Career Path: Software Engineering Full-Time
From Unemployed to Data Engineer
Before Coding Temple: Unemployed
After Coding Temple: Data Engineer @ Cars.com
What advice do you have for current or prospective bootcamp students in terms of preparing for and succeeding at Coding Temple?
Do your due diligence. The course is easy, with the unspoken expectation of the students continuing their learning after hours and after completion of the program. The main thing to learn at the Bootcamp is to learn how to think like a coder, logic based problem solving. The rest can be found on YouTube, stack overflow, or in documentation so there’s no point in memorizing things.
How did Coding Temple compare to your expectations, and what surprised you the most about the experience?
I think I had unrealistic expectations due to a holistic lack of industry knowledge, but in hindsight I think CT has a very well rounded curriculum. It covers a spectrum of carrer pathways in breadth, allowing the student to choose what’s best for them. I was surprised by how digestible the material was, everything was covered in such simple steps that made it easy to understand and it’s hard to realize at the time, but all you need to succeed is a basic understanding and the ability to learn new tools quickly, with that you can accomplish anything.
How has your career progressed since graduating from Coding Temple, and what are your future career goals?
Went from doing nothing to being an engineer,. It was by no means an easy road, but a very rewarding one nonetheless. I’m currently pursuing a degree in CS and hope to go down the route of being a technical project owner/manager. I don’t expect it to be easy, but it’s not fun if it’s easy.
What was the job search process like and how did Coding Temple prepare you for your current job?
I did not do my due diligence during the job search part of CT, however the skills I learned got my foot in a door or two and a need to succeed got me the rest of the way. I don’t think CT makes you a developer, engineer, or an analyst, but it gives you the training to start thinking like one and the rest is on the individual to continue down the path.
What resources did you find most helpful during the program?
The instructor. He understood the material well, did not shy away from saying “I don’t know” and showing us the steps he took to find a solution. Hands on teaching was also very beneficial, you do not learn to code from reading code or watching someone code, you learn by coding.
What was the most valuable lesson or skill you learned during the program?
How to research effectively/how to ask the right questions.
What was the most challenging part of the program for you and how did you overcome it?
Thinking I could learn everything, decided to focus on what I liked and worked to get better at that.
Why did you ultimately decide to enroll at Coding Temple?
Good reviews, length, and materials covered.
What motivated you to enroll in a tech bootcamp?
Needed to stop doing nothing
What were you doing before you decided to attend Coding Temple?