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The first book for coding bootcamp students transitioning into tech. Overcome imposter syndrome. Kick-start your tech career.

  • Crush Code School
  • Find Your Dream Job
  • Excel in Your Career

We break it all down.

Foundation

Students

Make the most of the code school experience. Whether attending in-person or online, the book includes strategies to build your network and excel.

Graduates

Lever your education to kick-start your tech career. From job-hunting techniques to workplace preparation, there is something for everyone’s journey.
Code School Book Overview

What’s It About?

It’s called “Code School: Overcome Imposter Syndrome. Kick-start Your Career.” The book is our guide for those who want to enter the tech industry but don’t have a computer science degree. More and more, the untraditional path is becoming the norm. Whether changing careers or kick-starting a new chapter in life, the experience of breaking into tech can be frustrating and unclear.

As nontraditional software engineers, we are combining our experiences, observations, and stories from others who have survived. For those who break in, computer programming can be a fun and fulfilling career. We want more people to experience it.

From coding bootcamp to enduring career, we cover the full spectrum. It’s loaded with actionable steps, words of warning, and battle tested insights. The chapters are arranged into six sections for their respective part of the career journey.

Section One

The Engineering Mindset

The first section of the book is about the mindset of successful software engineers. Before you begin the path into learning to code, everyone should understand what they’re signing up for. We will cover themes such as:

  • Knowledge work.
  • Solving Problems.
  • Managing Trade Offs.

It’s all about the mindset of a software engineer.

Section Two

Navigating Code School Experience

The book’s section section helps readers get the most from Code School. Whether preparing to enter a bootcamp, actively enrolled, or a recent graduates, we created a digestible guide to:

  • Find the right school.
  • Combat imposter syndrome.
  • Build a professional network.
  • Set proper expectations for what will and won’t be taught in class.

Whatever school you attend, you much own your own experience.

Section Three

Job Hunting

The third section is all about job hunting. Getting a job in technology is the primary goal for most code school students. We provide actionable guidance to find opportunities, navigate the interview process, and land your dream job. Readers will learn to:

  • Overcome the “experience dilemma”.
  • Anticipate the needs of hiring managers.
  • Standout from other applicants.
  • Gain an edge in the interview process.

Jobs are out there, but it’ll take work to find your fit.

Section Four

A Day in the Life of a Developer

The fourth section of the book covers life on the job. A majority of an engineer’s career is spent working. We cover a day in the life of support engineers and junior developers. Along with strategies to thrive in the workplace, we include:

  • The tools and technology of the trade.
  • Daily rituals and workflows.
  • The three paths (individual contributor, manager, principle) a career could take.

There is a difference between Code School and life on the job. Our goals is to flatten the learning curve.

Section Five

The Rough Edges of the Tech Industry

The book’s fifth section uncovers the distasteful parts of tech. No career choice is without drawbacks and frustrations. Instead of learning the hard way or being surprised, we’ll disclose the most destructive elements of the tech industry ahead of time.

  • Widening Labor Gap.
  • Seemingly unconquerable “War for Talent”.
  • The industry’s friction toward diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  • Protecting our humanity amidst profit, growth, and optimization.

It’s not all rainbows and butterflies.

Section Six

Go Boldly Forward

The sixth and final section of the book concludes with prompts and encouragement for the future. Future potential is what separates a job from a career, so we can paint a clear picture for what’s next. Then employed and hungry for what’s next, we outline:

  • Lifetime learning.
  • Craftsmanship.
  • Engineering Legacy.

We want to level the playing field for those transitioning into tech.