Marv Chan, Manager of Web Development at Kelley Blue Book (KBB) paid a visit to LearningFuze along with alumni Howard Chen and Andrew Ngai to discuss Web Development insights with the students. Located in Irvine, just 3 miles from LearningFuze, KBB is best known for their automotive valuations and is also home to a ton of great content that you may not be aware of – new/used car research and tools, editorial content, classifieds and even, motorcycle valuations! In fact, 66% of all in-market car buyers use KBB.com and a whopping 450 million+ cars are valued each year. The team provided valuable insight into the world of development at KBB in their discussion with the students.
Howard and Andrew also shared their experience and some valuable advice as to how to succeed as a developer:
Alumni Howard Chen – Front End Developer
Howard graduated from LearningFuze several cohorts before and was in Real Estate Investment prior to taking the dive into the Full-Immersion program. After completing LearningFuze, Howard landed a Front End Developer job at Kelley Blue Book, has been there for a little over a year now and enjoys the environment, coding and continued learning experiences. Howard is very dedicated and mentioned that he commits time outside of work to learn and sharpen his coding skills for to be truly successful it takes commitment and passion beyond the job itself.
“Quitting my full-time job was tough but I really felt that I needed to pursue Web Development as it was my passion so that is when I started to look into coding bootcamps to acquire fundamental programming skills. As a Front End Developer at KBB, I collaborate with the UX team to ensure that projects are completed within the desired scope while maintaining good engineering practices.”
Alumni Andrew Ngai – Web Developer
“After reading hundreds of lines of code, you begin to understand and adapt to the functionality and code organization. There’s so many things to continue to learn after the conclusion of the bootcamp to integrate into your skills as a developer that keeps it fresh and interesting.”
Marv looks for Developers who demonstrate a positive, can-do attitude along with strong technical skills. A whiteboard interview is conducted for the majority of Web Developer roles; so it is important to know how to solve problems and be able to communicate effectively with others in that type of setting. LearningFuze Alumni Howard and Andrew worked very hard to get to where they currently are and demonstrated strong soft skills along with the required technical skills upon completing the Full-Immersion Bootcamp. As Qui-Gon Jinn from Star Wars says it, “Your focus determines your reality”.
Also, check out our last KBB event speaker, Diane Bullock on “Going Agile”.