For some, the opportunity to learn to code is exciting. For others, the potential cost and time is terrifying. However, it doesn’t need to be. Whatever your comfort level, a coding bootcamp can be an intensive way to become a skilled developer. Considering a coding bootcamp? Here are a few reasons you should give it serious thought:
1. Coding boot camps help improve analysis and problem-solving skills
Coding requires those who do it to fully understand, analyze, and creatively approach issues to reach a goal. For example, if the goal is to create an interactive mobile application or a game, the coder must fully comprehend the project before developing a process and deciding which coding language is best to use. Working through the process of developing such projects often requires students to “retrain” their brain (and can even be a lesson in patience).
2. Boot camps provide an opportunity for networking and support
True, there are self-starters who turn to online tutorials to learn how to code, but this is not the best path for many. There are some virtual coding boot camps, but often the most effective are those where students learn—and suffer late nights and long hours—together. Besides the feeling of camaraderie, an in-person boot camp is an opportunity to develop close-knit professional relationships with other burgeoning techies, expanding your professional network.
We hate to repeat the old adage, but who you know matters when looking for jobs. Your peers in your boot camp may become valuable references and allies later in your career. You can choose to code alone, but you may lack this support.
3. Coding programs can expand your creative skillset
You may not think “creativity” when considering if/else conditions and while loops, but being an effective coder requires new approaches and a flexible mind. Whether you enjoy building things (websites included) or drawing, your creative side can benefit from—and contribute to—learning how to code. If your goal is to end up in front-end web development, for example, you may need to understand the pre-planning and design of a Web page, in addition to knowing how to build it.
Many budding programmers who do not consider themselves “the creative type” are forced to rely on unique approaches to problems, as students in a coding bootcamp are thrown into “the deep end” and forced to learn what can take years in a few weeks or months. In this sense, learning to code can improve your ability to creatively solve problems, and may also inspire you to think a bit differently when working on your more traditional creative projects.
4. Learning how to code can open up more job opportunities
A quick look at job postings can show you how often employers seek tech-savvy applicants. You can vastly increase your career prospects by learning how to code. Even if a position you apply for doesn’t require this particular skillset, an employer will find your ability to code impressive, and it could open up a new path within the company later down the line. The ability to code opens infinite possibilities for a company (and you!), while also demonstrating your abilities and drive.
There are so many reasons to learn to code.
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Brenna Tonelli is a contributing writer for Varsity Tutors, a live learning platform that connects students with personalized instruction to accelerate academic achievement.