Any web programmer who wants to level up. Next Thing recommends projects every day so that you can keep focused on learning instead of hunting down resources and wondering what to do next. As you complete projects, we organize your portfolio and skills.
Self studiers who know that getting stuck can waste days of study time. In addition to tracking your skills and projects with Next Thing, the weekly checkins at this level help keep you moving forward.
30 minute, 1-on-1 video or phone conferences every week
What's the difference between Next Thing and Tech Boss?
Next Thing is a project recommendation engine and skill tracker. Tech Boss is a one on one mentorship service. Next Thing is free with both Tech Boss plans.
What skills are covered by Next Thing?
What projects will I complete?
It depends on you. The projects presented to you on the Next Thing platform are based on your skills. As you get deeper in one area, the projects will become more technical and intense for that area.
Do I have to do projects with Next Thing as part of the Tech Boss mentorship?
Nope. The time in the 1-on-1 conferences is for you to use how you'd like. Just like piano lessons, you'll have to practice on your own. The conference time is to help you with whatever you're working on.
What can the 1-on-1 conference time be used for?
Generally, anything you want. This time can be used to clear up any problems encountered on projects, plan out future projects, receive feedback on code, or prepare for interviews.
What if I get stuck between meetings?
Just send an email, and you'll get a response quickly.
How is Next Thing different from other platforms for learning to code?
We don't use gimmicks like online editors and badges to "make learning fun". We believe in creating real projects by coding with real tools.
How is Next Thing different from online college courses?
Most college courses are deep and theoretical. We focus on helping you develop a broad and practical skillset, while building a portfolio of projects at the same time.
How soon will I be able to get a job using Next Thing/Tech Boss?
This is up to you. If you're completely new to programming, any earlier than 3 months will likely be very difficult.
How many hours per week should I practice?
It's up to you. The more you practice, the quicker you'll gain skills. Next Thing will adjust to you and generate enough work to keep you busy.
What if I just want one Tech Boss lesson? Do I still need a monthly plan?
You get one lesson for free with the monthly plan during your trial week, and monthly plans are cheaper than ad hoc lessons, which will cost $50 per half hour. But sure, if you just need a nudge or help getting unstuck and you need a one off lesson, email us and we can see about setting one up.
I have written two books on tech: one about building HTML 5 games, and one about how to have an awesome career as a programmer. In the past, I have served as everything from founder to lead developer for Rails and Node start ups. I've seen countless projects explode in the best and worst ways.
My most rewarding experiences have been helping people learn to code and now, I want to help you.