Hello all, I’m new here.
First thing I want to say is this community seems super positive and I’m really excited to find this (FREE!) resource with a wealth of information!
I am a 33 year old massage therapist who is feeling ready to move on into a more secure career. I never thought coding would interest me, but I have been exploring it over the past month and I am enjoying a lot of the challenges. I have completed about 15% of Angela Yu’s Online Bootcamp on Udemy, which I paid about $13 for. I found freecodecamp just last week and was intrigued by its learning presentation. I find my brain clicks in a little more with the challenges. I think ultimately I will need both visual presentations and the written word to really sink the impressions of knowledge into my brain.
I’ve also been toying with the idea of taking an online bootcamp such as CareerFoundry’s program. I may be in the wrong place asking about this, as freecodecamp seems almost anarchist in its fundamental nature, and I don’t expect anyone to answer the question I ultimately have to answer myself, but does anyone have a recommendation on a path to commit?
I would like to learn quickly and efficiently. The bootcamp intrigues me because of their guarantee to streamline you into that line of work in less than 6 months. I live in the Seattle area, too and it seems like there are plenty of jobs out there. The structure and timeliness of it all seems helpful and obviously throwing down a big hunk of change will add some pressure to really put the time and effort in. On the other hand, I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews on bootcamps and I do know that 7 months (flex) isn’t enough time to master anything.
I guess what I’m asking is what worked for you? Did you do a bootcamp? What platform was best for your learning? What path would you recommend committing to first? And I guess what kind of timeline did you or are you following in this commitment? How do you stay disciplined and focused? How many hours a week?
Please add any other advice that you have. I do appreciate your input.