This is the third edition of a multi-issue Blog introducing and celebrating the successes of Mindteck Academy's current Java "Bootcamp" Trainees in Madison, Wisconsin
Meet Ethan G.
Mindteck Academy Java Trainee
“Go long or go home” – isn’t that what golfers say? Ethan surely is familiar with that phrase, as he seems to have the perfect swing right now. Although a bit of a late bloomer in deciding on his career path, his drive and dedication to becoming a software developer are well above par.
A native of Jefferson, Wisconsin, which is 45 minutes outside of Madison, Ethan fights the traffic every morning and evening in order to get to Mindteck Academy’s Java Training class. On snowy days, this commute can sometimes add up to over 2 ½ hours round trip! So why does he do this? “Mindteck Academy offered me the chance to further my skills with job-specific training. It’s definitely the bridge I needed to get from where I am to where I want to be.” He went on to say, “I’m also learning things that I didn’t know about before, such as Bootstrap”, which is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web.”
Spending his adult life enjoying the great outdoors in the landscaping business where he has been involved with design, project management and customer service, Ethan knew this was not his life-long passion and wanted the opportunity to create something with his mind instead of his body. When asked how in the world he went from landscaping to programming, he said, “I’ve always liked to build things, and I knew I wanted to ‘build’ without my hands. While out golfing with a friend of mine, he talked to me about programming and that’s when I decided to pursue it.”
An avid sports fan (Go Packers!), Ethan would love to one day work in some sort of sports-related area – perhaps developing mobile apps or creating complex software programs for various sports programs such as Active or SwimMeet. He’s already created his own golf scorekeeping app, so who knows what’s next? What he really wanted to be growing up was a baseball player (he’s a left-handed pitcher if you know of any teams looking for that kind of talent!) While he may not get to fulfill that childhood dream, there’s certainly nothing stopping him from accomplishing his visions now!
What advice would he give to a young person trying to get into software development? “Be resilient. It can be frustrating, but be resourceful. There is always a solution to every problem. Don’t give up. Just like in the movie “Field of Dreams”, listen to your heart and make your dreams a reality. “
Ethan graduated from Madison College in 2014 with an A.A.S. Programmer/Analyst degree, where he achieved high honors and perfect honors repeatedly. He is actively looking into pursuing his bachelor’s degree next! When not on the golf course or programming, he might be found watching a good sitcom with his wife of eight years.