Career changing to secure job satisfaction – Jacques
Working as an engineer was the traditional route after finishing his degree - a career change to software development was a sideways move for Jacques to bravely secure future job satisfaction.
What is your background?
I was working as a design engineer in the construction industry which was my first job straight out of university. After 5 years my list of reasons for changing careers exceeded my reasons to stay.
So when COVID disrupted my industry it was the obvious time to make that switch.
How do you like to spend your spare time?
I love cycling / surfing and I am a proud owner of half a paddle board!
What experience of coding did you have prior to the bootcamp?
I had been doing online courses on and off since 2016.
What are you hoping to achieve through attending a Coding Bootcamp?
I am keen to work with back and front end technologies within a team of Developers where I can bring value whilst learning as I work.
My longer aim is to work towards managing a team.
What was your main concern before starting the bootcamp?
I was interested to see if I would enjoy spending whole days coding. I had done online courses on and off but never committed large chunks of time to it.
My other concern? Would I be learning core transferable coding skills / concepts? or would I leave the course just being able to code in a specific language using a specific framework?
How has your experience set your mind at rest?
Both have been answered!
I have really enjoyed both the lectures and exercises/projects. The rate the content was delivered and how the challenges were set out worked really well. It was always engaging but never too stretching or overwhelming.
Now at the end of the course I am confident I can learn and pick up any language, so I definitely don’t feel like a one trick pony.
Tell us about your experience on the bootcamp?
The one thing I really enjoyed is the variety of instructors covering each part of the course. It kept things fresh and made it easier to remember concepts by putting different faces to each topic.
How did you find remote learning and support?
I would have preferred the classroom from the social aspect, but in terms of the course and quality of learning, being remote has had no negative affect. Being at home with two screens, a mouse and a keyboard has been pretty useful!
There were always two instructors on hand during challenges so I never felt isolated learning from home. Code sharing on video calls has worked really well using screen sharing.
What are you most proud of during the bootcamps?
The first React app I made. Although it was relatively simple we learnt how to build it in a scalable way!
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