And I’m simultaneously ecstatic and petrified…
Some of you may have noticed that I’ve posted a little less on Medium this month. I can tell you now that it’s because I’ve been a busy little beaver, doing online courses and coding exercises.
I’ve found it really enjoyable, but I am still very aware that I’m very much at the beginner level of this journey. The great thing about this is that there are so many resources aimed at beginners. And I am lapping them up.
But I’m more worried about what comes after when it starts to get tough, (really tough).
I’m fully aware that this will happen and I want to push through it. That’s one of the reasons I looked into doing a coding boot camp.
There are so many boot camps available, but most of them are too costly for me at this time. They also offer, on average, just a few months of study, and that makes me a little nervous. So when I found Lambda School — a 9 month CS course that costs nothing until you have a job in the industry, it was a no brainer for me.
If you look online at reviews, opinions and information for Lambda School, you’ll find both positive and negative. The negative seems primarily concentrated on Reddit, so I take that with a pinch of salt. There are also opinions to be found stating that it’s a “scam”, a “glorified student loan” or “way too expensive”. I honestly think that people just have a tendency to assume the worst when they see something that seems “too good to be true”.
We seem to have a real lack of trust in people to go that extra mile to create something that is truly inspirational and helpful to folks. And that’s what I think Lambda is.
For me, paying for education after gaining a job in the industry is perfect. If Lambda School successfully educates me to a good enough standard to successfully pull off a career change and secure a job, I will gladly pay them the fees they request and sing their praises to all and sundry.
Where else am I going to get an opportunity to get educated in a completely new field with help to gain employment afterwards without any financial pressure? Where else can I pay for a course after the fact, only when I have enough money to do so, and where else would my payments stop if I earned below the threshold on any given month?
Lambda School is taking a gamble on me and I want to show them it was the right choice.
So I am incredibly excited to have been accepted and I’m really looking forward to the course. I start in August, so I have a bit of time to do other courses before I begin and hopefully get rid of some of that imposter syndrome that I’m suffering from right now.
I have the usual questions:
What if I fail?
What if I am not good or clever enough?
What if I can’t ever get a job?
What if I end up hating coding?
What if coding is all-consuming and I never have time for anything else?
What if I get a job and then totally mess up?
The fear of change is real, but I am determined to do my very best.
Also, I love solving problems, so hopefully that will help.
I have until August to prepare myself, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I have a list of resources to check off one by one.
Shit is about to get real. Wish me luck, internet people. I’ll let you know how it goes…