Community#CodingWisdom: Where to Start as a Beginner


Faye Bridge
writes on July 8, 2016

Helen Hayes once said, “The expert at anything was once a beginner.” An honest and powerful truth to remember when learning something new. Whichever skills you’re trying to master, it takes a combination of time, dedication, and overcoming challenges to progress. But with every accomplishment, your abilities grow, and in time you’ll look back proudly and confidently at how far you’ve come.

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As a beginner learning to code, we can guarantee you’ll experience all of the above, along with a few additional challenges unique to programming. Where a reliable learning resource can be key to your learning success, there’s also a great deal of valuable advice to gain from others who have been in your shoes. That’s why we started the #CodingWisdom series as an opportunity for our advanced students and alumni who are now full-time developers and designers, to share advice with beginners who are just starting out.

What advice would you share with new students who are learning to code?



Shante was a stay at home mom of four who decided she wanted more for her family and to change their lives for the better. In the past, Shante worked in customer service and marketing where she’d been introduced to her love of technology. The experience encouraged Shante to pursue a career in tech so she began dedicating time learning to code. Today, her career is excelling as a freelance WordPress developer.

You can read Shante’s interview here.


When Ken failed his freshman year of college, he found himself unemployed, burdened with college debt and in need of a new approach to achieving his career dreams. Ken made the decision to drop out of college and focus on learning with Treehouse as one of the first students to enroll in the Techdegree program.

A few months later, having built up his portfolio and practical skills, Ken applied for a position at a small web design agency. He landed the job and is now a Junior Web Developer at Fat SEO. At 19-years-old – and without a college degree – Ken has been able to launch his career doing something he’s passionate and enthusiastic about.

You can read Ken’s interview here.


Throughout his life, Adam has had a passion for classical music and a love of technology. It wasn’t until he was pursuing a master’s degree in the classical violin that he set the goal of learning to code with Treehouse. After only a few months, Adam was confident enough to take on his first clients and shortly after landed a job as an IT manager. Today, Adam is able to fulfill both his passions with a career as a professional classical musician and as a full-time developer.

You can read his interview here.


14-year-old Kyle was drawn to the endless opportunities to create and share on the web. In the 8th-grade he began to dive into coding and built a basic website, Study Central for his fellow students to share study guides. As the end of middle school approached, popularity for Study Central had grown. Kyle needed to expand his skills and elevate the website to meet the needs of high school students. Luckily, Kyle’s older brother introduced him to Treehouse.

After applying his new coding skills to Study Central, Kyle was able to expand and improve the website before freshman year started. Today, students across his high school are relying on it as a study resource.

You can read Kyle’s full story here.

Based on your learning experience, what other tips would you share?

If you’re ready to take the first steps towards a career as a developer, check out the Techdegree program and explore the 6 certifications we offer.


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