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Where there any misconceptions about coding boot camps that you were surprised to find false (or true) during the program?

 

I may not be too familiar with the misconceptions of boot camps in general but one thing I found quickly to be true is that these programs are definitely as fast-paced as they are advertised. Not saying that in a bad way, but it definitely takes up a lot of time and energy. One thing that seems to be true just by comparing what hiring managers at companies have told me, is that it's hard to take on a boot camp grad at face value since the quality of students produced highly depends on the program you attended. For anyone considering signing up for one just make sure to do your research on that program beforehand.

 

That's fair. I was reading something a while back that some companies / hiring managers may not take bootcamp grads seriously. With the course being that fast paced, it's probably easy to fall into a trap of "Yeah, I passed" but not fully understand the concepts.

After graduating your bootcamp, did you feel like there were gaps in what you learned compared to where you wanted to be?

Yeah, I think the issue there is that coding bootcamps don't have much regulation, if any. From an employer perspective I can see why they would be a little hesitant especially if they took a chance on a bootcamp grad before that perhaps wasn't ready for the job.

There were definitely some things in my bootcamp where you only had time to scratch the surface on a certain topic. I think that's something to expect though with these short programs. I learned how to learn and how to build full-stack apps using best practices. If you've read any technologies documentation you know that 3-5 months isn't enough to go in depth on every language/framework you'll be learning. It was fast paced and I learned a lot, but I'm just now going in depth with React and Redux. That's okay though, I think that's the only real model for these programs. They teach you what you need to know to build something and show you how to go about learning in depth on your own. No one's going to hold your hand after grad to keep up with the industry and they let us know that from day one.

No, not really. I was self-teaching myself code for a little over a year before starting the bootcamp. I knew it would take time to learn this stuff adequately. I think I accelerated my learning going through the program honestly. Having a dedicated group of people to help out any code issues/questions you may have makes a difference.

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