Bental Wong, software engineer
Hewlett Packard, Vancouver, Washington
First degree: business
“I found my true calling.”
Bental wanted to be an engineer as a child but instead got a business degree and established a career in accounting and banking.
“I’ve always been drawn to technology, and fascinated with what it can do to solve people’s problems,” Bental said.
He wanted to explore his passion for creating, but returning to school when he already had a career and family was a challenge. It was the flexibility of the online degree program made it possible for him to change careers in just a year.
“I have two children, so I needed to be able to do the program from home. That I could do it on my schedule was important. I ended up doing the one-year track but I wanted to feel like I could switch to a longer program if I needed to,” he said.
Bental had three job offers within weeks of graduating. He felt he could be happy with any of the jobs he was offered, but he was most excited about working for Hewlett Packard on a new innovation that will allow web-enabled printers to automatically order ink when toner is getting low.
“I heard the job market was great but until you get into that process you don’t know if it’s just hype or if it’s the reality. It’s definitely a very strong job market,” Bental said.