29: Capstone Checkin: Ranjeet Sodhi

29: Capstone Checkin: Ranjeet Sodhi

"Even developers who are even remotely curious about a bootcamp should do it"

I sat down with Ranjeet on the last day of the bootcamp to recap his Capstone site PointBreak. Not everything at a bootcamp always goes well so we do get into a little bit of a tirade about the problems with group work but please know that we both came out of it with very good experiences regardless. One thing I am seeing with Ranjeet is he has learned to become more humble as he goes through the bootcamp and you will really hear that in this interview. At the same time, I think that humility is what is enabling him to learn new skills while his peers are still stuck in their old jobs. I also give my own perspective on humility in this interview.

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28: Capstone Checkin: Emily Eastlake

28: Capstone Checkin: Emily Eastlake

"This 13 week period makes me wonder what I've been doing with every other 13 week period of my life!"

I sat down with Emily on our Demo Day to recap her impressive Capstone game called Planetamic. It's going to get a little technical as I really wanted to highlight how much our panelists have changed, so that when I go back and cut everything together you can hear how our panelists evolve over the course of the bootcamp. We also cover how she's approaching the career prep, and other big moves to come!

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Crosspost: Impostor Syndrome on Productivity In Tech

I have not previously done a lot of promotion for this show, but since graduating from the bootcamp I have had more time to get the word out there! I recently linked up with Jay Miller of the Productivity In Tech Podcast where he coaches and interviews people in tech on getting the most out of their workday.

The numbers don't lie: there are 28,000 Computer Science graduates a year and the number of Computing related jobs is growing at 69,000 a year. The number of people who get into coding without a traditional background is going to grow and potentially be a majority of people in software. So I wanted to make sure that these people have a voice too!

This was a lot of fun to record and I will be looking for more podcasts to go on to share what we are doing here. 

You can listen here on my feed or head over to Productivity in Tech to give Jay some love!

27: Fullstack Academy with David Yang (Part 2: The Company)

27: Fullstack Academy with David Yang (Part 2: The Company)

"Not everyone needs to be Shakespeare, but you should know how to read"

We're back with David Yang and our interview turns even more meta (we love meta) and looks at Fullstack as a company. I was a technology stock analyst in a past life and always try to find opportunities to apply what I've learned. Amara's law states that "We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run." I think this is also true in many aspects of life from learning to code to building a company. In fact, the whole reason I started this podcast is to document the journey, which is far less covered than the destination. In this interview we look ahead to explore real questions from What Makes Coding Bootcamps Work, to controversies in reporting standards in the Bootcamp industry, to perhaps the biggest question of all: Should everyone learn to code?

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26: Fullstack Academy with David Yang (Part 1: The Bootcamp)

26: Fullstack Academy with David Yang (Part 1: The Bootcamp)

"Build your life around systems, not around goals"

This is the first of a two part interview with David Yang, the Co-Founder and Lead Instructor of Fullstack Academy. This interview was recorded on the very last day of my bootcamp cohort when everyone on the panel of 8 graduated and moved on to the next phase of their journey into a tech career. This part focuses on looking back to understand how the sausage got made. We talk about a lot of technical choices made during the history of Fullstack - don't feel overwhelmed if we talk about something you haven't come across, but if you wish to follow up I have included relevant links in the show notes. Finally we end this first part of the interview with some advice for students as they graduate into their post-bootcamp life.

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