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We get a lot of referrals from our graduates of the Coding Fellowship Bootcamp and Kristin was one of these. She gives great advice about preparing really well for your Bootcamp and actively enjoying the experience of the 12 week learning process.

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

I did a BA (with hons) in English with Creative Writing, then worked in various departments in publishing.

Kristin Coding Fellowship Student

Why are you attending the Coding Fellowship?

I first tried coding at one of my previous jobs, and realised I really enjoyed it. I had come to a point where there wasn’t really anywhere for me to progress, so I was looking to make a career change, and the Coding Fellowship was recommended to me by a good friend. I really liked the sound of it, and the massive amounts of support both during the course and afterwards was what finally sealed the deal for me – I’m attending because I believe it will kickstart my new career and help me build lasting and meaningful relationships.

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

I was a bit concerned about being able to understand everything in just 12 short weeks, and to be able to keep up with the pace.

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

The support system is amazing – not only are you taught by people who are experts in their fields, but the knowledgeable and empathetic teaching assistants have been there for me every step of the way and helped me stay on top of everything. In addition to this, the mentoring scheme is amazing as it gives you invaluable advice from people already working in the industry.

What was your coding experience before the course?

I had done some very basic HTML coding in my previous job, but aside from that, just the pre course prep work.

How have you found the bootcamp so far?

I’m loving it! I’m learning so much every day, and meeting lovely new people all the time, it’s great.

What have you enjoyed most?

I have definitely enjoyed everything, but I have particularly enjoyed the front end side of things and HTML and CSS/SASS. I also really enjoyed learning WordPress.
Nic with the rest of his fellow students
What have you found hardest? 

Finding the perfect balance between studying and having time off – when you learn something that’s so interesting and you’re passionate about, it can be really hard to switch off, but it’s so important to take the time to rest and recover as well – you don’t want to get burnt out before the course is even over.

How would you describe the support on the bootcamp?

It’s amazing – the teachers and TAs are all really lovely people and they really pay attention to every single student – they genuinely care about your progress. The one on one feedback sessions are a great opportunity to ask questions and get helpful advice on where you need to improve.

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

Try one of the taster sessions to see if you like it, and if you do, do as much of the prep work as you can. Try some of the networking/social meetup groups around Bristol, they’re a great way to meet people who work in the industry and be part of the community. Once on the course, enjoy it – it’ll be over before you know it!

 

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!

Talking to Chris one of our Autumn 2019 students about the difference between being a teacher and a pupil was really interesting. He really embraced the Coding Fellowship having had an interest in Tech and the industry for many years.

Why are you doing the Coding Fellowship?

I am pursuing a career change, building upon a subject I’ve loved to teach to secondary school students.

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

I worked in education – initially teaching in ICT then as an Assistant Head, Vice Principal and finally a Head Teacher responsible for helping with the closure of a struggling school.

How is studying on the Coding Fellowship different to being at the front of the class?

I am used to being at the front of the class and telling students what to do and how to do it. Being a bootcamp student has turned the tables and I have made sure that I take advantage of that position and ask as many questions as possible to ensure I get the answers I need.

It is interesting now having to follow the advice that I used to give to students!

What what your main question/worry before enrolling on the Bootcamp?

I was interested to see how my skill level in programming would match up to the standards expected in the industry.

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

I’ve certainly not been kept idle! The standard is high and a number of concepts taught by the professional instructors are new. I feel that I have begun to fully understand more difficult concepts.

What was your coding experience before the Course?

I had created basic HTML/CSS websites, set up and implemented content management systems, built an educational web application with Coldfusion and Access. In the classroom, I have taught to A-Level languages like Visual Basic and Python.

How have you found the Bootcamp so far?

I have loved the breadth and the depth of the knowledge we are trained with. All the topics build on each other and I see knowledge I was taught earlier in the course cropping up and becoming relevant with topics further down the line. It is very exciting.

What have you found hardest? 

It is very intense and there is a huge commitment of time and motivation to ensure you make the most of this opportunity. I put time aside to review my work for the day after each session when I get home and that really puts me in good stead for the next session.

How would you describe the support on the Fellowship?

The standard of teaching is really great and the tutors are all industry professionals. They are not full time tutors for DevelopMe, they all work in industry too so they are up to date with all the current needs of the web development industry. This means they know how to support and guide us in the right direction.

I can get very frustrated when I feel things are not going well and my learning seems slow. I sometimes let my frustrations show but every time I have done this all the tutors, teaching assistants and course owners say exactly the right thing to help me move forward.

We have online testing which is marked and fed back on – this is often done within just 2 hours! – so fast it is amazing!

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

Clear your schedule, do your prep and during the bootcamp take extra time around the course to also dedicate to it. For example. I come in an hour early  before we start so that I can settle, review and get my head in the right place ready for when we will be submerged in information at 9.30am every day. As I mentioned already, I then review the information when I get home.

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

I am really keen on working more on the back end of web development. I have really enjoyed working with my SQL databases, object orientated programming, PHP and I have really enjoyed designing APIs and looking at how that is structured – that is something I had never come across before. I have always been interested in how data can be displayed, used and interacted with so all those skills as well as Laravel have really drawn me in.

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

Beth came from a successful career in events management to join our Bootcamp September 2019. She likes the fact that her new skills can allow her flexible working so her career can now span two industries.

Coding Fellowship Bootcamp Beth

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

I have a background in performing and working at events organising artists. But I have also had other areas of employment so quite a broad work background.

What was your coding experience before the Course?

Only basic stuff from free online courses, mostly HTML and CSS.

How would you describe your experience so far on the bootcamp?

It is a really cool experience, you’re meeting lots of people and I cannot believe how much I have learnt. I cannot believe how I was feeling about doing Javascript in the second week and now I look at the stuff we are doing and it is just incredible!

How have you found the Bootcamp instructors?

They are amazing – really nurturing, approachable, knowledgable and just really keen to spend time with you and help out with questions on anything at all.

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

I have learnt so much and made loads of friends – I just don’t know why you wouldn’t do it!

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

I am really interested in full stack work on a part time basis as I have still been offered work from the events world too. So being able to pursue both careers and have the ability to pick up development projects is ideal!

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!