Interviewer: Tell me your name and where you’re from?
Geovanny: Geovanny Alfaro, born in Honduras, raised in New York City.
Interviewer: Tell me about what was going on in your life that you decided that you need to make a change?
Geovanny: I was actually going to move to Denver from New York City to get a job here, I was looking for something new, something more challenging so I decided to leave the 12 years I did in finance and kinda find something that appealed to me more. Then kinda did my research, still had my second GI bill, I didn’t realize that Skill Distillery had some opportunities, and great reviews, and I decided with that said, why not take advantage of my GI bill, and 4 months later, here I am.
Interviewer: Now coding in particular, did you feel like you had what it took to become a programmer?
Geovanny: I knew that it was going to be a challenge. I knew that it wasn’t going to be just a cake walk. But I knew at the same time that if I kept at it and kept practising that I could eventually start learning some of the concepts that I felt at first were abstract, but along the process I was realizing that the more I went towards it the easier it became to go through it.
Interviewer: What was it like when you actually went through it? What was the program like for you?
Geovanny: The first six months were… I mean being in the military, it was tougher than an actual bootcamp, in the sense that you’re getting all this information, using this information, but at the same time you feel like you get it, but you don’t really get it, but as time progresses, you’re getting all these little pieces, and it becomes kind of a Karate Kid scene, it’s wax on, wax off, and you start realizing, oh my god all these pieces come together and why and I know what it means, and then from there on it wasn’t a cake walk either, but you start to understand how other languages work and you kind of appreciate those first 6 weeks, because those first 6 weeks actually helped you be able to develop your ideas and kind of come together with a group and create something that looking back at it, I mean 4 months ago I would have never even thought about going that route or even thinking of using some of these technologies, so a lot of that has to do with the first 6 months. It’s going to feel really tough, you’re going to feel overwhelmed. You have to have faith that there is a reason why this school has been around, and done it as many times as they’ve done it, and that’s because they have a process, and that process does work, so just stick through it and you should be good.