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Jason Lands a Software Engineer Position

After a conversation with a friend about the benefits of coding boot camps Jason found We Can Code IT in Cleveland, OH.  He now has a new career as a software engineer at AmTrust. “I found out about We Can Code IT from researching the coding bootcamps in the Greater Cleveland Area. When I got accepted, I packed my bags and moved to Ohio from Pennsylvania to changed my life. I decided to go to We Can Code IT because I really like the fact that Mel McGee, the founder and CEO of the bootcamp wanted to diversify the tech industry by introducing programming to other races and to females as well . . . ”

Why does coding appeal to you?

Coding is fun and enjoyable! It may be frustrating at times but what causes the error is usually something small like a spelling error or misplacing a semicolon. What appeals to me about coding is that you can create the next big application or software that will impact the world. Technology is constantly changing so there are endless opportunities for people to achieve.

What is your education background and work history?

I attended Penn State Brandywine in pursue of an Accounting degree but did not graduate. During my sophomore year of college I was an accounting intern and I was able to continue my internship after leaving college. I learned a lot from that internship but decided that I didn’t want to be in accounting anymore. I wanted to do something I was passionate about so I switched over to the automotive field. I had the knowledge of how to fix and diagnose car problems but not enough to be a mechanic. I was able to get a detailing position at Team Toyota of Glen Mills where I learned the proper techniques of maintaining a car’s exterior appearance and interior components. I really enjoyed detailing but it wasn’t enough for me to do for the rest of my life. A friend of mine reached out to me and told me about coding bootcamps and the benefits about completing them. When she graduated college, she moved to California to work for Cisco and found out that some of her co-workers graduated from a coding bootcamp. I was amazed that someone that completed a bootcamp was able to land a job that needed a four year degree. Just from her telling me about the work environment and opportunities being a software developer/engineer really inspired me to attend We Can Code IT.

How did you find out about We Can Code IT?

I found out about We Can Code IT from researching the coding bootcamps in the Greater Cleveland Area. When I got accepted, I packed my bags and moved to Ohio from Pennsylvania to changed my life. I decided to go to We Can Code IT because I really like the fact that Mel McGee, the founder and CEO of the bootcamp wanted to diversify the tech industry by introducing programming to other races and to females as well. They offer scholarships to students that qualified which helped me and many others with their tuition.

How would you describe your job search experience?

After graduating from We Can Code IT the job hunting phase was tough, I faced a lot of rejection from companies I applied to and was discouraged about my skills. I sharpened up my programming skills by practicing and learning new languages to open more opportunities. I signed up for multiple job boards to find more opportunities for me. I was pretty successful within the first month after graduation because I landed two interviews for two different companies but was turned down. I didn’t give up just because two companies didn’t want me, so I practiced more coding and interview skills and managed to land two more interviews. My last two interviews went great since I was offered a position from both companies I had applied for. I couldn’t believe myself, two companies wanted to hire me, all the hard work had finally paid off. I accepted an offer as a software engineer from AmTrust which is one of the companies that sent recruiters to We Can Code IT. Career Services helped me by introducing me to the AmTrust recruiter and by helping me build my resume on a professional level. I learned a lot of my interviewing skills from advice and materials that Career Services provided.

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