Emma Nelson was working as a snowboarding instructor in the mountains of Colorado when her curiosity was sparked by an unexpected skill: coding. “I met a few friends and some of them had jobs in the IT industry. I...
Traveling around was nothing new for Beau Batchelor. Raised in a military family, he grew up all over the world—moving from his birthplace of Redondo Beach to Japan, Spain, Rhode Island, and then back to California, all before high...
Nicole Barry has always enjoyed coding. In college, she minored in computer science and picked up some programming skills but decided to pursue a career teaching math. After graduation, she taught at a high school in Charlotte, North Carolina. Three...
Alexander Lee graduated from UC Davis after majoring in psychology, philosophy, and sociology back in 2008. Eleven years later, after a surge of career changes, Alex found himself back at the place where it all started. But this time,...
When asked what sparked his interest in coding, Eduardo Vilchez is quick to note that he’s always been intrigued by the interplay between business and technology. After graduating from the Honors College at Florida International University with a BS,...
As Damian Ramirez knows well, you can never master computer science; the technology is constantly changing at a startlingly rapid pace. Despite having coded since he was a teenager, Damian wasn’t reaching his full potential working in business intelligence....
When she was a programming analyst for an investment management firm, Nikitha Rao’s role included cleaning, fetching, and standardizing data. “It was the part that happens before data analysts even look at data,” she said. This experience sparked her interest...
When Kevin Lee landed a job in biotech right out of college, he was excited. He’d worked in the field as a researcher before graduation and had high hopes for his career. But after five years in the lab,...
What sparks a math and science teacher to leave teaching and pursue an MBA and a data analytics boot camp? For Clifford Thompson, it was more than just a desire for a career change—it was a deep-seated curiosity about...
It wasn’t long ago that Isabelle Pinard didn’t know what the terms UX/UI meant. Now, she proudly boasts it as part of her job title on Google’s Android TV team. At her new job, Isabelle has the opportunity to explore...

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