Lighthouse Labs has a fantastic series where they check back in on graduates a year after they finished coding bootcamp. They recently caught up with James Matsuba, a May 2015 grad who ended up interning at the school for six months before taking a job at Guestfolio in Whistler, BC. We loved this check-in so much, we thought we’d share some of the interview. See some of our favorite questions and answers below and click here to go to the full interview on Lighthouse Labs’ website.
1. It’s been about a year since you graduated Lighthouse Labs, what have you been up to?
I’ve been building my technical experience, working as a Jr. Developer. For the first 6 months I was lucky to be the internal developer for Lighthouse Labs, where I worked on numerous internal projects including the CRM and website. Then for the past 6 months I've been working as a developer for Guestfolio, a hotel communication and marketing platform.
2. How did Lighthouse prepare you for your transition from bootcamp to full time developer with Guestfolio?
At Lighthouse Labs I learned how to work as part of a development team. Some of the most important skills were how to effectively use git, the importance of writing clean understandable code, and how to effectively ask for help when stuck on a problem. I was also given exposure to Ruby on Rails which is the framework we use heavily at Guestfolio.
3. Tell us about living in Whistler as a developer!
It’s great to be in Whistler. People from around the world travel here for the world-class skiing, snowboarding, biking, and hiking. Guestfolio is more established company and understands the importance of work life balance, so it is pretty common for the office to be pretty empty at 5:30 pm as everyone is off biking, hiking and doing all of the things that make Whistler famous.
[Lighthouse Labs fall & winter Bootcamp students will all have access to the perks of Whistler with student pricing for ski season passes (a ~$1,500 discount!).]
4. What technologies are you working with?
5. What advice would you give someone who wants to become a developer?
Do your research, know what your end goals are and then work back to figure out how to achieve them. Some goals will be better suited to bootcamps like Lighthouse, some will be better suited for a computer science or engineering route. There is a wide range of careers and paths to get there!