His Job is Top Secret, but How He Got it is Not
The secret to Heriberto’s success? A holistic understanding of programming and an unwavering persistence that keeps him cracking every code placed before him.
The former US army vet who got a degree in computer science was not as poised as you might think to enter the tech industry. In a traditional university, Heriberto explains, “They don't teach you about the applying process, they don't teach about LinkedIn. They don't teach you about how tough it is to get a job working in this field.”
The thing that I learned at Sabio that helped me the most is C# because it's highly object oriented, and the language that I'm using is object oriented, and we are expected to use object oriented principles.”
At his job now, which is a defense contractor job that’s updating the legacy software on intercontinental missiles, he’s applying these skills every day. This is where having a solid foundation, a birds eye view of programming as a whole, is essential. “It's a lot of older languages. “We don't use the newer stuff. We use something similar to GitHub and then we do have a CICD pipeline. But again, I can't really say much since it’s mostly classified.”
He applied through LinkedIn, Indeed, and ZipRecruiter, sending out countless resumes and was ever-wary of scams. But when he interviewed for the job he’s at now, he knew he had it in the bag. “It just flowed and it wasn't one-sided, like we were both talking and it just felt good.” And Heriberto has a technique for breaking up the tech-heavy tone of most interviews. “I don't like just focusing on technology. I like letting them know that I can solve problems, like I'm a problem-solver.”
Safe at his high salary, high secrecy job, Heriberto is acutely aware of what got him here: the top-down view of coding that Sabio drilled into him. Most of the problems he faces involve a combinatorial approach, “If you truly understand how everything works, it's easier for you to come up with solutions.”