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26th May 2017

Oli Ward

Student Profile: Tom

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


I have a degree in Sports Science and spent a number of years as a Personal Trainer. Until recently I was working in sales and tech recruitment which piqued my interest in programming and Web Development.

Why are you attending the Coding Fellowship?

I wanted to learn a new skill set that would benefit me for the rest of my working life and give me a new career. I also love the speed at which the industry is evolving and the constant learning that comes with that.

What role are you looking for after the Coding Fellowship? Where do you see yourself in the future?

In the immediate future I hope to become a Junior Web Developer and concentrate on improving my skills and knowledge. Ultimately, I would like to work building software that improves people’s lives. If I could use the flexibility the job provides to work remotely and live somewhere cool, that would also be great!

What was your coding experience before the Coding Fellowship?

I only started coding in January through online resources like freecodecamp.

How have you found the Fellowship so far?

It has been intense and tiring but absolutely brilliant. The teachers have all been great and made the subject material very clear and easy to understand.

What have you enjoyed most?

The Javascript and jQuery weeks were great. They were challenging but super rewarding as a result. The meetups around the city are also really fun and interesting and a great way to meet likeminded people.

What have you found hardest?

Teaching my brain to think in a different way than I’m used to. It’s unlike anything I’ve done before.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of attending the Fellowship?

Try some of the online resources to see if you like writing code. Attend one of the open evenings with Pete and Oli and if you like what you see then do it! You won’t regret the decision.

Interested in becoming a web developer?

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