The Honest Guide for Coding Bootcamps
A collection of thoughts after a full-time software engineer bootcamp
If you are reading this article, the chances that you’re considering applying to a software engineer bootcamp are pretty high. I was in your position a year ago. I quit my previous job at an environmental not-for-profit in NYC, went to Flatiron School, and got a six-figure software engineer job in a high-tech company in San Francisco.
This article could end here: another success story. However, I want to share a collection of thoughts, learnings, and humble advice for each phase throughout a bootcamp.
When you land a job in tech after a bootcamp, many people reach out via LinkedIn. They want to have a conversation and learn from your bootcamp, job search, as well as posterior first-job experience. I still remember those days when I was reaching out to people trying to build up my network. Now, from the other side, I’m always happy to schedule a video call or coffee.
Sharing our stories and experiences is important. On my journey, I realized that I didn’t have enough information when I decided to drop everything and enroll in a programming bootcamp. Most conversations around this critical decision didn’t prepare me for my new career adventure. I had some data points from friends who successfully went through the same experience -word of mouth marketing!- but that was it.
Most people who land jobs after attending a bootcamp share their success stories without providing insights on their learnings and strains. We tend to believe that becoming a millionaire happens overnight and forget that it takes decades to build wealth. Similarly, we take for granted that we will get a developer job after attending a four-month training, but we miss that it takes more than a bootcamp to succeed.
My goal is to help you make better-informed decisions if you want to attend a bootcamp. If you just finished one and are starting your job search, I hope it gives you some guidance and encourages you to share your story in the future for those who follow
Chapter I. Considering a Bootcamp
Chapter II. Bootcamp Readiness
Chapter III. Bootcamp Outcomes
Chapter VI. Job Search
Chapter V. Career Development and Growth
If you found this article useful, share it with anyone considering a bootcamp or already in the process of becoming a software engineer.
Thank you for reading this article and good luck with your future endeavors!
Note: Through the article, I made references to several books and resources that helped me. I highly recommend these reads even if you end up not taking this path. Some of these are Amazon Associate links, so I earn from qualifying purchases.