New Year's Resolutions for New Programmers

New Year's Resolutions for New Programmers

Whether you’re just starting to learn to code, currently attending a coding Bootcamp, or working as a software developer, it is crucial to keep challenging yourself to learn more. After reflecting back on my own goals for the new year, here is the advice I can offer future or current coding Bootcamp prospects for leveling up in your coding studies and career. 

Do things, other than coding or programming

Whether it’s traveling, cooking, or signing up for swimming or exercise classes, do something that you are passionate about or simply interests you. If you are like most people, you will say or think you will get around to doing these things in the future. When in reality, that time might never come or you lose focus on what really matters, your well being. These extra hobbies will benefit you in the long run because they are essential in improving productivity and efficiency.

Do some research or read a technical book:

Programming is great, but there is so much more to learn about code that isn’t just fun, but a fresh way to go about it. Sites like Google Scholar can answer any cutting edge questions you might have. Not only can research be stimulating to the mind, so can reading technical books or blogs. Reading blog posts while trying to build something can be a good way to improve productivity. Along with blogs, a well-written technical book can depict theoretical concepts while using illustrative examples that provide grounds for an exciting discussion of best practices with the team or even by yourself. Although technical books can be inspiring and informational, the tutorial driven ones can become outdated quickly. If reading something technical isn’t challenging enough, we hope you become inspired to start a book club!

Enhance your skills

Whether you are a beginner or advanced or somewhere in between, not everyone knows everything. No matter your level of expertise, we all have different abilities and need to learn to enhance our skills and optimize the use of our knowledge to grow both professionally and personally.

Beginners:

  • Get familiar with programming languages
  • Learn Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Make your own project

Advanced:

  • Start refactoring from the deepest point in your code
  • Code by hand
  • Read the sample code, then tear it apart

Lastly, share your wisdom

Along with your newfound wisdom, and the abundance of wisdom you carried before, share it with others to let them learn from your experiences. Learning from others and sharing what you know is important because it can foster vision in others as well as strengthen professional ties.There are multiple online spaces available where you can contribute your thoughts and learnings ultimately making others contribute to their knowledge as well. When you share with others, it helps deepen your own knowledge and strengths what you know. New conversations and opportunities can arise just from that simple gesture, and offers even more opportunities to grow.

A new year is a great time for new beginnings! Keeping true to these resolutions, there is only room for another great year of learning, growing, and coding.

If you are still wondering about whether or not you should get started with programming, check out our blog post, 5 Reasons Why You Should Join a Coding Bootcamp


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