In today’s world, everything is readily accessible because
of the advancements within the field of technology. From software and app
development to cybersecurity and forensics, there is an abundance of opportunities
for students to enter the technology workforce and succeed. Michael Enright is
one of these successful individuals who embraced the opportunity to turn his
dream of becoming a software engineer into a reality.
“I was always fascinated by computers, but we could not
afford one, so I cherished the moments I got to play with one at a friend’s
house or at school,” said Enright.
As the eldest of six children, money was tight growing up.
Deciding at a young age that he wanted a career where he “could live comfortably,”
he attempted college after graduating high school, but financial reasons kept
him from continuing.
While working as a waiter to support his family of four,
Enright knew there was more to life than waiting tables, saying, “I knew I
could be doing better for myself and my family.” Agreeing to visit Hodges
University (known as International College at the time) with his friend, who
was preparing to enroll, Enright was unaware of the decision he was about to
make for his own life.
“While I was there helping him out, I decided this was the perfect time and school for me to continue
my education as well. I knew I could focus primarily on night classes and still
provide for my family,” he said.
In January 2000, he enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in
computer information technology program. While the program provides students
the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of technology-based applications
and information systems, students also strengthen their skill sets within a
particular area of expertise. For Enright, he decided to pursue the software
track after taking Introduction to Programming, saying, “Dr. Nelson saw in me
the passion and skill for software engineering, and he fostered it. I ended up
being his teaching assistant (TA) for a couple semesters.”
His passion for the field and work as a TA led Enright to
receive Hodges’ Student of the Year for computer information technology in
2002. It was also during this time that he found himself working 70 hours per
week at two jobs as well as going to school full
time. Keeping his GPA at 3.96, Enright admits that 18-month period was
one of the most challenging.
Since graduating in April 2003, Enright has worked his way
up in the technology world. Joining Interop Technologies in 2007, he climbed
the ladder moving up from software engineer to senior software engineer to
software development manager to finally, director of software development and
Overseeing a department of 20 engineers, he admits, “My
meteoritic rise over the last 10 years at my current company is quite the
accomplishment. I came in as a software engineer, and now I am running the
Using the core skills learned while as a student, he
continually works to solve industry and customer technology issues and credits
Hodges for providing the fundamental foundation for which he continues to build
upon in his career.
Featured in Hodges’ “Follow the Leaders” campaign, Enright
is grateful for his experience at Hodges and encourages others to pursue their
dream careers, saying, “Hodges is a great school that will help you build a
solid foundation. However, an education can only take you so far. It is up to
you to take what you learn at Hodges and go after the career you want. Take
that foundation and build on it, brick by brick.”