Find out what it takes to start a career in software development, data analytics, data science, or UI/UX design from those who made the leap. Hear from musicians, veterans, single-moms, teachers, bartenders, postdocs, warehouse workers, and more - all graduates of Nashville Software School (NSS) - as they discuss their transition to tech and their capstone projects presented at Demo Day. Founded in 2012, NSS is a flourishing community of over one thousand alumni, active students, and a team of dedicated instructors all working together to grow and learn their craft. As a non-profit, NSS is committed to growing diversity in tech by creating opportunities for under-represented groups in these fields. Learn more at nashvillesoftwareschool.com.
Markus Matheny - FT Data Analytics Cohort 9
Markus Matheny graduated with full time Data Analytics Cohort 9.
I've worked a hundred jobs and never had a career. However, I've always lived a data-driven approach to my life, trying to look at numbers and seeking truth that way. After spending years teaching myself, I realized this was a passion and so I selfishly enrolled in data school to learn how to make my own projects.
Diarra Fall - FT Data Analytics Cohort 9
Diarra Fall graduated with full time Data Analytics Cohort 9.
I'm a licensed civil engineer with 7 years of experience in traffic engineering and bridge design. I was drawn to data analytics because as our transportation systems get smarter, we continually add more sensors that are constantly collecting data. Most transportation professionals don't have the tools to churn through all the data to see what it can tell us.
Zach McPherson - FT Data Analytics Cohort 9
Zach McPherson graduated with full time Data Analytics Cohort 9.
I am a highly driven professional with a passion for solving complex problems. My diverse background, including hospitality and animatronics, allows me to solve problems through a creative lens. I am passionate about exploring datasets, collaboration, critical thinking while growing my skills further in a data analyst position.
Richard Leonard - FT Data Analytics Cohort 9
Richard Leonard graduated with full time Data Analytics Cohort 9.
Through my experiences in healthcare and biology, I was exposed to statistics and data analysis. Data analytics became appealing to me as a career path because of the innovation and creativity allowed when writing code.
Chernae Saka - FT Data Analytics Cohort 9
Chernae Saka graduated with full time Data Analytics Cohort 9.
Over a decade of experience in mortgage underwriting, analyzing, and risk mitigation. I have developed a passion for curiosity. My background in underwriting coupled with my interest to explore and make meaning of data has motivated me to pursue a career in data analytics. I look forward to new experiences within data.
Marty Burns - FT Data Analytics Cohort 9
Marty Burns graduated with full time Data Analytics Cohort 9.
Data and analytics have always been a big part of my life. I love exploring, analyzing, and leveraging data to problem solve and build a story that will make an impact on both a professional and personal level. I have used data analytics most of my professional career to increase revenue, reduce waste, improve quality and drive supply chain improvements. I am thankful and grateful to Nashville Software School for providing me extensive training in new, exciting ways to extract, transform, analyze and visualize data. I can't wait to put these new skills to work in my future career endeavors.