Our students are exceptional—from the long hours they spend giving it their all during the program, to the life-changing things they accomplish after graduation. Whether it’s web development, data analytics, or cybersecurity we could not be more proud to get to help students grow in their skills, advance their careers or change career paths entirely.
Read what students from The Coding Boot Camp, The Data Science and Visualization Boot Camp, and The Cybersecurity Boot Camp at UC San Diego Extension had to say about their experience in the program.
UC San Diego Extension’s Coding Boot Camp forced me to not only know the syntax and technology, but also the proper use of it through homework challenges and projects. For me, my favorite are the projects that we had to start from scratch. Rather than just copying sample code, we had to start from ground zero to a working MVP web application. They also taught us how to research and think differently in terms of computer science, what algorithm to use, and smarter solutions to a problem.
The Coding Boot Camp also offered career help. From one-on-one practice interviews and whiteboarding, to job search and advice. When I had trouble finding a job and was intimidated with job descriptions, the career counselor helped me a lot from the resume revamp to accepting an offer, and up to negotiating pay. I am now starting a full stack career this November with an awesome starting pay. Thanks again to The Coding Boot Camp UC San Diego Extension. I hope some day I can be a TA or instructor with my professional experience.
As the months went by, the material progressed. Before I knew it, we were being taught Node.Js to create web servers to add functionality to our websites. We went deep into different types of databases and frameworks. After a few months, you get comfortable learning new things. You learn that there is too much to learn – but that’s ok. You don’t need to know everything. You just need to know how to use your resources to find anything.
The career portion of the class progressed too. We got awesome tips on our portfolios, and it was even an assignment to complete our resumes. This was where I felt I was lacking the most, so I would bug Stacey (our career director) all the time for help and advice.
We practiced our technical skills in a practical way with the homework, so what better way to practice our career skills than by interviewing? I let Stacey know that I was interested in looking for positions and she told me that she would shoot me opportunities that she felt were a good fit. I applied on my own like crazy, sending out my newly polished resume and ready to try out my new interview skills. I got a call back from a tech company that Stacey had referred me to, and I got an interview. When interview day came around I was slightly nervous but only with excitement. I wanted to try everything we had learned in class. This was an entry level web development position and the technical interview consisted of questions that we went over in the early days of the course. I answered the questions that I could and provided examples of times I had used the technologies (whether it was in class or as homework). Some questions I didn’t know – but after explaining to my interviewer that I didn’t know, but would love to learn, they happily taught me right there in the interview.
I was offered a position, but my current company latched on to me with a promotion and a raise (as a result of the course) – so I was sad to decline the job offer. I was happy to learn that the career advice was solid and I could find a job in the field if it came down to it.
The class continued, projects came and went. The course ended just as quickly as it began, and it’s weird to think of the position I was in six months ago. I now have technical skills, people skills, and career skills that will help me in my career for the rest of my life.
Having recently graduated, I can say that the boot camp assisted and played a role in fully transforming my outside interest in tech and innovation into a full-on career in the field. I had aspirations for a long time before taking the course, but it was ultimately the step that I NEEDED to take to advance myself.