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I’ve just finished a Web Development bootcamp. What now?

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We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.
Marcel Proust

I’m writing this post four weeks after finishing the bootcamp at Makers Academy. With a bit of distance I can now leave a final post on the subject in the hope that it might help anyone considering it.

For me it has been a great experience. I struggled with the course, especially with the fact that sometimes, it just takes time to understand a concept. All you can do is keep working on it. It took weeks for me to get into the apprentice mindset and just get on with learning and stop worrying about the speed in which I was doing it.

If you can put up with this without losing hope or quitting when things don’t do your way, you’re in the right place. My only recommendation is that you check as many online tutorials as you can to get a feel for it and make sure this is something you enjoy doing.

Once in it you will be working your ass off and there’s not much time to sit back and think about anything else. At the same time, you’re also having fun working with awesome people. Clever people. From all ages and all walks of life. It was my favourite thing about the experience.

What now?

Since finishing I’ve been coding every day. Solidifying what I learned, and working on what didn’t click first time around. I’m also cleaning up my Github profile and finishing some of the projects I didn’t finish due to the breakneck speed of the course. I’ve also started researching companies for interesting roles, either as a Junior web developer or roles in which I can utilise my experience and the newly gained skills. At the end of the day, that was the idea behind going through the course, of course.

Anyway, back to work.