I need a job. I have been a stay-at-home mom for five years, and having just one income is catching up to us. I am currently in college, but it’s not going fast enough. That’s why I have made the decision to go to a coding school that is very far from home. I will be leaving my family, husband, 5-year-old son and 21-year-old son. I have NEVER been away from my children, but I know it will be worth it

This is a totally new experience to me. Before staying home, I was a FedEx delivery driver for about 10 years. During that time I didn’t really use a computer, much less learn about them. I started college in 2007 (while working full time), and have been going on and off since then. My current major is Computer Science. It has been hard because we have moved several times, and I lose credits with each move, which slows me down and is very discouraging. I am actually considered a junior, but because I haven’t completed junior level core classes in Computer Science, I don’t have enough under my belt to even get an internship. Gaining the skills I need for a job, and quickly, led me to The Software Guild.

After a long, drawn-out decision making process, I chose The Guild for several reasons. I spent a year researching coding bootcamps, and The Guild stuck out the entire time. There just are not that many coding schools that are teaching Java and C#, and I decided I was definitely doing one of those.

The instructors are the main reason I came here. Eric Wise, the founder of The Guild, taught C# up until my cohort. I was a bit nervous not having him, but the C# instructor is amazing! During my search, I noticed that other schools, some of which were expanding to dozens of locations, could not tell me I who the instructor was going to be, or if they would even have a .NET/C# class. Check the instructor’s credentials, and how long they have been in the software development field. They do not necessarily need to be a teacher, but they do need to have real-world experience!

The pre-work is pretty time consuming, but very worth it. It really gives you a foundation to build from when you start the program. Do all of it! Understand it, too. Do not be afraid to ask questions to the instructor on the pre-work. This will be brand new to most of the people that do it, so you will not be the only one with questions. Focus real hard on the C# sections, and really try to understand the concepts they are teaching. The pre-work is just the tip of the iceberg of what will be taught at The Guild, so keep that in mind.