In the spring of 2015 Naomi See was working on her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems. She already held an Associate’s degree in web design and was working full-time in telecommunications, but she enrolled in the Full Stack Development – Java course at Interface. She felt she needed something that wasn’t offered in a traditional college setting.
Naomi said that she was a little lost after receiving her Associate’s degree. “I had a portfolio and I didn’t know how to sell myself and I got really discouraged in the interview process,” she said.
Despite her initial education in web design Naomi gravitated towards back-end programming because “it was more fascinating to me.”
“Being in my mid-30s an internship seemed unlikely,” said Naomi who explained that some people advised her to get an internship to further her career. Considering that she was a non-traditional student who was entirely self-supporting, an internship posed economic and logistical challenges.
The Interface Java course emerged at just the right time for her last year. After completing the course she was invited to interview at several companies.
“I went on a lot of interviews…and I was flattered that a lot of places I applied for, they were interested in me,” she said, pointing out that she didn’t take the first thing that came along.
Naomi thinks she might have been “overly picky,” but she also didn’t want to work with proprietary or extinct technology. Eventually, she accepted a job with West Interactive as a Programmer/Analyst working on automated phone systems.
The always-ambitious Naomi didn’t stop there. She also works part-time for Interface as a Course Experience Manager and is the co-organizer of Omaha Girls Who Code.
The organization teaches middle and high school girls about computer programming. She’s excited to help women and girls who are interested in tech careers and to provide them with support and opportunities.
“Our first round of Girls Who Code went well,” she said. The 20-week, spring-summer session is wrapping up on July 30th with a project demonstration event at AIM Exchange and she’s looking forward to the next session in the fall.
Naomi points out that women are still in the minority as programmers, but that “luckily and thankfully there’s a pretty strong female developer community” in Omaha.
Earlier this summer, Naomi also finished her Bachelor’s degrees, but believes that much of her continued success is owing to Interface.
“I’m definitely making strides,” said Naomi. “My efforts are definitely taking off, financially and career-wise.”