#57: Kelvin Lightner – Tax Consultant from Deloitte Become A Software Engineer at Intuit
Kelvin Lightner is a software engineer apprentice at Intuit and a graduate of Dev Bootcamp. Prior to tech, Kelvin has a double major in Legal Studies and Economics from UC Berkeley and he worked as a consultant at Deloitte.
A true lover of logic, he jumped from management consulting to tech with this strong belief that the end does not justify the means. Kevin has drawn great support from #YesWeCode, an organization that helps people from underrepresented backgrounds break into the tech space.
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[01:35] Kelvin talks about the importance of logic, his educational background that led to being recruited by Deloitte, and family influence.
[04:15] Initially thinking you had to start to learn coding at 6 years old, Kevin explains why the end does not necessarily justify the means.
[08:15] Walking away from Deloitte, Kelvin shares the importance of doing what you love and what brings you life.
[13:20] Kelvin’s turning point was when he realized he was no longer thankful so he started exploring his options and looked into software engineering as an opportunity.
[17:40] Kelvin talks about how Dev Bootcamp tailors the learning to their students and why they want students to fail well.
[19:10] #YesWeCode‘s goal of lifting the community of minority students, how to apply to #YesWeCode, and resources you can use to help prepare for it
[23:23] Kelvin walks us through the concept of engineering empathy, the different three-week phases at Dev Bootcamp, and the benefits of pair programming.
[32:57] After putting out 50-60 resumes a week (plus cover letters), it basically took 50 days for Kevin to get a job from graduating at Dev Bootcamp to working at Intuit.
[36:50] What the apprenticeship program at Intuit was like and his advice to other companies thinking about starting out apprenticeship programs.
[40:35] The benefits of the apprenticeship model and what Kelvin brings to the table besides his engineering skills
[47:20] The importance of timing yourself with your problem-solving and knowing that it’s okay to not have it all figured out
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