- Sunaina Yelwal Prabhakar, Internet Programming and Development Alumna
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What brought you to UCSC Extension?
I came to California on an H4 visa after having worked in India as a test automation engineer for four years. Those four years I was doing automated testing of Web applications, I always wanted to learn how these applications were developed. When I came here, I knew I had a chance to learn something new.
What were your courses like?
“Developing Java and Java EE Applications with Spring Framework and Hibernate” surprised me because it’s like two courses in one. It’s intense, but I like it that way because I’m getting to learn a lot of things. My classmates and I are trying to build an online movie ticketing system as a project, and it’s a good learning experience.
How have you been able to apply your new skills?
The Internship Coordinator at UCSC Extension told me about this company, and the people I intern with know how much workload to give an intern; they are mentoring me so well. They know how much I can work, and slowly they are giving me more complex things to do, which is great.
What advice do you have for students interested in Internet programming and development?
If you start with the basics and then go more advanced, you can build a career in computer science. The courses are structured that way; if you take the prerequisites for every course, even without an extensive computer science background, you can learn a lot.
What’s your dream job?
My dream role would be doing application development with a passionate and enthusiastic team in a small organization where my work and contribution would be recognized.
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