It was great to hear what Gareth, one of our Coding Fellowship students on our Autumn 2019 cohort has to say about his background, life on the course and plans for the future.
What was your background before you attended the Coding Fellowship Bootcamp?
Prior to the course I studied Geography at university, with a focus on climate science. During this time, I learnt the basics of Python to develop a climate model that formed the basis of my dissertation — my first foray into the world of coding! Following graduation, I took on a role in financial services, but felt as though I was still searching for the right career.
To accelerate my learning and kick-start a career in the tech industry. The Coding Fellowship was the perfect opportunity to surround myself with like minded people with the same goal.
What were your main concerns/questions before deciding to enrol?
What concerns or questions did you have before deciding to take the leap and enrol on the Coding Fellowship?
A big concern was whether I would be able to learn both the knowledge and skills needed to build the foundation for a promising and sustainable career in coding, given the short learning period.
How does your experience on the Fellowship now answer those concerns/questions?
The course has given me confidence in the skills that I am learning, I feel that I am building a strong base in the different languages and topics that we have covered and can continue to build on these as I progress as a developer. The syllabus has been well considered and delivered in a way that enables you to develop not only your skills but also your ability to build on these on your own.
The course has been fast paced but I have loved the challenge — my confidence as a developer has grown greatly and I am excited to carry on the journey.
What coding experience did you have before starting the course?
Despite not having any commercial coding experience, I used Python (with the guidance of a great tutor) to develop a basic climate model when I was at university. Despite understanding little about the technical process, I loved the experience and the desire to learn more about coding stuck with me from that point onwards!
What part of the course curriculum have you enjoyed the most?
I found CSS enjoyable at the start of the course, due to the creativity involved, but have also found Laravel and React really interesting in the later weeks.
React and Redux have been tricky at times, but are very rewarding when you finally get your head around them.
How would you describe the support on the Bootcamp?
The support on the course has been brilliant! The course leaders and teaching assistants are always there to answer any questions you may have, or to offer encouragement when you get stuck. You are also assigned an industry mentor whilst on the course, who can provide extra advice and insight into the Bristol tech bubble.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of attending our Coding Bootcamp in Bristol?
My advice for someone looking to take on the course would experiment with online coding games and tutorials, such as Codeacademy, they are a great introduction to coding! For those who have enrolled in the course I would put as much time into the pre-course learning as possible, it helps to have a solid foundation of knowledge later in the course.
What role are you looking for after the Bootcamp? Where do you see yourself in the future?
After the course I will be looking for a Junior Developer role in Bristol, I am open to different types of coding work as I have enjoyed a range of topics on the course. Ideally, I would love to work with a company that takes on diverse and creative projects and one that will help me grow as a developer.
We have been running Bristol Coding Bootcamps for 4 years and welcome anyone with a learning attitude. Find out more about our Bootcamp here and get in touch with any queries!