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2nd March 2017

Oli Ward

Student profile: Oliver

We caught up with Coding Fellowship Bootcamp student, Oliver, to discuss his background, his career change and his experience of the course so far.


I started playing with websites when I was about 15.

After my A-levels I went travelling, and, in Thailand, met some developers and what they did sounded really interesting.

I then discovered Codecademy and started looking into attending a bootcamp.

Why are you attending the Coding Fellowship?

I really enjoyed coding and wanted to be around like-minded people and get stuck in learning more.

What role are you looking for after the Coding Fellowship?

I would like to make websites that people like using; to make cool things that people love, and that I’m proud of.

I am mainly interested in visual side rather than back-end.

What was your coding experience before the Coding Fellowship?

I’d made a simple PayPal shop and trying to do layout positioning.

I’d done all of the HTML & CSS exercises on Codecademy, doing bootstrap exercises on Free Code Camp,  and building a portfolio site.

How have you found the Fellowship so far?

So far the Fellowship has been fantastic and the course has gone above and beyond anything I could’ve expected.

One of the key things I’ve enjoyed is the intensity of the course, every day there’s new problems to solve and it feels great when you overcome them, and when the day is over I’m always looking forward to what we’re going to be working on next.

What have you enjoyed most?

I really enjoyed working with Javascript but in particular using the Angular framework and realising how powerful it is for creating great single page web applications and it makes working with forms and validation a breeze. When this was tied into making Hybrid Mobile Apps with ionic it was the icing on the cake and really good fun to make several mobile apps.

What have you found hardest?

Because of the quality of the teachers nothing has been too hard to overcome however there has certainly been some tricky parts, for instance working with PHP for the first time was really interesting but a good challenge getting my head around how the backend of the web works.


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