Using a Coding Bootcamp to career change – Meet Ben
Although taking a break to change careers can be daunting, Ben recognised that a move to becoming a Software Developer could give him the best of both worlds - using his experience in financial services and new coding skills to work in FinTech.
What was your background before joining the Coding Fellowship?
I’m from Bristol and after graduating from Plymouth University I moved back here 6 years ago to work in financial services.
What experience with coding did you have prior to the bootcamp?
In my last role I worked as a business analyst which gave me an insight as to how tech works for companies.
What gave you the idea of a using a Coding Bootcamp to career change?
When I decided the role as a Business Analyst wasn’t for me, I became interested in the idea of working as a developer.
Although taking the step to change career was a daunting prospect, a change in circumstances helped push me to tackle the challenge of learning to code.
Did you have any reservation about doing a bootcamp?
My main concern prior to starting was whether I’d be able to keep up with how much there would be to learn.
How has your experience set your mind at rest?
Whilst there is a lot to take on, there’s lots of support, and each week is well structured to help you understand the content.
Tell us about your life as a bootcamp student.
I’ve really enjoyed the Coding Fellowship Bootcamp to date and have been amazed how much I’ve been able to learn in such a short period of time. With each week that goes by you can see how the concepts we’ve learned build on each other and how to put them to practice.
Does the remote learning environment work for you?
Yes as it allows me to focus on coding without distraction. When learning something new it’s easy to compare yourself to others which isn’t always helpful but learning remotely helps mitigate this.
How would you describe the support?
The atmosphere is great and everyone on the cohort is really supportive. Within class, instructors and teaching assistants are always really helpful and attentive.
There is also great communication outside of the classroom.
Do you feel drawn to a particular industry for when you graduate?
I’d be open and excited to work in any industry but working in Fintech would be of particular interest to me. With a background in finance and a continued interest in the area I think it would be a great spot for me to utilise my new coding skill set in.
Tell us more about you – what achievements are you proud of?
I think prior to starting the bootcamp completing the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning was a great achievement given the dedication it needed outside of working hours to complete it.
Since starting the bootcamp I think each week I’m more proud of what I achieve, so right now it’s the work we are doing with Laravel but I’m sure that will change again and again!
We have been helping students change careers into Tech for over 5 years. In April 2021 we are launching a part time version of our bootcamp which you can read more about here and more about the full time course here. Questions? you will get a quick response by emailing us as [email protected]