I live in a city that does not have a huge tech hub. I tried to teach myself programming and web development for a couple of years. Then I discovered I wanted to build user interfaces, things that people use all the time and interact with. I love the front-end side of web development and that aspect of constant learning and growing. So I enrolled at Lambda School.
I started looking for jobs before I graduated. I had a career coach who did mock interviews with me, looked at my resume, and gave me tips. There are also technical interviews with classmates to practice code. I felt more prepared going into interviews after that and was able to get a job quickly.
I had been networking at local companies, so when opportunities opened up I started applying. The fact that I built relationships put me ahead of other candidates because hiring managers saw my growth.
In my first interview, my manager told me he hoped I would start to contribute within about 12 weeks. But I started working on my first project a month in. So I think Lambda definitely prepared me to hit the ground running.
Now I make more than 35 thousand dollars a year more than I made before Lambda School. I actually feel happy about giving back because I know others will have the opportunity I had. I would not have the job that I have today if I hadn't enrolled.