Every software developer shares one thing in common… their journey into the world of programming is unique.

My first venture into programming was at an early age when our family purchased a TI-99. Not only could you play some pretty amazing games on it, but if you had several weeks of free time you could actually program your own games by copying thousands of lines of code from a book and then saving the program on a tape recorder. The most important thing to remember was to increment your lines of code by 10 because if you ever had to add some additional code you better have left some room to add it or you were screwed.

In college I was fortunate enough to take a course in Java programming and built a calculator application as well as a billiards application. Loved the course and spent hours in the computer lab working on those applications, but after graduation realized that to make some serious money I needed to go into teaching. Which I did… for six years… teaching math… to middle schoolers. And that’s all I have to say about that.

From teaching I dabbled in careers as a healthcare recruiter and inside sales for a Pharmaceutical industry website. Both careers involved lots of sitting and making close to 75 calls each day. It was at this point that I realized I wanted to pursue a career that challenged me creatively and intellectually.

After researching a variety of graduate degrees and software development bootcamps I made the decision to go all in on a career in programming and applied to the Turing School of Software and Design. It is an intensive 7-month web development program. The skills I learned at the school as well as the great friendships and connections I made eventually helped me become the 5th Turing graduate to join Wombat.

I consider myself extremely lucky to work with such a creative and dedicated team of developers and every week I can see incredible growth in my development skills. Wombat continues to provide ample opportunities to work on incredible applications and develop new ones from the ground up. Looking forward to continuing to grow as a software developer and help Wombat continue to produce amazing products.