As a producer and musician for my entire life
He was (and is still) fascinated by the use of code to shape the world around his.
Had spent almost a year learning how to code by himself, but needed a proper education.
As a Full-Stack Developer and Lead Programmer
Refined and strengthened skills
He is happy and proud of his new job
Program: Three Full-Stack Bootcamps in Los Angeles, CA
Plus, almost everything I have done and am doing in my job is new to me. Coding Dojo taught “how to learn” or, in Michael Choi’s words, “how to be a self-sufficient programmer,” which is what I believe is the only reason I have succeeded.
Please tell us a bit about yourself. What were you doing professionally before you started bootcamp?
I am 36 years old and have been a musician all my life. I started out with classical music and then moved on to rock, pop, and electro. Writing, performance, and production are my main areas of interest. Unfortunately, the industry has changed drastically and I had to work multiple jobs to make ends meet. I eventually gave up on the life of a starving artist and decided to pursue coding. This is something I had always wanted to do since childhood, but never had the time. When I’m not working, my passion is nature and I enjoy walking along the coast. I enjoy reading (especially comics), building things around my house, and spending time with my cats.
Why did you choose to enroll in a bootcamp for coding?
I was fascinated by the idea that you could affect the micro with the macro. I use my fingertips to create things that have a real, tangible impact on people and the planet. The greatest draw was the idea of using code in order to shape the world around me. It helped that I come from a music background, and specifically music programming, which made learning how to code easy for me. The deal was sealed by the salary and career incentives.
What were your fears and doubts that prevented you from enrolling? How did you overcome them?
Nothing “held me back”. However, I did experience the expected fear of not being able return on my financial investment since I had to take out a loan that also covered living expenses. But I had no doubt in my ability and commitment. I have been successful thus far and have also completed my loan repayment.
What was the secret to Coding Dojo’s success? Why did you choose Coding Dojo over other programs?
The 3 full stacks and the ethos behind Coding Dojo were what sealed the deal. Coding Dojo was my favorite bootcamp. They had the curriculum, skills and instruction to support it. I felt I would be well-rounded and in the best place to pursue a healthy career. I can see that this has been the case for me now.
How was it to get ready for bootcamp? Were you nervous, excited, etc.? How did you prepare?
I had spent nearly a year self-educating myself. This included countless online tutorials and free training courses, attending coding meetups that included lectures, demonstrations, and pair programming; and lots of practice with tools such as codepen challenges. For me, the only thing left was a formal education. Coding Dojo was born. Because of my preparation, it was easy to get on the ground and make the most of it.
Talk us through the first few weeks of the program. Which parts were your favorites? What parts were difficult?
Algorithms were my biggest challenge. I was able to pick up languages and software development concepts more easily, although it was still difficult. Although I struggled with most things, the instructors were patient and thorough. They were there for me every step. My fellow ninjas were also very supportive. Everything that was difficult became easy, or at least easier.
What were your strategies for overcoming the difficulties you faced?
Patience, mental power and sheer determination are all essential. This is something I wouldn’t have been able do without my instructors and my fellow ninjas. The environment made all the difference.
Do you have any funny stories to share about bootcamp? Make friends! Do you have fond memories?
Slither! Ping pong! It was one of the most memorable months of my life, and I will always cherish the memories. I made a few good friends and some of them have remained in touch with me and continue to be a source for mutual support.
How did you feel about your job prospects and skills as you neared graduation?