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Are you good at self-learning? As in- can you stay disciplined, consistent, and finish?

I would say that no matter what kind of boot camp or degree you do, if you really haven’t put in a lot of hard work and if you don’t know your stuff, that will be evident in a job interview.

I don’t have a dev job yet. I’m trying to work through the stuff over on freecodecamp. One thing I like about freecodecamp is that it gives you a lot of opportunity to spend time on projects (which provides more chance to grow related skills). It’s not just acquiring knowledge.

Anyway, if you’re not good at self-learning, I’d recommend just going to a boot camp or a course.


Thanks Dan! Honestly not sure how proficient I am in self-learning. I've felt I've been self-taught since I was younger. My dad gave me a red binder with all kinds of HTML examples when I was younger and away I went just reading and trying different code. I can look things up when I need help. I spend what free time I have in between work and outside activities on coding. I think I struggle with the discipline part sometimes but as of late it's gotten better. I've had some personal things come up where family needed me more than coding did but now that things have died down I'd say the self-taught route is going well.

I think more than anything I need to be realistic about timing and how much work I need to do because it's seeming like there is a lot for where I need/want to be.

Freecodecamp is awesome! I love the courses and I'm finding in the beginning there's a lot I know. I've moved to the JavaScript unit now so I'm trying to wrap my head around that. I think it would be beneficial for me to go back through these projects and add to them as I mainly tried to be sure I met everything on the checklist first.

Thank you for your input!



Yeah I have enjoyed freecodecamp, but got off the rails from busyness. I’m still too busy and it is a bit unreasonable for me to commit a lot of time there. But in the meantime I’ve now spent some time learning some other things that I wanted to (like git).

All the best to you as you keep trusging along!

Maybe after you feel like you have a good grasp on areas that are of interest to you, you can step back and evaluate where you’re headed. If it’s a type of job that requires certain skills, evaluate what is missing in your skillset then find a way to develop those skills. The hard part I think in web development is that required skills seem to change every Tuesday. Anyway, keep working hard no matter what!

Thank you so much Dan! You're right, it does seem to change so often. I've found that between web development and even just design. As soon as I graduated college, poof, my skills were outdated. I definitely know I want to do front end. I just need to get organized on what I need to learn and not try to learn everything so much.

I'm glad I've found others who can relate to potentially needing breaks from coding or being busy for other things sometimes. Makes me feel like I don't need to beat myself up so much in all of this.

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