Career Path: Full-Time Software Engineering
Commercial Underwriter to Software Engineer II
Before Coding Temple: National Commercial Underwriter
After Coding Temple: Software Engineer II @Accurate Background
What were you doing before you decided to attend Coding Temple?
I worked for Chicago Title Insurance Company for about 7 years in various roles. My last and longest role was National Commercial Underwriter.
What motivated you to enroll in a tech bootcamp?
I was unhappy in my job and looking for a career change. In my teens, I was very much interested in coding and technology. I took a couple of coding classes, enrolled in a pre-engineering program, and create my own primitive websites. Ultimately, I decided not to continue this path when I went off to college. When I started looking into a new job, I found the idea of a coding boot camp intriguing and a way to quickly get the skills I needed for a new career instead of spending years taking part time classes in computer science.
Why did you ultimately decide to enroll at Coding Temple?
I had heard of coding boot camps, and I was overwhelmed by choices. A few months before I enrolled, my wife met a woman whose husband was a Coding Temple alumnus. After talking with him, I felt confident that not only was a boot camp the right choice for me, but Coding Temple seemed like the right boot camp for me too.
What was the most challenging part of the program for you and how did you overcome it?
I think one of the biggest challenges for me was the pressure to do well. I’m lucky that I’m married and my wife and I had the savings for me to essentially be jobless for 5-6 months. Not everyone has that luxury.
What was the most valuable lesson or skill you learned during the program?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Coding is often a collaborative process and nobody knows all of the answers all of the time. Professionally, the most valuable skill I learned was working with APIs. In my current role, I build APIs to integrate with various internal and external systems.
What was the job search process like and how did Coding Temple prepare you for your current job?
I made contact with a lot of recruiters, but I didn’t land many interviews. It was also a tough time of year because the program ended in early December. I was hopeful that I would land a job in January. Some time in January, an internal recruiter for a company reached out to me and I ended up getting the job. I’m glad Coding Temple helped with my resume and some interview prep, and I have no doubt that I would have received more assistance if I continued to have difficulty finding a job.
How has your career progressed since graduating from Coding Temple, and what are your future career goals?
I’m still with the same company that hired me five years ago. I’m being considered for a promotion to a senior engineer and have received multiple raises. I do think about moving on though as I am looking for a new challenge. I hope to become a senior engineer and mentor others. I don’t have much interest in management.
How did Coding Temple compare to your expectations, and what surprised you the most about the experience?
I think Coding Temple was a bit more lax and less time intensive than I expected, but I think I probably came in with more base knowledge than others. It’s been over five years now, so I can’t really think of much else at the moment.
What advice do you have for current or prospective bootcamp students in terms of preparing for and succeeding at Coding Temple?
I think you get out what you put in. If you do the bare minimum on your assignments, don’t be surprised if you don’t feel like you’re prepared for a coding job.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
Do as much prep work before starting the course. While I was considering the idea of quitting my job, I was already learning on platforms like CodeAcademy.com and others like it.