Mastering Coding Through Self-Study: Crafting a Clear Plan for Success
- Learning to code requires a clear plan
- Self-taught programming is not just about practicing and studying, but also creating your own curriculum
- To simplify the learning process, having a set schedule and regularly planning and reviewing before each day begins is advised
- Hands-on practice is key to mastering a skill quickly and effectively.
From Wrong Approach to Embracing Mistake Making: Self-taught Programmers Master Skills for Employers Needs
- Most people take the wrong approach when learning
- They consume content or read books but do not apply the knowledge in a meaningful way
- What employers look for is someone who has put their hands dirty and built a variety of projects both big and small
- Self-taught programmers must master problem solving and thinking like a programmer, which can only be achieved through practical experience
- Mistakes are very normal and necessary to learn, however there is an inherent fear of making them
- Embracing mistake making requires making a mindset shift and learning source control such as git.
Advice for the Aspiring Software Developer: Avoid Self-Sabotage and Set a Deadline
- Self-sabotage is a common issue for those seeking to learn to code, and needs to be avoided
- Commit to a specific timeline when you will start applying for jobs and make yourself a little bit nervous, for this will help you push forward
- Companies are in need of software developers and may hire someone with lesser experience if they can show they can do the job
- Have a “drop dead date” in mind when you plan to start applying for jobs and don’t let yourself use excuses to delay
- There are tips and advice available on how to become a software developer that one should take advantage of.