Wow…this is quite exciting stuff to read at 6am! I need to get myself a cup of coffee and settle in before I continue with some thoughts here…
Okay back! Well, firstly, I’ll say its kind of unfortunate geekysmurfs post was flagged for deletion…its just an opinion, and while I don’t agree with it at all, it does offer some insight to an alternative train of thought. Super happy you quoted it @anon52159105 cause if someone just told me what the first post was to get up to speed to understand what sparked the convo after it, I wouldnt have believed it lol
Anyway, its not FCC that is frustrating…its the material. Coding is hard. Its confusing. Did I mention its frustrating? Oh, and its hard . Its perfectly normal to struggle. If coding were so easy, there would not be a demand for programmers and the pay would suck. But that’s not the case…not only is the tech field desperate for developers, its desperate for good developers and the process of becoming one is a hot topic
Those out of college with a degree have learned the science, the math and the concepts but generally only “tap the table” on different languages while being taught just enough of a lower level language to complete the courses… Actually learning the languages and frameworks they need to know to compete in the job market is something they will have to do on their own time.
Those coming out of a bootcamp where they are promised to learn everything they need to know in 12 weeks to get a high paying job…well, theres a bit of half and half there. its intense…theres a lot to pack into 12 weeks to become job ready. So much that many employers are a bit cautious… Lots of debate as to whether or not to even admit one took a bootcamp on a resume.
Self learners are on their own self-guided, self-paced path by finding many different resources to learn from with the freedom to use whatever they find interesting. And there’s so much to choose from…no secret there. A downfall is without a defined path, its easy to get side-tracked and suffer set-backs… Still, it takes a certain kind of drive, tenacity and passion to learn and reach that point where you can compete with those with formal training which is something employers do like to see.
Then theres geekysmurfs recommended path to take one course from one source for 2 - 3 weeks and know everything to get a job in development and start your own business… I decided to explore the possibilities and googled learning development in 3 weeks. Nothing but stuff about pregnancy and babies. Okay, so I tried learn web development in 3 weeks and found something! Well…one thing… This guy learned web development in 5 days by watching 12 YouTube videos. For kicks, I googled learn web development with hypnosis, cause hey, why not?! Right up top are Udemy courses to learn hypnosis! So Im really feeling good about where Im going with my train of thought here to take things just one step further to learn web development and acquire a demanding high paying job with no time and with no effort!
If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere. Frank A. Clark