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From Finance to Programming: Fermin Carranza
Written by wyncode on 14th April 2015, 3:30 PM
Semi-pro soccer goalie and ex-finance professional at Morgan Stanley, Fermin Carranza, recently graduated Wyncode’s fourth cohort and is already employed with one of Wyncode’s hiring partners, Watsco Ventures.
- What sparked your interest in computer programming?
I really enjoyed video games as a kid and wanted to learn how to do that stuff. I took a programming class in high school and liked it but once I got to college I was mostly focused on soccer so I went with the default career for athletes: business. I always had programming in the back of my mind though, and learned a few things about computers but did not really spend the time. After a few years working, I kept coming back to programming quite a lot and began to learn how to do it by myself. Once I was sure I enjoyed programming, I decided to join Wyncode.
- Other than programming, what is one major skill set you acquired from Wyncode?
At first I really struggled with working in teams. I play soccer where I am a goalkeeper and my idea of working in teams was: I’ll deliver my part and that’s it, but during Wyncode I learned that working in teams takes a lot more than just delivering your part. You have to be constantly communicating, and you have to learn how to work with others. Wyncode really helped me learn that.
- Would you be able to apply what you’ve learned from Wyncode to your previous career?
Yes, in fact, I worked in finance and began to learn programming applied to finance. During the cohort I worked on a side project incorporating stock selections and other things, so it would definitely come in handy. There’s always room for technology, no matter the industry.
- How was the transition between graduation and your new job as a developer?
Right before the cohort ended, Watsco Ventures approached me about joining their team and made me a good offer to go work with them. Even though they work mostly with PHP, and at Wyncode I learned Ruby (amongst other languages), they liked Wyncode and how we learned and they decided to hire me as well as two other people from the cohort. This is my third week and it’s been pretty challenging doing everything by myself and not having an instructor or TA to go to, so it’s been a learning experience, but a great one at that. I’ve learned a lot and this company is very open minded and they are letting me work with Ruby as well as PHP so I’ve been able to contribute from the get go, and that’s pretty cool.
- If you had another chance, would you do anything differently? If so, what?
That’s a very open ended question, but overall I’m happy with the path I’ve taken, I believe that everything is a learning experience so no complaints. I had to balance Wyncode and soccer and that took away a bit of my learning but I still did manage to do fairly well.
- What advice would you give to those who are unsure about their future career path and are considering learning to code?
Honestly, coding will come in handy in many different scenarios, it’s never a wasted skill. It can be very challenging, because it’s a completely different way of thinking to what most people are used to, but it’s extremely rewarding. It’s a skill that’s in high demand also, so you’ll have opportunities to do different things. You have to be sure you are committed to learning and are open to new things. I recommend Wyncode to everyone who wants to learn and I would do it again without even thinking about it.
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