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2nd June 2020

Nicola Laing

Coding Fellowship Student: Jack

Our current bootcamp student, Jack, has been talking to us about why he wanted to become a developer and how he is enjoying the DevelopMe course.

Jack started early with his love of computers and studied that at college – after a period of time in careers outside of tech he decided to take the plunge and invest in himself to make a firm career change to a Junior Developer.

Fellowship Student JackWhat was your background/career before you joined the Coding Fellowship bootcamp?

I studied “computing and information technology” in college which primarily covered computer hardware construction, repairing software errors, and system security.

After that, I moved to Spain and on my return worked in various hospitality jobs before joining the bootcamp

Why consider a coding bootcamp?

I have always been interested in web development but was unsure how I would get on the career ladder.

After talking to the instructors and past students I could tell DevelopMe offered a speedy, direct journey into becoming a Junior Web Developer.

What was your main reservation about doing a bootcamp?

Would I be able to learn and retain the large amounts of information in such a short period of time?

Tell us how your experiences have addressed that worry?

Joining DevelopMe has been an accelerated kick start in the right direction.

I’ve learned more in the past few months than I would have been able to teach myself in a few years. It’s been challenging at times but a very rewarding experience.

What level of coding had you done before the course?

Apart from the preparation work that Develop Me gave me, none.

How are you enjoying the Coding Fellowship Bootcamp?

I currently have two weeks left of lessons before starting our projects and I am sad at the thought of it ending.

I’ve enjoyed my experience at DevelopMe and the instructors and teaching assistants have been supportive, knowledgeable, friendly and professional.

I would recommend the course to anyone that has an interest in web development.

Due to Covid-19 the learning environment is now Live Remote rather than in the classroom! How have you found that? 

The transition to work remotely has been seamless.

I mimicked the classroom by positioning a TV monitor above my laptop which is where I play the lectures.

It has also given me extra time to learn as now the commute consists of walking 10 meters to my laptop instead of taking a bus and a train.

How have you been supported on the course?

All of the instructors and teaching assistants have been very knowledgeable and supportive. They have created a very welcoming, comfortable and relaxed environment which makes them very approachable with any questions or concerns you might have.

The Friday 1-1s are valuable for regular reflection on how the week went and for personal feedback.

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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