Overcome your imposter syndrome by understanding the larger context of what it means to be a software developer. Accelerate your professional advancement.
I want to teach you what I wish I had known earlier in my self-taught career.
Pretty much all of the bootcamp grads I talk to are struggling with some amount of imposter syndrome.
Let's be clear about this right up front: You're not an imposter. You have a valuable set of skills, and you've shown that you can master complex subjects in a short time.
If you've landed your first job, you're probably hungry to start moving up. But maybe you don't have a clear picture of where to focus the next phase of your self-study.
If you're still looking for your first job, you might be having trouble differentiating yourself from the exponentially growing pool of software bootcamp grads out there looking for the same jobs.
The stack you've learned is just one of a nearly infinite number of ways that you can build a web application. React, Vue, Node, Rails, Django...They're all just tools. You probably have enough tools available to you for now. It's time to start learning how to apply them intentionally and thoughtfully in ways that lend themselves to professional-level software.
I've been a professional web developer since 2009 and an instructor since 2017. I want to share with you the things that I wish I had known earlier in my self-taught career.
Not just more talks on React or GraphQL. Let's work on the meta skills that you'll need to succeed as a professional. Test-Driven Development, debugging strategies, architectural patterns, just to name a few.
Combined with daily tips and short lessons by email leading up to the webinars, you'll begin to understand software development at a whole new level.
The podcast for coding bootcamp grads
Collin Miller and I taught together for several years. With our quarter of a century of combined self-taught experience, there were many, many things we were not able to fit into the time we had with our students. This is our way of extending those lessons.
Ben has that incredibly well-tuned balance of teaching ability/experience, technical brilliance, and genuine human caring that genuinely set him apart. You will always feel not just respected, but emboldened… willing to make mistakes and learn from them. This is absolutely crucial, in my opinion, leading to better retention and a deeper understanding.
I had the privilege of being a student of Ben's, for a time-- he is an extraordinarily thoughtful and effective teacher.
Ben was able to break down complex concepts into manageable chunks that were much easier to understand. He’s very knowledgeable, and was able to share relevant stories from his own past and learnings. Most importantly, Ben understood when to lean in to provide guidance and when to step back to have us connect the dots ourselves.
Ben is a most amazing instructor ever met. He is not just giving an answer, but guide students to think right direction, something missing or finding and fix bugs. He gives specific, practical advice whenever I need help.
He was always allowing us to make mistakes and firing back thoughtful questions about our choices. With a wide range of skill levels in the class, from novice to intermediate, he knew how to respectfully interact and stimulate learning.