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We caught up with Kate 18 months after she graduated from the Coding Fellowship in the Summer of 2018. why she chose to enrol on our Bristol based Coding Bootcamp and how she’s been getting on working in the tech industry since graduation.

What was your background/career before you joined the Coding Bootcamp?

I studied Psychology, worked in a box office and then was working in recruitment when I decided to learn to code.

Coding Fellowship Bootcamp Graduate Kate

Why did you decide to learn to code?

I enjoyed doing little bits of programming for experiments and statistics at uni, and came back to this later while I found myself looking into the possibility of working in UX. I was probably aware of the Bootcamp for about a year before finally enrolling. I did a few online courses and a short evening course in programming at the City of Bristol College which had helped me decide that this would be a suitable path.

How did the Bootcamp prepare you for industry?

There was a collaborative nature to a lot of the projects we worked on during the course, and a good grounding in Git, which is essential for any developer.

How many jobs have you had since graduating from the Coding Bootcamp?

I’ve had two – I worked for three months as a Developer/QA tester at Toumetis before I got a job purely focused on development last summer where I currently work as a Front End Developer at Simpleweb.

What kind of projects do you now work on?

We mostly work with startups and make a lot of React Native apps, for which the Coding Fellowship really helped prepare me. There are other clients with more established digital products, and also other technologies being used including WordPress and Ruby on Rails.

What has been your favourite project so far?

I worked on an app called Giki, which you can use to scan supermarket products and find out how sustainable, recyclable, healthy etc. they are. It was my favourite not only because it is a cool product, but also because the codebase was really tidy when I got to it and the client was really nice and tech-savvy.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of attending our Coding Bootcamp in Bristol?

If you’re thinking about it you must be pretty interested in development already, and if you can commit to lots of hard work and intensive learning for 12 weeks I’d say go for it!

You must be very proud of your career change – what is it like being a women in Tech?!

I am pretty proud; it’s definitely one of the better decisions I’ve ever made. As for being a woman in tech, I can’t really compare it to not being a woman in tech, but my experience has been nothing but positive.

We have been running Coding Bootcamps in Bristol for 4 years! We welcome anyone with a positive attitude to learning. Find out more about our Coding Fellowship programme here and get in touch with any questions!

We caught up with Paul on our Summer 2019 cohort to find out more about his background, why he chose to enrol on our Bristol based Coding Bootcamp and how he’s been finding learning to code so far.

What was your background/career before you joined the Coding Bootcamp?

I studied for a degree in modelmaking and have been working as a modelmaker ever since, specialising in recent years in lighting and electronics for models, exhibitions and installations.

Why are you attending the Coding Bootcamp?

In order to fast track a career change into web development

What were your main questions/concerns before joining the bootcamp?

One of my main concerns before starting the course was finding work on graduation.

How does your experience on the bootcamp now answer those questions/concerns?

Develop Me has great links with tech companies, industry mentors and arranges for interviews at the end of the course which has made me feel more confident about finding work on graduation.

What was your coding experience before the Course?

I didn’t have much in the way of web development coding experience other than doing online courses such as Codecademy. I had however been writing code for several years as part of my job using Arduinos for lighting and electronics.

How have you found the course so far?

I have really enjoyed it so far. Its been fast paced and challenging but thoroughly rewarding.

What have you enjoyed most?

HTML, CSS and Javascript.

What have you found the most challenging?

I have found React to be challenging, but also enjoyable and interesting.

How would you describe the support on the Bootcamp?

I have found the support on the bootcamp amazing. There is always someone on hand to help, whether that’s a tutor, classroom assistant or fellow student. We also have one-2-one sessions weekly which gives you the chance to talk anything over.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of attending our Coding Bootcamp in Bristol?

Do as much of the prep work beforehand as possible. The course is intense and challenging but enjoyable and throughly rewarding.

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

So far I have really enjoyed front end development and WordPress, so would be hoping to find a role in one of these fields but I am keeping an open mind at the moment.

We have been running our Bristol based Coding Bootcamp for almost 4 years! We welcome anyone with a learning attitude. Find out more about our Bootcamp here and get in touch with any queries!