Actually, I more than doubled my salary. The most I ever made as a journalist, just strictly doing my job, was around $30K. I signed my contract for my first job at $70K. Going into Turing I had a little experience. I was going back to school for a year to Penn State and took a few entry level Comp Sci classes, learned some C++, Java and PHP, but I never felt like it prepared me to do something like come up with an idea and build something. Although I was a little ahead in the first few weeks of Turing, it didn’t matter when we got into things even more complicated than what I learned in those classes. We were all eventually on a level playing field.
I don’t write on it a ton, but I have a blog where I wrote a bit about my experiences: http://tleskin.github.io/. I’ll try to write a cumulative post about my experiences soon. I did write a review for Turing on Course Report and talk a bit about my story there: https://www.coursereport.com/schools/turing#/reviews/review/2899