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.