“Be patient and passionate… Don’t take rejection as a bad thing. It's fine to fail, and eventually, you will receive your first job offer!” - Gabriela Cruz Olivera
Microverse students around the world dedicate their time and effort to become professional software developers. From making sacrifices to be able to support themselves throughout their time at Microverse, to spending thousands of hours learning to code and improving their English, Microverse students stay committed to improving their lives. Students have landed jobs for 500+ companies around the world, earning an average of 3x more than what they made before — without paying Microverse anything until they’re employed.
One student, Gabriela Viridiana Cruz Olivera based in Mexico, pursued Microverse to step into the global software development job market. After completing Microverse in 2021, she landed a job as a Frontend Developer at LatAm based Upstart 13. Gabriela shares her experience learning to code, her journey at Microverse, and how her life has changed since she landed a full-time developer job.
Before learning about Microverse, Gabriela worked as a remote Full-stack Web Developer for a small company located in a city in Mexico that was two hours away from her home city. After almost a year of working there, she lost her job, so she began to freelance. She said;
“I didn't want to end up with a full-time job locally because where I live is a very small city and there aren't any great software companies there. I also didn't have the money to move to a bigger city.”
At the time, Gabriela wanted to level up her skills and felt the companies in her city were not the ideal place to do that. This motivated her to join Microverse to grow her skills and find a better job in the tech industry. She also was looking for an environment where she could grow as a developer, and connect with others, and Microverse provided that.
For Gabriela, the most memorable part of Microverse by far was the community. “Other students and each member of the Microverse team are there to help. You can be stuck on a project, or it can be something personal that is blocking you, and you just need to reach out for help and someone will answer you.”
Not only the community, but the habits that she developed during the program have been very impactful for Gabriela.
“The most impactful thing I learned at Microverse are the three habits I developed during the program:
Gabriela also noted that along with improving her technical skills, her professional skills have also improved since joining Microverse.
“Now that I'm working with people from different countries who have different English accents, I can say that my English and communication skills have definitely improved. Also, I’ve improved my skills of working with others, since I now need to report to a Tech Lead, work with QA Engineers, and communicate with the Program Manager and Technical Project Manager of my team.”
“My life has changed 100% since Microverse. My current salary is 5.6 times more per year than my previous salary. I currently live in Mexico, so having a salary in USD is great if you compare the minimum salary or entry-level software engineer salaries of Mexico.”
Gabriela is also excited about the future potential for her career, and her salary. “I also have an opportunity for greater future earnings. The company who hired me implements bonuses if your performance in the job is great as well as, promotions (and higher salaries with them).”
Gabriela shared that when she first started applying for jobs, she applied for some full-stack developer roles but her goal was really to find a front end role. Halfway through her first month of job searching, she stopped applying for full-stack roles to focus solely on front end roles.
She applied to nearly 70 jobs over the course of three months, across various sites including LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Indeed, Angel.co, Ziprecruiter, among others. She also did some networking and joined a few Slack groups. Gabriela said that throughout her job search, “My career coach and coaching group were always there to support and help me with every question I had before an interview.”
When it came to landing her current role, Gabriela said, “I found the job post on LinkedIn. I remember it had the ‘Easy Apply’ button and I applied even though I was unsure because the job description said ‘5 years of work experience’. When I was given the job offer, I didn’t feel the need to negotiate the salary because their offer was already very good.”
Gabriela currently works for Colombia based, Upstart 13, a software engineering consultancy, where she works on various projects for different clients.
“With the client I’m currently working for, Luxury Presence, my job is bug fixing, client customization, and creating elements for their websites. For example, a gallery of images with properties, a carousel slider, or an opening homepage (here’s a live example). While I work, I need to follow the designs provided in Figma and the standards of the company.
At the company, we use Scrum, and have a daily standup meeting, retrospective, and sprint planning meeting every two weeks. Also, we have another meeting every two weeks to share what other teams of the company were working on in the last sprint and what their goals are."
Gabriela shared that she has support in her current role, so she can continue to grow. "When I first started in the role, I had a coach who was there to help me grow professionally. Now, on my team is a Tech Lead who is a Senior Developer. Every time I have doubts, or when I'm stuck on a task, he helps me, so I would say he is like a mentor for me.”
Gabriela had a lot of advice for aspiring software developers and Microverse students regarding the job searching process.
Through a lot of hard work, focus and dedication, Gabriela completed Microverse and landed a job as a remote software developer in early 2021.
To date, Microverse has enrolled students from 100+ countries in its full-time online program and helped more than a thousand people from around the world land life-changing jobs.
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