CODE SCHOOL: Overcome Imposter Syndrome. Kick-start Your Tech Career.

This book is helpful and valuable for those considering a career as a developer, those in code school, or those already in their career as a developer should read.
Easy to read format with very practical steps and principles of how to make it in tech. While geared toward coding - most things in book are applicable to any knowledge field.

You are on a journey. Code School Book is your map.

01

Engineer 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.

02

Navigating Code School Courses

This 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 help you along the way.

03

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.

04

Life as 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.

05

Rough Edges in Tech

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.

06

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.

Who should read the book?

Curious about Coding

Wondering if you have what it takes to complete a bootcamp or transition into tech? Our goal is that you not only survive the journey but have a blueprint to thrive!

Active 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.

Code School Graduates

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


Topics from the Book

Code School Book covers a wide variety of topics encountered while entering technology, grouped by when and where the topics are most likely to emerge.

  • Mindset
  • Engineers Solve Problems
  • Knowledge Work
  • Habits and Rituals
  • Your Unique “Why”
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Code School Considerations
  • Maximizing YourExperience
  • Learning by Doing
  • Establishing Your Network
  • Building Your Brand
  • Job Hunting
  • The Experience Dilemma
  • Making Money
  • Applying to Jobs
  • Aligning with Employer Expectations
  • Hacking the Interview
  • Life on the Job
  • Planning a Successful Career
  • Solving Problems
  • A Day in the Life
  • Managing Tradeoffs
  • Excellence, Not Perfection
  • Tools of the Trade
  • Debate and Discourse
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
  • Labor Gap
  • Effectively Human
  • Lifetime Learner
  • The Power of Purpose
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What Readers Say...

Hear from readers around the world about their experience reading Code School Book.

This book is a great primer and resource when considering a career change into software development. Like many industries software has specific 'lingo' or 'jargon' that can leave newcomers feeling insecure.
Are you good enough, will you ever have enough knowledge to successfully land that first position?? This book addresses that and more within the context of considering the pros and cons of different coding school program types.
It gives follow-on advice on good habits that all leading engineers have, e.g. stay curious, don't be afraid to ask for help, etc. Worth the money and the time to read.
From the ideas about writing a learning journal, building a learning network, setting aside time for practice and working on projects, the book inspires me with ideas when the non-stop tutorials and coding practice can become overwhelming.
It is a must read to help organize and guide your path into programming technology. We all find our own way, but these master way finders have shared some key nuggets that will enlighten the way. The only thing better is to hear Morgan Lopes speak in person.
I highly recommend this book for anyone trying to transfer into the tech career! Morgan and Tim do a great job giving solid advice, including personal stories, and making the path toward a tech career seem not only attainable, but exciting and a good choice.
This book is easy to follow and easy to read. Each chapter is specific, concise, and relevant. There is great info on Imposter Syndrome and how to stay focused and not give up even when the goal seems unattainable. I appreciate the examples on how to build up your portfolio when coming straight out of code school as well. Thank you Morgan and Tim for writing this book!
I work for a code school and read this book as an additional resource to support our students. The advice that Morgan and Tim provide in this book is helpful and valuable for those considering a career as a developer, those in code school, or those already in their career as a developer should read.
Their writing is straight-forward and easy to consume quickly, while still being very insightful. They thoughtfully share their experiences and provide practical steps and guidance that can help anyone in the coding space (even as a non-coder, I picked up some tips for my career).
Easy to read format with very practical steps and principles of how to make it in tech. While geared toward coding - most things in book are applicable to any knowledge field. Enjoyed the content and well written, good reminders even for those of us not early in our career.
Been trying to find a tool to code without paying for a crazy course. Very easy to read, practical and inclusive. Recommend everyone trying to code without going the traditional route add this to their toolkit

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