Here is some solid advice they passed along:
* network effectively (instead of just getting accepted into senior programmers’ and recruiter’s LinkedIn accounts); take folks to lunch and find out about them as people, not just potential check-signers.
* Expect to emerge into a local job culture a bit over-crowded with many other hungry ‘junior developers’. Strategize how to leverage our life experience.
* Never say ‘I don’t know’ to an interview question. That’s not inviting any kind of conversation. That’s a period – end of discussion.
* My favorite advice, though, recalls Robert Heinlein’s dictum, which titles this blog entry. Drew and Kevin offered their cohort’s great lesson: ‘help stragglers. It’s kind but more selfishly, they’ll return the favor when you are lost.’
I’ve been looking for collaboration baked into a course’s teaching design. I think I’ve found it. I hope so! Yesterday was our first time but 6 of us will perfect our mob-coding in a group project every Thursday for the next 2 months; we move seating 2x a week, to work alongside new folks. Friday has Iron Pints at 1:30, where everyone leaves their computers and gathers in a code-free zone, to socialize and imbibe, and be congenial.
The IronYard offers an intense 12 week front-end engineering curriculum with what seem like a palpable intention for supporting us.