Dillon Tarr came to devCodeCamp with minimal coding experience. What he did bring was a background in music. This, it turns out is a great background to pivot into a career in code. VP of Ops, Paul Jirovetz had a chance to sit down with Alumni, Dillon Tarr to talk about his experience at devCodeCamp.

Paul | devCodeCamp: Today I am joined by a recent graduate Dillon Tarr. Dillon, you just graduated a couple of weeks ago, here we are in 2021 and a new chapter begins. My first question for you is what were you doing before devCodeCamp and what brought you to software development?

Dillon | Alumni: I actually went to college and got a bachelor’s degree in music education thinking I wanted to be a music teacher for a few reasons, my interest in that went down but I still completed the degree. And after that, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but I needed to earn an income. I want to do a job that allows me to create things and solve problems.

  • devCodeCamp Alumni Dillon Tarr

    Dillon Tarr | devCodeCamp Alumni

    “The motivation that I gained from having the instructors, having the project prompts that we were given, having my cohort to work alongside me and, and for us to bounce things off of each other, the pair programming and the group projects, a lot of that stuff you don’t get on your own.”

Paul | devCodeCamp: We’re going to challenge you. We’re going to push you because we want you to be able to monetize your education. Did we give you enough hands-on projects?

Dillon | Alumni: Yes. From the beginning, everything was project work. It wasn’t a just lecture, and then tell us what we just told you. It was show us what we just told you to do. The instructors would say if you need us, ask us and we’ll help you, which was really good for my learning process.