TJ Kinion

TJ Kinion

Program Manager


LearningFuze

Irvine, CA USA


Too often people look at passions and jobs as needing to line up perfectly. Instead, try to find roles or companies that might incorporate your passion, but not be obvious.

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Graduated from Boston College with a degree in Marketing and Finance, but moved to Denver to help run a music venue.
Looking for a change, I moved to Nashville without a job and didn't realize how tough the job search process would be.
While in Nashville, I was asked by my company to move up to Toronto and help open the first international office for a billion-dollar company.
After realizing that I was no longer happy in my role, being challenged, nor aligned with the company values, I quit with plans to travel instead of jumping into another job.
While traveling, a friend and I had an app idea that ended up leading me to take programming classes at LearningFuze and fall in love with coding.
After finishing the LearningFuze program I was asked to help with their Career Services which was not something that had even crossed my mind.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
St Francis CCCHS
Bachelor
Business Administration and Management, General
Boston College
Certification/License
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
LearningFuze

Career

Program Manager

I help people prepare for our coding bootcamp as well as coach them through the job search process afterwards.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Technology
Education
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

My day is mixed between speaking with people interested in our program, helping students with their job search process, and helping the program grow. For people interested in a coding bootcamp like LearningFuze, it's important that they know that they are getting into before diving in. When it comes to helping people through the job process there are so many factors that come into play; resume building, LinkedIn profile optimization, mock interviews, and even helping them to negotiate.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

My education provided a great foundation, but my coaching and leadership skills were learned on the job or even through sports. Networking and building relationships was also something that I had to learn through experience. The only way to become an effective networker is through practice and going to lots of events. Other skills that help are effective communication, attention to detail, and problem solving.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

If getting into Career Services and Programming, I would first make sure you've been through both of them yourself. Hopefully you've been through a few job searches and seen a few interviews to know what to tell people. With coding, it's something that everyone can do but it is not easy. Before diving into it, why not try out some online tutorials before committing to classes. Once you've got some experience under your belt, it will be much easier to help others.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Business Administration and Management, General
certification
Certification/License
Computer Programming/Programmer, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Friends:

"That I should chase the money, stay close to home or where you went to school, and that computer programming was for engineering-types. Luckily much of the discouragement didn't go so far as to say, "You can't do it", but was, "Are you sure about this?""