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Gaining a Caltech Certification to Augment Self-Taught Coding Skills

Rogelio Lotho

Rogelio Lotho

12+ years

Software Developer

Software Developer

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Software Developer

Software Developer


As documented by Rogelio Lotho

I am an IT professional with over two decades of experience. I am currently living in New Mexico and for the past four years, I have been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory under the Department of Energy as a software developer. My duties include software maintenance in PHP, Node.js, Mern and .net. I also maintain various applications, which includes app and web development and upgradation. 

I am a self-taught developer, and I realized that I was lacking a solid foundation in software development, so I decided to take a course. My work revolves around handling various applications. Currently, I am handling five different applications in .NET, PHP, and other programming languages. With very little knowledge about new and emerging technologies, I was facing significant challenges at work. But now I have seen a difference in myself; I am able to perform these tasks better and more efficiently. I am confident that completing the course will help me get recognized at my company. 

Professional Journey

I am an IT professional with over two decades of experience in the field. I am originally from the Philippines, graduated from a school in the Philippines, and I have lived and worked in various countries. I relocated to Australia during the initial days of my career. After that, I moved to Europe and worked in Germany for some time. I got a job in Zurich, Switzerland as a Micro Strategist in 1999. I moved to the United States a year later in 2000 and started working small jobs in the IT sector. I started working with Pepperdine University as a web and multimedia developer in 2005. In 2014, I earned a Masters in Business Administration from the same university. I worked there until 2015.

I started working with Wells Fargo in 2017 as a .NET developer and as a Senior Associate Analytics Developer in 2018 where I developed an API controller for a customer survey system. 

The Decision to Upskill

My background in software development is mostly self-taught; I don’t really have a solid foundation. Before I enrolled in the course, I had very little knowledge about Angular, Java, Full Stack, and Cloud. I really wanted to enhance my knowledge and I thought a course might be helpful. 

I chose Simplilearn because my company requires me to attend a course from a U.S.-recognized university, otherwise they won’t consider it during internal interviews, and Caltech CTME is a well-known university. My company approved the course and that is when I enrolled in the Simplilearn program. Another reason I chose this particular course was the excellent curriculum. All the technologies that I wanted to learn were being covered, which helped me choose this course.

Caltech Coding Bootcamp
Earn up to 17 CEU credits and a certificate from Caltech CTME by taking the course online.

How Simplilearn Has Helped Shape My Future

I have seen a lot of changes in my skill set. I have learnt a lot, which makes me confident in Java, Angular, and Springboot. My work revolves around handling various applications. Currently, I am handling five different applications in .NET, PHP, and other programming languages. There were a lot of things that I had to catch up on. I am responsible for maintaining these apps.  

Prior to completing the program, whenever there was an issue with an application at work, I wasn’t able to trace that issue because only the original developer could trace that. Now, I am able to do that because I know all these technologies and coding languages. In fact, in the early part of the course itself, we were given a solid foundation of development, model control and repository, which really helped me at work. I deal with these at work on a regular basis, and I am able to contribute to the senior developers. Also, I have a performance review at my company soon, where I believe the course will be really helpful. 

My Overall Simplilearn Experience

My experience with Simplilearn was great. The curriculum is excellent and the video lessons are amazing. The curriculum and the content of the course is relevant to the industry currently. The instructors were also very knowledgeable and helpful. 

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