Throughout my time at Coding Dojo, I have had the joy of working with prospective bootcamp students, from the hundreds of interviews to the thousands of thoughtful questions about the Dojo. The most common question I’m asked is, “What does it take to be a successful Coding Dojo student?” Like most people, you want to be the most successful bootcamp student you can be. In order to help you on your journey we want to provide the 3 keys to success at Coding Dojo.
1. Be motivated, you’ll need it
Motivation is critical. It’s the fuel to push you through all the inevitable challenges of a bootcamp. Whether your motivation is to work for your dream company, rehaul your career, get into a fun industry, or to completely change the trajectory of life, you’ll need something to push you beyond your limits. After all, a bootcamp is hard work! At Coding Dojo, we’ll provide you all the tools you need to succeed. If you’re ready to get your hands dirty and go all-in, this is the place for you!
2. Be a team player
The best advice I can give is to leave your ego at the door. The classroom fosters collaboration, not competition.
Be open to learning every little thing we teach. If you’re an experienced developer or a complete beginner, we’re going to teach you the exact same way. This is by design. Our curriculum was built very specifically for you to become a self-sufficient developer. Even if you’re familiar with the subject that we’re teaching, we’ll still teach you a few new tricks.
Be open to feedback and asking for help. The bootcamp uses a healthy mix of group and independent studying. As we work through the curriculum, we encourage you to work with your classmates and utilize the people next to you. If you get stuck, you never know what a fresh pair of eyes can do for your progress, and there’s no shame in asking for help. In fact, during the bootcamp it’s common to see less experienced students help the more experienced ones, and vice versa.
Always remember that we’re in this together! There is no room for a ego at Coding Dojo.
3. Be gritty, be ready to struggle
Grit is defined as the “perseverance and passion for long-term goals”. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to successfully complete this program. If you’re expecting to be handed the secrets to becoming a coding genius, well those don’t exist. 10-14 hour days are the norm around here, and you get what you put into a program like ours. We believe that the students who work the hardest will go the furthest. The students that come in at least 6 days a week , practice algorithms two hours a day, and complete every assignment are the ones we see have the most success. Your success will be determined by your grit over the course of 14 weeks, so make sure to give it your all.
At Coding Dojo, we’ll provide you all the resources you need, but we also need your help to practice these 3 ingredients for success: motivation, openness, and grit. Whether you come with years of experience, or just getting started in tech, we’re confident that you’ll do well in our program. All we ask is that you’re here for the right reasons, work well with your classmates, and be ready to work your butt off!