Alejandro's Story: From Industrial Electronics to Full-Stack Web Development

Upskilling with coding can take your career to the next level.

8 months ago   •   2 min read

By Lisa Scorzon
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Becoming a developer doesn't always require a career switch. With a background in engineering, upskilling is enough to transition into this new career.

That's exactly what our graduate did. After graduating from our Full-Stack Web Development Academy, he started his new career as a software developer.

We're excited to share Alejandro Soto Castro's story. From working as an embedded engineer, Alejandro joined Codaisseur to upskill in web development. Read more about his experience below!

Please share a little about your education and work background.

Alejandro: I have an industrial electronics and automatics engineering degree and before Codaisseur I had worked 1 year as an embedded engineer, programming in C.

What was your motivation to learn how to code?

Alejandro: I knew how to code and had been doing it for a long time. I had basic experience with Javascript, HTML & CSS. I saw a lot of possibilities there, both personal and professional.

What inspired your decision to choose Codaisseur?

Alejandro: After more than 6 months looking for a job as an embedded engineer with no luck, I decided that a career change would probably increase my chances. I did some free courses in codeacademy and after that a friend recommended Codaisseur. I thought it would be a good way of having a more serious and organized education for this new career path while obtaining some kind of certification so recruiters would take me seriously. Spoiler: It totally worked.

What are some key learnings from the Academy that you’ll bring into your career (besides coding ;) )?

Alejandro: The importance of pairing with other people to do something difficult. Also to be more open to criticism when people review your work.

How did you experience the job search period?

Alejandro: I was really lucky and after Codaisseur I found a job really quickly. I had signed a contract and started working before the last week of the course. I guess speed dating does work sometimes.

What is your role now and at which company are you currently working?

Alejandro: I am working as a software developer in node js for Xillio. It's a small team so I have a lot of room to grow.

What is it like to work as a developer now?

Alejandro: We spend a lot of time pair programming and discussing as a team the architecture of the application. I love the ability to work from home but also being close to the office for the times I actually have to. This job checks those two boxes.

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