For many young professionals, their career journey doesn’t always take a perfectly linear path. Millennials, in particular, have been chastised for hopping between industries and jobs too hastily, but that exploration can often prove to be the fastest way to increase earnings, gain new responsibilities, and get closer to defining just what you’re looking to get out of your career.
When starting in a new field, the age-old advice of “just get a foot in the door” rings true. Once you have that first role and some experience under your belt, it’s much easier to move around, to be pickier about what you’ll take, and to ask for what you want. An easy way to think about this is the ABC’s of your career - Any job, a Better job, your Career.
For Michael Angelo, attending Dev Bootcamp with the goal of breaking into the tech industry wasn’t the first time his career took a 180 degree turn.
“I have been a lifeguard, waiter, restaurant manager, opera singer, recording artist, and now a programmer.” Since graduating from Dev Bootcamp in 2014, Michael Angelo’s career may have followed a natural progression of increased responsibility and professional satisfaction, but his journey to get to where he is today was far from conventional and his drive toward his dream career is inspiring.
Michael Angelo began his tech career as a programmer at a startup, giving him an opportunity to gain real experience and expand his coding craft. He then moved on to a role at Time Inc. where he was working with a larger team, a larger codebase, and on projects that were seen and used by millions of people. In his current role as a Frontend Engineer at The New York Times, he now works on their cooking web app. Each move a conscious, strategic decision to get him closer to something that felt more like the “right fit” and working with technology that better reflected his passion for building tools that improve the lives of people.
What will his next move be? Well, enjoying his current job and when he's not working hard there, he's working on a business with two of his Dev Bootcamp cohort-mates and documenting their progress in his free time.
Curious about what that progression has been? Watch his alumni video
Are you interested in building a career in technology? Find out how Dev Bootcamp can help you get there.