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SwitchUp Interviews Coding Temple Graduate Binit Patel

This interview was conducted by Erica Freedman, Content and Client Services Specialist at SwitchUp

 

SwitchUp sat down with Software Engineering alumnus Binit Patel to find out more about his journey. He began his career in Bioengineering but really desired a position that would help him stay current with technical skills and trends. After being referred to Coding Temple, Binit took the plunge to become a Software Developer. His recommendation to future students? Keep learning! The industry is constantly evolving so striving for mastery of what’s current is key. Keep reading his story for more advice and information about the Coding Temple program below.

 

Your educational background is in Bioengineering. What ignited the switch to Software Engineering?

I made the switch because I wanted to gain technical skills that would allow me to keep up with innovation in today's technology. My goal was to get into software engineering, gain skills and knowledge of software development, and translate that back into the industry of bioengineering and medicine to be able to work with creating applications and other medical products for physicians and nurses.

 

Do you feel Software Engineering and Bioengineering are at all related? If so, how?

Software Engineering and Bioengineering are very much related. Most medical products of day rely on a platform or software. Being able to understand both aspects is extremely important for software developers creating applications in the medical field. It's equally as important for bioengineers working with these mHealth apps and products.

 

How did you decide to attend Coding Temple? What made it the right program for you?

I was actually referred to Coding Temple by alumni and the Coding Temple team themselves. They had classes that fit my work schedule, instructors who taught at universities and worked in the industry, and were also teaching the technologies I was most interested in. I knew it was the program for me when I took a site visit and saw how they teach, the class size, and the curriculum.

 

You currently work as a Solutions Developer at Avanade. What does this title mean and what does a normal day at work look like for you?

The title of Solutions Developer is essentially the equivalent of a software developer. Essentially my day to day is coding, traveling, and more coding!

 

Have you faced any challenges trying to become a Software Engineer?

The most challenging part of trying to become a software engineer is making sure you keep with what you have learned. The industry is constantly changing and you want to grow with it.

 

Has Coding Temple helped you to get a job in your field? If so, how?

Coding Temple actually helped me land 2 jobs within 1 year. They have a great network full of connections with companies and recruiters all over Chicago, Boston, and DC. Because of this, I was able to land an interview for my first job within 2 months post Coding Temple. The second job was actually through being able to reach out to a fellow Coding Temple alumni who worked at that company.

 

Where do you see your career heading in the next 5-10 years?

Within the next 5-10 years my goals are to keep up and learn new technologies to grow my technical skill set. I plan on gaining an understanding of technology consulting in hopes to get into management level roles.

 

What makes you most passionate about the world of Front End Development?

Front end development is my personal favorite. There is great satisfaction to being able to design and develop software together and seeing a finished product.

 

If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice before pursuing this track, what would it be?

Try to understand exactly what you want out of this. Learn about which technologies are in demand and strive to master those.sw

Any advice for future students?

The industry is constantly changing and you want to grow with it. Keep up with what you learned and learn more. Practice makes perfect.

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Alumni Network

Coding Temple has set up an Alumni Network for students. Our alumni act as mentors for current students and guide them through the process of completing the course.

Coding Temple will periodically host alumni events for graduates of the program to reconnect and talk about their experiences after completing the program.

Job Prep

Students will receive job preparation throughout the course, including resume workshops, mock interviews, and portfolio showcases.

Additionally, throughout the course, students will be given exams and assignments that are very similar to the sort of technical challenges that many companies give to job applications.

Coding Temple’s commitment is to provide job preparation training and placement assistance to each student who completes the coursework.

Capstone Project

Students will be given a final project that demonstrates their competency as a full-stack developer, using the skills that they’ve learned throughout the course.

Students who satisfactorily complete the final project will have an impressive body of work to showcase to potential employers.

In Class

Our courses are a blend of lecture and hands-on coding.

The instructors will explain technologies and provide code examples during class lecture.

After lectures, students will demonstrate their understanding of the material by completing their own applications and programming assignments. The instructors may provide additional assistance to students.

A typical class size will be 7-10 students. In addition to small class sizes, we also offer opportunities for one-on-one support from dedicated TA’s and our instructors for those times when you are challenged by a particular concept or issue.

Pre-Work

Once admitted into a course, each student will be assigned pre-work that must be completed before the first in-class session.

Pre-work consists of approximately 40 to 60 dedicated hours of self-instruction, but students may seek assistance from the instructors as needed to complete the pre-work.

Most courses will also have a one hour orientation prior to the first day of class so students may meet the instructor and familiarize themselves with the facility.

