Day 1 of DevLeague Bootcamp

Hello everyone! I just went through my first day at DevLeague, an immersive 12 week coding bootcamp. Before I get into the details about my first day, let tell you about background.

I graduated from with a business degree from Cal Poly Pomona with a pretty average GPA. My first job was in the import and export shipping business as a customer service representative. I quickly learned that making sales and getting yelled at by clients wasn’t for me. So I decided to make a career change, and since I live in Los Angeles, the movie capital of the world, I decided to get into the film industry. After a couple of months working as a production assistant, I finally got a full time job working as an equipment specialist at a studio. After 4 years of doing the same thing and not getting ahead in my career, I decided to make a another career change and this is where I’m at now.

I’ve been studying on and off on my own during my free time. First I went through the Codecademy track and took an HTML & CSS class at my local community college. I really enjoyed it, so I continued to work through the Codecademy javascript course. After that, I started with Team Treehouse since I got a 1 month free subscription. Some concepts did go over my head and I was struggling when I got further into the course, so I decided to check out other resources and found “Learn Javascript the Smarter Way”. This e-book helped get my syntax down and pretty much gave me a whole overview about the Javascript language. After getting through this book, I dabbled into the other tutorials and started some coding challenges, which made me realize that I needed some help. I could learn all this myself, but knowing me, I work better with people and in a structured environment. So I decided to check out some coding bootcamps and eventually ended up at Dev League.

While being at dev league, I hope to gain a strong understanding of computer programming so that I can potentially find a job anywhere regardless of what language they use. At the same time, I hope to build long lasting friendships and most of all, to have a fun time!

My dream job would be to work as a developer for a startup or a small company. I feel like people who work at smaller companies are more tight knit and kind of have this family-like culture. I’d just like to find a job where I’m not dreading on going into everyday. Instead, I want to work at a place where I can hang out with my friends and build awesome stuff!

I’m not gonna lie, I was pretty nervous on the first stay of class. All this studying and prep work finally lead me to this day. The first thing we did was introduction. My classmates introduced themselves first and then the whole staff talked about themselves after. As Joe, one of our full-time instructors, started to talk about the program and what was expected, it kind of put my mind on ease and my nervousness started to dissipate. What really got to me was the egoless programming, where everyone is on the same page and you can ask all the stupid questions you want. I’m not saying that going through this course will be a walk in the park, far from it, but just knowing that the staff understands the struggle, makes me feel like I made the right decision.

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