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Yves Gurcan • Edited

Thank you for sharing, Russ. Sorry to hear that you were disappointed by some of the people that were supposed to help you learn. Do you feel like you could have gotten maybe a similar kickstart if you had dedicated all the time you spent at the bootcamp learning on your own (starting projects, reading documentation, and so forth)? I'm glad you learned about meetups. These are amazing opportunities to learn something new, meet people, and even try your hand at speaking! They're also free most of the time and sometimes provide pizza to attendees :) I would recommend going to a meetup such as meetup.com/front-end-small-talk/ if you want to start networking!

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Russ Author • Edited

My pleasure Yves.

Sorry to hear that you were disappointed...
It's alright it's life, you'll run into those kinds of people everywhere so one just needs to learn how to move on and not hold a grudge against them.

Do you feel like you could have gotten maybe a similar kickstart if you had dedicated all the time you spent at the bootcamp learning on your own (starting projects, reading documentation, and so forth)?

Looking at the moment I decided to choose a bootcamp:

  • I had no connections in the software development world besides coworkers at my previous place of employment.
  • I wouldn't know which language to learn and would be going between different review sites and looking at pro's and con's of each language
  • I would have avoided web development because I'm not a designer.
  • I would have bogged down in documentation and not getting hands-on experience with building projects

I'm not sure if going the self-taught route would have done much good to me before the bootcamp. I decided on the accelerated route with guidance and access to mentors in the industry.
After going through the bootcamp I have learned a lot for sure. I have learned that:

  • Web development is not just designing
  • A lot of developers are friendly and ready to help
  • Meetup is awesome for networking with developers
  • Freecodecamp is a trusted source for going the self taught route
  • Udemy is another great option if you read the reviews on the courses

I would recommend going to a meetup such as meetup.com/front-end-small-talk/ if you want to start networking!

I do attend meetups quite frequently I just need to work on talking to new people and getting out of my bubble more frequently (have gotten better since I started this journey). I haven't attended the Front End Small Talk meetup yet tbh, I'll definitely consider it in the future.