I’m a self-taught developer. I completed ~2.5 years of college on and off while interning at a small web development company. I ultimately dropped out to accept a full-time position.
My brother, currently in a nursing program, reached out to me. He wants to know how I did it so he can follow in my footsteps. (oh boy). This blog series is to help chronical his journey and my thoughts while I guide, mentor, and ruin him.
College, Bootcamps, or Self-Study
The Traditional 4-year Degree
College is the safest route. Your education is under much less scrutiny when backed by a degree, but let’s be honest, college takes the most time and has the highest cost. If you’re reading this, it’s probably because college isn’t an option.
Bootcamps suffer from a quality problem. Those ads claiming that anyone can become a developer in 3 to 6-months are akin to for-profit colleges: Less regulation, praying on the hopeful, and providing only moderately better outcomes than self-education.
Don’t get me wrong, many bootcamps set proper expectations and provide a valuable service. It’s
- Guided lessons; told what you need to learn
- A teacher you can receive real-time feedback from
- Team projects to practice collaberation and build a portfolio
- Direct partnerships with local businesses
- Interview coaching and a network of alumni
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