You’ve decided to follow your dreams and attend a Coding Bootcamp. Perhaps you’ve been attending a Coding Bootcamp already, but by the end of each lesson, you have more questions than answers.
Learning to code can be hard.
Coding is hard.
Bootcamps are hard.
You get a firehose of information and only a limited time to process it.
The coding assignments are due, but you haven’t figured out the elusive bug that keeps you from turning them in.
You may think, “Maybe I’m not cut out for this.”
Do not give up. You have come this far.
Sometimes we only need someone to whom we can ask a few questions.
Someone who can provide a safe place where you can ask “stupid questions.”
Some options include trying out Rubber Duck Debugging or asking one of your cohort members to do a bit of Pair-Programming. But you hesitate. Perhaps they will instantly know the answer and think you may feel dumb for “missing that closing bracket.”
It is going to be okay.
We all have those doubts.
Hi, I’m Abraham Cuenca
I am a Bootcamp Graduate myself, so I know how difficult it can be.
Prior to signing up to the bootcamp I was self-taught teaching myself to code by reading books and taking online courses. I began this journey in 2002 using Microsoft Frontpage and Macromedia Dreamweaver but these What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get tools taught me bad habits such as deeply nested tables for layouts.
One of the side-effects of going the self-taught route is the lack of structure and immense knowledge gaps. When I had questions, there were no mentoring programs, bootcamps, beginner-friendly forums, or chatrooms where I could ask questions. I spent countless nights “burning the midnight oil” and I had to learn a little bit of everything turning me into a “jack of all trades, master of none”.
Finding work was nearly impossible and for the first ten years of my career I had to resort to freelancing and consulting for small projects because I could not pass on-site interviews.
Data Structure and Algorithms were not things that were mentioned in tutorials or web development courses. Interview questions that asked me to find the shortest path between multiple points in a city for a delivery service often befuddled me. I was applying for a job to update HTML and CSS, not solve a efficient delivery route problem.
The confusion and frustration always kept me feeling like an Impostor. I often felt like giving up, but something about working with code fascinated me enough to continue moving forward.
My first full-time web development job was in the Finance industry, and I was fortunate enough to have a great mentor that helped me.
Today, I’ve had the opportunity to also work in the Health Care, Private Security, and, more recently, Automotive and Coding Bootcamp industries.
It is incredible to think that I’ve been doing this for 20+ years. In these 20 years, I’ve amassed a lot of experience, which I want to contribute to those starting this life-long journey.
whether it is mentoring co-workers, connections from meetups or social networks, or existing bootcamp students, I offer one-on-one sessions to those who need a little extra help.
The mentoring sessions do not have to be specific to any language or coding challenge. We can discuss career advice, getting started with consulting, freelancing, or improving day-to-day workflows to be successful at your first job.
I’ve been blessed to mentor over 72 junior developers that have either attended Bootcamps or are have gone the self-taught route.
Lately, I work closely with Bootcamp students and a recurring theme comes up again and again which has motivated me to start this website and offer my services to all bootcamp students.
We can all use a little help.
I feel that contributing with guidance and mentoring to people completely new to the industry or junior developers looking to grow their skillset is a great way to give back to the community.
Please remember that I will not know all the answers to every question that may arise, but together, I will help get you the right resources to overcome any challenges and grow as a developer.
I am here to tell you that reaching your goals as a successful bootcamp graduate, web developer or software engineer is possible. I am living proof. Believe in yourself because I believe in you.
It does not have to take you 10 years because now you will have the mentoring and guidance I wish I had when I started out.
Limited Spots available
Due to the high demand from interested bootcamp attendees, spots on my Calendly are limited.
Four evenings a week (and the occasional weekend) I schedule 45-minute sessions with Bootcamp Students. These will be either through Discord, Slack, Zoom or Hangouts.
Look for an available spot on the calendar and book it.
Note: There is no cost to this mentorship program. I volunteer my time. You may be dropped from the program if more than three (3) sessions are missed or rescheduled.
Before a session, I ask that Mentees share any questions with me ahead of time so I can come to the session prepared.
72+ Bootcamp Students mentored
288+ Mentoring Sessions
240+ Mentoring Hours
My mentees come from various backgrounds from construction workers to academia. They also come from different Bootcamps including, but not limited to:
Is this really free?
Yes! I do not charge for this service. I just ask that you respect the time that we agree to. If you need to cancel a session please let me know at least 24 hours in advance so that I can help out other mentees.
How do I start?
Schedule an initial kick-off meeting either through the contact form below or by booking some time on my calendar.
I cannot find any available openings, what can I do?
Although rare, it may happen where I am completely booked 100%.
If I have no spots available any time soon feel free to consider any of the following mentorship resources:
- https://linkedin.com (don’t be afraid to ask your network!)