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Why you should learn the foundations when programming

The IT industry is an open community. There’s no security guard checking your computer science degree before letting you in. Nor do you have to be a self-taught programming wizard like Bill Gates or Elon Musk to be successful. To get started in this growing industry, all you need — no matter your background or current career — is curiosity, resilience, and the foundations of coding.

Foundations are the keys that grant access to IT. The better you know the fundamentals, the easier it is to learn other programming languages and more advanced concepts. Or to use a string of metaphors: you have to walk before you run; float before you swim; and boil water before attempting grandmother’s beef stew.

But where can you learn these fundamentals? Sifting through unfiltered information online is inefficient. And returning to university is an incredible time and monetary investment. How can you be sure you’re receiving a worthwhile education that will prepare you for a career in IT?

The answer to these rhetorical questions is coding bootcamps. Coding bootcamps provide several months of intense, practical, project-based training. Instructors are industry professionals with years of experience.

They teach the most essential, practical basics — scalable skills applicable to the job market. You won’t be copying or pasting lines of code or passively listening to droning lectures on theory. Instead, you’ll be encouraged to apply the fundamentals to real projects and to think like a developer to solve issues you will face on the job.

A career change is only a bootcamp away. With a solid grasp of the fundamentals, professionals from bakers to educators have changed their careers and their lives. You can too. If you’re still on the fence, just remember:

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”

If you’re ready to get started, wcoding can help. Our 12-week fullstack intensive bootcamp makes programmers. And our career counseling will sharpen your spear for the job hunt.

Contact us today and our admissions team will guide you on the right path to your new career in IT.