We’re absolutely loving Ironhack’s new guide, “Is a Coding Bootcamp Right for You?” - So much so that we thought we’d come up with our own questions you should ask when considering attending a coding bootcamp. Of course, these aren’t the only questions you should ask yourself, but we think they’re a great start.
Without further ado, here are the five essential questions you should ask yourself when considering a coding bootcamp:
1. Am I a good fit for a coding bootcamp?
OK, OK, we took this question directly from Ironhack’s guide, but it’s an important question to ask. Coding bootcamps are exhausting and will take you out of your comfort zone. If you’re the kind of person who prefers the comfortable over the uncomfortable, maybe you should re-think enrolling.
2. Why do I want to attend a coding bootcamp?
People join coding bootcamps for many different reasons. Some are ready for a career change or want to gain the necessary skills to rise up in their current workplace. Others are looking for a way to turn a hobby into a career and make more money doing something they love and are passionate about. So why are YOU interested?
3. Are your coding bootcamp expectations realistic?
If you think this is going to be an easy experience that’ll be all play and no work, you might want to re-think that. Don’t get us wrong, you’ll have so much fun. But you’ll also have so much stress. Don’t forget, it’s called a “bootcamp” for a reason.
4. Can I put my pride aside and ask for help? Like a lot?
No one likes asking for help. But you’ll have a lot of questions, and chances are you won’t get everything immediately. The only way to thrive in an environment like this is to be willing to get the help you need to get things right.
5. Am I prepared to make friends for life?
Let’s be honest: you’re going to get really close with the individuals in your class. You’ll be there to help each other, listen to each other’s frustrations and relax with a drink or two for happy hour. You’ll help each other succeed and grow during and after this unique experience.