Contract signed! — my summary of the code school application processes

So I’m going to Code Fellows in Seattle. When I started this applying to developer bootcamp fiasco over a month ago, I never thought I’d be saying this. I also never thought I’d be doing a bootcamp for both iOS and rails. 

I got the $1000 deposit loaned and signed my contract today. I have to drive 16 hours to seattle on saturday. 

Those of you following and keep up on my blog might have noticed I applied to app academy again and got further than I did the first time over a month ago. As a nice little hint, at this point in time if you want to reapply, just put a different email address on the application. I filled all my information on the second application out truthfully. I felt underrepresented the first time around. Did a lot of coding challenges in between getting denied at first and going through it again. If you decide to try and go through the application process again like I did, please, be honest with yourself. Wait a little while, work hard, improve your skills, and then apply. Give yourself time to forget their coding challenges. If you got through the coding challenges by simply remembering them, practicing them, and replicating them in order to get to the interview process, you might be setting yourself up for failure during their program. Either way, I’m sure they do an excellent job of weeding out people in the actual interview process. I only reapplied because dbc decided I was good enough, maybe app academy would this time.

In the end, between yesterday and today, I realized, even if I did get accepted into app academy, code fellows just all around seemed like a better deal to me. I don’t have to start paying till after the program. 1/3 the deposit(which was proving difficult to come up with on such short notice), I’ll be learning ios and rails in that time. they guarantee a job, cheaper than both AA and DBC, and I’ll be done with all that before AA or DBC even start. 

So in summary, I’m going to seattle, I’m gonna be sleeping in my car if/until I find a floor/couch to sleep on. 

I’ll continue progress updates. through the duration of the program. Wish me luck, being away from my daughter who is about to start walking any week now and my wife are going to be my struggling points. No one wants to watch their baby grow up on skype. 

I don’t even know if I’ve mentioned my situation. The company I was working at laid me off 4 months after my daughter, Rylee, was born. My wife, daughter, and I moved down to California into my dad’s bedroom, he now sleeps on the living room couch. We’ve been struggling to live on unemployment while I study and look for work. Now this happened. We will continue to struggle. But I’m confident that by the new year I will have a job making a decent salary and that will be able to get my family out of our rut. 

God has helped us through everything so far, and I know he will get us through any other struggles we have a long the way. At this point in time. The most money I’ve ever made in my life was $12/hr. 

Thanks for listening, If you think someone who is on a similar path as mine might be interested in reading my blog, tell them about it. I hope to be an inspiration to some. Also, please ask me any questions, I’m always happy to help. 



Career path update

I’ve taken a short(4 day) break from studying.

“What have you been doing you slacker?”, you might say.

A month ago my cousin told me about dev bootcamp, at the time I didn’t know it was in SF. So I said, “Well that would be really cool if it was closer and not $12000”. I found a site called upstart that is basically a site where people can invest in people. I thought, hey I should start one of these, and if I don’t have a job in web dev by the end of the year like I’ve set my goal for. Then I’ll just go to one of these super intense training program that have very good employability rates. I thought to myself, Dev Bootcamp is probably the first and expensive version, I wonder if there are cheaper alternatives that still teach with quality. Searching around I found App Academy. If you want a free ride for someone to just boost you into web development, they are the guys. With 95% of their students getting employed within the first 2 months of graduating the 12 week course at a average starting salary of $91,000, I was sold. Not only that, you don’t pay them until after you find a job.(They charge you 18% of your starting salary of the job you get after you graduate). They need you to get a job or they don’t get payed. 

Your probably saying, “That sounds to good to be true”. It is true and it is to good. They receive a lot of applications because they are free of charge and they only accept about 5% of them. This is like the Harvard of immersive web dev schools, but cooler. You can sleep in the office while you are there for 3 months. So basically all you have to do is provide food for yourself and enough money to find somewhere to shower so that you don’t constantly offend all your classmates 90+ hours a week. 

I was sold, all I had to do was convince my wife to let me go IF I get accepted. Slowly telling her how awesome it was all day made it happen. I submitted my application on July 18th. They application process is structured like this:

  1. You submit an application.
  2. Within two days, they mail you a coding challenge (with resources to prepare).
  3. You complete the coding challenge when you’re ready.
  4. You may be asked to complete a second coding challenge.
  5. They interview you.
  6. Within two days, we make a decision.

So I received the email for the coding challenge. I brushed up on my ruby skills for the last 2 days. And I took the test today. I honestly thought it would be harder. This test was easy, they give you about 45 minutes to submit it. There are three problems they ask you to solve. I did it in like 20-25 minutes. So I’m feeling good about it so far, Immediately after I got an automatically generated email telling me they will check out my code and let me know what comes next. Maybe I did to well and they want to see how I do on the more difficult second challenge, maybe I did really well and they don’t need a second challenge to evaluate me. I’ll find out sooner than later. 


Also, I had a skype interview yesterday with Varsity Tutors for a web dev job. I think I did really well. I’ve have a 90%+ hire rate with interviews. So I usually do well. So I’m waiting for great news on both those ends this week. Wish me luck.