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5 Signs You’re About to go to a Coding Bootcamp

Owen Poindexter

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Have you been wondering if coding bootcamps are for you? Here are five signs that you could be a great candidate to rapidly build up your programming ability.

1. You’ve been checking out online intro to coding courses

One great thing about learning to code is that resources for beginners are free and easy to find. The JavaScript tracks on Codeacademy and Khan Academy both provide an easy way to get started. Eloquent JavaScript gives a strong conceptual framework with exercises to test your understanding. Code Wars has challenges to test and improve your skills. These are just a few of the many great options out there.

In addition to helping you get started, these resources will help you decide if you enjoy software engineering.

“The best way to know if you will be successful is if you are enjoying the prep work,” says student Danny Tunon.

2. You Don’t Want to Spend 2+ Years Getting Another Degree

Lots of people get started on a career, and then learn about new possibilities that seem both enticing and out of reach. Many paths require years of study to even qualify for your first job, but software engineering is not one of them. Dedicated students can go from interested to professionally employed in under a year. We have seen countless students, such as Justin Cruz and Jason Sigmon, make a quick and dramatic career change by using Hack Reactor as a pivot point.

3. You Value Investing in Yourself

A targeted investment in your abilities can accelerate your career much faster than steady progress within a job. Instead of hoping for an incremental boost in salary every six months, you can take matters into your own hands and skill up. Data from 2015 shows that half of all jobs offering at least $58,000 value coding skills, and that, on average, these jobs make $22,000 more than those that don’t.

4. You Want Skills that Don’t Pigeonhole you Into One Career

There was a time not so long ago when people tended to pick a career path and follow it until retirement. Today’s workers could not be more different: they spend an average of 4.4 years at each job, and for young people, the number is half of that. While it is still possible to hop between companies within a narrow set of roles, it makes more and more sense to have generalizable skills.

5. You Can’t Help but Notice what Developers Get Paid These Days

Developer salaries are largely dictated by supply and demand, and for the foreseeable future, demand is far greater than supply. The reasons are structural. On the demand side, all sectors of the economy rely more and more on web presence, mobile apps and internal software to run more efficiently and meet their customers where they are. As for supply, most university computer science programs are built around an elemental understanding of computer programs. This is very important for a narrow slice of developer roles, but most companies looking for programmers want a command of modern web technologies built on a base of fundamentals. We have been refining our curriculum to deliver these skills as quickly and effectively as possible for years, and the proof is in the results: 98% of our graduates receive programming-related offers with an average salary of $104,000.

Does this sound like you? Take the next step and apply to Hack Reactor.

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