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Episode 90 – How to get your first job after bootcamp The Mentoring Developers Podcast with Arsalan Ahmed: Interviews with mentors and apprentices | Career and Technical Advice |

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Kim started her software engineering career during the pandemic from scratch. She lost her job and started learning code from a bootcamp. In 4 months she got a job as a software engineer. Watch as she describes her experience.

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/9ss1KedFLvo

Kim’s Bio:

My whole life’s purpose is to be helpful to other people. Originally, that desire led me to pursue a career in hospitality, where I could directly impact the one-to-one consumer experience through her attention to detail, clear communication, and forward-thinking. After moving to the US, I regained touch with my innate curiosity. Through the perspectives of new friends I’ve made in the US, I realize that I had long ago shut off a valuable part of my mind – one that was more about seeking and exploring. But this led me to a career crossroads.

I started looking into other options, harkening back to her childhood self, when her desire for answers sent her on interesting rabbit trails that led to even more questions. I was always looking for things and asking questions and making things that were crafty. I started thinking, what can bring me that sort of excitement again?

A friend suggested me try coding but I brushed off the idea at first because I’d never worked with computers in any serious way.

Then one day, I decided to try it on a whim, taught myself some Javascript and enrolled to Hack Reactor’s immersive program. I realized that with software engineering, I can make an even bigger impact because the world is changing so fast, only software can keep up.

After the bootcamp, I landed her current job as a Software Engineer at Intellivision Entertainment, a company whose mission is to unite people through affordable, family-friendly entertainment. work on the infrastructure cloud team, doing backend work to build out services for consumers. I have a lot of autonomy on the job, but simultaneously feels like part of a passionate, supportive team with mentors and coworkers all working together toward common goals.

Episode Highlights and Show Notes:

List of topics

0:07 – So tell us the story of how you got your first job during COVID Pandemic!

2:14 – What was it like going to a demanding coding bootcamp?

3:44 – Which technologies were taught in your bootcamp?

4:49 – How did you approach looking for your first job out of bootcamp?

6:24 – How much does it cost to go to a good bootcamp like Hack Reactor?

7:24 – During the COVID Pandemic, are the classes virtual instead of in-person?

9:40 – Do bootcamp offer guidance and mentoring and if so what does it look like?

11:01 – Is it hard to be accepted as a software engineer without many years of experience?

12:30 – How did you prepare for your interview to get your first job?

14:45 – Did you find it overwhelming in your first job when you started right out of a coding

bootcamp?

17:17 – Did it get easier after the first week as a new developer in your first job?

18:30 – How long have you been working at your first job?

18:40 – Is there anything you are passionate about?

19:31 – How can people get in touch with you?

20:04 – Salutations

Kim’s links:



* LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimhienluu



YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4xmSi1ytopsssR1i3kKveg

Thanks for Listening!

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Kim started her software engineering career during the pandemic from scratch. She lost her job and started learning code from a bootcamp. In 4 months she got a job as a software engineer. Watch as she describes her experience.

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/9ss1KedFLvo

Kim’s Bio:

My whole life’s purpose is to be helpful to other people. Originally, that desire led me to pursue a career in hospitality, where I could directly impact the one-to-one consumer experience through her attention to detail, clear communication, and forward-thinking. After moving to the US, I regained touch with my innate curiosity. Through the perspectives of new friends I’ve made in the US, I realize that I had long ago shut off a valuable part of my mind – one that was more about seeking and exploring. But this led me to a career crossroads.

I started looking into other options, harkening back to her childhood self, when her desire for answers sent her on interesting rabbit trails that led to even more questions. I was always looking for things and asking questions and making things that were crafty. I started thinking, what can bring me that sort of excitement again?

A friend suggested me try coding but I brushed off the idea at first because I’d never worked with computers in any serious way.

Then one day, I decided to try it on a whim, taught myself some Javascript and enrolled to Hack Reactor’s immersive program. I realized that with software engineering, I can make an even bigger impact because the world is changing so fast, only software can keep up.

After the bootcamp, I landed her current job as a Software Engineer at Intellivision Entertainment, a company whose mission is to unite people through affordable, family-friendly entertainment. work on the infrastructure cloud team, doing backend work to build out services for consumers. I have a lot of autonomy on the job, but simultaneously feels like part of a passionate, supportive team with mentors and coworkers all working together toward common goals.

Episode Highlights and Show Notes:

List of topics

0:07 – So tell us the story of how you got your first job during COVID Pandemic!

2:14 – What was it like going to a demanding coding bootcamp?

3:44 – Which technologies were taught in your bootcamp?

4:49 – How did you approach looking for your first job out of bootcamp?

6:24 – How much does it cost to go to a good bootcamp like Hack Reactor?

7:24 – During the COVID Pandemic, are the classes virtual instead of in-person?

9:40 – Do bootcamp offer guidance and mentoring and if so what does it look like?

11:01 – Is it hard to be accepted as a software engineer without many years of experience?

12:30 – How did you prepare for your interview to get your first job?

14:45 – Did you find it overwhelming in your first job when you started right out of a coding

bootcamp?

17:17 – Did it get easier after the first week as a new developer in your first job?

18:30 – How long have you been working at your first job?

18:40 – Is there anything you are passionate about?

19:31 – How can people get in touch with you?

20:04 – Salutations

Kim’s links:



* LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimhienluu



YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4xmSi1ytopsssR1i3kKveg

Thanks for Listening!

Do you have some feedback or some advice for us or our audience? Please give us a review on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher and share your thoughts.

If you found this episode useful, please go ahead and share it with your friends and family. You can also listen directly and give your feedback on the website.

You can subscribe to Mentoring Developers via iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Spotify, or Google Podcasts.

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