With so many choices available to students when it comes to IT career training, it helps to get an insider’s perspective on the effectiveness of each program. Here we’ve collected student and alumni feedback and ratings from several sources to share with you.
Hello, my name is Jon Beckner and for the last few years, I have worked in the restaurant industry as I completed undergraduate and graduate studies. As I worked my way up to a management position I learned valuable skills such as adaptability, planning, organization, teamwork and communication that I feel will enable me to succeed in this field. My educational background includes a bachelor’s in criminal justice and sociology, as well as progress towards a master’s in criminology with a focus in cybercrime.Read More
I have been an elementary and high school substitute teacher and a teaching assistant. I have also coached competitive girl’s gymnastics teams and volunteered through AmeriCorps with Habitat for Humanity. I was also in the Army as an Information Technology Specialist. Any time my friends or family have computer issues, they usually come to me to help them out.Read More
It’s time for veterans to go back to bootcamp.
But we’re not talking about military bootcamp. We’re talking about coding bootcamps that can help veterans gain the skills they need to start satisfying, high-earning careers in the tech industry.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 63% of unemployed veterans fall in the 18-54 age group – prime working years when a stable, satisfying job can make a huge difference towards enjoying a better quality of life. This shows that transitioning from military service to the civilian lifestyle can be difficult.
Civilian lifestyle is much different than what veterans tend to be accustomed to, and although job opportunities are out there, not all veterans find themselves properly equipped. However, technology presents veterans an opportunity to build a career in a rapidly-booming industry by learning to code.
Since childhood, I’ve had a penchant for technology, which resulted in taking every computer class in high school from keyboarding and multimedia design to introductory programming and web design. I joined the US Navy after high school as an IT where I did two deployments to the Middle East, administrating the ships’ networks. I also worked as an IT Assistant for the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. At this point, I’m pretty sure I dream of electric sheep!
As early as 11 years old, I had been building my own computers and diving into the evolving internet as a hobby. I studied Psychology and Mathematics at the University of Kansas and initially started work as a Technical Support Specialist and had moved on to Software Testing but couldn’t stomach the notion of cubical life at such a young age. I have worked as an Arborist until I had broken my leg in a skateboarding injury in March of 2017. During recovery I picked up Mountain Biking as a low impact form of rehabilitation and have traveled across the US from KC to Oregon exploring trails along the way and back.
Every year, we rave about how much we admire Django Girls and everything they do for our tech community. And, every year, we get blank stares and questions like, “what the heck is a Django Girl?” No worries— it’s a fair question! We had to ask ourselves the same thing before we started teaming up with the incredible organization.
I received my bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology and spent two years working as a Zoo Keeper. My most recent position was at the Reptile House at the St. Louis Zoo. I enjoyed working with my team to create enrichment for the animals, and used critical and logical thinking to solve problems. My greatest accomplishment during my time there was working with my coworkers to create a new enclosure for a group of our animals. It was the first time I was able to create something that I could share with the public, and took great care in helping to make it perfect.
In addition to my love of animals, I am also an avid gamer. I have been playing since the mid 90’s, where I started to make basic games in my spare time. I just started to delve into Unity, a product used to create both 2D and 3D games. Although I enjoyed my job as a Zoo Keeper, I realized I couldn’t see myself doing it as a career for the rest of my life. While I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, I kept going back to technology. My dad received his degree in Computer Science, and we always had technology in our house. We got our first home computer when home computers were just starting to become commonplace, and since then I’ve always had an interest in figuring out how programs run. That interest pushed me into coding and development.
My love of technology pushed me to an early start as a technician at my hometown PC shop and soon moved up to administrator at the local theatre. I served in the Navy where I learned electronics and worked on F/A-18 Super Hornet avionics. I ran my own business creating STEM curriculum for children and teaching electronics/robotics at schools and makerspaces.
I come from a diverse professional background, which has been great for exploring different industries. I also have a diverse educational background, from nursing to accounting. I’ve always had a knack for all things tech related, that goes back to spending hours on MySpace manipulating HTML to make my profile awesome or playing video games! Outside of tech, I am a Mom to an 8-year-old miniature version of myself as well as 2 active Boxers.