Developer Success Story: Cory Watson at Liftoff

“It’s not enough to just get a paycheck. I had to find a place where I could always have something else to learn – something else to grow into.” – Cory Watson, Software Engineer

With the help of CodeSignal, Cory Watson has found exactly that and much more.

Watch this video or read about his impressive story below.

Challenging the Status Quo

After graduating from college with a degree in Computer Science, Cory started looking for jobs in his home state of Indiana. He landed his first programming job, made the move to Indianapolis, and began his career.

“The work was interesting, but, after a while, it felt like all the problems were solved,” Watson said.

Feeling increasingly burnt out, Cory knew a change was imminent. As a result, he made the difficult decision to move back home and reevaluate his career options.

“That’s when I found CodeSignal, and it was exactly the type of thing I was looking for.”

Participating in CodeSignal programming challenges gave Cory the additional confidence to take his game to a whole new level. With thousands of tasks, company challenges, and practice interviews, Cory refined his programming skills in CodeSignal’s highly engaging and interactive ecosystem.

Better yet, Cory realized that his score was on par with – if not better than – other developers who took the same tests.

“There were some people who I thought might just be better than me,” Watson said. “Going head first into that kind of challenge was the best confidence booster I could have asked for.”

Top Coding Score Leads to Silicon Valley Job Offer

Soon after establishing his top-tier Coding ScoreTM through CodeSignal, Cory received an interview invitation from Liftoff, a well-known mobile app marketing and retargeting company based in Palo Alto, California. Liftoff needed developers who were efficient with code but could also dive deeper into a variety of areas, such as front end, machine learning, and distributed systems. Cory’s Coding ScoreTM and CodeSignal profile made it easier for Liftoff to gain a 360-degree understanding of his skills and expertise even before meeting in person.

“Cory had a really high coding score, and we were impressed with that,” said Yordanos Asmare, Recruiting Lead at Liftoff.

Seeing Cory’s true potential, Liftoff came through with an enticing offer. Cory accepted the offer, packed up, and moved west to embark on an exciting new career in Silicon Valley.

Since joining Liftoff, Cory has enjoyed a more fulfilling work life.

“Liftoff is the perfect place for me to keep moving forward and advance my knowledge of computer science,” Watson said.

Liftoff has also benefited from the relationship.

“From the beginning, Cory hit exactly the bar we were looking for – able to get things done with code quickly and also ramp up rapidly on some tough problems,” said Harry Robertson, CTO & Co-Founder at Liftoff.

Challenge Yourself to Achieve Greater Things

Frustrated with your current career path? If so, perhaps it’s time to follow Cory Watson’s lead by challenging yourself through the CodeSignal platform. As Cory so aptly pointed out:

“We need to challenge ourselves….to try new things and get excitement out of what we’re doing.”

If you’re ready to take control of your career and challenge yourself, sign up for your free CodeSignal account and get your Coding ScoreTM today.

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