Hi guys. I would like to ask for some opinion on this, I know it’s been asked thousand times already all over the net but let me elaborate.
I have been learning to code for a while now, got lost in the sea of information sometimes, got demotivated sometimes but in the last couple of months I’m really getting into it. I understand more and more, even did a couple of simple arcade games in Python which is my favourite language.
As I’m not progressing effortlessly and efficiently I thought about applying for a bootcamp and I found Flatiron in London. On paper it sounds great as you only need to pay £1000 deposit, you start paying when you get your first job. I thought maybe an immersive program is what I need as there would be a constant kick in the butt from 9-6 every day.
I visited the “campus” too. One open floor, I don’t know if I liked it or not.
I started the prep course which is great, my technical interview is scheduled too but I just realised it now that they want me to have an Apple computer too, they have a loan system but that is still an extra thousand pound. At the moment I’m still working hard to be able to take some months off work, 3 for the bootcamp and maybe 2-4 for the jobhunt but the extra money I would need to pay for the loan laptop means I will need to postpone the start for one more month at least.
Bootcamp would mean no money coming in but it’s more structure and job guarantee.
Me, on my own, would mean I could have a part-time job, it would take more time but I would be more secure financially. I’m 41, living abroad so can’t really go home if things go bad. Also I would learn more about how to trust myself, how to find problems, how to deal with things, nobody would hold my hand.
I am way better at discipline by now so probably wouldn’t be a problem for me to actually study 6-8 hours a day for months I’m just paralyzed at the moment. I can’t think straight what would be a better solution.
Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.