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!