Podcast

Should You Go To Hack Reactor In 2022? (3 REAL Reviews)

Jan. 17, 2022

It's been a while since I've reviewed Hack Reactor. I've received some concerns about the quality since they were bought out by Galvanize so I decided to invite 3 more guests to share their recent experiences with the progra…

Entry Level Backend Mock Technical Interview (Python / 2022)

Jan. 10, 2022

I brought on a VP of Engineering to do a mock interview with an aspiring backend web developer. Kudos to Eric for having the confidence to do this on a public podcast episode. Remember, all backend interviews can look a litt…

Eleven Fifty Academy Review

Dec. 21, 2021

I invited on 3 graduates to review their experience with the coding bootcamp, Eleven Fifty Academy. The variety of skill levels the Cares Act brought in really highlighted the challenges of not having a strict screening proc…

Lambda School Review in 2021 (BloomTech)

Dec. 20, 2021

I invited on 5 graduates from Lambda School, now known as Bloom Institute of Technology. They all graduated in 2021; went through many of the talked about changes; and had different experiences (positive and negative). If yo…

Lambda School and The Future of Coding Bootcamps (with Vincent Woo, Founder of CoderPad)

Dec. 13, 2021

I decided to bring on Vincent Woo, founder of Coderpad, who also published a couple of research articles around some questionable practices at Lambda School, now known as Bloom Institute of Technology. We had a fun, candid c…

Welding to Self-taught Developer (Here's how he did it)

Dec. 6, 2021

I want to share Thomas's story with self-taught developers out there who are currently struggling to become professional developers. He was resourceful and CREATED coding opportunities within his current company to get the e…

Self Taught To Professional Frontend Developer (John's Journey of Learning To Code)

Nov. 23, 2021

I brought on a successful self-taught developer to share the ups and downs of his journey of learning how to code. He shared so much advice for aspiring developers. If you're a self-taught developer struggling to find confid…

Senior Software Engineer Mock Technical Interview (Coding/Algorithms in JavaScript)

Nov. 22, 2021

Many of you wanted to see what a senior technical interview looked like for software engineers. You asked, and thanks to Sophie and Dan, you shall have. Here's what an algorithm/coding portion of a senior software engineer i…

How a Veteran Became a Software Engineer (Advice For Veterans Getting Into Tech)

Nov. 11, 2021

If you or someone you know is a veteran that's trying to become a developer, or even break into tech, this episode is for you. Sean reached out to me wanting to share his journey of becoming a software engineer (as a veteran…

TrueCoders Review (Software Engineering and Web Development)

Nov. 8, 2021

In this web development podcast episode, I invited on 3 graduates from TrueCoders. We got past any marketing fluff that you could simply find on their website and dove into all 3 of their authentic experiences with the progr…

Should You Participate In a Hackathon as an Aspiring Developer?

Nov. 1, 2021

I think a lot of aspiring developers eventually get the advice that they should participate in a hackathon to help them grow and even find a job. In this podcast episode, I invited on someone who has hosted several hackathon…

She Got Hired By Building a Pokemon App!? (Jessica's Developer Job Search Journey)

Oct. 25, 2021

Jessica just landed her first developer role. I invited her on to share her job search journey. We dove into the frustrating parts and also tried to figure out what really made her stand out. I want to continue sharing these…

Scrimba Review (Frontend Career Path)

Oct. 11, 2021

In this web development podcast episode, I invited on 3 graduates to review Scrimba - a front end focused educational platform for aspiring web developers. We dove into opinions about the curriculum, instructors, and project…

How Patrick FINALLY Got His First Developer Position

Oct. 4, 2021

After graduating a coding bootcamp, it took Patrick 8 frustrating months to finally get his first developer position. He shared his whole job search journey. We dove into his day to day; job search strategy - what worked and…

Startups vs Big Tech Company as a Software Engineer (Interview Process and Career Growth)

Sept. 27, 2021

I brought on the CEO of Formation (an ex-Facebook software engineer) who helps junior software engineers progress and prepare for mid to senior level interviews. She had a ton of expertise and experience to share with the in…

Is a Coding Bootcamp Right For You? | How Aspiring Developers Sabotage Themselves In Finding A Job

Sept. 13, 2021

We went into depth answering 3 simple questions for aspiring developers. How do you decide if becoming a developer is right for you? How do you decide if a coding bootcamp is right for you? What are aspiring developers doing…

Woz U Coding Bootcamp Review | Software Developer Program

Sept. 6, 2021

Where to start.. We dove into so many great conversations around the curriculum, staff, and the most interesting part of their experiences - the group projects.. It sounds like many students had vastly different skill levels…

How Developers Can Build a Product That Sells | Advice From UX and Product Leaders

Aug. 30, 2021

I can't emphasize enough how valuable software engineers are. When I polled my community, 91% of you said that you would love to build a side project that made you additional income or even replaced your full-time job. Somet…

Unpaid Internship To Full Time Developer | Nikki’s Job Search Journey

Aug. 23, 2021

The last time I had Nikki on my podcast, she had graduated a coding bootcamp and was working at an unpaid internship. I decided to bring her back on and see how her job search journey has been going. Spoiler: She just starte…

Should You LIE on Your Resume!? | Advice For Aspiring Developers

Aug. 16, 2021

There's SO much conflicting advice out there around how to best and accurately represent your skills and projects as a junior developer. I brought on an old boss of mine who lost count of the number of resumes he's reviewed …

Kenzie Academy Software Engineering Review (Main program and Amazon)

Aug. 9, 2021

I invited on 3 graduates from Kenzie Academy to share their honest and unfiltered reviews of the coding school. Honestly, I feel like this was one of the realest episodes I've done. I didn't have to get past any marketing la…

Practicum by Yandex Coding Bootcamp Review (Russian & English programs)

Aug. 3, 2021

I brought on 2 graduates to review the coding bootcamp Practicum by Yandex. As always, this podcast is focused on getting past the marketing fluff of each program and letting you hear real, in-depth reviews from graduates. W…

Turing School of Software & Design Review

July 24, 2021

I invited 3 graduates on to review Turing, a software engineering program. These reviews are honest, no-BS, reviews meant to get past the marketing that each coding school puts out there. All 3 went through the front end tra…

Rithm School Coding Bootcamp Review

July 19, 2021

I invited 3 graduates on to review the coding bootcamp, Rithm School. These reviews are honest, no-BS, reviews meant to get past the marketing that each coding bootcamp puts out there. We dove into the pros and cons of the p…