Career Mentor for New Developers
Founder & CTO of Pick My Brain | Web Developer | Bootcamp Instructor | Elaborate Planner | Student of Rhetoric and Logic | Player of Trumpets | Vegetarian | Alex Trebek Wannabe | Intramural All-Star | Bokononist | Enjoyer of Puzzles Riddles & Board Games | Packers Fan | Survivor Fan (the TV show - yes it’s still on and yes it’s the ultimate strategy game)
I spend the majority of my time building and maintaining Pick My Brain. Additionally I teach at CodeCore a web development bootcamp based in Vancouver, BC, as well as provide mentorship and career services to the students there.
Lets talk all things web-development: your learning strategy, building your own projects/startup, landing your first or second job, what to look for in a job, how to get the most out of a bootcamp or other web-dev program, useful resources etc.
There are seemingly infinite ways to become exposed to web development these days, but becoming an effective web developer is often less clear or at least something that requires some outside knowledge. Learning the ‘whys’ behind what you’re doing, figuring out how to land a job and how to ensure you’re actually growing in that job, picking up best practices rather than just endlessly sewing together Stack Overflow answers, these things are harder to pick up without outside help.
I’ve spent the last few years building my own startup, teaching and mentoring students at a web development bootcamp, and immersing myself in this industry. As such, I’d love to help you with these kinds of leveling up that aren’t as easily available independently.
I’m probably most useful to you if you’re at an earlier point in your career, either just entering or completing a bootcamp or other web development program or early in your first job in the industry. That said, I’m happy to help any and all from inside and outside the industry.
I’ve worked with hundreds of bootcamp graduates to help them find their first job. I’m also still fairly well connected to employers and developers who have been in the job market for years. As a result I’m always picking up new insights into what works and what doesn’t. In some local cases, I may also be able to make an introduction/referral to a specific company as well.