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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 recently approved to use the VA program VetTech which focuses on training vets on High demand Tech jobs through vetted schools. I am currently attending Intellectual Point for a 3 month DevOps course, and once done this summer I will be certified on CompTIA Security+, CEH and Splunk Certified 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 spring of 2023.

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Questions by Ruben

5 months 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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10 months 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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one year ago

Blockchain Developers

Hello Everyone, Looking for a mentor or someone to talk to about blockchain development. I'm a software engineer student, I...

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one year ago

Networking, Internships, Entry level developer jobs

Hello everyone, I've been trying to learn development for the past three years with conventional schools, coding boot camp and...

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one year ago

IT Certs, Software Developer Training, DevOps. Career pathway?

Bit of background. I retired from the Marines in 2017 I retired as a Personnel Chief and wanted to pursue learning...

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