like when you finally understand that piece of code that looked like gibberish not so long ago when you tried to learn it on your own. I advise you always to look on the bright side and remember that this is just the beginning of your journey.

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