Success Stories

Alice Tung

Software Engineer at Grove Collaborative

I spent the past 10 years abroad, immersed in a small, developing country in South America. While in Guyana, I began learning how to craft pieces of code at the intersection of creativity and insightful analysis as I did with my architectural models during my time in design school. I am looking forward to an engaging career filled with challenges to be tackled through innovative teamwork. I hope one day to utilize technology to help those I’ve known in far-off lands who have no voice and yet embody so much potential.

Rich Eldridge

Full Stack Software Developer at IBM

I have always loved math and science, and was a student of Aerospace Engineering. I have spent the last ten years working as a Paramedic for the local EMS system where I learned how to work with people of all backgrounds. I have always loved all things computer/tech related, and I decided to take the plunge to become a full-time software engineer to continue my passion for learning and work on new and interesting endeavors. I’m looking forward to the day that I can use my skills at a company to help people in an entirely new way through software.

Edward Barton

Full Stack Developer at Untappd

I am fascinated with technology. I love to “geek out” over the latest software, games, and devices and tear apart all of my electronics to see how they work. I’ve confirmed this passion by working my way up through a local tech startup from general tech support up to teaching myself basic programming to develop a widget in the product. I’ve been trying to teach myself to code for over 3 years, attending meetups and helping to run the largest learn to code meetup in the area (Learn to Code RDU). When you’re self-taught, it’s very difficult to maintain focus as life gets in the way, work gets in the way, etc. After taking the plunge and devoting myself to learning full-time, I’m so excited to use the skills I’ve learned to become a software developer where I can use emerging technologies to help solve real-world problems.

Zulmy Cortez

Software Developer at Credit Suisse

I have looked for ways to combine my love for innovation and creativity in everything I have done. From studying Economics, Political Science and Math at the University of Rhode Island to my experiences as a Financial Data Analyst, I’ve had to solve business problems with complex formulas and always thought that there must be an easier, simpler, and automated way to do these tasks. These questions led me to teach myself data science concepts and basic data storage and visualization but hit a wall of limited knowledge to solve the issues I wanted to fix. Now after learning the skills necessary to leverage my background and creativity to build software, I’m excited to start my career in Software Development.

Marcus Swain

UI Developer at TrialCard

I’ve always been great with people and passionate about helping those less fortunate. I love to solve problems and learning things in a hands on way. I’ve desperately wanted to become a software developer for a long time and have seen first hand as a social worker the digital divide that happens between those who don’t have the things many of us take for granted. I see technology as a way that I can help people and create products that can help people live better lives. I’m so excited to find a team of people who I can add my talents to and build meaningful things together.

Megan Honig

Software Engineer at VoiceThread

I chose Project Shift because I wanted to learn JavaScript and I didn't want to have to choose between front-end and back-end specializations. I liked the approach of learning big-picture concepts alongside practical skills, and I thought the selective admissions and small class size would mean getting the most out of our 12 weeks. I was definitely not disappointed. I worked hard, learned a TON and had the great fortune of finding a job within a few weeks of graduation.

Linda Vu

Software Engineer at Skookum

After graduating from UNC, I spent several years managing a fast-paced salon. I led our marketing direction, website layout, and I implemented the transition for our 20 person team to adopt a new business operations software. During this process, I’ve struggled with the failures of communication in software between users, tech support, sales, and software developers. Knowing that if I could combine my skills in communication with software development I could help create a better product, I joined Project Shift. Now I’ve gained the technical toolbelt to bridge these gaps and make software an experience that allows everyone’s voice to be heard.

Hew Keller

Software Artisan at Pillar Technology part of Accenture's Industry X.0

It was an absolutely amazing experience with Aaron, Sean, and Morgan. This fellowship requires a lot of hard work, but it pays off. I started the interview process with a couple companies. Three months later, I had companies sending counter-offers against each other to try and get me to work for them.

Wes Jourdan

Software Developer at Fugitive Labs

I had a job interview on the last day of the cohort with one of Sean's connections. After a follow up interview and a code challenge, I was hired. My experience with Project Shift has turned out better than I could have ever expected. If you are passionate about programming, and you are willing to work your butt off, you will not regret this investment in your future.

Jeffrey Altneu

Software Engineer at Citrix

I was in cohort #2 and Project Shift really changed my life, I have never been so happy to go into work because I’m really doing something I love, at a place I love.

I graduated with a degree in Psychology and was working in Real Estate when I discovered Project Shift. After speaking with Aaron and Sean I moved to North Carolina from New York to start my new journey. Within 2 months of graduation I was hired!

Could not have done it without you guys!

Ethan Powell

Software Engineer at Avalara

I am an undeserving husband of the most precious lady and the father of a beautiful little girl. Before discovering my passion for software development, I was in healthcare management and IT support. I started off by attempting to become a self-taught programmer but quickly realized that having a family and full-time career didn’t leave much time for anything else. However, I knew this was what I wanted to do and that’s when I made the leap, quit my job, and joined Project Shift. I’m now excited to join a software team where I can build great things with others.

Ashley Hardin, PhD

Software Engineer at InHerSight

I liked that Project Shift was competitive to get into and that wouldn't just accept anyone. It exceeded my expectations. The curriculum was really well thought out and the lessons were easy to learn from. Sean and Aaron have been super supportive and have put all of us in touch with people in their large network, many of whom have job openings.
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