This is the sixth edition of a multi-issue Blog introducing and celebrating the successes of Mindteck Academy's current Java "Bootcamp" Trainees in Madison, Wisconsin.
Meet Nick B.
Mindteck Academy Java Trainee
Out of all of the trainees in the Mindteck Academy Java class in Madison, Wisconsin, Nick B. is probably the most non-traditional student we’ve ever seen. Instead of coming to us with a degree in computer science, engineering or math, he brings a different perspective to how the world works. With his Bachelor’s in economics, he only recently discovered his passion for programming and is hopeful that the opportunity granted by Mindteck Academy is the boost he needs to kick start his career.
Before choosing economics as his college major, Nick admits to once dreaming of being an anesthesiologist because he saw that “it paid a lot of money.” While saying this and laughing at the same time, it demonstrates Nick’s willingness to shoot for the top, no matter what it takes.
Nick’s family relocated to Madison from Rockford, Illinois when he was in second grade after his father landed an accounting job with EPIC Systems. While completing his education at University of Wisconsin, Nick earned his keep as a tennis instructor, a food service staff member and a survey research interviewer, which no doubt cultivated his people and customer service abilities -- a skill that comes in handy with any profession!
With limited formal education and experience in programming, Nick stated that he was attracted to Mindteck Academy because “it was the perfect opportunity for training. Learning on your own can be daunting and this is really focused on real-world applications.” When asked how he is enjoying it all, he said “It is what I expected – a lot is thrown out at you, but it’s been awesome!” One of the most interesting things Nick has enjoyed about the training class is the diversity of the group. He has had the chance to learn about other cultures from his classmates. He encourages anyone trying to break into the programming field to just “dive in…go find an opportunity like Mindteck Academy.”
When Nick isn’t working or studying these days, you might find him playing competitive “Ultimate Frisbee” with MUFA (Madison Ultimate Frisbee Association) or whacking balls around the tennis court (he still tries to play two times a week), or maybe even trying his hand at some golf. The most interesting thing about Nick? He is a competitive SCRABBLE player with a pretty good win/loss ratio! Nick’s flexibility in all things is surely what led him to this opportunity with Mindteck Academy…and will lead him to continued success as a soon-to-be software developer.
This is the fifth edition of a multi-issue Blog introducing and celebrating the successes of Mindteck Academy's current Java "Bootcamp" Trainees in Madison, Wisconsin
Meet Nathan Y.
Mindteck Academy Java Trainee
Calculus? No problem! With a bachelor’s degree in Math, Nathan will give you a run for your money any day. Not only does he “love math for what it is,” but he also served as a tutor for high school and college students. His favorite class? Analysis – because it really explains “why” calculus works. (Does your head hurt yet?) For Nathan, this is what he does best, and he admits that he really owes his educational pursuits to his Mom. “I really wasn’t overly concerned with my future when I graduated high school and she really pushed me in the right direction.”
Speaking of his family – they really miss him and were very worried that he would not be able to handle the brutally cold winters of Wisconsin, since he was born and raised in beautiful and temperate Los Angeles County. Other than leaving his new Madison apartment on the first day of class with no hat and gloves in below zero temperatures (ouch!), he is really adjusting to the Northern life well.
Nathan jumped at the chance to join Mindteck Academy’s Java training class because he recently discovered that he really loves programming and was having trouble breaking his way into the industry. “I learned that unless you want to teach, there’s not too many career opportunities for those with a math degree. I always enjoyed the programming I did while in school and wanted to find a way to pursue it.” As a child, Nathan always wanted to be an “inventor”, and while what he’s doing now isn’t exactly what he envisioned as a little boy, it’s pretty close! “Programming is allowing me to create and invent things from scratch.” Nathan went on to say that it is unbelievable to him how much he has learned through Mindteck Academy. “I never would have been able to learn all this on my own, and it’s so applicable to the real world.”
While in college, Nathan used the programming skills he had in MatLab and Mathematica to develop a comprehensive Rubik’s Cube program which generates a random scramble for the user, provides a timer to time the solve, stores each time, and then allows the user to display the list of stored times (either as a list or graphically); it also provides the best and average solve times over any desired amount of runs, and gives the user the option to clear the list of stored times and start anew. It’s no surprise that Nathan is very proud of his ability to actually solve the Rubik’s Cube in under 30 seconds. Talk about a fast learner!
In addition to his B.S. in Mathematics from California Polytechnic State University, Nathan is really known for his love of weightlifting and snowboarding, and recently taught himself how to play guitar! He also enjoys traveling and had the pleasure of making a grand tour of Europe, visiting countries such as Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Germany and England. For an analytic math major, Nathan has really figured out how to round out the logic with the fun stuff in life.