After college, Amber Sharpe worked a variety of jobs including managing area Airbnbs and as a barista. During her time at Nashville Software School (NSS), Amber continued to work part-time managing a coffee shop. She loved her job but was ready for a career. Her husband and several of their friends are NSS graduates, and they encouraged her to give development a try. They spoke highly of the instructors and supportive community NSS offers. Amber joined Cohort 24, our first front-end web designer/developer cohort.
“The bootcamp model is not for the faint of heart,” she explained. “It’s a lot of work, but seeing how far I came after six months was amazing.” One of her highlights was presenting her mid-course capstone to the other classes. “It was a very proud moment for me,” she exclaimed.
With no prior coding experience, there were times where she found herself overwhelmed and lost. But the community of students and the instructors helped her push through. Adding to the pressure of bootcamp was her part-time job. She shared, “I learned how important it is to take care of yourself. It’s hard to do your best work when you are burnt out.”
While she searches for her first UX or UX/front-end developer role, Amber has enjoyed having time to help friends with their websites. She’s excited to find her first job and work on real projects so that she can keep sharpening her skills.
To learn more about Amber, visit her portfolio site.
Check out all of the recent grads on Cohort 24's class website.
Hear the graduates talk to our friend, Clark Buckner, about their journey into development and about their experience at NSS.