Changwoo went from U.S. Marine Corps Veteran to Full Stack Developer in 17 weeks

From the marines to a credit analyst, Changwoo had no idea tech would be his future, “I really hated that first job I got out of the service, but really didn’t know what to do next. I randomly came across the Vet Tech program and saw that I could get financial aid to learn to code, which lead me to discovering Sabio. All the reviews I read about Sabio were overwhelmingly positive, so I decided to jump into the 17-week program.” 

Even though he was all in, Changwoo found his initial days at Sabio a rewarding challenge, “I’m sort of a lazy person, but Sabio really whipped me into shape. They emphasized how and where to spend your time which I found extremely helpful. After a few weeks, there was this moment where suddenly everything started clicking, not all the way, but things that seemed like a foreign language didn’t seem so foreign. I credit the instructors' patience and discipline with that.”

Another thing Changwoo found helpful was Sabio's job prep process, “Two weeks before graduation they gave us the go ahead to start sending out applications and I swear I sent out 120 in one weekend. I kept going too, maybe sent out another 500 or more over the two weeks, but my phone wasn’t ringing. I got a little worried but one of the instructors said, there will be a time when you will get that call, and then suddenly, my phone would not stop ringing! I started lining up interviews which in a way was even more great practice because I kept getting better at it. 

I have really bad memory, but I practiced the questions that Sabio gave us over and over and over until I could almost say it in my sleep, which really ended up paying off when I got hired.” 

Another thing Changwoo found helpful was Sabio's job prep process, “Two weeks before graduation they gave us the go ahead to start sending out applications and I swear I sent out 120 in one weekend. I kept going too, maybe sent out another 500 or more over the two weeks, but my phone wasn’t ringing. I got a little worried but one of the instructors said, there will be a time when you will get that call, and then suddenly, my phone would not stop ringing! I started lining up interviews which in a way was even more great practice because I kept getting better at it. I have really bad memory, but I practiced the questions that Sabio gave us over and over and over until I could almost say it in my sleep, which really ended up paying off when I got hired.” 

When he started his job, Changwoo just remembered what his Sabio instructors told him, “They said that I needed to take a breath and relax since I was so new at this, and they of course were right. They also told me in the job interview process to choose a salary number and stick to it. This scared me at first because jobs kept trying to offer me less than that and I thought, what if this never happens? And then of course, my job now, they matched it entirely. When I first started at my job I got really intimidated because I was so new getting this high salary and all my co-workers had years of experience, but then I remember to just ask questions and think things through. I ended up reaching out to a senior developer and told him my insecurities, and now we have one-on-one’s almost every day where he goes over all my questions. He told me something really reassuring which is that it took him two years to get used to the job, so now I feel way more at ease.”

For those just getting started at Sabio and/or coding Changwoo says, “You just have to remember to practice everything and always. Like I said, I’m kind of a lazy person so I will try and breeze my way through anything, but there is a way of mastering this as long as you don’t give up. I had to put in a little extra time because it’s easy for me to zone out, but even just by doing that, I excelled so much quicker. The bottom line is, if you put in the work, Sabio prepares you for the tech world and will get you a job, I know they did for me.”