My name is Eric Cahill, and before Get Coding I worked in the Autobody industry and now I’m the UI/UX Design Lead and Front End Developer at PragmaClin.
In 2020, I was laid off like the rest of the world, and in my free time I started this small graphic arts business, which eventually led me to pursue a career in tech.
I hadn't previously planned on becoming a software developer, but as I learned about front end development, I found out there's a very visual and creative process that appealed to me, so that's what I focused on throughout the program.
I didn't want to go back to school full time, so then I found out about Get Coding. It was great because the program is tailored to your own goals and work around your own schedule.
After learning how to build a simple static website, I moved on to my old projects, one of which was a web app that would let me display different wheels on a picture of my car and filter them by different brands of wheels, colors and spokes. After that, I moved on to a React web app where I could search for different recipes based on ingredients and display them in a list and see the details about how to cook them.
I now work at PragmaClin as a UI/UX Design lead as well as front end developer. So I designed the UI for our prims software and I also worked on developing the front end with React.
I think working in tech is great because it's a very forward-thinking industry. You get to work in some great work cultures. You're also kept on your toes a lot because you're always learning new technologies and techniques, and you're always advancing your skill set.
Get Coding trains people to become software developers by building real-life projects with the most in demand skills, while being coached, one-on-one, with software developers from local tech companies. Students learn on their own time, making the program accessible even to people with a full-time job, family or both.