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Q&A with 2019 Hack Reactor alum Carrie Scott

Hack Reactor

We asked some of our software engineering alumni to share their learning journey going through our bootcamp and their experience since graduating.

Today, we're catching up with Carrie Scott, who is a Software Developer for the Identity Engineering Services team at IBM. Prior to COVID-19, Carrie enjoyed indoor rock climbing, hanging out with friends, and going to public places. She is currently growing a human, planning to be a first-time mother soon.


What was your background before coding?

Carrie Scott: I had a Bachelor's in Anthropology and I was halfway through an evening MBA program at UT. I started my career teaching high school social studies, moving to Taiwan and teaching English, coming back to work in the financial industry, and then going to work at a blockchain startup as the HR director.

I knew that I wanted to get closer to the product, and once I started dabbling in code, I got hooked by how fun it was. I did not start out with any coding knowledge unless you count spreadsheets. While I do not identify as coming from low-income background, I also don't feel like I had found my career-stride until now.


What did you hope to accomplish with our program?

Carrie Scott: I had a hunch that being part of a software development team was going to be fun and satisfying work. And I was right. While I was not primarily motivated by pay, having spent so much money and time on an MBA, I probably would not have allowed myself to go down this path if I wasn't able to earn the equivalent of a business role.


What have you been able to achieve since going through our program?

Carrie Scott: My first job was actually a flop. I was at IBM, which I was very happy about, but the work and the team was not a good fit for me. However, after about 9 months, I transferred to another team and now I LOVE my job!

I've been able to write lots of code and take a leadership role in our project. My boss has recognized my skills and potential and has given me a lot of responsibility when it comes to leading the project. It's been very satisfying for me.


What was the most impactful part of Hack Reactor for you?

Carrie Scott: The new skillset has been the most impactful thing. Not a ton of people know how to write software, so if you do, you are in demand.

Being a software developer (in my opinion) is a really fun job where you get to be crafty. Many teams use Agile and I also find this work-style to be a great fit with my preferences. If it weren't for Galvanize (or an equivalent program), I wouldn't have been able to get this job on this team.


What advice would you give to someone considering a coding bootcamp?

Carrie Scott: It's very effective. I have 2 other Galvanize/HackReactor grads on my team. We were all well-prepared to be great at our work.