I came out of college with a degree in finance from Colorado State University. Growing up, my whole life I was very engineering-related. I actually went into college with a double major in finance and civil engineering, but decided I didn’t want to be in school for that long, so just did the finance side.
I’ve always played around with computers and technology. But that was a hobby at the time, and I wanted the business degree. So coming out of college, I was looking for finance jobs. It was right around the middle of the recession, so finding investment banking jobs was really hard. I ended up at an accounting finance software company that does financial reporting to the SEC. So that combined my skills in finance with using software and being a general tech person.
Most recently, I was at a company down in Palo Alto that does financial reporting, forecasting, and budgeting in the cloud. During that whole time, I was being drawn more and more to working with the technology, wanting to fix bugs myself, getting more into the technology myself and working less with customers.
I grew up and went to college in Colorado, and worked there for three years before coming to California. I moved to Orange County originally with a friend, but ended up getting a job in the Bay Area. Then when I decided to do Galvanize, I knew I wouldn’t have an income for six months, so I went back to Colorado and lived with family during the program.
Initially, some of the things—we started with some more basic web technologies, and I had a bit of familiarity there, so they were a little easier to pick up. But as we got into the core algorithms and data structures that have to do with programming, putting those together to solve a problem took more time for me to wrap my head around. I would understand things individually, but it took me a bit of time to grasp how to put them together as a whole picture. But as the program went on and we got into the bigger frameworks like Angular and Express on the back-end, it all clicked together and started to make much more sense.
During the program, I didn’t have a lot of free time. So I want to get back into running and biking. About a year ago, I did a half-Ironman down in Oceanside, but I’ve definitely lost the shape I was in, so I want to get back into it and hopefully do another of those within the next year.
Getting outdoors is really important, because coding and programming you spend a lot of time staring at a screen.
If I had my pick, I’d like to do something with investment finance. I also really like the real estate space—real estate investment, home remodeling, all of that. And then clean energy, sustainability. One of those three realms would be my ideal, but really I just want a place where I can continue building my skills and contribute in a meaningful way.
-Brian Huber, Galvanize Web Development graduate in San Francisco, California. You can find him on Linkedin.
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