Edna Jonsson is an alumna of the first UCF Coding Boot Camp. After experiencing a life-changing event, Edna decided she was going to dive into coding and do whatever it took to get a job. Edna shared her experience in...
For Nikole (Nikki) Bellock, the key to getting ahead in your career is simple: never stop improving. And she would know. Aside from an MBA and years of experience as a product manager, Nikki has been a program director...
Technology moves fast these days—and if you don't keep your skillset relevant, it can quickly outpace you. That's what Verónica "Vero" Vélez discovered when she tried to return to IT after a long absence. It wasn't as simple as...
Rebecca Wieberdink is not an underachiever. Growing up, she had a passion for learning and a tendency to overprepare—often taking double the time to study for a test as her classmates. “I’ve always been a perfectionist. I like to...
For those with a passion for technology, landing a job with IBM is a dream come true—but getting there can seem impossible. That’s why gaining access to the right educational opportunities can make all the difference. It did for...
Mathew Hall has always helped people. As a 15-year veteran of an emergency room at the Princess Royal University Hospital in the UK, he’d spent his career saving lives and caring for patients in their times of greatest need. But...
A position at Google is a dream for many tech-lovers, serving as a haven of innovation and opportunity. But, as Daniel Tang found, it’s not the right place for everyone. After graduating from UC Davis with a degree in business,...
From age 15, Fred Lintz worked in bike shops—as a technician, sales rep, and then manager. He loved it, but knew it wasn’t what he wanted to do for life. “I was working every weekend and it was exhausting....
Not many people close out a highly successful year at their job and then decide to jump ship. But that’s exactly what Dan Gross did. “I came out of a pretty successful 2017 and was on track for a...
She worked a day job in fundraising. He picked up night shifts as a grave digger. Despite their very different lines of work, Nora Granahan and Michael McVeigh had one goal in common: they both wanted to learn to...

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