Ever thought about learning to code at Wyncode, but can’t make the full time commitment? Well, you’re not alone. As we prepare for our next cohort, we wanted to learn more about what type of students enroll in our part time programs, what they do, and what makes them tick. We interviewed three students in our Part-Time Front End Web Development course: Nelson Parra, Monica Mora, and Will Gendron. We and quickly realized they represented three types of people who choose to enroll in our part-time programs.

We like to call them The Experimenter, The Explorer, and The Enhancer. You can find short interviews with the three types of students below. Which one are you?

The Experimenter

The Experimenter, like Nelson Parra, is a pragmatic type of person who likes to gain knowledge and test things out to make informed decisions. This type of student dips their toes with the part-time program and tests how Wyncode fits into their lives. Read below to find out if you are like The Experimenter.

What is your current role? What do you do there?

I was a manager for a biomedical company. I’m currently switching to a supervisor position for another biomedical company.

Are you considering applying to a Wyncode full-time program?

I want to but I cannot quit my job yet since I do have bills to pay, so I can only take the part time course and hopefully this helps me to build my skills and potentially gets me on my way to switching to a coding job.

What encouraged you to join Wyncode?

I was talking to a friend and my brother and they both recommended Wyncode. My friend is a software developer and his company hired two graduates from Wyncode. My brother’s friend graduated from the part time program and got a job. I figured this would be a perfect place to see if I liked it because it had good reputation.

How does the Wyncode program relate to your full-time career? How will the program strengthen your position?

It doesn’t. It’s a complete switch from what I am doing, but that’s what I am looking for. This program gave me new skills and opened my mind to other routes that I can go into—from design to backend, and even owning my own business.

What has been your favorite part of the bootcamp? 

I think just going home and applying what I learn is what I actually enjoy the most. Also, being able to reach out for help when I need to.

What do you think is the key to your success?

Just keep doing it and you will always learn something new!

The Explorer

The Explorer, like Monica Mora, is a person who is guided by their curiosity. This type of student loves to learn for the sake of learning. The Explorer takes the Wyncode part-time program to satisfy their curiosity about coding and their need for knowledge. Read below to find out if you are like The Explorer.

What is your current role? What do you do there?

I am the Startup Ecosystem Program Director at eMerge Americas. I lead the year-round startup programming at eMerge Americas, which includes hosting startup competitions around Latin America and the Southeast US, hosting bootcamps and workshops for startups, connecting startups with mentors and investors, etc.

What encouraged you to join Wyncode?

Learning to code was a personal curiosity and a skill that I wanted to have.

How does the Wyncode program relate to your full-time career? How will the program strengthen your position?

It definitely relates to my career because I work with tech startups, so now I can understand a lot of their products better, and understand what they’re talking about when they mention anything I recently learned in class. What I have learned will definitely strengthen my ability to do my job better and understand the startups and what they do more completely.

What are some tips and hacks you have learned about juggling work and a part-time program?

I have learned that there are not enough hours in the day to do everything I need to do! It has been very hard to juggle both work and school, but it has taught me to be better at time management and not to procrastinate.

What has been your favorite part of the bootcamp?

My favorite part has been our teachers, Izzy and Alex. They are both so knowledgeable and always willing to help and explain (and re-explain) anything. We all arrive after long days at work and they make the classroom environment fun—they are both super funny which is great!

What are some lessons you learned beyond the curriculum?

Something I learned outside of the curriculum is that there is no excuse to say that you “don’t know something” or “don’t have the time to dedicate to learning something new” —there are always tools, I just have to want it and DO it.

What do you think is the key to your success?

The key to my success is hunger to keep learning, move forward, and never stay stuck.

What advice do you have for people (and especially other women) who are interested in attending a Wyncode course?

I would say to just do it. To trust the process, even when it’s really hard and you feel like you’re reading or learning Chinese. Once you start building a project you realize that you really do know what you’re doing and practice makes perfect. I would highly recommend Wyncode to anyone who wants to learn to code.

The Enhancer

The Enhancer, like Will Gendron, is a person who considers their needs and goes from there. This type of student wants to enhance their skill set and optimize their work experience. The Enhancer is ready to take their current situation to the next level and will use the Wyncode part-time program to do so. Read below to find out if you are like The Enhancer.

What is your current role? What do you do there?

I am the Director of Operations at OptionAlpha.com. We are a small team building an options trading automation platform. The rest of my time is spent working on OnlineLoans.com, where I am a co-founder. We are building the Kayak for consumer and business loans.

What encouraged you to join Wyncode?

I work with software engineers every day. I wanted to speak the same language to have more productive conversations and business outcomes.

How does the Wyncode program relate to your full-time career? How will the program strengthen your position?

The program strengthened my career not long after starting the JavaScript portion of the curriculum. I am better able to articulate what I am looking for and my engineers are better able to articulate their blockers.

What are some tips and hacks you have learned about juggling work and a part-time program?

You have to let everyone know that the class is your priority for the three months. Missing one class is a challenge to recover from because the class moves so quickly.

What has been your favorite part of the bootcamp?

My favorite part was learning how to think and find solutions like an engineer. There are infinite resources online to solve almost any coding problem, but you need to know how to find them.

What do you think is the key to your success? 

Being consistent and intellectually curious. Taking beginner coding quizzes on my iPhone really helped me with CSS. My favorite app was SoloLearn.

What advice do you have for people who are interested in attending a Wyncode course?

Just sign up and go. Everyone from the faculty to the students were incredible.