Campfire #46: Is A Software Engineering Career For Me?

By Ludo Fourrage

Last Updated: January 12th 2023

A Nucamp Instructor and Software Engineer’s Surprising Advice for Aspiring Techies

In Episode #46 of Campfire, Frank Smith discusses his background, how he became interested in tech, and answers a few viewer questions.

Frank has been a Nucamp Instructor since 2019, teaching Web Development Fundamentals and Bootstrap. He's also been a Software Engineer at Lockheed Martin since the beginning of the year.

Frank took a traditional route into tech; he first became interested in coding during high school and decided to pursue a college degree in computer science.

When I asked Frank his takeaways between his experience earning a computer science degree vs teaching at a coding bootcamp, Frank’s advice for everyone looking to learn to code is to create side projects.

Frank feels like his degree didn’t focus on building his portfolio, and he really appreciates that Nucamp encourages its students to apply and display their skills to potential employers.

Frank is one of our top-rated instructors. His approach to teaching relies on the importance of providing honest feedback to his students.

Frank has received a perfect instructor rating of 5/5 from his students during the Bootstrap courses he teaches, which is a testament to his teaching style.

He says that he always tries to be open and transparent with his class and encourages them to ask questions.

If he doesn’t know the answer to something, he makes it known that they will all learn it together.

Frank is a dedicated and passionate Nucamp instructor who is committed to helping his students learn and grow.

Watch his Campfire episode to catch all the advice he has to offer:


Ludo Fourrage

Founder and CEO

Ludovic (Ludo) Fourrage is an education industry veteran, named in 2017 as a Learning Technology Leader by Training Magazine. Before founding Nucamp, Ludo spent 18 years at Microsoft where he led innovation in the learning space. As the Senior Director of Digital Learning at this same company, Ludo led the development of the first of its kind 'YouTube for the Enterprise'. More recently, he delivered one of the most successful Corporate MOOC programs in partnership with top business schools and consulting organizations, i.e. INSEAD, Wharton, London Business School, and Accenture, to name a few. ​With the belief that the right education for everyone is an achievable goal, Ludo leads the nucamp team in the quest to make quality education accessible