What Successful Bootcamp Grads Have In Common
24 Nov 2016
8 minute read
As with most endeavors worth pursuing, the more you prepare, the more likely the chance of success. At Coder Academy, we take a deep look into your mindset and your aptitude. However, they are not the only things that put you on the path to success. There are lots of other pieces to to the puzzle that might not seem as intuitive.
When preparing for Fast Track Bootcamp, make sure you do the following:
Eliminate distractions. One of the most important things you can do during your bootcamp is focus. Activities like massive parties, weddings, trips, and so on are all great ways to spend your time--just not while you're attending a bootcamp. You should expect to dedicate all of your time, and more, to the work at hand. If you can’t reschedule, perhaps consider applying for a later course.
Do the pre-work. This is one of the most important aspects that will help you enter the class prepared. Our course goes 0-100 real fast and so it’s important you arrive ready to work hard.
Get your finances in order. While investment in a bootcamp is large, investing in education is one of the best places to put your money. However, it's important that you have your finances in order. If you arrive to class overly stressed out about money, it’s likely you will struggle with the added pressure. Do whatever you need to do to make sure you’re set for the next six months.
Find your happy place. I’m not remotely kidding. Bootcamps are hard. Really hard. They challenge you intellectually, emotionally, and physically. Your body, mind and soul is pushed to the limit as you work eight to 12 hours nearly every day. (Remember to take some Sundays off!) You will struggle, you may even want to give up. There will be days where you wonder if you are learning anything. You’ll find esoteric stumbling blocks and have euphoric wins. You need to find ways to handle stress in a positive way. Some people work out, others read, ride bikes, or play video games. Find a way to relieve the stress so you can keep going and don't burn out. This is absolutely crucial.
It's up to you
You get out of this experience what you put into it. If you are the kind of person who has always jumped through hoops and who does only the minimum required, you’re going to have a bad time. No doubt about it.
Do the work. It's much harder to get the results if you don't do the work. We won't check to see if you completed every single task, project, challenge, or problem, but we will be checking up on the major projects.
Don't turn up late, don't leave early, and never miss class. If you have spare time to learn some more, do it! Make time for studying, attending classes, workshops, networking, and working with other students. One of our grads, Alex Karolis, mentioned spending nearly every waking hour coding. He’s now a full-stack developer at EventHub, where he works on everything from basic CRUD web app functionalities to hard-core computer science problems. There is a very strong correlation between putting in the time and being successful. Those who work hard well into the night will find compounding returns on their learning by the end of the course.
Pick projects that you're proud of. Projects are an integral part of the bootcamp experience, because they double as learning experiences as well as portfolio pieces that show evidence of what you've learned and what you can do. Be ambitious and choose a project that will push your limits and help you become a better developer. The more you do, the more you can exhibit the skills you’ve learnt. Make sure it looks polished too! Front-end is more important than you may think! Heath Garvey’s UX work for his final project was crucial to transforming his internship at Auggd to a job.
Take care of you. Sleep is important. Exercise is important. Self-care is crucial. Look after yourself. Your body and mind are interconnected, and you can't neglect one and expect the other to thrive.
Smash the internship! Our hiring partners are well and truly ooking to hire those that truly impress them. And of course, how you do during the course will influence how well you perform in your internship.
Look for companies who have the resources to mentor you. Companies of at least 20 people are more likely to be able to spend dedicated time working with you outside of code reviews. Remember you’re at the start of your learning journey as a junior developer, and be humble and show you’re eager to learn.
Reach out to the mentors. They’ve offered to mentor because they want to help. They have access to opportunities they can be willing to offer to you. Our grad Mark Pereira interned with Coder Academy mentor Ian Scrivener at an Ogilvy R&D unit for 2 months before accepting work at NGNY. If they’re working in a speciality you’d like to go into they can help you travel over.
You're now ready to embark on what can be a truly life-changing experience. Remember, you only get out what you put in!
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