Alumni Spotlights

Q&As with bootcamp alumni who have successfully changed careers. Learn how these graduates did it, what they would have done differently, and whether a bootcamp was ultimately worth it.

  • Jess Feldman
    Published on NOVEMBER 29, 2022
    Emmanuel Apau was a soccer athlete for twenty years before starting over as a complete beginner in cybersecurity. Emmanuel dedicated himself to the Cyber Security bootcamp at Clarusway and passed the CompTIA Security+ exam on his first try, before he even graduated! Now he works as Security Analyst at Provalus with the long-term goal of becoming a Security Engineer. Find out what Emmanuel wis...
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  • Jess Feldman
    Published on NOVEMBER 29, 2022
    Ida McCarty was displaced from her job during the pandemic, which inspired her to build on her skill set. Ida already had an IT certification, but as a Product Manager, she wanted to learn how to better communicate with her tech teams. With the city-funded coding bootcamp, Chicago Codes (powered by Coding Temple), Ida was able to upskill and significantly improve her value as a Product Manage...
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  • Jess Feldman
    Published on NOVEMBER 28, 2022
    Desiree was an animator and graphic designer experiencing burn out from the long hours and low pay. After some success with self-teaching, Desiree decided to pivot into software engineering, and chose Practicum because they offered a Women in Tech Scholarship through the state of Michigan. Desiree shares what she learned in the bootcamp and how it supports her every day on the job as a Full S...
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  • Jess Feldman
    Published on NOVEMBER 18, 2022
    After a few years of working in fashion merchandising, Liz Kim realized she wasn’t feeling fulfilled by her career. After seeing her friends launch tech careers after attending bootcamps, Liz chose the online Cybersecurity bootcamp at DigitalCrafts because she appreciated the live teaching style. Now a SOC Associate for a cybersecurity consulting company and a Cybersecurity Teaching Assistant...
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  • Jess Feldman
    Published on NOVEMBER 16, 2022
    When COVID hit, Justin leapt at the opportunity to pursue a career in software engineering. He chose the online Software Engineering Immersive bootcamp at General Assembly (which he could attend from his home in Seattle). And after graduating, Justin got an internship with the U.S. Census Bureau to build a cross-functional app for The Opportunity Project, a platform to turn federal open data ...
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  • Jess Feldman
    Published on NOVEMBER 10, 2022
    Cam studied accounting in college but decided to make a career shift during the pandemic. Following his interest in tech, Cam chose Codesmith to future-proof his career and learn software engineering. After graduating from Codesmith in 2020 and working as a Software Engineer at Google, Cam and one of his classmates launched their own decentralized audio-visual curation community called heds...
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  • Jess Feldman
    Published on OCTOBER 31, 2022
    Igor Koury spent 9 years working as a Civil Engineer in Brazil, but wanted a better quality of life for himself. After researching his options, Igor travelled to Portugal to learn Full-Stack Software Development at Academia de Código_'s 14-week intensive and immersive Programming bootcamp. Having no previous experience with code before attending this course, Igor now shares with us how <Ac...
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  • Jess Feldman
    Published on OCTOBER 19, 2022
    When Fabian Tovar left the U.S. Marine Corps, he took it as an opportunity to start a new career in software engineering. By using his military benefits, Fabian discovered he was able to fund a coding bootcamp tuition. Find out why Fabian has no regrets about choosing Sabio, and how that intensive coding bootcamp prepared him for a tech apprenticeship at AWS!  Why Fabian Chose Sabio What in...
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  • Jess Feldman
    Published on OCTOBER 13, 2022
    Matthew Whisman went to college after leaving the Air Force, but his Computer Science degree left him with a few skills gaps. After working for a startup, Matthew decided to enroll at Coding Temple to round out his education and learn more about front end frameworks. Now Matthew is a DevOps Engineer at a large healthcare company, and we caught up to find out if the rigorous, full-time coding ...
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  • Busy mom and former beautician, Draupada Poudel was ready for a career shift when she enrolled in the part-time, online Tech Sales Bootcamp at Springboard. She was sold on Springboard after her husband graduated from their data science bootcamp and got hired full-time! As someone totally new to tech sales, Draupada gets real about learning a whole new skill set through an online bootcamp. Plu...
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