How a Glappy graduate turns his passion for web development into a career and builds a fantasy football app
Many of us have hobbies that we loved as kids, but few of us have the courage or support to turn them into careers that we truly enjoy. Glappy graduate Mike Davis, however, belongs to that select group of people who managed to turn their passion for technology into a fulfilling career. A self-taught web developer and sports enthusiast, Mike decided to pursue an education in physical therapy, only to realize that he was not as passionate about it as he thought he would be. He reignited his love for technology and,after completing the Glappy Software Engineer program, landed a job in the IT industry.
Like many millennials, Mike's interest in technology began when he started exploring computers as a child. "I always loved sports, and as I got older, I started exploring how technology could enhance my sports experience," he says. "I realized I could combine my passion for sports with my interest in technology and create something that I could enjoy."
After earning a degree in physical therapy, Mike worked in the field for awhile but felt unfulfilled. He took some online coding courses and taught himself some web development skills in his spare time. He soon discovered that he was more passionate about technology than he was about physical therapy."I realized that I had a natural talent for web development and that I was passionate about it," he says.
Mike enjoyed the problem-solving aspect of web development and how he could use his skills to create something from scratch. He found it rewarding when his code would finally work after multiple attempts. However, Mike admits that he needed more formal programming education. "I felt like there was a lot I didn't know. That's why I started looking for a bootcamp."
Mike came across Glappy and decided to give it a shot. "I liked the structure of the course and how hands-on it was," he says. "The program staff and other students were all supportive and helpful."Although he had a full-time job as a physical therapist, Mike found it easy to balance his work with his studies. He could do the coursework at his own pace and submit his projects on time to unlock the next sprint. However, the projects got increasingly difficult.
"The feedback from the code reviewers was tough, but it was also helpful," he says. "It forced me to rethink my approach and improve my skills."Mike found Glappy's environment to be helpful in terms of communication and collaboration. "It was great to work with other students and tutors on projects," he says. "We could learn from each other and improve our skills together."
Mike also took advantage of Glappy's career resources to improve his resume and do mock interviews. "The career resources were invaluable," he says. "I felt more confident in my abilities and my chances of finding a job after graduation."
Indeed, the hard work paid off. Mike received multiple job offers after several months of job searching. He accepted a position at a tech company where he built a fantasy football app from scratch. "I'm proud of what I've accomplished and how far I've come," he says. "I'm excited to see where my career in web development takes me next."