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How Can I Prepare for a Coding Bootcamp?

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Hey, DEV! Gonna start a coding bootcamp soon. I have a Bachelor's Degree in an unrelated field, but I graduated around 8 years ago, so I've forgotten what it's like to be a student.

Are there any tips for excelling at a bootcamp for beginners? I feel like it's going to be overwhelming, so I want to do all that I can to get prepared for it.

Thanks, DEV!

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Nathan Hedglin

From a coding bootcamp instructor

  1. Write code first

If you don't like writing code, debugging code and self-teaching, software isn't for you. Please don't be the student that drops $10,000 without even doing "Hello, World" first. Generally, those students are entitled and expect to be taught instead of guided as they learn.

  1. Know what to expect

Bootcamp is VERY fast paced. The grade doesn't matter. Slow down when you're a bit lost. Ask for help, most bootcamps offer a lot of support.

  1. Have realistic expectations

You will NOT make $100k and be working from home for Google the day after Bootcamp. No matter what the website says. IF you get a job after Bootcamp, generally in the US that's $50k starting.

Everyone and their grandma has been to a Bootcamp. The competition at the bottom is fierce. That should push you to try harder.

4.. Time and Participation

The students that make the time to learn and paly around with code do the best. Ask the instructor questions, we want you to learn. Have fun. Ask "dumb" questions.

  1. Plan for after Bootcamp

Bootcamp isn't enough. JavaScript isn't enough. Keep going. Work on your computer science fundamentals. Build things. Do some freelance work etc.

Hope that helps!

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Milena Brito

Welcome to the world of technology! I also presented here at a bootcamp and some things I would tell myself are not just technical, but some soft skills that I needed:

  • Pay attention to the basic topics because they are going to be complex;
  • It's okay if you don't understand everything, because nobody knows everything;
  • Respect your learning process and pace;
  • Don't compare yourself to others;
  • Programming logic and computational thinking are paramount to know;
  • Create your schedule;
  • Consistency is the key. Try to stay grounded;
  • Don't hesitate to ask questions;
  • You will not learn everything at once;
  • Take breaks, you need to rest.
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Get to know the basics well.

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