- Worked as a wine cook in fine food
- Tired of the terrible working conditions and knew he had to find a new career
- Taught himself a moderate amount of coding, but needed a bootcamp to take his knowledge to the next level
- Works as a Full Stack developer in the restaurant industry
- Confident in his skills, knows he is doing things the right way, and is not breaking industry standards
- Dreaming of creating his own app for empowering restaurant employees
program: Full-time online bootcamp
Certificate of Appreciation:
It was scary (as switching industries is always) but nothing good will come without taking the risk. I believe the program has really taught me the skills needed to be the best developer I can be.
Tell us a little about yourself. Age, hobbies, passions, and what did you do (professionally) before the bootcamp?
I am 28 years old and I enjoy cooking, TV / movie, video games and of course coding. Before bootcamp, I was a wine cook in the world of fine dining.
Beyond wanting to learn code, why did you decide to sign up for a coding bootcamp?
After a decade in the kitchens I got tired of the terrible pay, conditions, hours and general bad attitude of people around me because of my profession. I was also starting to feel the effects of spending 60 hours a week on my feet so I knew I had to find something else. Shortly before the COVID hit I started going back to coding (I did this throughout my teens) as an origin from kitchens. I learned a lot on my own but around the middle of 2020 I decided to sign up for bootcamp to get a better education than just being self-taught.
What fears or doubts “delayed you” from signing up? How did you overcome them?
The cost, time required and competitiveness of the field. Coding Dojo’s ISA program helped me meet ownership and locking COVID means I did not have much money to make in my previous field anyway, so I had a lot of time. My worries about competitiveness and the need to find a job quickly were something I just had to go through. I struggled quite a bit in the time between graduating and finding a job but with hard work and dedication I managed nonetheless.
What signed the deal on Coding Dojo? Why did you choose us over other programs?
Coding Dojo had the best reviews for the most part. Many of the other bootcamps stores had aspects like low rating, low satisfaction, vague recruitment tactics and so on.
What was it like preparing for bootcamp? Were you nervous, excited, etc.? How did you prepare?
I would not really say that I prepared too much, if I remember correctly there was a pre-bootcamp job, which I completed, but after spending the last 6+ months doing a little more than coding, I got in pretty confident and ready to learn.
How did you overcome the obstacles or struggles you faced?
Lots of dedication and support from other instructors / students.
Do you have any fun anecdotes to share about your time at bootcamp? Meet good friends? Pleasant memories?
Not exactly, but the feeling of being able to code full time and not get the feeling of ‘lost at sea’ resulting from being self-taught was amazing.
As your graduation date approached, how did you feel about your skills and job prospects?
Something convenient. I did not do much job search until I finished my studies and just really focused on learning the skills learned so as not to scatter myself too thin. It was scary (as switching industries is always) but nothing good will come without taking the risk. I believe the program has really taught me the skills needed to be the best developer I can be.
How was the job search conducted? Where did you get a job?
The job search was difficult. It took about 8 months to find something and publish thousands of resumes. I recommend anyone interested in going to software engineering to be aware of the competitiveness / difficulty in finding a job at the entry level. I currently work at Cava but I was hired on a contract through Ettain Group (a local recruitment agency) so I am technically employed through them.
Beyond the coding expertise, did the bootcamp give you anything else?
It gave me confidence to know that I was doing things the right way and not breaking industry standards, which would be very difficult to learn. As for soft skills I would say I already had very strong work skills before the program just from working in very intensive luxury kitchens.
What advice do you have for others who are interested in coding bootcamps or are just starting out?
Focus strongly on the core concepts, especially of OOP (Object Oriented Programming). You may have a personal favorite language / framework, but in the end you will use it a lot during your career, due to the personal preference of the business and the technological advancement. If you learn how programming works at its core, you will learn new technologies in record time.
What are your goals / dreams for the future, say in 5 or 10 years from now?
I want to stay on the technological side of the restaurant industry and that’s what I’m doing right now. Of course progressing up all the time. I feel that the restaurant industry is heading for a major collapse and I want to create some kind of app that will empower and save the workers of this industry from a life of poverty and suffering. Basically something that empowers chefs to work independently and not be tied to a specific restaurant.
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