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Julian Tejera-Sosa, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, enrolled in Code Immersives Web Development program on the G.I. Bill in the fall of 2017. A year later, Julian is already working fulltime as a full-stack Web developer.

Julian Tejera-Sosa: Veteran, U.S. Marine Corps, Code Immersives former student and professional full-stack web dev

Code Immersives director and instructor, Brian McClain, recently caught up with his ex-prize pupil, Julian Tejera-Sosa:

Julian, buddy, how’s it going? Word is you’ve got a job already as a full-stack web dev.

Brian McClain

Yep. It’s going great. So, I hear the school is doing fantastic with lots of new students, but what else can be expected? The course is great!

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Thanks. Things are busy, just how we like it. So, thanks for agreeing to a little Q & A about your experience at Code Immersives.

Brian McClain

Sure. I owe my new job position to the school, and I will surely take any opportunity to give back.

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Very much obliged. First question: how did you decide to get into coding?

Brian McClain

I've always been inclined to the art of creating things; AKA: Engineering. My curiosity lead me to begin a career as a auto mechanic. Then, I transitioned to a engineering equipment maintainer for the Marine Corps. Right after getting out of the Marines, I decided to learn about electronics, and I graduated from the New York Institute of Technology as a Electronics Engineer. After graduating I began working for FANUC (The largest robotic and CNC manufacturer in the world) as a Field Engineer; although the work was great, I was more interested on how these machines were programmed than their mechanical composition. I decided to quit FANUC and go back to school to specialize in programming

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So, why did you choose to study at Code Immersives ?

Brian McClain

Frankly, Code Immersives was the only one accepting GI BILL in the whole area. Smart.

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How much of a programming or web dev background, if any, did you have going in?

Brian McClain

I knew the basics that you learn at any college campus. A little bit of Java, HTML, CSS, C++.

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Can you tell us about your Code Immersives experience overall? Can you rate the qualify and effectiveness of the program, the curriculum and your instructors?

Brian McClain

The school was great. It ignited the spark and love for coding. The school helped me to stand, and before I knew it, I was running.

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What did you learn that you found most interesting? Most useful in your subsequent job search?

Brian McClain

The LAMP stack [PHP-MySQL]; the majority web is build on this stack. I realized that unless I was planning on working on a big tech company or new startup, I wasn't going to need anything else.

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What is your current job? What are your responsibilities?

Brian McClain

I'm a Full Stack Developer. The position I'm filling was meant for a 3 year LAMP stack developer. I building applications to support national and international doctor meetings and events; Among these applications, the most common ones are registrations portals, questions and answers interfaces, Doctor-patients google map lookup, etc. Aside of doing Full Stack development, I’m getting into phone App as well using Cordova/PhoneGap, using the exact same web development knowledge. I will send one your way once I finish it.

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How did you get your job?

Brian McClain

A friend needed someone to do a PHP form and process the responses. Their previous Web developer left the company because she was moving to another state.

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What skills was your employer looking for, and what skills do you use on a daily basis to do your job?

Brian McClain

The LAMP stack; all of the skills with a minimum of 3 years of experience.

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Anywhere we check out some of your work?

Brian McClain

You can follow my projects in my Github Repo. I’m currently working on a OOP API that fetches articles and abstract information from PubMed and PubMed Central; the idea is to fetch and post new and current articles in the doctor’s pages for SEO and content purposes (The company’s clients are doctor). https://github.com/jatejera

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You left Code Immersives a bit early for family reasons. But you still learned enough during that your time with us to get a coding job. Please fill us in on that.. what did you learn that you found relevant to your job search?

Brian McClain

Forms creation with HTML and CSS, form processing with PHP, and data storage with MySQL. I was able to build a complete app, and therefore, solve my employer's problem.

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Anything else you would like to add? Any advice for students on how to succeed as a student and later on the job hunt?

Brian McClain

To add? You rock Brian! Thank you.. Advise? Focus on one technology; don't be a jack of all trades and master of none.

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Thanks for the kind words, but the kudos all go to you. On behalf of all of us at Code Immersives, thank you so much, Julian, for making your school proud — and thank you for your service! Keep up the awesome work, and see you again soon!

Brian McClain