Meet Raul Martinez, a previous medical devices salesman, who enrolled in Wyncode in 2017, completed our Full Stack Web Development program and is now one of the Front End Web Developers tasked with handling the maintenance and updates of www.sandals.com - a magnate of the tourism industry.
This is Raul’s #WyncodeStory and how he is making an impact in the tourism industry via coding.
What encouraged you to join Wyncode? When did you complete the program? What were you doing prior to the program?
Before Wyncode, I was selling medical devices to hospitals. I had been in sales since I graduated from college in 2012. Although, a sales career allowed me to make a good living, I wasn’t passionate about my career and was always looking for a change.
I had been looking into software development for about a year, but I was always made an excuse as to why I could not go back to school at the time.
Then, in August of 2017 I got laid off, four months before my wedding. This was probably the worst time in my life that I could make a decision to go back to school, but I decided that I wanted to go to work every day doing something that I felt mattered and gave me a purpose. So, in September of 2017 I took a leap of faith and joined Wyncode.
A day in the life of a Wed Dev Student at Wyncode -
Usually, my schedule was:
4:45am - Wake up and drive to Wynwood 6:00am - Gym 7:15am - Arrive to Wyncode 9:00am - Lectures and code challenges 3:00pm - Completing assignments and working on projects 7:00pm - Drive home
A typical day for me at Wyncode was a little different from the normal student experience. I had a pretty long commute so I would get on the road before traffic got crazy. I treated the course like I was still working a full-time job.
One obstacle I ran into I believe was on week two the day that the class covered functions (one of the most basic concepts of programming). At first I just was not able to wrap my head around how they work. After feeling some imposter syndrome, I was able to overcome this obstacle by going through the slides and retype all of the code that we had gone through in the lecture. In addition, I added a comment above each line of my code detailing what that line of code was doing.
Tips and hacks you learned in the program (that other students should consider) -
One thing that really helped me when I was struggling with an assignment or a project, is to just get away from the keyboard and take quick walk to clear my head.
This is something I still do today. Sometimes, when I am focused on solving a problem in a specific way, it doesn’t let me see another way which is probably better. There have been plenty of times where I have come back to my code and realize that I have been missing a better solution.
What is your current role at Sandals like and how did you land that job?
In my current role, I am a Front End developer so I handle the maintenance and updates to www.sandals.com. I work in the Miami office with two other Wyncoders who are also frontend developers. I knew I wanted to obtain a position ASAP after graduating, so I went to every Wynwork session and kept a trello board see here where I would record every application I sent out.
On an average day at work I am usually working with our web designers and project managers to add pages and functionality to the site. A couple months back a new we released a new version of the site to be responsive, so we have been really busy. We use Freemarker (Java Template Engine), SASS, Js, and React on the frontend with a custom Java backend.
The tourism industry is pretty reliant on technology, considering most bookings are done online. It is our job to ensure that the brand is being represented in the correct way on every screen. Especially, as a Frontend Developer. You are responsible for everything potential customers see and interacts with, this can range from small animations to large components.
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