What made you choose to apply/enroll in the UW Bothell Graduate Certificate in Software Design & Development?
I already had an undergraduate degree and thought this program would be a great addition to my academic career, while opening up possibilities for entry into the software industry.
What were some of the highlights of your experience as a student?
Interacting with and learning from the professors at UW Bothell. This campus has a unique blend of academic professionals and industry savants.
What advice do you have for others regarding the career search during and post graduate certificate completion?
Get an internship that will allow you to try out different software disciplines. Doing this will help to really hone in what it is your interest area may be.
What has been the most challenging part of being a student?
Juggling school/work/life balance while attending night classes.
What advice do you have for future students?
Plan ahead. Plan your approach before solving a problem. Write your tests before writing solutions. These investments will save you lots of time and fuss later on.
Where are you currently working, and what is your job title? Do you feel the graduate certifcate prepared you for the work you are doing adequately?
I’m a Security Engineer at StitchFix. The GCSDD helped lay out some of the fundamentals that have helped me succeed in picking up new concepts, technologies, practices, etc.
Any other thoughts you want to share?
Be honest, clear and open but always with kindness and empathy. School teaches you hard skills and we often forget that soft skills matter. A good engineer is only as good as how well they are able to communicate what it is they are trying to accomplish, how they plan to do so, for what purpose, all while being able to capture their audience by demonstrating genuine skill and interest. Be candid about what you don’t know and always be open to learning. A little bit of humility goes a long way. Continuous learning is most of, if not the entire job.