A bike trip across country led David Seaver to find a second career in Colorado.
What are you doing now? What was your pathway?
I’m a software engineer in Denver, CO at EMS Software. EMS is a Software As A Service (SAAS) company commonly. We build calendaring software for booking meeting rooms and managing office space. We offer on-premise, as well as cloud solutions.
I’m on my “second” career. I started as a farmer / EMT in New Hampshire. Got burned out after five years and took off exploring. I rode a dirt bike from New Hampshire to Alaska then down to San Francisco over the course of about six months. Denver won and I decided to stay here. After several years, I enrolled in a coding Bootcamp and repurposed myself a software engineer.
Has there been a recent endeavor or passion that you are proud to have accomplished or pursued?
I recently got promoted, from the quality team. This title and work is something I’ve been pursuing for over 3 years.
Was there a moment, person or experience at WHS that you remember or that has helped you to find your passions or reach your goals?
Ms. Levatino really helped me get through my high school days.
What connection, if any, do you still have to WHS or Winchester schools?
I basically have no connection to Winchester anymore, but would absolutely be willing to help out anyone interested in software or Denver/Boulder.
Is there insight you cn share with current students? A wish that you have for them? Advice?
I’d be very hesitant about going straight to college. Take a year off, explore, try to support yourself. Figure out what you want. Don’t blindly go to some liberal arts school and land yourself in $100k worth of debt with no applicable skills. In order to lead any kind of enjoyment and stability out of life, you’re going to want to start your career with at least a $50k salary. Think about what majors will set you up for that. It’s easier to find a career you can tolerate that supports the things you enjoy outside of work than it is to find a career that will support you doing what you love. Everything eventually becomes a job. Even riding a bike or skiing. I know because I’ve worked as both.
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