“I thought I would be the only ‘career-changer’ and the oldest person in the classroom – I wasn’t! My experience so far has given me a new appreciation for the business analysts, technical project managers, developers, and testers that I used to work with!”
3 Fun Facts about Ethan:
- His preferred workplace is Starbucks, where there are free refills on brewed tea.
- Anything he could ever need in life is sold at Target (we agree)!
- He has built a charity web application for collecting donations for fundraising walks. Participants can set up a profile and send e-mails to their friends/family to request contributions. You can review it at: http://charity.ethanransdell.com
“I had an operations project management and marketing role. I worked with IT to create new and improved system for call center and pharmacy processing. I wanted to make a jump ‘over the fence’ and be a ‘real’ IT professional.”
He heard about Eleven Fifty Academy when he ran across the word “coding boot camp” on a political website and started researching various boot camps. “I looked at other schools and fell in love with Eleven Fifty Academy’s mission, especially because it is a nonprofit.”
Why choose our program? “The apprenticeship part was the ultimate factor in determining where I went. I felt like it would be the perfect segue from a non-technical career to a technical one with support.” He’s had previous coding experience in LogoWrite during a summer school class. He taught himself QBASIC and later delved into HTML. During college, he was introduced to Python in a computation linguistics class and then started developing his own programs and hosted a web server in his campus dorm room.
Ethan says, “the career workshops and our advisors had a powerful impact on how I see myself as a worker. For the first time in my career, I am confident in my experiences and resume. Attending interviews is fun now that I can relax and tell the story of how I got where I am, and where I want to go.” Ethan is now working at a company called A Simple Reminder, a mobile marketing and reminder service!
“I’ve only ever coded by myself, so it will be great to learn how to write code in a team, where bad things can happen if communication breaks down and multiple people make changes to the same block of code.”