Is a coding bootcamp possible in your second language?
Although from Portugal and only residing in the UK for 7 years, Bruno overcame his worries about the speed and intensity of the 12 week learning phase and really enjoyed his journey.
What was your background before joining the bootcamp;
I am from Portugal, have lived in the UK for 7 years and had just finished College when I started the full time coding bootcamp.
What experience of coding did you have prior to the bootcamp?
I have always been interested in coding, one of my current hobbies is developing mobile games on a platform called Unity with C#. I am also interested in the design of Web applications and how they work front-end and back-end.
What gave you the idea of a bootcamp?
I feel like this course is perfect for learning all the in and outs, how it all works behind the scenes and the experience of working in a group to make it all possible.
Also appealing was the assistance given to find job opportunities at the end of the course.
What was your main question before starting the bootcamp?
At first I was concerned about the intensive aspect of the course, and keeping pace with the content we were learning, as it was something brand new that many of us had no experience in.
How has your experience set your mind at rest?
As the course went on I found this was not such a problem, although many times the content was difficult and challenging, the instructors and teaching assistants always encouraged us to ask for help and I never felt as if I was falling behind on tasks.
Tell us about your experience on the bootcamp so far?
The teaching has been incredible, all the teachers show a very clear and detailed understanding of the content that they are teaching us, which allows for a much better learning experience.
The curriculum was set in a clear structured way so I always felt like I was improving on things I had previously learned.
How would you describe the remote working learning experience?
Initially I thought it would be a disadvantage not being in the classroom environment, however, I have since changed my mind. Remote learning allowed us to stay at home where we can have much better setups, not travelling daily and also gave us an early experience of how working from home will be.
How would you describe the support?
Support has been great, instructors and assistants always manage to help us with any problems we have, plus we are constantly asked about other aspects such as our health which just shows how concerned they are about us outside of the main curriculum too.
I would be open to work in any industry, I don’t really have any preferences – although I think that may change as I get more experience.
An organisation with a very family type of atmosphere, where everyone works together to achieve a certain goal and you are not left floundering would be great!
Tell us what you are proud of now you have finished the course?
I am definitely proud of how far I’ve come since the start of the course. Creating a working full stack application is a very big achievement for me – something I would have not expected to be able to do in such a short time.
After 5 years of delivering our Coding Fellowship we are proud of all our full time course students and welcome applications from other motivated people. Excitingly we have also launched a part time version of the course too. You can apply here.