At Flatiron School, our success is our students’ success_ — when students get jobs, we achieve our mission of enabling the pursuit of a better life through education. But, students’ stories don’t end after they graduate. In this series, we chat with Flatiron School’s alumni community about their journey into coding, and how that journey transformed their life.
In the interview below, you will learn how Pablo, a Flatiron School Houston graduate, supplemented his college education with a bootcamp and landed a tech job at a company that’s not a tech company. In the 21st Century, every company is, ultimately, a tech company.
College and a bootcamp
Key takeaway → There are times when you need to find additional opportunities to gain new skills. If you find yourself following what you think is the correct path, but need additional training, don’t be afraid to seek it out.
Life after college
Key takeaway → There’s no “better” educational experience. A bootcamp can be a good alternative, or opportunity to level up, that supplements your college education. Think about what you want to achieve with your education and how you learn to determine your next steps.
The Flatiron School experience
The best part of his experience was being a part of the Flatiron School culture. “You meet such wonderful people who really want to help you succeed and level up in your career,” Pablo said, noting how Flatiron trained its students to be a lifelong learners while staying highly motivated. Flatiron School also grouped him with other classmates who had shared goals, interests, and motivation. This sense of community was always there whenever he found himself struggling. “You’re part of a small cohort so you are able to build a very personal connection to your classmates and work together to complete the challenges,” said Pablo. Pablo quickly learned it was a normal part of the learning process and that he was not alone. In fact, he often found himself enjoying the challenges while developing the skills needed to attack his coding errors head on.
Key takeaway → A great environment will help you succeed. Think about the sense of community and try to determine if a bootcamp is a good cultural fit before you enroll.
An engineer at NOV
After 15 weeks at Flatiron School, Pablo is now an Application Developer Engineer at National Oilwell Varco (NOV). He works with NOV’s industrial data platform Max, which handles data from many sources such as land rigs, offshore rigs, equipment, and facilities. Using this data, oil companies can manage changeable components which are at high risk of failure using end-to-end predictive solution to foresee these failures.Ever since attending Flatiron School, Pablo has become an active lifelong learner. During his spare time, he is always actively seeking to improve his coding skills or learn new things to add to my toolbox. Last, but not least, his experience at Flatiron School allowed him to develop friendships with amazing people and he is now a part of a great community!