Meet Craig, QA Automation Engineer at TransLoc
Craig wore many hats. From roles in music publishing and banking to managing a pawn shop for seven years, the New York native picked up a wide range of skills across industries as he navigated the 2008 recession.
Working eleven hour days (plus weekends) as a project manager in construction cost Craig family time and contentment. “I would’ve always found a way to make a living. But I wouldn’t have always found a way to make a living and be happy.”
Thanks to a “push” from his partner, Craig pivoted to tech. Now, Craig is an Associate Quality Assurance Automation Engineer at TransLoc. He tests and writes automation engineering for the company’s Android and iOS mobile apps using programming languages and frameworks such as Ruby, Swift, and Kotlin. Best of all? Craig tells us, “I’m happy at the end of the day.”
I would’ve always found a way to make a living. But I wouldn’t have always found a way to make a living and be happy.
Up next for Craig is a lot more learning about mobile development and ultimately a role as staff engineer. “Should I continue on this particular path of Quality Assurance, there’s a lot of room to grow both in my company and in the industry in general,” says Craig.
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But it’s outside of the office (one he proverbially leaves at 5) where Craig sees the real success of a career in tech. “I get home from work and my family is happy and spends time together. That relationship with your kids gets better because you’re in a better mood and you’re able to have a more positive influence on them. There are certain things money can’t buy and that lifestyle exists in tech and that’s been a godsend.”
Construction industry “networking” looked more like everyone making self-serving strategic moves. So when choosing which code school to join, Craig weighted Momentum’s extensive professional network as the deciding factor. On the other side of graduation, that network has not disappointed. “When you go into the industry and you tell people you’re from Momentum, people know the Momentum team. [Momentum] really knows everybody and they are highly respected. It’s not just that they know them, it’s that they respect them.”
In twenty odd years of working, Craig’s current role is not only his favorite but the most fun, too. Craig says, “[Having a career in tech] is less about being able to earn an income it’s more about being able to be happy as you do so and having the flexibility in tech to be able to spend time with your family and take vacations and do the things that are often frowned upon in other areas. You get to be treated like a human being and live like one.” We couldn’t agree more, or be happier for this fisherman family man.