I'm really nervous about spending so much money on a bootcamp. It would really help me out if anyone can share their mistakes and how I can avoid them.
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The points made by epicodus are right on target. Allow me to suggest getting taste for programming through a short seminar or/and an introductory class of 3.5 hours once a week for 5 weeks with a reasonable fee of $399. Can I invite you to visit our website www.penpapercoding.com for more details (our complete program, method, schedules, additional online courses, etc.)? We offer a unique and effective pen and paper only intro to programming class 4 times per year and our spring term sessions starts April 25 (Saturdays) and April 28 (Tuesday evenings). On April 20 you could also attend our Snails & Programming meetup -2 plus hours- organized by JS New York; it promises to be very engaging and inspiring! All the best with your study plans. Lina - Pen and Paper Coding NYC
I'm curious what kinds of mistakes you're worried about. I'd make sure of a couple things:
* Is coding what you want to do?
* Have you tried it enough to know that it's what you want to do? Make sure you really have tried coding - not just copying and pasting someone else's code, and not just in HTML and CSS.
* Are you going to a school with a track record of successful job placement?
Coding schools are a big committment of time and money, but there is a wide range. Where I work, Epicodus, we're only $3,400, and we have a track record of 95% of our graduates finding work within 3 months. We also require applicants to solve a couple basic coding problems to make sure they have done enough coding to know that they really want to do this for a career.
Hope that helps!
Feel free to elaborate with any other mistakes you're concerned about!
Many people immediately write off their own abilities — they don’t consider themselves creative, or able to improve their design skills. We have lots of evidence to the contrary, based on our past students who’ve successfully completed courses and seen themselves in a new light. We’d suggest taking an intro course and giving it a shot. Who knows — you might find a new calling!
Do your research before you start applying. A lot of applications bootcamps and programming school are intense in their very nature. They want to make sure the students that get through the program are dedicated and hard working. Making students jump through a lot of hoops during the application process is a good indicator how someone will handle challenging projects and
That being said before you go down the rabbit hole of a complicated application process, you need to make sure that you are applying for the right reasons. You need to be passionate about programming, to begin with, but you should also be excited about the program you applying to.
The cost of a program should never be an afterthought. You should be considering that from the day 0. On top of that, it's not just the cost of the program you should be considering, but also the cost of living that most people end up living on out of pocket.
When I decided to venture down the road to software engineering, I choose a school that didn't cost anything up front. I was moving from Chicago to San Francisco, and I knew that just living in SF would be expensive enough, and I knew I wouldn't be able to afford to pay out of pocket for a program as well. I choose a program that had differed tuition based on a percentage of your income once you have a job. The mission of the school, the payment method and the content covered at Holberton was everything I wanted.
Full Disclosure, I work as Houston Campus Director for DigitalCrafts.
In my role as Campus Director, it's my pleasure to meet with all prospective students. If they have any questions before applying, I kick things off with a call. If not, I get to meet them for an interview.
In my experience, the most common mistake I come across is when students apply to only one school.
Even if you have a top-choice, you should still apply and interview with several options. You can only learn so much from reviews and websites. You need to sit down and speak with someone to evaluate if your skills, background, and goals align with what the school can provide you. Get a few options together and get through to the acceptance/approval stage before deciding your best choice.