1. What were you doing for work before attending Alchemy?
Before Alchemy I was in property management. Specifically, I oversaw staff, operations and financial performance of class-A multifamily assets (think large apartment communities, high-rise building, etc.)
Despite some positive aspects of my previous career, over the years, I always felt like I was solving the same problems again and again. It was a grind for sure and every free minute was spent on meetings, reports, sales, staff, vendors, and customer needs. While I saw the occasional opportunity to improve processes with my love for technology, many customer-facing roles aren’t conducive to automating things; there’s nothing predictable about daily interactions with thirty or more stakeholders. It finally dawned on me that what I really enjoyed was breaking down problems and streamlining solutions with tech—without the noise.
3. Had you considered other coding schools? What made you choose Alchemy over the others if so?
I didn’t visit other schools in person but I did quite a bit of research online. Seattle, New York, San Francisco, Portland, everywhere. I was curious about online-only programs but quickly realized that full-time, in-person learning was the right choice for me. With that decided, due diligence led me to Alchemy and a call with Marty plus an in-person visit with Megan confirmed that this was where I wanted to learn full-time. The curriculum, the impression I got upon visiting, and the amount of in-person support available to students were the things that made Alchemy stand out. Also, Alchemy’s continued success quite literally depends on your success in the job market. With that in mind, I knew they were going to share a vested interest and make my outcome a priority (and they did).
4. When did you graduate and can you expand upon your job search a bit? How long did you actually work on landing a job?
I graduated at the end of September 2018. I didn’t really expect to land a job until January or February when many companies wrap up the holidays and their budgets for the new year. It took me five months of applying and interviewing and I received multiple offers including the company I had considered my top choice in PDX. Side note for those thinking that five months is a long time: I was consistent but somewhat selective in my applications as I really enjoyed being a TA during that time. Had I been applying to jobs full-time I’m confident I could have shaved a month or two off the search.
5. What is your new position?
Software Engineer, Data Products at Vacasa.