Since creating this blueprint, I've heard first-hand the struggles that come with learning to code. These include:
- The need for accountability
- Lack of direction and focus
- Imposter syndrome
- The need for more practical and "real-life" projects
- Difficulty in landing a job
- And many more...
Not A Bootcamp
Last year we saw the closing of two major bootcamps: Dev Bootcamp and The Iron Yard.
Bootcamps, as great as an idea as they were, have proven less successful in preparing aspiring coders for real-life job scenarios as had hoped.
Companies are catching onto the fact that these graduates are still unprepared.
The Other Villian
What about not joining a bootcamp, but instead learning on our own?
Well, imagine this all to common scenario:
Jane starts learning to code with Treehouse. She learns HTML and things are getting fun. She jumps to CSS and is now learning how to finally style things.
Instead of giving up though, she is resilient and decides to try out this other new course on Udemy that her friend says is the best. Jane commits now to starting over at the beginning, determined to work through the basics again.
She begins HTML again and this time it’s easy. She feels great. She gets to CSS and makes it pretty far this time. Jane feels confident.
So she begins to learn React. And on and on.
What’s the problem here?
The problem is that she is getting nowhere! She is in that infinite loop of LEARNING.
You see, as long as we stay in this loop, we feel like we are doing something…getting somewhere..making some progress. We commit again to another #100DaysOfCode and revel in the likes we get when we make our "announcement" again.
But from the outside looking in, we will never reach our goals. AND, we will never become confident, successful coders.
My Alternative For 2019!
So beginning in January 2019, I'm taking on 10 students....10 students committed to learning to code and making that career change in six months.
In these six months:
Are you in?
There will be more info to come as I'm creating the specifics now. But in the meantime: Is this something that interests you? Do you know someone who would benefit from this kind personalized pursuit? If so, shoot me a note and let me know.
Due to the feedback and processing things in my head, this will not be a coaching program, but an online course.