Fear is defined as “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or a threat.” It's defined as an unpleasant emotion rather than a tangible thing bent on causing pain and destruction. When it comes to launching a new career, there are many things that seem frightening.
However, as James Stephens famously said, “Curiosity will conquer fear more than bravery will!” Well, while I am not actually sure James is famous, his quote is certainly accurate and fits neatly into the mindset that is necessary to become a successful software engineer.
The following are a few things to consider as you explore a career in web development and software engineering:
the fear of failure is something we face in every new situation - When we tackle web development it is no different. What is important to keep in mind is that the best way to learn is by applying that knowledge in a practical way. For example, build something (and break it repeatedly!). The software engineer’s best friend is failure! In the end, coding bootcamps work well because they allow you to learn immersively while solving problems at an accelerated pace. This will be a reacurring theme throughout your web development career. So, go forward and be fail!
Nothing ventured, nothing gained! Probably enough said, but there is a specific mentality that is important once enrolled in the program. The key is to never compare yourself to others in the program, as this can cause feelings of isolation and undue stress - and, quite frankly, it is a colossal waste of time. Students frequently come from very diverse backgrounds, and each person is likely in a different place in their learning. At LearningFuze, we try to ensure all students enter the course with a certain level of knowledge, but it is almost impossible for everyone to come in at exactly the same level on every subject. It's important to keep in mind that a bootcamp program represents only the first 12 weeks of your career, and you should not measure your success on those 12-weeks alone. While the goal of the program is to enable you to be job-ready by graduation, remember but the learning never ends - especially in engineering. Be ready to commit to a philosophy of constantly learning.
The biggest misconception of students coming into the program is that it is all about the technical skill. Technical skills are important, but they are only 50% of the equation for graduates.
Equally important is your interpersonal skills, resume, culture fit, timing and luck, past work experience. This is about whether you are a fit and your practiced ability to present yourself in an interview. Whether it is software engineering or a sandwich shop, interpersonal skills are key to success.
Make no mistake, however, technical knowledge and ability is definitely a prerequisite, both for coding bootcamps and job success. Moreover, the better your technical ability, the better you can compete in the marketplace. Just be sure to practice your presentation and interviewing skills. We all know that if you “fail to prepare then you should be prepared to fail”. Working hard and focusing on the preparation process will set you up for successful results!
Take advantage of the prep classes offered and recommended resources to prepare as best you can to get the most out of the instruction - check out this post on how to really succeed at a coding bootcmap.
Be curious. Continue to explore new skill as you gain more knowledge. Push yourself to build out an idea or project. To achieve success as a software engineer, you'll not only need to understand the concepts but also know how to apply them.
There is fear in everything new we take on. That's ok, and it's completely normal! It is a clear linear equation that we have repeatedly seen. Here at LearningFuze, we've been doing this for 4 years and have helped students tackle (and overcome!) many of these fears.
I encourage you to take a step back and assess whether fear is holding you back from pursuing a new career. Likely, the best approach to overcome these feelings is to simply focus on the process of learning, follow your passion and trust the results will follow. If you have a passion for solving problems, creating, and "building stuff," then web development just may be the career that allows you to express that passion!
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