My name is Jason. I’m from Columbus, Ohio, USA. I have been working as an automotive technician for the last 17 years and am now switching careers and joining the tech world. A friend of mine, who is currently a software developer, recommended that I go to a coding bootcamp and, after a little research, I chose Altcademy.
I have really enjoyed it! The more you code, the more it makes sense.
I started off by taking some free classes on Udemy - I wanted to make sure that I enjoyed coding before fully diving in. I realized that I enjoy the challenges and that my thought process meshes well with programming.
I enrolled in Altcademy in 2019. Initially, I was working full-time and trying to study part-time but found that to be very difficult as my current job is physically laborious and I was always tired at the end of the day. In April 2020, I decided to switch my day job from full-time to part-time and dedicate the majority of my time to my studies on Altcademy.
My experience has been great! I really enjoy the projects and building them into my portfolio. I have also enjoyed the additional resources like the Slack chats and mentoring that Altcademy offers.
Traditional in-person coding bootcamps can be very pricey. I was looking for an alternative, and my wife found Altcademy. It was much cheaper in comparison to traditional coding bootcamps and had great reviews. I already knew from Udemy that I enjoyed coding, so I signed up for the full-stack web development program.
Columbus is a quickly growing tech city with a lot of startup opportunities, as well as, opportunities with established companies. Once I have completed the Altcademy program, I plan to look for an apprenticeship. I am really looking forward to working in this field and completely leaving my old job behind. I think, with coding, you are constantly learning as web development is constantly evolving. So, my plan for the future is to always be open to learning and growth opportunities.
"This program has a structure to motivate me every day to learn online"
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