Leveling Up: How A Coding Beginner Became a Coding Boot Camp TA
Though Cody Hebert was a beginner when he applied to University of Arizona Coding Boot Camp, coding had been on his mind for a while. “I was always interested in computers, how they were designed, and what you could do on them,” he explained.
At one point, Cody had even attended college for a semester and enrolled in an HTML coding class. However, the experience was short-lived. “I enjoyed the class at the time, but didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life yet,” he said. “So I left.”
After that, Cody went to work, splitting his time between manual labor and other odd jobs until he suffered a back injury. “I needed to find a new line of work,” he said.
At that point, Cody remembered his interest in coding and discovered the University of Arizona Coding Boot Camp, powered by Trilogy Education Services, a 2U Inc. brand. The rest, as they say, was history. “Everything I’m doing now is because of [the boot camp],” shared Cody.
Becoming a website architect
When Cody started the boot camp in March 2021, he was surprised at how many different coding languages, tools, and applications there were — but excited to dig in. “It was kind of like watching one of those TV shows about how everything is built, except you’re the one doing it,” he said. “You’re the one getting to be the mastermind, like an architect for websites.”
The course was remote, and Cody remembers the program as intense and fantastic all at once. “I would wake up, log on, and just go through the modules for hours,” he explained. “When I ran into problems — and I ran into problems left and right — I’d go on Slack and explain what was going on. It felt good when I’d figure out how to do something myself, but it was great to know a whole team was there to help.”
During the boot camp, Cody was able to work on three different group projects, and he’s especially proud of the final one. “We really knocked it out of the park and put together a website that actually looked professional,” he shared. “It was a great experience.”
Inspired by instructors
Hands down, Cody’s favorite part of the boot camp was his instructor. “My particular instructor made coding sound like the greatest thing in the world,” he recalled. “He was super passionate about it, and he showed you how fun it could be getting to do things on your own. It made me feel like he really cared about this field — and if I could really care about it too, I could have the same passion as him.”
Towards= the end of the course, Cody also received guidance from a Career Coach on the Career Services team. “Career coaching was very intense,” he shared. “It’s a lot of information coming at you, but it’s also incredibly helpful. My Career Coach explained why resumes are constructed a certain way and helped me develop my skills as an interviewee.”
With the help of career coaching, Cody secured a job at GT Environmental working on the front end as a React Developer. “Every week, I use React and apply all of the front end skills that I developed in the Trilogy boot camp,” he shared.
Back to Trilogy
But Cody’s career journey didn’t end there. In October 2021, he also secured a part-time job as a tutor, learning assistant, and TA for a coding boot camp program.
Just last year, Cody relied on TAs and tutors to get through the coding boot camp — and now, he’s already passing his programming knowledge on to others. Beyond providing Cody with an opportunity to give back, this job also gives him a way to stay up to date with new developments in the field. “Working with [the boot camp] is a good way to keep brushing up on things I learned in the boot camp,” explained Cody.
As a boot camp alum and TA, Cody recommends the program to those who really want a future in technology and are ready to commit to the work. “It’s hard, and it takes a lot of concentration and determination to get through the boot camp,” he shared. “Going in with an ‘I might want to do this’ mentality isn’t going to cut it. Not putting in the work won’t cut it, either. You have to be committed.”
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