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A Journey from the Skies to Software: Embracing IT through Online Learning

In a remarkable tale of career transformation, Jordan Cyntje’s journey from the precision-driven world of air traffic control to the innovative realm of software development epitomizes the transformative potential of online learning. This post delves into Jordan’s inspiring transition, facilitated by IT4Curaçao’s Full-Stack Software Engineer Program, highlighting not only his personal and professional growth but also the broader opportunities that online platforms offer for developing IT job skills. Join us as we explore Jordan’s story, illustrating the power of digital education in bridging career aspirations with the dynamic demands of the IT sector.

IT4Curaçao Full-Stack Software Engineer Program: a challenging, exciting and educational experience”.

– Jordan Cyntje –

Jordan Cyntje is a 28-year-old Air Traffic Controller from Curaçao, now working in the ATC Tower at the Aruba Queen Beatrix International Airport, is one of five students that embarked on a year-long journey, to become a certified full-stack engineer. Jordan is a MIL graduate, likes gaming and loves his job as an air traffic controller. “I’m forever calculating in my head, and I love that!”.

Yet, he had been scouting for some time for opportunities to work remotely. A friend of his, currently working in The Netherlands, sent him the link of IT4Curaçao. Thank you, friend! IT4Curaçao had been actively recruiting individuals with an interest in becoming software developers and join the IT workforce of Curaçao. We’re happy the IT-ecosystem got to Jordan, because he applied for a position in the very first group of IT-enthusiasts, successfully passed the interview rounds and embarked on a learning journey to become a certified full-stack engineer.

I had the opportunity to interview Jordan and I learned a lot about his experience.

Interview with Jordan Cyntje

Recently certified software engineer

How was the interview process?

The interviews went very smoothly. I felt like there was a lot in my favor. I knew from the start that only five applicants were to be selected for this program, but I was very confident that I was going to take one of those seats. I had a total of two interviews and after the second interview I was told that I was one of the chosen ones.

How was your first day?

The day I got to know the other members of the group I was a little shocked. The class was very different than I expected. The people that enrolled were very diverse; a teacher, a student and two people that worked in hospitality… And me of course, an air traffic controller. Everyone had different skills in different area’s and only one person had a little experience with IT.

How did you experience the course?

I thought it was going to be a smooth ride, also for the other members of the group. Boy was I wrong! The course was very intense, it required a lot of time and a lot of dedication. I was lucky to have a lot of time on my hands thanks to my job.

The course is set up nicely. You always start with some theory, a lot of reading. After getting familiar with the theoretical part, you transition pretty smoothly into coding. “They do it in such a way that you’re excited to start coding”. My first line of code: ‘Hello World’ on a page was extremely exciting. “I was like what??!! I did that!” My excitement and skills kept growing as I learned more and more.

Which programming languages did you learn?

We did HTML, JavaScript, React and CSS.

What was the hardest part of learning a new software language?

Even though I have a high proficiency in the English language, I was unfamiliar with the terminology used in some of the languages, especially React. I had to look up certain words on Google to understand the logic of my code. The language used by software developers, although English, is not as easy as it seems.

What is your view of IT?
I was always interested in IT and I have a friend who works in the sector as a software developer, so I am regularly updated on the trends within the sector. Right now, I want to jump into this world. My goal is to be able to independently work in the sector as a software developer. Matter of fact, my partner also got enthusiastic about IT and is currently enrolled in a different type of course in the IT sector.

Anything else you want to add?

“I would like to express my gratitude towards IT4Curaçao for the opportunity, their patience and time spent on us. It’s a skill I have acquired, and I will be forever grateful for it. I will make good use of it”.

Opportunities Offered by Online Learning Platforms for Developing IT Job Skills

Online learning platforms, such as the CodeCademy platform that facilitated Jordan’s transformative journey into software development, are creating unprecedented opportunities for individuals to develop essential IT job skills. These platforms offer a myriad of benefits:

  • Accessibility Across Geographies: They democratize access to education, allowing anyone with an internet connection to learn, irrespective of their location.
  • Comprehensive Learning Resources: With a mix of interactive coding exercises, video tutorials, and forums, learners can engage with material in a way that best suits their learning style.
  • Curriculums Aligned with Industry Needs: The courses are often developed in collaboration with industry experts, ensuring that the skills taught are what employers are actively seeking.
  • Global Networking Opportunities: Learners gain access to a worldwide community, opening doors to collaboration, mentorship, and employment opportunities across the globe.
  • Flexible Learning Paths: The self-paced nature of online learning enables individuals to balance their studies with personal and professional obligations, making career transitions more feasible.
  • Credentialing and Certification: Successful completion of courses often awards certifications that can bolster a resume, showcasing dedication and competency to prospective employers.
  • Career Development Services: Many platforms also offer career counseling, interview prep, and even direct recruitment services to help learners transition into their new careers seamlessly.

Jordan’s success story is a testament to the power of online learning in bridging the gap between traditional career paths and the evolving demands of the global IT industry. As the digital landscape continues to expand, online learning platforms stand at the forefront of education, equipping aspiring professionals with the tools they need to succeed in the tech-driven future.

Are you also exploring opportunities to transition into IT? Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you on your journey.