Erin Richard

Erin Richard

Career Path: Software Engineering

Administrative Manager to Production Support Engineer

Before Coding Temple: Administrative Manager

After Coding Temple: Production Support Engineer @ Eligo Energy, LLC

What were you doing before you decided to attend Coding Temple?

I was an Administrative Manager at a non-profit training organization.

What motivated you to enroll in a tech bootcamp?

The non-profit organization I was working for closed during the pandemic. I loved working for a non-profit and wanted to learn new skills that would allow me to help a non-profit in the future in a way that I could not before. Part of my previous role was data collection and analysis, so I also wanted to supplement my existing knowledge and experience with a bootcamp that included a data segment.

Why did you ultimately decide to enroll at Coding Temple?

I decided to enroll at Coding Temple because it was the stack that I was most interested in, the cost was competitive, and the schedule with virtual learning fit my needs.

What was the most challenging part of the program for you and how did you overcome it?

It was a huge amount of information to cover in 10 weeks. I just did the best I could to do coding work outside of class and tried to expand on new concepts when I could, which helped me to better learn some of what we covered each day.

What was the most valuable lesson or skill you learned during the program?

The most valuable lesson from the program for me was probably understanding that it’s ok to leave the program not knowing everything, that it’s ok to search online for solutions, and that most new developers will have a learning curve and a lot of questions.

What resources did you find most helpful during the program?

The instructors, other students, and being introduced to new online resources.

What was the job search process like and how did Coding Temple prepare you for your current job?

Shortly before my program ended, I was in contact with a developer who was looking to fill a developer intern position, which I accepted. Although the internship involved working in a different language than what I learned at Coding Temple, I was able to apply the general coding concepts I learned in the bootcamp to the work I was doing in my new role.

How has your career progressed since graduating from Coding Temple, and what are your future career goals?

Upon completion of the internship, I was hired by the same company as a Production Support Engineer. I hope to transition into a Junior Developer role next, but I’m also interested in building skills to work toward a Quality Assurance Engineer role and would also like to continue practicing with the data tools I learned at Coding Temple to become a more well-rounded developer.

How did Coding Temple compare to your expectations, and what surprised you the most about the experience?

Coding Temple met my expectations. I think I was most surprised by the competency of the Coding Temple team. Every instructor that I had the opportunity to learn from thoroughly understood the concepts we were covering and had an impressive ability to answer questions on the spot. Student support and career services provided by Nicole and Marlene were incredibly helpful. Both are very supportive and great at what they do. The program is well organized and I never felt like I didn’t know who to go to if I had a question or needed help with something. I like that they update offerings based on changing industry needs and student feedback. They do a great job!

What advice do you have for current or prospective bootcamp students in terms of preparing for and succeeding at Coding Temple?

Be prepared to put in work outside of the regular class time. In my opinion you will get the most out of the program by applying the concepts you learned during the day to the homework each night.