This interview was conducted by Erica Freedman, Content and Client Services Specialist at SwitchUp
SwitchUp sat down with Software Engineering alumnus Binit Patel to find out more about his journey. He began his career in Bioengineering but really desired a position that would help him stay current with technical skills and trends. After being referred to Coding Temple, Binit took the plunge to become a Software Developer. His recommendation to future students? Keep learning! The industry is constantly evolving so striving for mastery of what’s current is key. Keep reading his story for more advice and information about the Coding Temple program below.
Your educational background is in Bioengineering. What ignited the switch to Software Engineering?
I made the switch because I wanted to gain technical skills that would allow me to keep up with innovation in today's technology. My goal was to get into software engineering, gain skills and knowledge of software development, and translate that back into the industry of bioengineering and medicine to be able to work with creating applications and other medical products for physicians and nurses.
Do you feel Software Engineering and Bioengineering are at all related? If so, how?
Software Engineering and Bioengineering are very much related. Most medical products of day rely on a platform or software. Being able to understand both aspects is extremely important for software developers creating applications in the medical field. It's equally as important for bioengineers working with these mHealth apps and products.
How did you decide to attend Coding Temple? What made it the right program for you?
I was actually referred to Coding Temple by alumni and the Coding Temple team themselves. They had classes that fit my work schedule, instructors who taught at universities and worked in the industry, and were also teaching the technologies I was most interested in. I knew it was the program for me when I took a site visit and saw how they teach, the class size, and the curriculum.
You currently work as a Solutions Developer at Avanade. What does this title mean and what does a normal day at work look like for you?
The title of Solutions Developer is essentially the equivalent of a software developer. Essentially my day to day is coding, traveling, and more coding!
Have you faced any challenges trying to become a Software Engineer?
The most challenging part of trying to become a software engineer is making sure you keep with what you have learned. The industry is constantly changing and you want to grow with it.
Has Coding Temple helped you to get a job in your field? If so, how?
Coding Temple actually helped me land 2 jobs within 1 year. They have a great network full of connections with companies and recruiters all over Chicago, Boston, and DC. Because of this, I was able to land an interview for my first job within 2 months post Coding Temple. The second job was actually through being able to reach out to a fellow Coding Temple alumni who worked at that company.
Where do you see your career heading in the next 5-10 years?
Within the next 5-10 years my goals are to keep up and learn new technologies to grow my technical skill set. I plan on gaining an understanding of technology consulting in hopes to get into management level roles.
What makes you most passionate about the world of Front End Development?
Front end development is my personal favorite. There is great satisfaction to being able to design and develop software together and seeing a finished product.
If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice before pursuing this track, what would it be?
Try to understand exactly what you want out of this. Learn about which technologies are in demand and strive to master those.sw
Any advice for future students?
The industry is constantly changing and you want to grow with it. Keep up with what you learned and learn more. Practice makes perfect.