Aaron Denney was stuck in a retail job. “I was a department manager,” he said. “And I had no desire to move up the chain of command.” Denney was ready to change careers.
He had previously started college for software development but didn’t finish. After completing one full year of courses, Denney felt like the college wasn’t a good fit. “I never felt like I learned … the programming skills that would be required of a software developer,” he said.
A new opportunity arose when a friend told Denney about The Software Guild opening a location where he lived in Louisville, Kentucky. Denney sensed that the 12-week coding bootcamp would help him gain the relevant skills he needed. “I put in my application, took the aptitude test online and was selected to attend the first Louisville cohort,” he said.
Once he began the coding bootcamp, Denney quickly knew it was the education environment he was seeking. “I needed an atmosphere where I could sit with classmates looking to attain this same skill set,” he said. “Having peers to learn from gave me different approaches to each problem.” Denney was inspired by his classmates, who offered encouragement and constructive criticism. “It helped me learn more than what I would have alone,” he said.
In the .NET/C# cohort, Denney was led by instructor Jason Gerstorff. He offered invaluable insight into the fundamentals of the .NET framework, serving as a guide through the entire process. “Jason never explicitly gave us the answer to a problem,” Denney said. “He started a conversation that would lead to finding a solution on our own.”
The third week of the cohort was a key moment for Denney. That was when the lectures moved beyond introduction and into application. “We were creating a game program, and all we had to do was finish the program,” he said. At first, Denney was confused and overwhelmed by the application. “Once I started to learn more about how the program was functioning, I knew what I needed to do to finish it,” he said.
Asking questions is an important part of learning at The Software Guild. “Dumb questions don’t exist,” Denney said. “The more you understand, the better you’ll be able to code.” He also learned to work through frustration. “There were times when I walked away from my work just to take a break,” he said. “I’d come back feeling refreshed and be able to find the answer I was looking for.”
Denney completed the coding bootcamp and found a job as a software engineer for Venminder, a company that develops software to help banks, credit unions and other financial institutions stay compliant with various vendors. The Software Guild prepared Denney well for his job. Denney’s new career offers him the stability and potential that he craved when working in retail. “My experience has already paid off, and I’m excited to see what the future has to offer,” he said.
Denney highly recommends The Software Guild. “If coding is something you’re interested in pursuing, look into The Software Guild to learn more about it,” he said.
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