21: Midpoint Checkin: Oscar Ramirez

"Chatbots are the future"

This is the last of our midpoint checkins and that officially marks the midway point in our journey so far! Oscar brings a wealth of experience in enterprise software development and his voice on the show brings a perspective that none of the rest of us can match. In particular pay special attention to the terminology he uses to describe ideas that are being reinvented today. What I might call a "prototype" is his "reference implementation"! We talked about a wide range of topics but something that Oscar really impresses upon me is the need to continually update skills. Oscar wrote an article on LinkedIn about his journey titled "Never Too Late To Learn New Tricks" and that pretty much sums up all of us going through this bootcamp. Oscar chose to go deep into Chatbots in his two solo projects and I highly encourage you to check out the videos linked in the show notes.

Show Notes

  • Remind us of your background? Goldman Sachs for last 18 years (Oscar's Origin Story here)

  • Practicing pitching yourself professionally

  • Take us through your junior phase. What did you learn? Using Javascript to do everything! Wish we had more multi-user application practice. Great refresher on Computer Science fundamentals.

  • What did you find particularly challenging? Time required doing the senior project + timed senior checkpoint

  • Writing about the bootcamp experience on LinkedIn (Never Too Late To Learn New Tricks)

  • Impostor Syndrome when doing new things for clients

  • What are your impressions of Senior Phase so far? Likes the projects. Good refresher on coding interviews. Juggling multiple things at once is very similar to work

  • Oscar's Tech Talk on Chatbots (How To Make a Chatbot) - The future of Customer Service

  • Chatbots in B2C vs Enterprise

  • Oscar's Stackathon: Workflows and bots - Cooking bot (Glitch)

  • Implementing Camunda BPM Workflow at Goldman Sachs

  • Workflows at Fullstack Academy

  • Oscar's Grace Shopper: Professional expectations vs newbies. Mockups. Git discipline for first timers. Deploying.

  • What do you expect about the next phase of the bootcamp? Capstone: working as a team. Premier project for employers to look at. Establishing norms.

  • Hiring Day Discussion.

  • What are you building right now? Reference implementations to build out his portfolio.

  • "Make projects people can see"


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