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Alumni Catch Up: From Recruiter to Tech
Written by Administrator on 28th October 2015, 8:32 PM
We’re excited to catch up with Arielle Gruman, a recent Wyncode Academy graduate who now works for Whitespell; a Miami-based startup that focuses on applying technology to humanitarian efforts. We conducted an introductory interview with Arielle before she applied to Wyncode. This is how it went:
Q: How did you hear about us?
AG: Online search.
Q: What is your background and what attracted you to Wyncode?
I have been working in marketing and sales with Robert Half (a human resources consulting agency) in recruiting for a while now. I consider myself to be a hardworking person and felt now was a good time to make a change.
Q: Did you have any previous coding experience?
A: No, I have zero coding experience. I did not take any computer science classes in college and have been working in mostly marketing and sales.
Q: What are your expectations, what do you plan to get out of your time at Wyncode and what do you plan to do with your coding knowledge?
AG: I plan to quit my job and switch careers. I want to get a job afterward.
Arielle went from having no coding experience at all to, with a lot of hard work and networking, joining one of Miami’s up and coming startups: Whitespell. The company is based in WeWork’s Miami Beach location and builds products with true social impact. They are a group of experienced tech leaders who are ready to take action on the world’s most challenging problems. The Founder of Whitespell, Pim de Witte, is a humanitarian who helped the fight against Ebola with Google’s Crisis Response team. The team created software that supplemented the open source sharing of medical records in the field.
We spoke with Arielle again and asked her:
“If you could give other women in your position one piece of advice what would it be?
AG: My advice to is to utilize the skills you have already mastered to enter the type of work environment that you want to enjoy. I am using my marketing and sales skills now at my job but enjoy much more what I am selling. I am able to take on small tasks of web development until I grow stronger into my role as a developer. If you are in a role where you can still practice what you have learned you are fine. Just keep learning and growing.
Q: What area did you find yourself excelling in?
AG: It was such a hard program, I am not really sure what I can say! I was able to develop a lot of relationships and target companies I would want to work for. I utilized the community aspect of Wyncode to build strong relationships with people.
Q: What area did you find most difficult?
AG: The most difficult part for me was taking in all the information, i.e. the multiple languages we had to learn. I had no experience previously so every single piece of information I learned was new.
It’s important to note that although Arielle didn’t have any coding experience, she completed our coding challenge as part of the application process. Once accepted, Wyncode has a rigorous pre-work component to get you ready for our intensive 9-week program which Arielle completed with flying colors. Of course, previous experience can be useful and many Wyncoders come in having gone through many tutorials on Code School, Treehouse. and Codecademy.
Are you looking for a change current job? Take Arielle’s lead and explore the world of coding! You may find yourself working with an innovative tech company that is making a difference in the world. You can apply to Wyncode Academy’s Web Immersive program today or visit our next Open House on Wednesday, October 28th. There will be another exploratory event on November 12 at WeWork.