January 11, 2019
Success Story: Grant’s Switch from Sales & Customer Service to Technical Support Engineer
By Jay Wengrow, CEO of Actualize
Grant Kazan has been interested in coding and computers for a long time - since he was a teenager. He set up emulators on his computer and always wondered how computers and video games worked behind the pixels. However, with a double-major in Economics and Communications, he didn’t have time to fit in any programming classes, and didn’t feel at the time that he would be able to be successful in them. After his degree, he found jobs in sales and customer service at several companies...and found his way back to programming. Grant had heard about coding bootcamps but figured he should try and learn on his own first, and realized there was only so far self-teaching would work for him. Grant “made it happen with the bootcamp and [doesn’t] regret it one bit.”
With one month left to go in the bootcamp, Grant’s other job ended. Grant met with the Career Advisor for guidance and put in the extra time he now had into finding a job as soon as possible after graduation. That effort paid off: He received an offer for a Technical Support Engineer position at Oracle.
Grant finds benefits from incorporating his previous experience into his new position as well. “You can always pull something from any experience that you’ve had in the past. There’s definitely good experiences that I’ve had from my time in school and all the jobs that I’ve had before. And, [especially] other skills, like being able to write well and communicate are always going to be valuable in this line of work.”
Grant also has some advice for people considering a coding bootcamp: “Do it. Just do it. Start teaching yourself first, and stick with it for a while, and it doesn’t matter if you make something really cool or you really figure it out. As long as you enjoy making something work on the computer with code and you enjoy doing that for a long period of time, you can probably do a bootcamp. Just be ready to work hard at it, but if it’s something you’re really interested in, I guess it’s not going to feel like work; you’ll enjoy it. I still believe that anyone can learn how to code and can make that transition into a new career."
“ff someone’s already Googling coding bootcamps and reading the articles and things like that, definitely start teaching yourself, and once you realize you enjoy that, then do the bootcamp. It’s definitely one of the best decisions I've ever made.”
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