Coding Hobby Turned Career Change
May 15, 2018 | Express Scripts
Bobby Adashev is an associate programmer analyst working to create technology that helps members save money on their prescriptions.
Bobby’s path to working in technology has been anything but traditional. As a journalism and economics major, he began working in film and television production after graduating from college. The next 5 years of his career were spent editing and producing videos at CNBC, NBCUniversal, and NBC News.
“I’ve always had an affinity for tech and computers, but I was a bit intimidated by programming until about a year after graduating college,” Bobby said. “That’s when I decided to give Codeacademy a try.” For those that may be unfamiliar, Codeacademy is an online platform that offers free coding classes in 12 different programming languages. Hours of tutorials, tinkering, and testing later, Bobby turned his coding hobby into a career change.
When Bobby heard about a technology opening at Express Scripts, he decided to look into the company. “What really drew me to Express Scripts was the ability for me to take my tech obsession to the next level. It’s one thing to code and work on your own, but it’s an entirely better experience to have people around that can teach and guide you.”
Currently, Bobby works on a team tasked with developing software that decides whether medications can be switched from one drug to another more cost-effective drug when appropriate. Improvements Bobby and his team make not only save consumers money on their medications but make the drug determination process much quicker.
While Bobby has only been in his role for a little over a year, the amount he’s learned is unmatched. “The one reason I really love working at Express Scripts is the open and supportive culture,” said Bobby. “Senior developers and managers are always open to answer questions and teach me about the business side of the organization, not just the technology side.”
Bobby’s advice for anyone thinking about making a switch to the technology field is to choose a structured online program and stick with it. “Also, building a portfolio is extremely important,” said Bobby. “Portfolios are a way to show and not just tell other people what you can do.”
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