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2nd June 2020

Nicola Laing

Coding Fellowship Student: Harriet

We had a chat with one of our current coding fellowship students, Harriet, about her journey into coding and how she is finding the course so far.

Harriet worked in the finance industry before becoming a coding fellowship bootcamp student and making her switch to Tech – an affinity with figures certainly helps when learning to code and she has taken to the Bootcamp seamlessly.

Hannah Coding Bootcamp StudentWhat was your background/career before you joined the Coding Fellowship bootcamp?

BSC Maths and French, eight years in an accountancy firm (audit and corporate finance).

Why consider a coding bootcamp?

I heard about the Develop Me Coding Fellowship from a friend who had completed it a couple of years ago.

My accountancy job didn’t particularly suit me and I was curious to see what coding was all about, so I did a few Codecademy courses and then completed the Develop Me part time front end course. I loved it and immediately signed up for the bootcamp!

What was your main reservation about doing a bootcamp?

Would my total lack of tech experience be an issue? Would I become overwhelmed by the number of new concepts to learn?

Tell us how your experiences have addressed that worry?

All concepts are taught from the ground up and no previous knowledge is assumed, and so my lack of prior experience hasn’t been an issue at all.

The pace is more manageable than I feared. The instructors have been great at breaking down complex concepts into manageable chunks and we are given the time and space to practice and ask questions.

What level of coding had you done before the course?

A couple of Codecademy courses and the Develop Me part time front end course.

How are you enjoying the Coding Fellowship Bootcamp?

I have loved it. It’s all about using logic and building things, both of which I find very satisfying.

I’m really enjoying the feeling of learning something new every day.

How is the LIVE remote learning going?

It’s working really well. I don’t think our learning has been affected at all by going remote, it’s just a shame we can’t hang out together as a cohort.

There’s been a lot of pastoral care from Develop Me which has been lovely, with care packages and weekly one to ones etc.

How have you been supported on the course?

The support has been really good. There’s always someone to turn to for advice, whether it’s technical or careers-related.

What have you been most proud of before joining the Bootcamp?

This is a tough one, but this year I’m feeling proud that I had the guts to walk away from a stable and well paid career that wasn’t giving me satisfaction

We have been running Bristol Coding Bootcamps for almost 5 years and welcome anyone with a learning attitude and a genuine desire to put 100% into their career change. Find out more about our Bootcamp here and get in touch with any queries!

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