Speedrun your coding career with Nucamp

By Chevas Balloun

Last Updated: April 4th 2024

Speedrun your coding career with Nucamp

From College Student to Software Engineer, TARTLE

"I learned so much. I received the guidance and structure I needed and I could tell every instructor cared for their students. Overall, I really enjoyed the bootcamp."

This is Milton Chung, a Nucamp Full Stack Bootcamp graduate and now a Software Engineer at TARTLE.

He enjoys drawing, playing the piano, and playing online multiplayer games; his favorites are Valorant and League of Legends.

Milton's interest in tech spanned more than just gaming, so he enrolled in a web applications class in college.

His level 1 exposure to web development was a true joy.

While he did struggle during the class, he made progress during those three months and decided to pursue it further.

He applied to an open position his professor posted, but Milton didn't pass the skill-check during the interview.

However, now knowing his knowledge gaps motivated him to press continue in his web development learning.

Up to this point, however, his coding game felt more like a melee—so he started his search for the structured environment he needed to thrive.

He discovered a coding bootcamp could meet that criteria and would be a great way to connect with like-minded students in a collaborative environment.

The community aspect of a coding bootcamp had similarities to the positive communities he experienced in multiplayer games.

His biggest opponent moving forward was going to be deciding which bootcamp was right for him.

Looking at all the bootcamps in consideration, Nucamp's price and curriculum stood out the most to him.

Milton also researched the most popular frameworks and, even though he was a coding newbie, he kept seeing React and Express as top frameworks employers were interested in.

Nucamp's MERN stack (MongoDB, Express, React, NodeJS) includes both and made it an easy decision for him to enroll.

His Nucamp coding bootcamp experience ended up being the guidance and structure he needed.

He felt every instructor cared for their students and he enjoyed the overall experience.

"I really enjoy learning new technologies and applying them. I experienced the true value in paying for my education."

Describe your job search process.

Milton signed up for the career coaching service with Nucamp and was given assistance along the way.

He did mention he regrets not making time for a 1:1 call with a career coach as well and thinks it would have accelerated the process.

Through Nucamp's career coaching services one, the thing he was taught was how to organize his efforts by keeping a record of his job applications.

He focused his attention on Linkedin, Indeed, and Angelist.

Angelist ended up being the most effective because it exposed him to Startups that showed a willingness to hire junior developers.

After two months of job searching, he clinched an interview with TARTLE and went through their 3 round process that included introductions, a test project, and an interview with the CEO.

In his new role at TARTLE he is mainly focusing on the Front End in React and SCSS.

As a visual person, he really likes being a part of Front End in order to make sites look great.

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

"Definitely search out the reviews, they are really important. This was one of the reasons I chose Nucamp; there were a lot of satisfied students. Look at their pricing and what they offer. Some bootcamps offer ISA's, and you should watch out for those... I don't think it's worth it."

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

"Learn javascript, it's one of the tougher topics that can be a struggle."

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.