Before Momentum, Hank, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, worked as a Sales Specialist at a high-growth startup.
He describes his time in sales as equal parts invigorating and frustrating— while he enjoyed his work, the feelings he had at the end of the day largely fluctuated. Some days he felt like he was at the top of the world, and other days, he left work feeling defeated.
In his sales role, Hank’s interaction with his customers gave him the realization that he not only wanted to help his customers pick the best product offering for them, but he also wanted to be able to build and adjust the product offering to meet their needs. That’s when Hank decided he wanted to learn how to code.
After graduating from Momentum, Hank joined a local agency as a Software Developer where he helped build consumer retail websites for up and coming brands. That position led him to take on a role as an Associate QA Engineer at nCino, Inc., where he is now.
I remember when I finished on Demo Day, I actually had already committed to working for [a local agency]. So before that course was even over, I had a job.
“After presenting at Demo Day, I had people walk up and tell me that I should come in and speak to them at [their] company. Every interview I’ve had since [then], I’ve never seen people as excited to talk to me, because I have [experience] in sales, and I also know what I am talking about when it comes to technology.”
Speaking to the knowledge gap he’s bridged since Momentum and the ways the skills he developed in sales apply to his new career in tech, he says, “Being able to bring in a skillset that you’ve refined [and] can apply, [and adding] on top of that, the technical knowledge to build software and understand software [is] a really effective couple. I have one friend [who is] a really great salesperson [and] he always tells me that he wishes he had the knowledge about what he’s selling that I do. So that feels pretty good.”
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Beyond the positive change he’s experienced in terms of his career, Hank is also thankful for the community he’s gained through Momentum. He loves the space that Momentum has provided for its alumni to continue to connect, and says, “[You can’t find a more] immediate meeting space with people who are willing to support you. It’s like at any given time you can pop in, say hello, and you’re back among people who you can trust, and who want the best for you.”
Looking forward, Hank says simply, “You never stop learning.” He hopes to continue to be as creative as possible, and is excited about contributing to his company in new ways. We’re thrilled for him and all the opportunities his future no doubt holds.