The Application Process

Once you’ve determined that you’re ready to enroll in one of our courses, the application process consists of the following steps:

– Complete an application

– Discussing goals and expectations with Admissions Team

– Instructor interview and technical screening

– Discussing payment and financing options

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Coding Temple Tableau Training: June 30th

Coding Temple Tableau Training:

This course is for the individuals that are starting out with Tableau Desktop for the first time. It is for
anyone who works with data on a regular basis and requires no prior technical knowledge. The training
is created to help individuals understand and use the proper visualizations and build their skillset for
Tableau to transition away from excel spreadsheets to detailed visualizations along with interactive
dashboards.
This course includes a PowerPoint deck on each topic covered and hands-on activities to help users
better understand the skills and knowledge to better visualize their data. Each student should bring
his/her own laptop and will receive a specific dataset that they should become familiar with, as the
hands-on activities will focus around that dataset.

Time: 9:00AM – 3:00PM CST

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Alumni Spotlight: George Makris

What were you doing before you went to Coding Temple? What was your educational or career background?
I was in the financial industry for 20 years, specifically trading.  I traded such products as S+P 500 index options, Dow Jones Index options as well as agricultural options.  I was a member at both the CME and the CBOE.  I attended University of Illinois where I graduated with a degree in finance and had a GPA of 4.8/5.

What stood out to you about .NET/Python as a programming language?
As the trading industry has evolved very much over the last several years, I decided to evolve with it.  I became very serious about self learning programming specifically python.  I chose python for a couple of factors.  I like the conceptual ease of it compared to other languages and considering myself somewhat analytical, I also wanted to pick a langauage that was prevalent in that arena but also flexible enough to utilize in web development.

Were you serious about staying in Chicago for a coding bootcamp?
I am from Chicago so that part was not difficult.  Having said that I was very serious about the class.  This can be demonstrated through various factors.  I spent months self studying and then dove into a very immersive full stack curriculum.  I was very devoted while in class and felt that although everybody had their place, I was the most diligent and found myself often helping others and taking on a bit of a leadership role.

Tell us about the application and interview process for Coding Temple. Did you have to do a coding challenge?
There was a quiz that tested your mental acumen as well as your knowledge of some prework material that was given.

So anyone could start Coding Temple without having any experience, but then you get weeded out through the pre-work?
The prework included building your own website, albeit not completely functional.  It involved a great deal of time for someone who did not have any experience and could definitely have deterred anybody who was not serious.

How many people were in your cohort? Were your classmates like you? Were they recent college graduates or did people come from different backgrounds?
There were 3 people in my class.  I was the most senior as I am changing careers in my forties.  The other students were in their early 20’s having recently completed school.

What did you end up building for your capstone project?
For my capstone project I went back to my roots a bit and built a trading application for trading agricultural futures.  It was enjoyable because I got to use a great deal of what I have learned over the past year as well as blend in my previous background.  I built the website utilizing Python, JjQuery, HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, and I used Django as a framework for both backend SQL databases and for the front end. The application registers new users and allows current users to sign in and trade futures. It also makes several API calls and inserts data into candelstick charts based on symbol of future. I used both matplot lib as well as d3 plotly.js for the various charts. In addition, I use paypal to authorize initial cash outlay to fund the trading account. All portfolio data is stored and records of all transactions as well as a pie chart of portfolio diversification is available to user.

What did you do after you graduated from Coding Temple?
I have continued to do a great deal of self study on my own while I pursue an opportunity.

How did you balance your personal life while attending Coding Temple?
I was able to balance the huge responsibility of being the single father of 2 boys with performing roughly 60 hours of coding a week.  I was able to do this simply by planning ahead, prioritizing things, and not letting any moment be wasted, including allowing for free time to do things for myself or with my children.

What are you up to now?
My main priority other than my children is finding my first opportunity.

What are your career goals in terms of your future as a developer?  
I am very interested in both the data analysis and development side of python. Ideally I could find a role that challenged me in both and I could eventually gravitate more heavily to the side that both interested me more and that I was strongest with.  I want to be play a vital role in whatever position I obtain and I eventually want to be looked at as a leader and one who is considered a good mentor.

Is there anything you would have done differently at the bootcamp? What was your biggest challenge in doing a bootcamp or the biggest lesson that you learned?
My biggest challenge was likely balancing all the things in my life which I described above.  I feel I worked as hard as I could have during the class so I can’t say I would have changed too much, maybe providing more feedback about some topics I wanted more deeply covered.

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The skills and experience that students achieve at Coding Temple takes them a long way. We offer small classes, so students are able to have a more one on one interaction with our teachers. Our curriculum is designed to make students feel confident and be successful in the workforce once they have completed our course.

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