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Student Bios: Christina Nguyen Thinks You Should Fight for Your Future

Student Bios: Christina Nguyen Thinks You Should Fight for Your Future

Written by Jocelyn Caster on 11th January 2017, 2:20 PM

Gabe: What you were doing before Wyncode?

Christina: I’m originally from California. I graduated from UCSB (University of California Santa Barbara) majoring in English a few years ago, and then was writing for a travel blog. Not feeling challenged at all by the work, I heard about Wyncode from a friend and did my own research. I had no prior experience coding. Wyncode was one of the most reviewed and from what I researched, the best for people with no experience.

 

Gabe: What peaked your interest in learning to code?

Christina: Two things. I’ve always had a natural interest in computers. I wanted something challenging that also made me feel smart. It’s really cool how coding causes me to dig in and act as a resource to myself. For Wyncode specifically, I just read all the reviews where people’s lives are being changed, and thought that Wyncode could be the vocational school I needed to help me transition immediately.

 

“I wanted something challenging that also made me feel smart.”

 

Gabe: How did you evolve throughout the program?

Christina: In the beginning it was tough when I would fail. Learning growth mindset through Wyncode really helped me overcome that frustration though. It taught me that you can do anything so long as you have the right attitude. It’s all about the amount of effort you decide put into the learning process. I just kept working really hard, and sat next to all the smart people that understood the concepts quickest. My goal was to be one of the first three students hired, and I was able to do that.

 

Gabe: Do you need a background to become a junior developer?

Christina: Definitely not, but you do need to work extremely hard. You get what you put in.

 

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Gabe: How was the job-seeking process?

Christina: I got hired from a Wynterview. SapientNitro interviewed me twice. I wasn’t strong in JavaScript, but I studied my butt off during the interview process and landed the job!

 

Gabe: What has SapientNitro done to bring you up to speed?

Christina: I was able to jump into my own project within the first month. It was surprising to find out that I had more hands-on experience than a person with a masters degree in computer science that was just hired.

 

“I wasn’t strong in JavaScript, but I studied my butt off during the interview process and landed the job!”

 

Gabe: What is it like to be a woman in technology?

Christina: It’s totally fine. It’s the little things that I notice. Sometimes people might second guess your skill, but at the end of the day it’s about what you can accomplish. It was a privilege that I was one out of three girls in the cohort and one of the first in the whole class to get hired out of the program

 

Gabe: What would be your advice for anyone considering to transition careers into becoming a developer?

Christina: You have to want it with burning passion. Squeeze everything out of the experience. Don’t expect a job just because you paid for the program, you need to fight for your future.

 

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Want to see more student bios? Check out the story of a former non-profit worker and a Honduran immigrant who studied Biology before getting into code.

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