Apr 27 2022

Alumni Story | From Agency to Tech Giant

Born in Sweden and raised abroad, Kris is a person of many experiences. He can speak fluent Swedish, Spanish, French, English, and Chinese while he’s also worked in multiple industries. Kris has made some big transitions. The most recent of which being from a small lifestyle consulting agency, to one of China’s largest tech companies - Tencent.

Anna Yuewu Hou
Anna Yuewu Hou

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Alumni Story | From Agency to Tech Giant

Not His First Transition 

Most of Kris‘ early work experience was in traditional industries like recruitment. Later on, he transitioned to healthcare working in Sales and lifestyle consulting as a business developer. Successful transition happens when you are able to find the transferable skill. In his case, it’s communication and networking.
For a tech transition, however, it requires more than just soft skills. Candidates usually need to have deep understandings of the development process, or even master it. Kris thought those type of work only offers opportunities to people who graduated from Computer Science Major. As a International Relations & Economic graduate, his talent has been leveraged in HR and sales until his last job.

Making the Decision

Before Le Wagon, Kris was working as a Project Manager in a small Shanghai consulting firm. During this time, he had the opportunity to collaborate with many IT vendors on a variety of client projects. Kris always felt it was interesting to sit in meetings with these IT teams and hear their briefings about their shared client’s digital strategy.

Through this exposure, along with a slowdown of work due to the pandemic, Kris settled onto the idea of boosting his technical skills and enrolling in a program at Le Wagon.
“After attending a few events with Le Wagon, I realized I had several friends in the Le Wagon community. Based on the positive feedback of these friends and witnessing their own career development, it was an easy choice to enroll in a bootcamp. ”

Kris’ Experience at Le Wagon

Kris knew that he couldn’t quit his job and attend the Full Time program. Instead, he joined Le Wagon’s first ever Part Time bootcamp, meaning he could both continue working and take the program during his off-hours.

Throughout the 24-week part-time bootcamp, Kris learned to build a Web Application from scratch. Many of his classmates would choose to build WeChat Mini Programs or Web Apps for their final project. Kris and his team decided to build a Web App.

In two weeks, his team built an application that allowed users to upload, store, and share flashcards. 
“During the program, I learned a valuable lesson on what it was like to manage a team and ship a real digital application. I had done something similar in my previous job, but actually taking part in the development, writing code, enhancing the design, and deploying the final product was very different and challenging in a great way. ”

Kris’ Transition to Big Tech

His initial goal was to further his previous company’s business by taking a lot of the outsourced projects in-house. However, as time went on his goal changed and he wanted to join something bigger and directly in the tech industry. 4 months after graduation, Kris leveraged his previous working experience, newfound coding skills, and the Le Wagon community to secure a job at one China’s largest tech companies - Tencent.
“Le Wagon provided a great community with a lot of resources and mentors to pull from. I think using this to my advantage was very helpful when transitioning from a non-tech role to a more tech-oriented role.“

What Now

Now, Kris is officially a Recruitment Manager at Tencent Games. He handles the hiring process for many of the technical roles within game development in the company overseas. Because he is one of the more technical recruiters, he sometimes handles some of the internal systems and figure out technical solutions to problems they have.

Although mostly he’s not coding on a daily basis at his new job, he still believes learning to code has had a significant impact.

Early bird discount available for our 2022 Summer Programs:
Apply our Full Time Web Development Bootcamp via: https://www.lewagon.com/shanghai/web-development-course/full-time

Apply our Part Time Web Development Bootcamp via: https://www.lewagon.com/shanghai/web-development-course/part-time

Or, if you already have coding background or experience, apply our Full Time Data Science Bootcamp via: https://www.lewagon.com/shanghai/data-science-course/full-time

Part time Data Science Bootcamp via: https://www.lewagon.com/shanghai/data-science-course/full-time

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