Congratulations! You’ve decided to take the plunge and join a coding bootcamp. You will now be a part of the community that pushes forward the tech-driven world of today.
In the midst of the exhilaration of choosing a program, it’s important to prepare the inevitable next steps of a full-immersion coding camp.
At Zip Code Wilmington, admissions is a multi-step process and typically takes 8 weeks to complete. It includes a mandatory information session, an online assessment, and in-person interviews. The team provides all applicants with resources, such as Codecademy, The New Boston, Code Wars including video tutorials and videos, to begin familiarizing themselves with the fundamentals necessary to succeed on the assessment and prepare for the program. So, although a basic understanding of coding is helpful, everyone can improve their odds of acceptance.
Two of the most undervalued application steps are attending the information session and taking the online assessment. Many people will try their hardest at freshening up on their coding skills, but not as many are interested in the interactive application pieces. (Sidebar: It’s important to Zip Code Wilmington that our applicants be well-rounded and job-ready – meaning face-to-face skills are also important.) Applicants are required to attend an information session, that gives an in-depth view of the curriculum, time commitments, expectations, and potential outcomes. The team encourages applicants to join an available prep session with an instructor or a meetup with some of our alumni that help prepare them for the online assessment. Considering many applicants are self-taught, it’s beneficial to provide one-on-one access to an instructor to ask questions prior to taking the test.
Outside of the assessment and interactive sessions, applicants have other concerns about full-time immersion boot camps. Here are a few common concerns:
Lifestyle: Save up your money. If you are considering a career change or boost, coding boot camps are a great option. At Zip Code Wilmington, more than 92% of alumni are placed in a career in less than 3 months with more than half doubling their salaries. Those increases came at the cost of less income during the boot camp. Your focus and attention have to be on the material you’re learning otherwise you’ll get left behind pretty quickly.
Mindset: Study! You must be in the mindset to learn. Bootcamps are not like traditional school (high school or college) because the material is presented at an accelerated rate. You’re getting 1200 hours of material in 90 days. The instructors of the bootcamps usually show you a new way of learning and retaining the material.
Community: Talk to other people who have gone through the program to get someone else’s perspective on the program. They might reveal some things that you won’t get from just going to a general information session. At Zip Code Wilmington, there is a strong network of alumni who continually come back and serve as mentors and tutors to current students.
Passion: Have a passion for technology, innovation and problem-solving. If you don’t, you won’t be motivated to keep going.
Through Zip Code Wilmington, the team has seen computer science graduates, teachers, truck drivers, administrative assistants, scientists, warehouse workers, musicians and more transition to successful software developers. Their passion for tech pushed them to Zip Code Wilmington but their hard work and dedication took them much further. Make sure that when you choose to apply to a bootcamp, that you have best prepared yourself to succeed.