A Nucamp coding bootcamp was the lens he needed to focus his coding career goals

By Chevas Balloun

Last Updated: April 16th 2022

From unemployed to Front End Developer, Wunderman Thompson.

"When coding on my own, I had a lack of organization and lack of clarity of goals. The bootcamp taught me to focus on small bits of code at one time. Going through the videos step-by-step was really helpful. The bootcamp helped me to become more organized."

This is Attila Farkas, a Nucamp Full Stack Bootcamp graduate and now a Front End Developer at Wunderman Thompson.

Attila has a passion for technology and spends his free time creating animations and video editing.

His passion has led him to creating 3D models, computer graphics, logos and even an app that helped to screen people with schizophrenia.

One of his favorite projects was making 3D models and animations to showcase clothing for a sustainable fashion show in Brooklyn.

To see some of his work, you can visit his online portfolio here: attilawolf.info

When not working on one of his passion projects, Attila was a research and development scientist contracting in Singapore.

Once COVID hit he barely made it onto one of the last flights home before travel was shut down.

Making it safely home was a relief, but now he was jobless.

He knew some coding and was able to take on some custom development jobs, but they faded out quickly.

This is when he decided it was time to reinvent himself and move from being able to stitch code together to being able to be a true web developer.

It was going to be scary, but he wanted to take the year and make it worth rendering his skills into a reliable new career.

While teaching himself more web development he became frustrated each time he came across a new concept but wasn't able to bring it all together.

He realized he needed the whole storyboard and for someone to filter the information for him.

Attila started with a basic overview course, which was helpful, but he realized he wanted something more comprehensive and started searching for React bootcamps.

Finding bootcamps that cost $10,000-$30,000 was not what he was expecting and wasn't willing to pay that much.

Luckily his wife found Nucamp and he was happy that the price point was much more reasonable.

Attila really enjoyed his Nucamp bootcamp experience and was fortunate enough to have found a job during the Node.js module.

Landing his job before graduating did require some juggling, but he thought it was manageable with how the bootcamp was structured and how it flowed nicely for him.

Describe your job search process.

Attila had begun applying for jobs before attending Nucamp and so in total it took about a year of applying for jobs before he was offered his current position.

He sent out over 200 applications, had a few interviews, and finally realized his pain point was that his PhD in experimental psychology was highlighted on his resume causing hiring managers to question why he was pursuing web development.

After reformatting his resume, he started getting better traction with the kind of jobs he was applying to, and eventually he landed an offer purely from the application process—without networking or having a foot in the door.

What advice do you have for people who are thinking about attending a bootcamp, but haven't yet registered?

"If you ever want to stay in a job, this is a must. Attending a bootcamp will show you what awaits. It shows you quality code and how to prepare yourself. The huge advantage was being able to speak to Nucamp Instructors. They often gave me helpful tips and told me to have more than one solution to a problem. This was really useful to be able to reach out and ask for help."

What advice do you have for people who have already started the bootcamp and they are just about to finish Bootstrap?

"If you are serious about coding, keep doing it. If you have a spare 10 minutes, write some code. Spend as much time as possible, live with it, sleep with it, eat with it. There is no such day where you don't code."

Chevas Balloun

Director of Marketing & Brand

Chevas has spent over 15 years inventing brands, designing interfaces, and driving engagement for companies like Microsoft. He is a practiced writer, a productivity app inventor, board game designer, and has a builder-mentality drives entrepreneurship.