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Brandon Savage–Blogging Alumnus

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It’s always interesting to see what our political science graduates are doing after graduation.  We have lawyers aplenty and many people working in government and politics.  But sometimes a road leads in another direction.

Check out what recent graduate Brandon Savage says about his path:

I was born in Fremont, California and grew up in Yuba City, California. I attended Yuba City High School and University of the Pacific, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with an emphasis in United States Government.

Computers had always held an interest for me, and I began working with the Office of Information Technology at the University of the Pacific. While operating a geopolitical rolepalying game, I became frustrated with doing math by hand, and decided to learn a programming language to do it for me. PHP was the language I selected, in the early days of PHP 4.

After moving to the Washington area in 2007, I accepted a job as a Systems Administrator with CACI, working on a contract at the United States Department of State. In early 2008 I moved to DC PHP, where I worked on projects for Freedom House, Greenpeace USA, Birthright Israel and others. As a self-taught programmer I have excelled at learning the core fundamentals of programming, including object-oriented design, library building, and project management.

In late 2008, I accepted a position with The Bivings Group, where I am currently employed as a Custom Application Developer.

Note how Brandon’s interest in politics both led him to develop greater programming expertise and prepared him to work on a number of government and politics related projects.

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