Treehouse NewsTreehouse Jobs Team Places First Student in a Job


writes on July 9, 2014

We are excited and very proud to announce that our newly created Jobs team has successfully placed its first student in a job. Yey! Of course, Treehouse students get jobs in the technology industry every day. Tons of them also go freelance on a daily basis and start working for themselves based on the skills they learn with us. But this one is different. Nic Wolf came to us knowing very little about programming and walked out with a job that we helped him land. Here’s his story, in his words…

“When I left college several years ago, I had aspirations of being a novelist. I had no real goals when I moved to Portland, other than that of subsistence. I ended up working at a call center and as a freelance writer in my spare time.

In a peculiar turn of events, I was given a promotion. I was re-trained and put on a specialist team handling issues for Microsoft, including business productivity and online gaming software. I quickly realized my lack of skill and determined to learn as much as I could from my peers. But the job ended and I found myself out of work again and attending weddings across the country, constantly being reminded that I was not where my peers where.

I was getting older, but was no better off than I was when I first left college.

I wasn’t going to accept a defeat.

At the suggestion of my old work partners, I took to learning programming. All my former co-workers could code in at least one language, and I knew if I ever wanted to work with those sorts of people again, I would have to learn. Through various online tutorials and classes, I came upon Treehouse.

At the time, Treehouse seemed like an over-ambitious online learning group, whose offers were surely too good, and frankly, too accessible to be real. Nonetheless, I took their free tour, and casually began moving through their android development course.

At the end of the course, I felt confident in Java.

There was something about programming that really grabbed me. I didn’t care how many hours I put into coding. I dove in head-first, and took in as much information as I could.

I decided to return to school to do Computer Science. Being an unemployed student didn’t seem like a good idea, but learning full-time was.

As the months passed, and my schoolwork began blending with my work in Treehouse, I became more opinionated about where my pursuits should take me. I knew if I stayed in web development for too long, that I would end up locked in, as I’d seen with many other specialist jobs.

I looked back to the humble application I’d build for my phone. I wanted that. I wanted to build applications. I experimented a little with application development in JavaScript for some websites and I redoubled my efforts in Java and C++.

I returned to the android development courses in Treehouse, which had grown quite a lot in the year I’d spent at school. There were more advanced concepts, new tools, and more difficult assignments. I took to the challenge with reinvigorated interest.

Shortly thereafter, Treehouse spotted my talent and increasing points. Kristen Badal from the Jobs team got in touch with me because I had mentioned that I was “looking for work” on my profile. She immediately put me forward for a possible job with a Fortune 500 company who was looking to build a new application on android. We spent several days building my online presence and updating my résumé.

I submitted my information to the representative for the job, and eagerly waited for a response. I didn’t get the job but Kristen immediately lined up another job. The second job felt a bit more my speed. It was a smaller company looking for more junior developers, rather than industry elite. I got an interview, which led to another interview, and within 10 days, I was officially employed!”

Nic Wolf is the new Junior Android Developer at Knuckleheads, Portland, OR.

If you want Treehouse to help you find a job, please sign up to Treehouse and choose ‘I’m looking for work’ in your profile settings.


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6 Responses to “Treehouse Jobs Team Places First Student in a Job”

  1. Well done Nic! Keep up the hard work 🙂

  2. Congratulations Nic!! Good Work and also Treehouse for being such an amazing tool for us developers that want to make a name for ourselves.

  3. As usual, Treehouse surprises me in a good way. The amount of quality job you do is becoming unreal, when i compare with the not so good french education system. I wish you could change things even more, spreading your vision of computer sciences/code learning the whole world…

    If someone of the staff read this, could you tell me how many french students you have please? 🙂

  4. Gill Carson on July 9, 2014 at 5:12 pm said:

    Well done Nic. Hopefully we can follow this up with a feature about how he’s getting on in his first job.

  5. That’s awesome Nic, congrats 🙂

  6. Good for you Nic, great story!

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