7 Things I learned in my journey from coding bootcamp to Senior Developer

Table of Contents

  • #1 — Learn Github
  • #2 — Imposter syndrome is real
  • #3 — Master your IDE
  • #4 — Company culture
  • #5 — Take control of your career
  • #6 — Networking
  • #7 — Never stop learning

#1 — Learn Github

If you are a programmer, you will be using a version control system. Github is the leading VCS used by companies. Usage of a VCS is a daily activity you will experience as a programmer.

#2 — Imposter syndrome is real

Exactly 30 days after I graduated from my coding bootcamp, I started work at CNN on a contract-to-hire position. During my first three months, I had thoughts that I would be fired because I felt I did not know what I was doing.

#3 — Master Your IDE

Most people when they learn to program, will use a text editor like Sublime Text, Atom or VIM to write code. When you start working as a programmer, you should switch from a text editor to an IDE like WebStorm, IntelliJ or Visual Studio Code.

#4 — Company Culture

As a new programmer, company culture can either demoralize you or super-size your programming skills. My first job after graduating from coding bootcamp was at CNN. I attribute the company culture at CNN as well as my manager, Nick Zoss, for allowing me to greatly improve as a programmer.

#5 — Take Control of Your Career

The last lines of the poem Invictus are “I am the master of my fate, the captain of my soul.” You have to take responsibility for your career, and the direction it is heading as a programmer.

#6 — Networking

Networking allows you to build relationships with fellow programmers. If you need help or answers to a question, you can always turn to your network for assistance.

#7 — Never Stop Learning

When you graduate from a coding bootcamp you learn only one tech stack. The challenge is the tech industry changes so fast that you need to keep up with these changes.

Final Thoughts

There is a great demand for software engineers. According to DataUSA, universities graduated 28,389 computer science majors last year. The problem is there are more than 223,000 unfilled coding jobs in the US, and 91% of those vacant jobs are outside of Silicon Valley.

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