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10 Effective Job Search Strategies

Charles Gedeon

After selling the tech start-up he co-founded, Charles Gedeon wondered what to tackle next. While handling operations at his company, he’d always been fascinated by the work done by the coders on his team, so that seemed like a good place to start.  “That whole process pulled me in,” Charles said. “So I started dabbling…

Overcoming High Hurdles and Testing Limits: Sarah Niemann’s Pursuit of Web Development

Sarah Niemann has always enjoyed the challenge of jumping conceptual hurdles. “It takes a specific kind of person to want to continually shoulder problems and think in a solution-oriented way,” she said.   As a recent college graduate with a business entrepreneurship degree, Sarah sprinted into a role with Employment Technologies, a technology-focused simulation company. She ended up…

Why Being Self-Taught Wasn’t Enough for One Coder

Austin Sharman was in high school when he first started learning programming. He enjoyed using Visual Basic to create video games during the first semester, but it was the second semester of coding in Java that truly sparked his interest. “The video game aspect of it didn’t appeal to me as much,” Austin said. “The second…

9 Tips to Becoming a Freelance Coder

As a freelance media producer, Andrew Stockus was always tenacious—he’s passionate about learning, self-growth, and new ways to expand his skill set. One day, motivated by curiosity, he googled online coding programs and noticed UCF Coding Boot Camp. Recognizing the University of Central Florida as a terrific school, he decided to enroll. He liked that it was a…

The Deloitte Duo: The UCF Boot Camp Grads Who Landed Jobs at a Leading Multinational Company

A former engineer and a paramedic walked into different boot camp classrooms at the University of Central Florida—and walked out with jobs at Deloitte.  Minal Jajoo and Alex Lewis had spent years doing the same tasks at their respective jobs only to find themselves itching for new careers. Separate epiphanies led them to pursue technology. Minal was drawn…

Dreaming Big: How a Cuban Immigrant Returned to Tech

Yeiska De La Torre Fernandez

Yeiska De La Torre Fernandez arrived in the United States from Cuba with a degree in electrical engineering and a dream of a better life. Unfortunately, the former would not help her achieve the latter. Without a U.S. education or experience, Yeiska was compelled to take non-IT jobs to pay the bills. Hers was a dream…

Austin Sharman: Is A Coding Boot Camp Worth It?

Austin Sharman

Watch student video! My name is Austin. I recently graduated from the full-stack developer bootcamp at UCF and I just want to talk a little bit about what my experience with that was like and if I would recommend that boot camp. [0:16] So, would I recommend a boot camp to someone? Yes, I would.…