Thinking about going to coding school? I recently finished an intensive 12 week coding program at General Assembly. Here are the things I wish someone had shared with me before I committed:
TRY IT BEFORE YOU COMMIT TO IT
KNOW YOUR PERSONALITY TYPE
IT IS AWE INSPIRING
Everyday of the program I learned so much. It has never been so apparent to me that I don't know much. The reason why I say this is because this field has so much you can learn about. There are so many languages and processes and procedures. You could work on client databases, debugging, making awesome graphic interfaces...I feel like I just barely dipped my toes into understanding this all. When I finished the program I knew this would be an ongoing educational journey for the rest of my life. I felt silly for not jumping in sooner, and I honestly felt sorry for those who might be left in the dust because they're avoiding learning about something that affects us all and will create infinite opportunities for growth.
Would I recommend someone else to take this program? It depends. If you're self motivated, I would say subscribe to Treehouse, Lynda, Udacity, or any other really great coding online school/tutorials and learn by yourself. Then make some cool projects that will show what you know and that you'll be able to show to future employers. But if you need someone to push you and drive the learning process, then yes the program would probably be good for you.
I feel grateful that I was able to take this program. But I wish I had prepared better. I also wish it hadn't been so intense. It's difficult to compress all the info I learned into 12 weeks. Logically, it would have been better to learn it over 6 months or so.