Software engineer at Beacon Platform and Fullstack Academy alum Ari Kramer always knew what he wanted to do.
Before he attended Fullstack’s immersive coding bootcamp, he worked as a sportswriter for Newsday right out of college.
“It was my dream to be a sportswriter,” he says. “[But] after doing it for three years, I had grown tired of working nights and weekends every single week, and it was time for me to make a switch.”
Ready for his next move, Ari spent some time researching his options, considering marketing and teaching and discussing career paths with his friends and peers.
He didn’t want to give up his dream for just anything, but he started getting inspired when he wrote a few lines of code on Codecademy and took a prep course that promised to get him into one of the top coding bootcamps—Fullstack being one of them.
Beyond the language focus and the rigorous curriculum, Fullstack also fosters a genuine and enduring community by creating a supportive environment—with connections that last well beyond graduation.
“You get to know a lot of people, and we’re all going through the same thing, so it’s very easy to create relationships,” he says.
Now working at Beacon Platform, which recently raised $20 million in Series B funding, he sees the immense value of getting an immersive coding education.
“Switching to become a software developer is the best decision I’ve ever made,” he says.