How to Survive Coding Bootcamp

By Chevas Balloun

Last Updated: June 6th 2019

Coding bootcamps enable students to learn web development skills quickly, packing in a lot of information into a short amount of time - it’s what makes them such a great option for coders who want to hit the ground running using their skills immediately upon graduation.


But since you’re likely learning skills that are completely new for you in a short amount of time, it’s normal to feel a bit nervous. Here are some tips to help you survive coding bootcamp and set you up for success.

How to survive coding bootcamp.


  1. Practice Everyday: Coding languages are like any other language - mastering these skills requires practice everyday in order to retain lasting knowledge. Coding bootcamps such as Nucamp help keep you accountable by having weekly homework assignments with fixed deadlines. Community coding bootcamps allow you to complete coursework remotely and at your convenience, allowing you the chance to have a job outside of bootcamp - a great option for students who cannot financially justify quitting their job to learn to code! But make sure you’re doing pieces of your assignments bit-by-bit each day when you can. This approach will allow you to retain more knowledge long-term, and also mean less scrambling to finish your assignment at the end of the week.

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  • Don’t Forget Self Care: It can be tempting to want to sit at your computer for hours to get ahead on an assignment. Although this might reduce stress in the long run, it’s fairly taxing on your mind and body! Remember to practice self care while you’re completing bootcamp - schedule breaks on your calendar to take breaks, eat meals, or sleep. Ensure that you are still making time for things that help reduce stress in your life, such as exercise, seeing friends and family, or other activities that you do regularly. With all the great coding skills you’re learning, your mind and body need a break to process.

  • Ask Questions: As a new student, you might be entering a bootcamp and seeing the inner workings of coding for the first time. But don’t let that deter you - you’re not alone! In fact, data from Course Report shows that the average bootcamper has never worked as a programmer before. Course content is likely new for everyone, so don’t be embarrassed to ask questions - that’s what your bootcamp instructor is there for. In fact, bootcamps such as Nucamp work with instructors who are already working full-time as web developers in the field, meaning that you’ll get the most up-to-date industry insight any time you ask a question.

  • Interact with Others: With such condensed coursework, it can be easy to want to focus solely on getting your work done. But similarly to self care, interaction is also key for keeping your mind balanced throughout bootcamp. Don’t forget to make time to see friends and family - positive interactions help give your mind a break so that it is refreshed for the next time you sit down to code. Also, community coding bootcamps such as Nucamp have localized workshops on a weekly basis where students and instructors meet in-person to work on coding projects - meaning built-in socialization with your peers.

  • Look Ahead and Network: In addition to the many benefits coding bootcamps provide students, an important one is complimentary networking. When you’re in the midst of completing a project, it can be difficult to look ahead and think about how life will be post-bootcamp, but the earlier you can begin networking, the better. The in-person workshops Nucamp provides not only serve as built-in socialization, but they also serve as built-in networking for you to connect with peers that will soon be working alongside you in the web development industry. With their industry knowledge, instructors can also serve as a guide for navigating next steps to obtaining employment following graduation. Nucamp also offers students complimentary LinkedIn Premium access, which can allow you to reach out to potential hiring managers and recruiters easily while you are still completing your coursework.

  • How to survive a coding bootcamp.

    Since you have selected a certain type of course, whether it be full-stack, front-end, or web development essentials, you likely have an idea of what type of role you’d like to work in post-bootcamp. Set up alerts on sites such as Indeed or Google to receive email updates whenever a new role is posted. This is an easy way to stay on top of your job search ahead of graduation without having to attend networking events in-person.


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    Chevas Balloun

    Director of Marketing & Brand

    Chevas has spent over 15 years inventing brands, designing interfaces, and driving engagement for companies like Microsoft. He is a practiced writer, a productivity app inventor, board game designer, and has a builder-mentality drives entrepreneurship.