6. How long will it take to be a coder?

We want things to happen quickly, do we? 🙂

Remember – the key to life success is action and patience. In today’s fast-paced world, where time is money and distractions are plenty, we often forget old words of wisdom like:

No pain, no again.

Patience is a virtue.

A journey of thousand miles, begin with one step.

Let’s get back to your desire to learn coding, the new “maths” or the new “language” of the world. Already, kids in schools are being taught to code which was previously possible in college/university education. The thought in today’s competitive and innovative world, is to learn coding as early as possible. Get the “scripts” in to your system now! 🙂

The time it takes to learn coding can vary widely based on factors such as your prior experience, the programming languages or technologies you’re focusing on, the depth of knowledge you aim to acquire, and the amount of time you dedicate to learning. Here’s a rough breakdown for both full-time and part-time study:

Full-Time Study:

If you’re studying coding full-time, you might be able to complete a comprehensive full-stack web development program in around 3 to 12 months, depending on the intensity of the program and your prior background. These programs typically cover both front-end and back-end development, along with other essential skills like version control, databases, and deployment.

  • Bootcamps: Coding bootcamps are intensive programs that aim to teach you coding skills in a condensed timeframe, often around 3 to 6 months. They require a full-time commitment and are designed to quickly equip you with the skills needed for entry-level positions.
  • Self-Guided Learning: If you’re learning on your own full-time, it might take around 6 to 12 months to become proficient in a specific programming language and its associated technologies. This includes learning the basics, building projects, and gaining practical experience.

Part-Time Study:

If you’re learning coding part-time, the duration will naturally be longer due to the fewer hours you can dedicate each day or week. Part-time learners often balance their studies with other commitments, so the timeline can vary significantly.

  • Bootcamps: Part-time bootcamps might run for 6 to 12 months or even longer, allowing you to pace your learning while maintaining your current job or other responsibilities.
  • Self-Guided Learning: Learning coding part-time might take around 12 to 18 months or more, depending on your consistency and the complexity of the skills you’re acquiring. You’ll have more flexibility but will need to maintain discipline to ensure steady progress.

It’s important to note that becoming a proficient coder is an ongoing journey. Mastery and proficiency require continuous practice and learning, regardless of whether you’re studying full-time or part-time.

Ultimately, your personal learning pace and goals matter the most. Set realistic expectations and be prepared for the journey to take time. Consistency, practice, building projects, and seeking help when needed are key components of successful coding learning, regardless of the time frame.

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