FAQs

I am looking to restart my software engineering career after a 10-year hiatus.

  • I have just completed a bachelor’s degree in Applied Management Information Systems with Operations Management; with honors from UNC, i.e. I have been in school for the past 4 years.
  • I have an unfinished Bachelor of Computer Science from UCI and UD.
  • My software engineering skills are somewhat out of date right now. I have not professionally programmed for 10 years. Before that, I programmed in C/C++ and was a development lead and manager.
  • I did it before and I can do it again, but realizing I will need to start at the bottom and work my way back up. I am not looking for that “top performer best of the best slot”, just a job to prove myself again.
  • I can program in C/C++ pretty well. My Ruby on Rails is out of date, so is my Perl and Ruby. I did JAVA with JNI for about six months. I have done them once and I can do them again given time to relearn.
  • MY OOD/OOA/OOP is still good. STL is fair. I have studied C++ 11, 14 and 17 to include lambda functions.
  • I am not a webpage or client-side JavaScript developer. Much of my work was done on the backend, communications WIN32, and systems levels.
  • I have been trained in Text Analytics, MapReduce Hadoop, HDFS, Jaql & Pig, and other big data tool, but I am not a Big Data developer nor an Architect
  • I am doing personal iOS projects in Swift in order to learn Swift. The projects are done with AWS tools including Dynamo DB, NodeJS, Python and lambda. I am working on my AWS Associate Developer and Architect certificates; I am not proficient yet.
  • While I would like to do DevOps, I have not been trained enough in Docker and Kubernetes beyond some IBM and AWS training modules. I would like to work in DevOps as that utilizes the best of my past development experience and compliments my new degree work.
  • I would also be open to doing embedded work.
  • I know my skills are out of date and lacking. I also know that I have a lot of valuable experience in software development.
  • I am looking for a chance to restart at the bottom and work my way back up again.

Wait! You have a lot of Software Developer or Software Engineer experience and knowledge. Would you consider working for us as a Developer or Engineer?

I am at a career crossroads. I went back to school to get a Bachelor’s in IT MIS management as I believe I would make a very effective manager. One who is of more value by leading others to do their best.

At the same time, my background in software development is still relevant and I would consider working as a developer given the right support and manager.

Why have you not been in the workforce?

I was laid off with the Microsoft 10% layoffs during the last Recession in 2009.

After unsuccessfully trying to find another software development job I decided to change my career focus away from the software industry.

What are you doing to prepare for your return to work?

I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Management Information System at UNC in December 2018.

I am continuing to study using more online courses and books to bring my technical knowledge up to date.

I am studying: Agile, Scrum, ITIL, AWS Associate Architect, Containers, NodeJS, modern C++, Swift for IOS, AWS DynamoDB and etc…

I would expect any team I would be involved with to also continue their education in several ways.

Why did you return to School?

I returned to school to learn new management skills. I completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology Management Information Systems with Operations Management to complete that Goal (graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 3.8 GPA).

I want to be a better manager than the managers I worked for in the past.

What do you want to do with your IT MIS degree?

I would like to manage a DevOps team as I like the problem-solving challenges that work would provide. Eventually, I would love to work as a Delivery, Transition manager or a Solutions Architect on the far end. 

While working as a CTO might seem one course it is just my favorite course. I do not think I have the required financial skills needed for the job unless I complete an MBA.

Uhm, why did you do a degree in Brewing?

My goal was to try something completely different from Software Development. I wanted to learn to manufacture, and I did learn to manufacture beer. (3.97 GPA if you are wondering.)

While doing my brewing degree one of my professors handed me a copy of “The Goal” by Eliyahu Goldratt.  Reading “The Goal” changed my view from one of a worker to one of being a manager. I did not want to make beer, I want to run the brewery.

Then I read The Phoenix Project which brought me back to Software Development and Delivery.

What have you been doing for the last 10 years?

Tired of Software Development I went to find myself. 

I did filmmaking, screenwriting, lots of charity work, ran an online antique store, gardened extensively, traveled, designed an inter-airport transportation system replacing regional jets with motorcoaches, worked on a few small software projects,  worked as a wedding chauffeur, played some golf and started work on some cool push payment iPhone apps using AWS with DynamoDB.

What are you doing to reenter the workforce?

I am studying again. I am actively doing classes on Scrum, Agile, Swift, AWS, NodeJs, Javascript, Python, lots of other stuff and all the pieces I need to deliver my iPhone apps.

I am actively working to find work as a software development manager in development, DevOps or delivery.