Interview with a Lambda School Graduate – Troy Williams
EDIT – 3 weeks after Lambda school he got a job! $65,000 Remote Front End Development. Update Video Included.
Lambda School is a 7.5 month online code ‘school’ that offers a deferred tuition plan; meaning that you don’t pay anything until you get a job.
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Who is Troy?
My intention with making these posts it to keep the information unbiased, transparent and clear. I always try to interview students and get their perspective on things. I ask the questions that are hard to answer. I wan’t to know the pros and the cons of school.
Well according to Troy he didn’t want to pay $20,000 of tuition upfront. He didn’t want to take out anymore loans to go with his other student debt. He also didn’t want to have to relocate and deal with living expenses. Another reason he cites is the curriculum – noting computer science fundamentals.
Did you have enough 1 on 1 time with your mentor?
Troy notes that there are daily small group sessions with mentors, but you are also able to hop on calls solo with the mentor if you’re stuck or need help.
What was the day to day like?
Normally there was a lecture but it was more of a pair coding exercise and pretty interactive. There are end of week tests that check to see if you’re retaining the information. Each week is usually a new overarching piece of technology while the day to day is a concept within that subset.
How prepared do you feel for the job market?
Troy emphasized that although there are jobs out there and he sometimes feels overwhelmed – if given the opportunity he can accomplish the tasks asked of him confidently. Although most people work through impostor syndrome he still feels that he has the skills needed to apply to front engineering positions(his preference).
What motivates you?
I talk a walk or take a break. Step away. Maybe grab a cup of coffee. If i’m still stuck I’ll try to find the answer on stack overflow again and if that doesn’t work – I’ll approach my TA or classmates. There are multitude of methods I use that help keep me motivated. There are a number of people that are more than happy to help you. Although sometimes my brain just doesn’t want to cooperate.
How do you find project that are interesting to add to your portfolio?
This is a question that stumps many people learning. It’s your life line to getting a job generally.
Troy summarizes it as finding something already out there and then re-making it. He looks on the app store, and more recently decided to make an app to help his nephew avoid foods he’s allergic too.
Did you have a final project?
There is a final project that you work with a team on for a few weeks as a capstone. At the end you need to explain what you used, and why and then defend it – similar to a thesis. Occasionally there are people in the industry there watching as well. So you have a chance to be recruited there.
Hows the support been after finishing the course?
There is an alumni community and a job assistance as you finish. But the great thing is that you don’t have to anything until you actually find a job.
What is the biggest con about Lambda?
Because Lambda is new – there have been some hiccups in communication and transparency about the development of the courses going forward. He would also like more time with the mentors in a more structured way.
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