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Background

I’m an interpreter of sign language and a guide for blind people. This is something that I have really enjoyed doing.

Why are you attending the Coding Fellowship?

I was curious about coding so I decided to start teaching myself about it. I discovered that I really enjoyed it. I started to meet people from the industry at events and meetups and was advised to look into enrolling on the DevelopMe_ bootcamp. It seemed like a great opportunity to develop myself in the field and get the skills needed to start working in the industry quickly.

What role are you looking for after the Coding Fellowship? Where do you see yourself in the future?

I’ve really enjoyed the frontend stuff I’ve done so far. I find the visual side of web development very interesting. There is so much you can create with code!

I also think that it’s important to have an understanding of what’s going on in the backend and how some of the backend languages work so you are able to understand what is going on in the background.

What was your coding experience before the Coding Fellowship?

I didn’t have much experience before starting the course. I had mostly been learning HTML and CSS, teaching myself by reading documentation and following some online courses on Codecademy.

How have you found the Fellowship so far?

I think is great, we are learning a lot of new things everyday. It’s really intensive, but well worth it.

What have you enjoyed most?

So far the language I’ve enjoyed the most is JavaScript and learning about how to use the command line terminal is super cool.

What have you found hardest?

Maybe php, trying to understand how everything works on the backend, but eventually we all got there!

What advice would you give to someone thinking of attending the Fellowship?

I would definitely advise them to do it. The teachers and the people who run the Fellowship are very nice, the course is really well structured and you meet a lot of great people during the course.

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Background

Teacher, sound engineer and musician. I studied a sound engineering and composition BA, followed by a PGCE and PGDip in Music Education. I’ve worked in theatres, studios and schools as well as touring with bands and releasing recorded music.

Why are you attending the Coding Fellowship?

I’m really attracted to the idea of having fascinating, stimulating, flexible work in a thriving industry.

What role are you looking for after the Coding Fellowship? Where do you see yourself in the future?

I’d like to get more experience in an agency before eventually going freelance. I’d love to link my sound design and composition back into this, building creative applications for use in music and performance.

What was your coding experience before the Coding Fellowship?

I sweated over Supercollider – a language designed for sound synthesis – for a year, about five years ago, but eventually gave up as I didn’t have the knowledge base to get it off the ground. I then moved onto MAXMSP – a visual programming language for music – which got me to think like a programmer, if not write actual code. Despite getting along with this very well, it definitely made me think that writing code was a much more elegant system for building things – so I carried a little flame for the idea of becoming a coder for quite a while.

How have you found the Fellowship so far?

Brilliant, frequently overwhelming, occasionally frustrating, always stimulating. I’m having a wonderful time. The teachers are very knowledgeable and experienced and are a pleasure to work with.

What have you enjoyed most?

Javascript and the thought process that goes into solving abstract problems. The experience of getting a grasp on some pretty abstract ideas then trying to combine and manipulate them in your head. I also love the atmosphere here at Developme HQ. The other students on the cohort are wonderful people to spend time with and there’s a real culture of humour and mutual support.

What have you found hardest?

Probably the fact that we have to move to a new topic each week or fortnight. We’re covering a huge amount in a relatively short time so we’re having to get comfortable with immersion in a particular language then having faith that if we put it down we’ll be able to pick it back up when we need to.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of attending the Fellowship?

The course is a huge commitment – in terms of time, energy and money – so it ultimately has to be taken very seriously. It’s a huge challenge but an incredibly rewarding one too. Do some free courses online, and if coding appeals to you, I can’t think of a better way of going from novice to professional in such a short time.

Interested in becoming a web developer?

Attend a Coding Fellowship Introduction Evening taster workshop.
Download the Coding Fellowship information pack.
Sign up for updates about the course, students and employers.