David Cordeiro '15, Game Development and Programming
If not for the confidence and leadership skills David Cordeiro ’15 gained as a Becker College student, the Game Development and Programming major wouldn’t have found the courage to take the risks that have since gained him valuable life and career experiences.
“I’m a completely different person now than I was prior to Becker,” Cordeiro said. “The best part of my Becker experience was all the leadership opportunities I had that helped me grow as a person. I lacked social skills when I got to Becker, but I immediately became a tour guide on campus which allowed me to meet new people and then have an hour-long conversation with them. The skills I built in that position then led me to do basically everything a student leader could do at Becker.” Cordeiro went on to serve as the Student Government Association president, a presidential ambassador, an orientation leader, a gateway mentor, president of the Becker College Gaming Tournaments Club, a resident assistant, and a head tour guide.
After graduating last spring, Cordeiro decided to move to Austin, Texas, because of the plethora of “techy” opportunities there. With no job or apartment secured, he boldly made the move and hoped for the best. He quickly landed a position teaching summer classes for Digital Media Academy, an education company that develops and runs technology camps and courses for kids, teens, and adults at prestigious universities across the U.S. and Canada. He taught Intro to Game Programming with Python, Unity Game Development (C#), Minecraft Modding (Java), 3D Game Design, and assisted with a photography class. “I loved every minute of it,” Cordeiro said. “I got to travel and fill openings in a few places in Texas and New York, and I felt like I was having a real impact on students’ lives. Two of my students are now applying to colleges and asked me to write letters of recommendation for them. I was also able to further develop my programming skills.”
Those polished skills helped prime Cordeiro for his next adventure; after his summer teaching position ended, he applied for a software engineer position at Mitratech, a company that creates software for large enterprise legal departments. “Despite the fact that I was not the applicant with the best programming skills, I was able to impress all four people who interviewed me with the communication skills I developed at Becker,” Cordeiro said. His interviewers were also impressed with Cordeiro’s development experience. He shared with them his senior game project from his time at Becker, called Pole Control, a physics-based puzzle game in which players guide a key using magnets through each level and can create their own levels and share them on social media. The original concept for the game was completed during a Becker 24-hour game jam, an event at which people gather to create a game from scratch in just 24 hours.
Cordeiro was hired by Mitratech, and now works to fix software defects as part of a team that is dedicated to releasing patches and updates for several of Mitratech’s products. “My job at Mitratech is awesome,” Cordeiro said. “I really like this company, so my plan is to do this as long as I can.” In the distant future, Cordeiro said he might enjoy doing something that has to do with his passion for education—a passion enhanced by his time at Becker.