“My experience has already paid off, and I’m excited to see what the future has to offer.”

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Aaron Denney was stuck in a retail job, and he was ready to change careers. “I was a department manager,” he said. “And I had no desire to move up the chain of command.”

While Aaron had previously studied software development in college, he completed only one full year of courses. “I never felt like I learned … the programming skills that would be required of a software developer,” he said.

The Software Guild Solution

A chance to change his career arose when a friend told him about The Software Guild, which was opening a location where he lived in Louisville, Kentucky. He sensed that the 12-week .NET/C# 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, Aaron 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.” He was inspired by his classmates, who offered encouragement and constructive criticism. “It helped me learn more than what I would have alone,” he said.

A New Way to Learn

In the .NET/C# cohort, Aaron was led by Instructor Jason Gerstorff, who 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,” Aaron 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 Aaron. 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, he 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.

New Opportunities

Aaron 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 Aaron well for his job. His 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.

He 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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