Collab Lab gave me a framework for how to navigate relationships on a software development team. I feel more confident and prepared walking into my first dev job with the communication experience I gained through all of the code reviews, retrospectives, and pair programming sessions. So thankful for the program and the supportive mentors who make it happen!
I am very grateful to be part of the Collab Lab community. I got my first job right around the time that I joined the 10th cohort, and while I picked up a lot of technical skills from working at my company, I learned a lot about the review workflow and working in an agile environment from TCL. The best part about TCL is that the support doesn't stop after the program's eight weeks- I love being part of TCL's slack channel because it is a safe, non-judgmental place to ask questions and learn, and you have the opportunity to connect with other devs outside of your workplace. The mentors are wonderful coders and people, and it's a great feeling to have so many fellow software engineers cheering you on. Thank you, TCL! :D
I firmly believe TCL has played a huge role in the success I have found in tech so far. During the first cohort, I landed my first job as a developer and was able to speak to processes and collaboration during my interviews that I wouldn't have been able to otherwise. During my time in the advanced cohort, I landed my second developer job. This was a huge level up for me, both in terms of title and financially, and I don't think I would have been able to land a React gig without my time in the advanced cohort (I was working in an Angular shop at the time). Beyond that, I have always felt so supported and uplifted by this community! I highly recommend it to any aspiring developer.
Remember your favorite high-school teacher? The one that was cool, funny, amazing at their job, helped you get ready for the real world and most important of all, had boat loads of empathy? TCL === clone(yourFavoriteHighschoolTeacher, 100) Andrew, Stacie, the TCL mentors including all the developers helped create an enriching environment where I picked the soft skills necessary to be an effective collaborator. In addition, TCL really emphasizes the importance of what it means to be a responsible developer and I think that's really awesome.
Collab Lab gave me agile team experience I didn’t get through my coding bootcamp. I honestly don’t think I would have landed that first job offer without being able to talk about my experience with pair programming and resolving merge conflicts. Beyond that, I made some great friends!
As a mentor, I work to give Collab Lab cohorts the experience of building and deploying a production app on a high-performing, psychologically safe team using the same principles and practices that have helped me be successful as a professional engineering manager. Our participants learn firsthand how powerful and effective a healthy, functional team is. With this experience as a reference point, they leave empowered to advocate for themselves, their colleagues, and ready to transform organizations for the better.