But you may not realize you’re coming away with a lot more. The soft skills you’ll uncover are often even more important than the hard coding skills themselves. Employers look for people who can hit the ground running—coders who can be proactive, collaborate, and enter each project with a mindset for learning.
Here are five soft skills you’ll develop with the help of a boot camp.
Self-discipline and determination
Learning to code takes dedication—and lots of time. The subject matter of coding is incredibly complex.
You’re basically learning an entirely new language, and it’s not an easy feat. It requires patience and persistence to fully understand.
Then, once you become a proper developer, coding itself takes more of the same patience in practice.
You’ll need to concentrate and focus for long periods of time, grinding through tough projects. Importantly, you’ll want to approach your work with rigor and attention to detail for those times when you’re looking for a single out-of-place character in a stream of code.
Boot camps are there to help you overcome the hump and get to this aha moment of clarity. In a strong team setting, they can help you work patiently through the hardships and collectively celebrate the victories.
In coding, as in life, you’re going to run into problems. A function just isn’t working. A program doesn’t look the way you want it to. Something feels wrong—and it’s driving you crazy.
This is normal. And though it may be frustrating, learning how to face these problems gives you a huge upper hand over other coders and helps you break through to the other side.
When you’re confronted with big coding problems, it’s often best to break them down into smaller, more manageable tasks.
When life serves up a problem, it can be overwhelming, too. But the easiest way to move forward is to take one small step. And another. The same goes for coding. We’re here for you—and you’ll have a whole community of alum to turn to.
Learning to learn
What do all successful coders have in common? An eagerness to learn.
Many people think that learning is a skill we all inherently have. But that’s actually not true. You need to be hungry for more knowledge, willing to absorb new ideas, and ready to adapt.
Coming out the other side of boot camp, the biggest tool you’ll have under your belt is a framework for quickly learning new languages and technologies. Though boot camps will teach you a lot, there’s a world of things still to learn after you graduate. Many of our grads nab jobs in unfamiliar coding languages, because their ability to quickly learn sets them apart.
As a developer, you’ll need to learn new languages, methods, and frameworks throughout your career. You’ll also learn business practices, processes, and procedures that may differ from employer to employer. You’ll need to be ready to digest new information at every step. It’s the best way to ensure that you’ll continue to advance in your career—and in your life.
Teamwork and collaboration
Whoever said techies are loners really misjudged the industry.
Sure, you’ll spend some time plugging away in front of your computer. But a lot of the work relies on heavy collaboration, both with your own team and with other departments.
On any given project, you’ll look for input from your coding team while also working with UX experts, product designers, business leads, legal teams, and more.
Plus, along the way, you will no doubt look for help from the broader developer community as you learn code—and long after. Even the most experienced developers still need ideas, feedback, and support from like-minded professionals.
How you collaborate with a team is a very personal thing: some people are leaders, some are followers, some are talkers, some are listeners, some are a hodgepodge of everything.
Our university boot camps are uniquely collaborative settings where you’ll encounter a number of group projects before graduation. Through this experience, you’ll be able to identify your personal and professional teamwork skills, strengthening them through practice.
Public speaking, communication, and storytelling
Just like tech gets a reputation for being a solitary field, so too does it get stereotyped for being a quiet one.
But coders actually need to be well-spoken and articulate. It’s not enough to just complete a coding project and press “Done.”
When you’re a developer, at one point or another you’ll be tasked with explaining your work—often to people who aren’t knowledgeable about the field, like clients and future stakeholders. You need to learn how to communicate your ideas in a clear—and enticing—way.
Whether you’ve created the next big app or supported a new web design, you need to be able to essentially “sell” stakeholders on your work. The best way to do this is through articulating the story of your work, starting by emphasizing the problem and then demonstrating why your project creates a solution.
In a bootcamp scenario, you’ll have the opportunity to hone this skill. At the end of group projects, you’ll present your ideas to a room of your peers. You’ll describe your work effectively and flawlessly, after practicing in a room of supportive classmates in your very shoes.
BONUS! Lifelong career skills
Learning coding and developing important soft skills are important for your career. But how do you use these skills to first land your dream job?
Within the core curriculum of Trilogy Education boot camps, we offer a range of career resources to help you learn how to position yourself to the market, create a compelling portfolio, interview for a leading opportunity, and negotiate the details. Our team of career coaches, tutors, and mentors focuses on helping you become employer competitive—a skill that comes in handy throughout your career.
Interested in perfecting your soft skills through a boot camp? Learn more about our options at Trilogy Education.