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Ruben Rivera


Military Service

U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant


20 years served


Seeking a career in information technology


Stafford, VA

About Ruben

My name is Ruben Rivera. I retired from the Marines in 2017. My last rank was Gunnery Sergeant and my last billet was Personnel Chief out of Tanks Battalion San Diego Ca. After retirement I pursued my goal to be a software developer.

My interest in coding started after publishing some websites using WordPress; I wanted to change things in the layout and I did but very minimal changes after watching YouTube videos and other instructions. I decided I would pursue web development once I retired. I finally started once I left the Marines. I have moved a few times in the few years years so it's been hard to focus on my goal; however, in the last couple of years I have been able to finally receive focused training on Software development.

I started attending ECPI university out of Virginia and back in December 2020 I finished a coding boot camp with General Assembly out Washington DC. We learned the basics from how to use the CLI, how to use GitHub, all the way to building a full stack application and deployed it live. I was approved to use the VA program VetTech which focuses on training vets on High demand Tech jobs through vetted schools. I complted the VET TECH program and I was able to get my certifications on CompTIA Sec Plus, CEH and Splunk core user..

Finally I was approved for the Stems Rogers scholarship which extends my post 9/11 GI Bill benefits so I can finish my degree in Software Development / Security hopefully in the summer of 2023.

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Questions by Ruben

7 months ago

Looking for a mentor or resources

Hello everyone. I just finished my degree in Software Development and Security and started applying for jobs and job searching...

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7 months ago

Job Hunting for Software Development Jobs and FDM groupo Called but I need advise

Hello everyone. I finally completed my school program with the University of Maryland Global Campus in Software Development and Security....

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11 months ago

Finally about to get my degree and I have some questions

Hello everyone, I am finally on my last two classes and hopefully I will complete my program mid July 2023. I...

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one year ago

Looking for help for my resume

Hello everyone, I have four classes left to finish my Bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland in Software Development...

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one year ago

Trying to define a pathway

Hello everyone, I have about 23 credits until I get my degree from the University of Maryland in Software development/security. ...

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