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.