Anyone looking to pick a coding course will likely have a lot on their mind. 

With so many factors swirling around, it can be hard to focus on the important stuff. What’s more, every coding school under the sun will inevitably tell you they’re the one for you. In reality, you need to find a place that’s right for what you need.

Before you decide on a coding course, try considering a few of these questions.

What Are Your Career Goals?

Before deciding on a course, you’ll need to figure out what you want to achieve in the long-run. While you may have acknowledged a need or desire to learn more about coding, you should take a moment to clarify whether you’re looking for a career in coding or looking to boost your existing career with supplementary coding skills.   

Additionally, if you have an interest in coding but aren’t 100% convinced, you should factor this into the type of course you choose. As such, you should have one of the following goals:

  1. Start a career in coding
  2. Supplement your existing skills by learning to code
  3. Get a taste of what coding is like

If you want to start a career in coding, we’d recommend an intensive course, like our Master: Coding course. This will offer you the best chance to become immersed in a real coding environment before embarking on your new career.

Should you wish to supplement your existing skills, a shorter course like our Develop Coding course might be the one for you as it won’t take up too much of your time. Similarly, if you just want to get a flavour of life as a coder, a short course will allow you to do this without committing to a 12-week course.

What Coding Languages and Skills Do You Want To Learn?

Deciding on the right coding language for you is crucial, as the language you’ll learn will impact your career path. Your best bet is to take a look at a few of the jobs you’d like to apply for in the future and see which languages the job descriptions mention. Our coding courses place a strong emphasis on JavaScript but also look at a few other languages such as Swift, giving you a robust platform to build from, whilst also teaching you the tools you’ll need to learn new languages.

Further to this, many coding courses will only offer practical skills that help with coding, whereas others try to give you a well-rounded skill set to become a fantastic employee. Before deciding on a course, you should figure out if you want an all-round education or a more simplistic, code-focused course.

Our courses offer a range of additional skills that will give you the chance to become a key part of any company you work for in the future rather than just another cog in the machine. 

How Do You Learn Best?

People learn in different ways. Some prefer a hands-on experience, others prefer having time to read and research. Certain people may like having a strict teaching regime, whereas different people may wish to learn at their own pace. 

You might also want to consider what equipment and facilities you’ll need to get the most from your chosen coding course. Some courses ask you to have the required equipment before starting, but others provide students with computers to help maximise your potential (we do the latter).

Teaching approach is another key factor, so you may also want to have a look at some of the interviews tutors have given so that you can get a feel for their style. It might also be a good idea to visit your potential coding school to get a feel for the environment and the style.

Unsurprisingly, it can be tricky to pin down how you learn best, but fortunately, there are plenty of online tools that can help you figure it out, such as this one from Education Planner. Once you’ve figured out your learning style, start looking for a coding course that matches your needs.

Our coding courses all take place on campus with no remote learning, so if you’re looking for an online course, for now, you’ll need to look elsewhere on places like Udemy or Free Code Camp. We believe that this style allows you to get better feedback as you learn, and gives you an immersive and realistic experience of life in a digital agency. 

We also have a fairly set routine when it comes to seminars and practical sessions, but students are also encouraged to take charge by conducting their own research. 

Is There A Clear Pathway To Employment?

Before applying for any coding course, you must consider your prospects of employment upon graduating. In many cases, you can take a look at the links the course provider has to businesses and see if there is a process in place for helping you out once the course is done. You should also look at the percentage of students graduating from the course.

Code Nation guarantees you at least three interviews after finishing one of our Master Courses, and with over 100 partner businesses signed up to our Pledger programme, our students have plenty of opportunities. 

If you want to hear more about the types of employment on offer, it’s also a good idea to look up a few testimonials from students who’ve taken a course in the past. You can watch a series of testimonials from our graduates over on YouTube.

In Summary

There are plenty of things to consider before choosing a coding course, and ultimately, your choice will depend on what’s right for you. Naturally, there are many questions that might be specific to you, so if you want anything cleared up, speak to one of our admissions team today through the details below.

Email: admissions@wearecodenation.com
Telephone: 0333 050 4570

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