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When did you graduate from Codesmith?
I graduated from Codesmith in January 2021. I decided to stay on as a hired teaching Fellow with the full-time remote program for an additional 5 months, which brought my job search to May 2021.
What did you do before attending Codesmith? Why did you choose to enroll at Codesmith?
I had zero prior technical background before Codesmith. I was a Broadway performer, having been in shows like "Groundhog Day," and more recently, "Spongebob Squarepants.” When the pandemic initially hit, it was an exceedingly scary time for theatre everywhere. Shows closed left and right. Auditions came to a grinding halt. My partner and I had to leave NY to move home with my family for 9 months because we no longer could afford our rent. Per a friend's suggestion, I joined a group of fellow artists who had recently transitioned to software engineering.
How difficult was the Codesmith application process? Do you need to know anything about coding to get into the bootcamp?
Codesmith's interview process is a step above the average program in terms of difficulty. It took me multiple interviews until I received an acceptance call. As a teaching fellow, I conducted interviews for prospective residents, so I've experienced this process from both ends:
Where do you work now?
I'm currently a Software Engineer at National Public Radio (NPR), working on their podcast team! We recently launched NPR+, which is an ad-free experience for select podcasts. I would be very remiss if I didn't tell you to subscribe today!
What is your advice to someone considering Codesmith?
The technical elements, commitment to diversity and inclusion, community, and median salary for grads sets Codesmith apart from the rest. However, I wouldn't suggest committing to the full-time immersive program unless you're willing to put everything else in your life on hold to study and work on projects. Besides one day off per week, you won't find time to do much else. If you don't think you can make that kind of time commitment but are still interested in a career in software engineering, explore Codesmith's Part-Time Immersive; it's still a great option and covers the same curriculum over a longer timeframe.
Real talk: I would not consider myself a quick learner. I struggled the first few weeks at Codesmith as a resident and almost considered dropping out within the first 4 weeks. However, with the support of my fellow cohort and teachers, I was able to push past my imposter syndrome and come out of the program with a skillset which changed my life. I landed my current job via a Codesmith networking day with a fellow alumnus. I'm proof their system does, in fact, work. There aren't enough good things I can say about the program. If you are lucky enough to attend, I can vouch that the work you give comes back to you ten-fold.
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Jess Feldman is the Content Manager at Course Report. As a lifelong learner, Jess is passionate about education — She loves learning and sharing insights about tech bootcamps and career changes with the Course Report community. Jess received a M.F.A. in Writing from the University of New Hampshire and lives in southern Maine.
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