Haven’t updated this in quite some time. Since the last post I have left China, travelled to Belarus for 2 weeks. Arrived in Miami and a bunch more.
So I left Beijing on November 2nd so I can go to Miami and participate in Wyncode. But before I made it to Miami, the wife and I had a stop over in Belarus to visit her family and so I could meet the grand parents. That was a great and very humbling experience seeing essentially the part of the world my father came from and a bit of the culture. Pictures are up on my Facebook.
After 2 weeks in Belarus it was time to make my way to Miami. Decided to come a month before the cohort started so I can focus on all the pre coursework and stuff without distractions. After an interesting time dealing with customs (I’m assuming because my layover was in Turkey and I have a pretty bad ass beard. Also this was a day or 2 after the Paris attacks.) we finally arrived. After a few days I bought a car, which Im really proud of myself for buying it in cash and not financing haha.
Sitting at home and getting over a bit of jet lag and just settling in at home made up about the first 2-3 weeks here. This past Monday (Dec 7) we went to the open house at Wyncode, at that point I finally felt that I had made the right decision. I have been planning this for a little over a year. I was a bit worried about the investment. But after sitting thru the open house and listening to the Head Instructor of the Miami campus speak (Ed Toro), I felt that his teaching style was exactly what I needed.
Spending the past year and a half trying to learn online had it’s issues. From having a slow internet connection (China of course) to not being able to access certain websites even with a vpn (speed issues again mixed with the great firewall) it was not easy. Even paid for online courses via UC Irvine for their Mobile application certificate, and I didn’t feel like I knew as much as I should have to be certified even though I’m only 2 classes away.
Any way to explain a little about what I’m going to be writing about here. I’m going to try and keep a blog throughout the whole cohort and thru the job hunting. I think that blogging while I’m taking the cohort will help me track my progress and also give me another place to reference if I need to look back on anything that we have learned, and that I might get stuck on. Also another big reason for blogging is to help anyone else wanting to know what its like. Seeing everything that I go thru and having that available to other people might help them make the decision of either going thru with Wyncode or if they aren’t that far along yet. Help them understand if its the right thing to do in relation to leaving their current job, attending college, or just as a hobby.
I read 1 blog on Wyncode before I started the process and it helped a lot, but I’m assuming that because of the workload it was difficult for this person to keep the blog updated. Also an area that I haven’t seen any information on, are peoples personally experiences on the job hunt. That is obviously a big part about doing this program, is actually getting a WELL paid job after.
Well, thats all I have for now. In the next couple days I’ll write about the application process, interview, and how I came to find out about Wyncode and developer bootcamps in general. I’ll try and always add helpful link to the end of these posts. Usually things that are relative to the particular post.
Please excuse my writing, its not the best. I mean its not like I was ever an English teacher or anything…ummm
1. Original blog that I read on this guys experience
2. Course Report information on Wyncode. Lots of good reviews
3.Wyncode is located at The Lab in the Wynwood neighborhood in Downtown Miami.
5.Wyncode Meetup and events