It’s a story that has been told over and over again. With diploma in hand, a college graduate closes one chapter of his or her life, and for the first time doesn’t know how to open the next. Having a major is one thing, but putting that major to work in the real world can be an entirely different experience.
Joshua moved from New York to South Carolina to attend college. He received a bachelor of science in electronic and computer technology. He’d always been interested in technology, but even after receiving his degree he faced that ever-present question: What next?
“Even after graduation, and a couple of years after that, I wasn’t sure what aspect of technology I wanted to be involved with,” he said. “Partly due to some ignorance in just knowing what is out there and knowing where to search.”
As with many college graduates in his shoes, Joshua still needed to find a job. He landed in a business sales position and eventually focused in on a position in IT. A few years into his career (and several IT-related certifications later), he was drained. “I just felt like every day, I was showing up and trying to learn other people’s technologies,” he said. “I felt no creativity or innovation, and I really wanted to have the liberty to put my own thoughts into action.”
That’s when Joshua heard about coding from a friend and became intrigued with the idea of becoming a professional software engineer. “I didn’t know anything about front-end or back-end engineering at all. But I just knew I wanted to understand coding,” he said. So he searched for curriculum and started going through a few tutorials online. “I did that for about eight months, and I knew this is where I wanted to be but I needed mentorship if I wanted to really work in this field,” he said.
When he came across The Iron Yard, he knew he had found what he was looking for. “At that point I did not even know there was such a thing as a coding bootcamp. I just knew in the back of my mind that I needed something that was fast, quick, and would get me to a certain point to where I can have a working knowledge of certain web technologies and understand how to learn a new role. I just knew this is what I wanted to do.”
Joshua enrolled in our Front-End Engineering course in Greenville, SC and began his new journey in February 2016. “I got exactly what I was looking for from the bootcamp,” he said. “And even more. After graduation, I had a real network.” He was hired within a few weeks of graduating as a professional software engineer at Servosity in Greenville. Though he’s still early in his programming career, he’s excited about the future.
“I mean, I started programming not just because I liked it, but because eventually I think I will want to start my own company,” he said. “I love the fact that programming changes all the time. It keeps me motivated to keep learning and growing.”