- Fernando Barbosa de Azevedo

Term : August, 2015
Department : Engineering
Program : Internet Programming & Dev

After working for a software company in his native Brazil, Fernando Barbosa de Azevedo had his eyes on Silicon Valley. He had studied software independently online and wanted the opportunity to learn real-world applications in California, and hopefully transition that experience into a software job in the United States. He enrolled in an entrepreneurship program in San Francisco in early 2015, but after learning about UCSC Extension’s programs for international students, he enrolled in the Internet Programming and Development certificate program. Within a few weeks of completing his certificate, he landed a job as a Web developer in Florida.

What attracted you to Silicon Valley?

In Brazil, I read the news about Silicon Valley technology, and I saw a lot of companies becoming big, rising from nothing. I wanted to be a part of that. When I heard about UCSC Extension, I enjoyed the flexibility of joining courses every quarter. You’ve got some of the best professionals in Silicon Valley working here.

What did you like about the program?

I loved the program; it was an excellent chance to exchange ideas with people from Cisco, Intel, Apple, Netflix, and see what approaches they were using. One of my professors was a lead developer at Cisco, and when I asked him questions about the work I was doing, he assured me that I was on the right track. It feels so good to have someone in industry tell you that you know what you’re doing. It boosted my confidence.

I loved working with the International Student Advisor. I loved the professors, the classrooms, and the overall cleanliness of the building. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone interested in software development.

What courses stood out to you?

All of the courses boosted my confidence. The “JavaScript and AJAX, Comprehensive” professor was a great mentor for me. I also really liked the “Linux Based Web Application Development – Apache, MySQL, PHP” course. I did a bunch of amazing projects in class, including one app for IOS with Apple Pay, and other apps with iBeacon, Apple Watch and MEAN STACK.

What’s next for you?

This program is opening a lot of doors for me. I am working as a Web Developer for the company called Mittera and the biggest project right now is the Jeb Bush Campaign. I will be responsible for the site jeb2016.com, as well as security and scalability of the site.

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