I have a B.S. Petroleum Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. I worked in the oil & gas industry and had a blast while oil prices hovered above $100/barrel; however, the supply crisis in 2015 – 2016 led to massive layoffs in the industry. Hundreds of thousands of petroleum professionals lost their jobs, including myself.
I always had a love of making things on the web. I had made Youtube jukeboxes using jQuery and small visualizations in D3.js. Around the time I lost my job, a friend sent me an article about the newest fad in education – coding bootcamps that promised to turn people with little experience in computer programming into developers.
Of course I was skeptical, but I didn’t see oil prices coming back anytime soon so I went for it. I enrolled in App Academy in October 2016 and graduated in January 2017. Four weeks after graduation I started a job at fubo.tv, exactly one year from the day I left the oil and gas industry.