I’m a day or so away from graduating from a 16 week web development bootcamp. It’s been a seriously tough 16 weeks, with some major ups and downs, but I’m so glad I did it. I still have sooooo much to learn and a lot of confidence to start building before I put myself out there.
On the confidence front I feel like the pace of my course meant that we very quickly moved our way through languages, concepts and tools. One week we were covering Java and Spring, the next it was React. This was great - we got to see the big picture and also put the various bits together quickly to actually build something. This is key - making things matters! However, the speed of the course also meant struggling with something and quickly dropping it to focus on something completely different was the norm. I feel like I have a broad but shallow knowledge of many things. I’m now planning on focusing on deepening my knowledge and getting in as much practice as possible.
My main question is: how do you know when you’re ready to go for a job? Even after 16 weeks I’m still not entirely sure what a junior web dev position would entail! I guess this is what you call a crisis of confidence…
Thanks for reading my midnight meltdown!