Self-Employed • Student • Full Stack Development • Online
Jul 20, 2022
My biggest fear upon enrolling in Full Stack Development was my zero background in coding or programming. Before I was even able to attend our first-ever lesson, I already thought of withdrawing from the course as I have watched coding videos on YouTube that I barely understood. Despite that, I just tried to see what lies ahead of the decision I willingly made after attending a prior webinar conducted by StackTrek on coding - which gave non-coders a firsthand experience on how to code - ...
My biggest fear upon enrolling in Full Stack Development was my zero background in coding or programming. Before I was even able to attend our first-ever lesson, I already thought of withdrawing from the course as I have watched coding videos on YouTube that I barely understood. Despite that, I just tried to see what lies ahead of the decision I willingly made after attending a prior webinar conducted by StackTrek on coding - which gave non-coders a firsthand experience on how to code - which has caused me to grow curious about the coding process.
Daily Life for a Part-Time Bootcamper
I decided to study coding as a part-timer since I also had other activities to juggle. Being able to balance both studying and accomplishing the exercises and fulfilling other obligations was quite an uphill climb for me. Even before I reached the 30th day of the Bootcamp, I already felt a strong desire to withdraw from the training. In spite of that, what held me back every single time was the fact that these kinds of opportunities [where I am able to learn so much from people from different walks of life and specializations in the tech industry] are quite rare.
Difficulty Levels of Lessons / Curriculum
In the delivery of the Full Stack Development course, StackTrek made it a point to adopt a beginner-friendly approach, especially catering to non-coders and career shifters. The lessons were delivered in a way where students are able to learn coding by solving problems. In that sense, there are normal instances when a student cannot get a problem correctly on the first attempt. That's where the significance of live training sessions comes in. In StackTrek, aside from lecture sessions, time is also allotted for answering exercises and consulting with live trainers who assist the students in real-time code debugging done either via chat or video calls while utilizing the Company website's IDE (Integrated Development Environment). ALL of them are accommodating. Aside from assisting in code debugging, some live trainers also recommend students with supplementary materials and share with them tips for improving codes. This distinct "feature" in StackTrek instilled in me the importance of acknowledging difficulties, seeking help when needed, and being always open to suggestions for improvements.
StackTrek continues to champion its commitment to offer its "best-est" to support the students' learning journey. With that, I feel really privileged to be in a class handled by a highly skilled and effective instructor. While there are instances where I feel left out as I am not able to accomplish my projects and exercises as fast as our other classmates did, our instructor saw to it that no one is left behind. He makes it a point to ask everyone about their status in the completion of projects and exercises, persistently solicits ideas on how he can help everyone (even beyond his designated work hours) and directs all of us on how to work and study smart. Not a single day passes that the instructor is unable to share with us realistic words of encouragement to keep moving forward in coding no matter the individual roadblocks we're encountering. Our class mantra? KISS. Keep it Simple, Stupid.
Owing to the ups and downs I'm encountering in coding / Full Stack Development, it is inevitable for me to feel anxious about where I'll end up 6 months from now when this Bootcamp is completed. Nonetheless, I acknowledge the efforts of everyone in this course - our instructor, the live trainers, and StackTrek's partnerships in the IT industry - to ensure that this Bootcamp's completers will become competent professionals in the industry in six months. In short, the Company is there to provide assistance every step of the way - from ZERO to HERO.
In coding, no day is like the other. Learning is never-ending. Consistently, my frustrations are being countered by our instructor's constant class motivation. It's easier to be disheartened than to pick up oneself for every fall. Nevertheless, our instructors and live trainers are always there and willing to help us to become better developers. They always encourage us to embrace our individualities by being able to apply our respective educational backgrounds when making our projects. They do not constrain, but rather persuade us to be creative developers. No experience is ever wasted when shifting to IT/coding.