Sterling Chin, Course Report Alumni Spotlight

Course report, a resource for prospective students researching coding bootcamp programs, recently interviewed one of our graduates, Sterling Chin, about his experience at DevMountain. You can see the full article here, but we’d like to highlight a few of our favorite Sterling Chin quotes. See below!

Course Report: Why did you decide to switch careers into software development?

“…I realized there’s a whole better world out there and I needed to move into software development.”

After being exposed to some coding at his previous job, Sterling wanted to be a part of that world. Coding bootcamp gave him the opportunity and the skills he needed to get his foot into the development world, without having to bankrupt his young family.

Course Report: Was DevMountain diverse in terms of career and backgrounds?

“There were a lot of different levels of education, and I was definitely not the only one who had attended a four-year college, graduated or not, and needed something different.”

Coding bootcamp is for people who are willing to work hard. That’s the only requirement. A lot of our students value the diversity each cohort brings. Every students comes with a different background, bringing new perspectives and abilities.

Course Report: What was the learning experience like at DevMountain?

DevMountain allowed you to immediately practice what you learned, and that application of learning is something that I never had when I was in college.”

You learn by doing; that’s what makes coding bootcamp different from college. Because you practice what you’re learning in bootcamp, you walk away with a portfolio to show potential employers.

Course Report: How did you find a job after bootcamp?

“…part of the reason I was successful was luck and the amount of time that I put in reaching out to people, talking to everybody, and applying for hundreds of jobs.”

Finding a job after bootcamp has a lot to do with the amount of time and work you put into the process. It’s not as simple as filling out a handful of applications. Graduates, like Sterling, find jobs quickly after bootcamp because they fill out applications, involve themselves in the web development community, talk to everyone, and more. Although DevMountain can’t guarantee that every student will get a job after graduation, they can get you the right tools and opportunities to put yourself and your portfolio out there.

Course Report: What advice do you have for people making a career change through a coding bootcamp?

“You need to take a hard look at yourself and know whether or not you’re willing to put in the time, effort, and sacrifice that it takes to become a full stack developer. If you’re not willing to do that, then a bootcamp may not be for you. But if you are, give it your all and trust the system.”

Coding bootcamp is not for everyone. But, if you’re ready and willing to work hard, then it just might be the right fit. Sterling worked hard during his bootcamp experience, and is still working hard now. But, because he was willing to put in the effort, he successfully found a developer job just a few months after graduation. Now, he is working as a developer at Overstock, the biggest tech company in Utah.

Read the full article here.

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