Kevin Chau graduated from the full immersion program and successfully transitioned to a career in web development as a front-end web developer at SimInsights – a software and services company located in Lake Forest. that works in a variety of areas including augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), app development, and analytics. Kevin had previously received a bachelor’s degree from UC Davis and was working as an environmental biologist. He was considering pursuing additional education in his field when he realized that he wanted a career that was more tech-oriented, rewarding, and creative. Kevin evaluated what he was truly passionate about and realized that a career as a developer encompassed all of his interests. Growing up, he would spend a lot of time tinkering with computers and would dedicate his free-time in learning code through online resources such as Codecademy and Learn Python the Hard Way. Kevin says:
“For me, coding hits all the criteria I want as I love to learn, work with technology, and am able to create something people will see and use.”
Read about Kevin’s full immersion experience and advice below:
What steps did you take during the full immersion to get the most out of it?
I would spend the day going through the material so that I can ask questions while at LearningFuze either from an instructor or my fellow cohort member. I stayed on top of the prototypes, making sure I finished before I left so I didn’t fall behind. Also, I chose to do both the back-end and front-end course. It was definitely harder but worth being able to experience both sides.
What LearningFuze project(s) are you most proud of and why?
I’m really proud of both Meetup-Map and Fridge2Plate. Meetup-Map began as a Hackathon project and one of my teammates, Taylor, and I really polished it after our cohort finished.
Fridge2Plate is the first site my team and I built from the ground up from concept to deployment. I learned a lot and had a great time working with my teammates.
What languages do you utilize on the job?
Any parting advice?
Apply to everything, don’t psych yourself out when you see the job description, and practice presenting yourself. In addition, come up with your story on how you got to where you are now and where you want to go next. Also make sure to personalize your cover letters and have someone look over your resume.
Without the LearningFuze team, I don’t think my portfolio/resume would be as polished as they are now. Having them review my portfolio not only made my projects more presentable to potential employers but also helped me learn how to review my work as well. Additionally, the whiteboard challenges and mock interviews really helped prepare me for actual interviews by allowing me to practice before an interview rather than having to wonder what I did wrong after an actual interview.
Kevin wraps up that he credits his success to unwavering persistence, producing quality projects, and the support from LearningFuze’s full immersion program. He is glad that he took the leap of faith from Biology to web development and is not looking back.
“The LearningFuze team helped me put my best foot forward and I wouldn’t be where I am now without the help from everyone at LearningFuze…”
Congrats Kevin on all your hard work and diligence!