- Like the millions of Americans who quit their jobs during the “Great Resignation,” Cheong took the opportunity to leave her restaurant job and switch career paths.
- Cheong enrolled in a 13-week software-engineering boot camp called Hack Reactor, where she completed over 1,000 hours of full-stack coding and assumed she would soon have her new tech job.
- “I was pretty naive. I thought I’d have a job after a month because Hack Reactor has such a good reputation,” Cheong said about her subsequent disappointing job search.
Hannah Towey from Insider writes:
“Sophia Cheong’s career started at a Korean barbecue restaurant in California, where she worked as a host while completing her bachelor’s degree in business administration.
After graduating from Fullerton College, she was promoted to assistant general manager and, later, the director of operations. Then a coworker started teaching her how to code.
“I fell in love,” Cheong told Insider. “I know it’s cliche, but I felt like it was my true passion. … I was getting up every morning really excited to learn.”
Like the millions of Americans who quit their jobs during the “Great Resignation,” Cheong had an opportunity during the pandemic to exit the restaurant industry and switch career paths, something she had been wanting to do for some time. With restaurant closures forcing layoffs, she volunteered to be among those let go.
Cheong immediately used the money she had saved from restaurant paychecks to enroll in a 13-week software-engineering boot camp called Hack Reactor, where she completed over 1,000 hours of full-stack coding.
One week after graduation, she set out on the job hunt…”
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