By far the biggest difference from my career before is how in control I feel of my future career. When I was living in Louisville as a billing specialist my career was stagnant. There weren’t opportunities to learn a ton of new skills or get promotions. Now that I’m in the software industry, my career feels full of potential and opportunity, if I’m willing to put in the work.
Did your salary change after attending the bootcamp?
In my first software job in Washington DC after the bootcamp, I was making around the same as what I was making before in Louisville, considering the cost of living difference. Then I got a $5,000 salary raise after three months at my first job. And after 9 months at that first company I switched companies and got a $25,000 raise. Not only are my career opportunities better, but my salary is better too!
What was the hardest aspect / biggest thing you learned when transferring into the engineering team after the bootcamp?
The hardest aspect was getting that first job offer after the bootcamp. It was really really difficult. I was home after the bootcamp, so even though I was in communication with CodingNomads, I didn’t have the same strong sense of camaraderie that I had during the full-time bootcamp. So I’m glad I decided I wasn’t going to go back to my old comfortable job before the bootcamp. If that had been an option after, I would have definitely taken it!
If you could do it all again, would you?
Yes. Absolutely. I would do it again in a heartbeat. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.