by PDX Code Guild - April 5, 2017
I see this question popping more and more. Before you answer the question, you should be aware of decomposition. It is a skill programmers use to solve complex problems. You take a big problem and break it into more manageable smaller problems. So let’s try this on the question we are asking: “Should I quit my job for a code boot camp?” We’re are in fact asking two questions: Should I quit my job? Should I do a coding bootcamp? Should I quit my job? Do you have six months of salary saved up? Well this is pretty easy… do you have at least six months of salary saved? If not, you should reconsider. Quitting your job without an alternative source of income is a questionable move at best. If you do, then great for you! A word of caution though: Your job search could take up to six months. This depends on the skills you learn, how fast you learn them, and your prior experience. Should I attend a coding bootcamp? Have you ever written code before (even just a single line)? There are tons of online sites that can help you get the basics of programming. Try them before you commit to three months of non-stop coding. CodeCademy and TreeHouse are great resources when first starting out. Do you like programming? So assuming you have tried coding to a degree, do you like it? You’re going to be coding for at least 6 hours a day. Are you ready for that? Try coding after a long day of work. If you find yourself having fun even after an exhausting day you will likely be able to handle it. Am I ready for a coding bootcamp? Coding boot camps take up a lot of time. Can you devote enough time to complete the school? At most schools you’re coding or in class for about 8 hours a day. You will have assignments and homework on top of that. Additionally, to get the most out of it you will want to study on top of that. Don’t plan to do much else during your code boot camp. Well should I? All that aside, it comes down to discipline and motivation. If you’re disciplined enough to be financially stable. You’re probably going to be fine. But, if you’re leaving your job for more money, or because you’re currently unhappy. Don’t do it. Admittedly, most of this article has been giving reasons of why you shouldn’t. But if you enjoy learning or have always been technical and want to take your skills to the next level. Code schools are for people like you. It is going to be one of the most fulfilling ventures of your life and you’re going to love it! Good Luck!