William Le

William Le

Career Path: Full-Time Software Engineering

Career Changing Med Student to Software Engineer

Before Coding Temple: Med Student

After Coding Temple: Software Engineer @ Reach Progress

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

Clinical Research/ applying to medical school

What motivated you to enroll in a tech bootcamp?

I wanted to change careers, and move out of healthcare quickly. Bootcamps provided the foundation for learning new technologies without the price tag/time investment of a 4 year degree. Also, a computer science degree is more focused on theoretical rather than learning new languages and tools.

Why did you ultimately decide to enroll at Coding Temple?

Coding Temple had great reviews, small cohort, a lot more affordable than other bootcamps but more importantly alumni support.

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

The most challenging part of the program were the projects. Getting things started and set up were very challenging. Learning new frameworks which sometimes goes against what you learn or does things differently from what you learn. Going to TA sessions or 1 on 1 meetings were very helpful.

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

I learned what it takes to get a job or what companies are looking for.

What resources did you find most helpful during the program?

My cohort, TAs, and the help 1 on 1 sessions

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

I wanted to land a role in backend engineer, so I took sometime to learn the fundamentals and create new projects. It was a grueling process but it got easier over time as I start fixing my resume, making better projects, and going to more interviews.

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

Currently still in my first job, and hope to go into big tech soon as a midlevel. And eventually, end up in distributed systems

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

Coding temple gave me the tools to succeed and continually provided support through resources after graduation which I greatly appreciated. Hearing how other people got their jobs and what they did to boost their chances were really helpful. That was surprising to me, I still check in the slack channels for whos hiring.

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

Coding Temple give you the tools and sets the expectations for what you need to do to get a job. Everyone starts at different path so it can feel demotivating when you see others land a job more quickly than others, but overall it is dependent on the effort you put in.