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 fascinated with computers and technology for a long time. As a teenager, he set up emulators on his computer and always wondered how everything worked behind the pixels. He wanted to study coding but with a double-major in Economics and Communications, he didn’t have time to fit in college programming classes, and didn’t feel that he would be successful in them. After earning his degree from Wisconsin, he worked in sales and customer service at several companies...but found his way back to programming. Grant had heard about coding bootcamps but decided to learn on his own first, and realized there was only so far he could go with self-teaching. Nevertheless, he “made it happen at Actualize and [doesn’t] regret it one bit.”
Grant also incorporates 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, skills like being able to write well and communicate are always going to be valuable in this line of work.”
Grant’s advice for prospective boot camp attendees is simple: “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 succeed at a bootcamp. Just be ready to work hard at it. If it’s something you’re really interested in, 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. Especially if you’re already Googling coding boot camps and reading articles, definitely start teaching yourself, and once you realize you enjoy that, then do the boot camp.” As far as which bootcamp? Grant says, “Actualize, of course! It’s definitely one of the best decisions I've ever made.”
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