Stories of failure turned success are abundant in the tech sector. It has become a place where it's okay to fail, and it's actually encouraged. Making mistakes, learning by doing, and finding order in chaos is a surefire way to learn and adapt quickly. One of the great effects of people sharing their failures and how they overcame them is that it provides a platform for future generations to start from and a clear path to avoid the downfalls of others.
At Dev Bootcamp, sharing successes and failures is part of our culture. We celebrate success daily at all school standups, share kudos and shoutouts with people who have helped or taught us something, and use failure not as a reason to get down on ourselves, but as a tool for expanding our knowledge and learning new skills.
Chances are you’re at a point in your career where you’re considering “Is a coding bootcamp right for me?” or “Will I make a good coder?” We want to help you as you’re making this big decision by sharing advice (which often stems from failures turned successes) from our alumni community.
- I wish someone had told me that programming and music theory are so similar!
- I wish someone had told me that there are plenty of hybrid technical and nontechnical roles in the industry. When you graduate, there are so many different roles that your skills are applicable to.
- I wish someone had told me that error messages are just another form of constructive feedback.
- I wish someone had told me an infinite loop wouldn't break my computer. In fact, I had "friends" who scared me off of programming in high school with myths like this because they thought it was fun. How rude!
- I wish someone had told me that looking for a job will be your full time job after graduation. Plan on hustling to find a job that best fits your background and experience and lean on the Career Services team - they offer coaching, resume reviews, and support in outreach and connections to companies who are hiring.
- I wish someone had told me you will not understand everything the first pass, and that is okay. You don't need to master it all at once! Grab the "principle" of what is being taught and circle back for more details as you go. Iteration is key!
- I wish someone had told me how fast it was going to go by.
- I wish someone had told me that finding and using resources outside of direct instruction will enhance your learning experience.
- I wish someone had told me tutorials will help if "reading the docs" doesn't make sense. Tutorials and blog posts are your friends!
- I wish someone had told me that the coding bootcamp would be all-consuming, but the trade off is that it's short-term and you'll gain skills and meet people that will change your life for the better.
- I wish someone had told me Chicago had such a good Women in Tech scene (that’s true of the other cities Dev Bootcamp operates in as well).
So we lied, this list is actually 11 things our alumni wish someone had told them before they started along their journey in learning to code at Dev Bootcamp. There’s a lot of information out there about coding bootcamps, so do your own research, talk to alumni who have gone through each program to learn about their personal experiences as you make your decision.
We’re proud to share the stories of our phenomenal alumni and give you the opportunity to to speak with them 1:1. Ready to learn from our alumni to see if Dev Bootcamp is the right program for you? Sign-up for an alumni 1:1 now and get your questions answered about what sets us apart from the competition.
The 11 pieces of advice/wishes for future bootcamp students were contributed by the following members of our alumni community: Jess U., Software Engineer at Sprout Social, Erica L., Software Engineer at TicketBud, and Erica F., entrepreneur and recent Dev Bootcamp Austin graduate.