I have no college degree, and I've been working in a bar for the past few years.
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You should consider attending a coding bootcamp if you can confidently say that you're ready and willing to build a career as a developer. In the end, your willingness and ability to constantly learn technical topics is a far stronger indicator of future success and whether or not you should attend a coding bootcamp than your previous career or educational history.
Just trying out a bit of code and seeing that developers get paid well is not sufficient to get you over that line. There's a reason developers are in such demand -- it's a career built on constantly changing technology which requires you to learn aggressively to keep up and to succeed. This means that you'll need a strong underlying passion for the craft and a deep desire to learn and build. Otherwise, you won't have the motivation to power through the walls of frustration that you'll inevitably run into along the way.
As a litmus test, if you haven't tried building any real applications as side projects before, you're probably not ready to try out a coding bootcamp, a CS masters degree, or anything comparable. If you can't stop thinking about code or if you've spent a lot of time hacking on projects or if you have gotten through everything that online tutorials can tell you, you might be in the zone.
The typical learning curve and what you can do to persevere is laid out in detail in this blog post:
You typically need to have crossed the Cliff of Confusion before knowing for sure whether it's the right choice for you or not.
Once you know that you *do* want to attend a coding bootcamp, you'll need to start thinking about the host of other issues that come with it like time commitment, tuition, job outcomes and location. That's worth a whole separate question itself.
I think you should consider giving Viking's online program a shot, but I might be biased :)
Coding bootcamps are large investments of time and money so I wouldn't take the decision to attend one lightly. I would recommend spending time on sites like Codecademy, Treehouse, Codeschool, Lynda, etc. learning new technologies and building things. See if you like it. Also, once you are familiar with a language, try solving coding challenges on sites like Codewars, Coderbyte, CodingBat, etc. If after all that you're even more enthusiastic about programming, then I say a bootcamp could certainly be a good path for you.
At Epicodus, we've had several bartenders come through our classes, and many people without college degrees :)
The real question is, do you like to code? You should try out coding and see if you enjoy it. There are lots of great sites for this; at Epicodus, we actually have all of our curriculum online at learnhowtoprogram.com/table-of-contents, starting with lessons aimed at people with no coding background at all.
If you like it, keep working through materials until you can pass the entrance tests (our application is at epicodus.com/apply.html). If you still like it, there's no reason you can't attend and be successful!
I've been a part of Zip Code Wilmington for short time and can only speak for our camp. I am a full believer in what a coding bootcamp can do for someone. I would suggest taking a lot of time to research and find the right bootcamp for you. Another poster mentioned that bootcamps can be a large investment of time and money and I 100% agree. Our students spend roughly 100 hours per week coding for 3 months. However most of our students are leaving and getting placed in relatively high paying developer roles and have great success stories.
I had been working in retail for about 5 years when I asked myself the very same question. I liked my job, but I wanted a career. So I started looking into attending a bootcamp. I had a lot of friends that were programmers, and it looked really interesting to me. I signed up for one in Chicago (that’s where I was living) - it was for iOS app development. As I was prepping for that, I found about this school in San Francisco, Holberton School. I decided to to the application process for Holberton as more prep work for the bootcamp I was already signed up for. As I was doing the application, I started to fall more and more in love with the school. I ended up deciding to attend Holberton instead of the iOS bootcamp.
Why am I telling you my whole life story? Because I had no idea what was out there until I started looking. I would encourage you to look into some bootcamps or even code schools like Holberton. Go and visit them, talk to previous students and go through the application process for a few of them. If you don’t like the application process, you may not like coding, and you may not like the school. Try some on and see what fits.