(Previous: Kal Academy: Seattle Coding Bootcamp Alternative)
Now that I’ve been working on learning to code for a year (and I’m headed to my first full-time job!), here are some thoughts:
- Even if your bootcamp, tutor, teacher, or friend says you can get a job in 3-4 months, for most people it takes about a year.
- Learning to code is easier if you have someone close to you who will help you out–a spouse, roommate, best friend, or mentor. When you get stuck, having someone who can see the problem and help you figure it out is really important.
- To get hired, you need both a good portfolio showcasing what you can do AND the ability to get through a technical interview.
- Networking is a great way to get your foot in the door for job interviews. Hackathons, free talks, meetups, and conferences are a good place to start.
- Internships are hard to find for people with coding experience who aren’t in school. Freelancing, hackathons, and working for friends are other ways to get experience on your resume.
- Don’t burn out. You can probably code productively around 40 hours a week. If you force yourself to work beyond your capacity, at some point it will start to hurt your performance, or your enjoyment.
And here are my favorite paid and unpaid resources for getting started–the resources I’ve gone back to again and again as I’ve moved through different stages of learning: