Austen Talbot made a decision in 2013 to take his technical skills to the next level. He got started with extensive self-study. Like many before him, he found that, “these tools [to learn programming] exist in abundance for beginners, but slowly thin out until you’re left without much direction as an intermediate user.” He took on coding projects where he could, but it wasn't bringing him to the expertise he wanted.
Somewhere along the line, he heard about Hack Reactor.
“I read their blog, student blogs, Quora posts, and news articles,” Talbot writes. “The two biggest draws were the outcome statistics (job placement and salary) and the rigor (class time and curriculum).”
He also couldn’t help but notice the consistent enthusiasm Hack Reactor students had for the program.
“I didn’t read a single negative thing about Hack Reactor which, at first, seemed too good to be true, but as I kept hearing more, it became clear that it was really just an honest reflection of the program’s quality.”
Once he decided to take the plunge and apply, Hack Reactor’s sterling reputation made Talbot hesitate. Worried he wouldn’t make the cut, he spent a long time strengthening his skills. In retrospect, he wishes he hadn’t waited. For anyone thinking of applying, he has this advice: