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In light of the worsening situation with the Coronavirus, and after much consideration, we have decided it is necessary to go remote for all of our courses until the threat has passed. This affects all of our courses and events from March 16th.

Having seen how the situation has developed in other countries, and with the recent announcement by the government on 13th March to move into the ‘delay phase’ of tackling this issue, we believe it is all of our responsibilities to alleviate contamination, and the burden on medical services, as much as possible. We hope that taking action now will help to flatten the curve of infection and thus reduce the peak impact of the virus. Key to this is helping to slow progression of the spread of infection for the more vulnerable in society.

Remote learning

Our courses and events will all proceed as planned, albeit in a remote capacity, until such time that we deem it safe to continue back onsite. We are keeping a close eye on the evolving situation and are working very hard to deliver the same excellent learning experience to our students.

Luckily the tech industry is very forward thinking in its approach to remote working so there are lots of great tools at our disposal to make this transition not only possible, but almost seamless.

To take a positive from this experience; remote learning will give our students real world experience in the tools, practices and challenges of remote working within a distributed team.

We have a lot of experience with remote working practices gained while collaborating with remote team members and clients through our agency, Lunar, and supporting remote students on some of our courses. This has become common working practice in the tech industry and is likely to become the default setting for most industries in the not too distant future.

Our course curriculums, content, processes, high level of support and excellent tuition all remain largely unchanged. The courses are still very much a group experience, with full cohort lectures, group check-ins and code reviews, as well as lots of opportunities for 1 on 1 feedback and help whenever it’s needed.

All group projects will remain, leading to plenty of opportunities for collaboration and team working too. We have increased the level of support available for students, to ensure no one is feels they are learning in isolation.

We are confident that we are transferring all of the elements that make our courses and student learning experiences so great, to a remote setting. 

We hope this is short lived and will keep all enrolled and interested students updated as things progress.

Although Josh did enjoy his past career in Media he recognised that stability of the tech industry and the array of opportunity it offers. The bootcamp seemed the logical route for him as he could make the career switch in just a few short months.

Coding Fellowship Student JoshWhat was your background/career before you joined the Coding Fellowship bootcamp?

I previously worked in Media. Originally Radio & TV before moving into Video Production working for a production company producing online viral videos for a range of clients.

When you were first considering bootcamps, what was your vision to where they could propel you in your career say…. 5 years on?

I saw a bootcamp as a fast-track way of propelling myself forward into a totally new career and completely changing my life. I was looking for a change and a new challenge in life and after considering tech as a new career I found DevelopMe and saw how it could literally transform your life in a matter of months!

Why are you attending the Coding Fellowship?

I did enjoy my previous career but after 8 years in media I felt like I wanted a new challenge. I also wanted to go into a career that’s full of progression and offers lots of different opportunities.

The coding fellowship in my opinion is the best way to launch a career in tech. Tech is a super fast moving industry so the fact that the DevelopMe fellowship is only three months long ensures that I have the most up to date knowledge when I’m looking for my first job.

What were your main concerns before enrolling on the bootcamp?

I had a question mainly about the after support you get on the course particularly with getting a job. My main concern was making sure that there was enough support at the end of the teaching in order to get my first job in tech.

How have those fears been dispelled since being on the bootcamp?

I now know that the support on the course means that I will be fully supported in getting a job role after the course with almost two weeks dedicated to interviews and a technical challenge to present to potential employers. It’s also good to know that DevelopMe has a range of companies and employers they work alongside.

What level of coding had you done before the course?

The only experience I had before the course was basic HTML through WordPress. This is what got me interested in coding.

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

Although the fellowship has been challenging it has been really enjoyable so far. The teachers are great and really know their stuff and it’s great to be taught a curriculum that is constantly being updated.

I’ve really enjoyed the projects and challenges that we are set, it allows you to put everything you’ve learnt into practice. It’s on the projects and challenges that you realise just how much you’ve learnt even if you don’t realise it.

Tell usc about your Friday 1:1 sessions

There is constant support on the course with a weekly 1 on 1 every Friday. This is a really good way to talk through any concerns and I feel I’m able to talk through anything in these reviews.

DevelopMe have also put on extra study sessions for anyone that needs to go over anything and the TA support is fantastic. I definitely feel I’m able to ask for help whenever I need it.

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

My advice to anyone thinking of attending the course would be to practice as much as you can with websites such as Codecademy or Free Code Camp. These give you a feel for coding and are a great introduction. There are also some really handy books out there. To anyone who has enrolled, make sure you get as much prep done as you can because it really does help and gives you a head start.

We have been running Bristol Coding Bootcamps for 5 years and welcome anyone with a learning attitude and a genuine desire to put 100% into their career change. Find out more about our Bootcamp here and get in touch with any queries!

Jordan made the leap to the bootcamp after seeing the opportunity to combine his previous copy writing skills and a career in tech. He is looking towards a future where he can work on projects he is really passionate about.

Jordan Coding Fellowship Student

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

I did a BA Hons in Illustration and then worked 5 years as a copywriter.

When you were first considering bootcamps, what was your vision to where they could propel you in your career say…. 5 years on?

I was imagining that over time it could open some doors for me to be a part of a programming community, perhaps leading a small, independent team, and even combining some of my previous skills to produce some real passion projects.

What made you want to look outside of a career in copywriting?

I wanted to move away from an industry where I felt isolated into one where I can interact with like-minded peers and share knowledge with an enthusiastic community.

What were your main concerns before enrolling on the bootcamp?

I was concerned as to whether I was cut out for the intensity of the course after such a long absence in an educational environment, especially with such little background knowledge in coding (and computers in general).

How have those fears been dispelled since being on the bootcamp?

It’s a work-in-progress, at times I still don’t feel cut out for it. It’s often hard to set aside ego and admit that you’re struggling to understand or keep up with such a dense amount of learning in such a short space of time. But, if I look back to what little I knew before starting compared to what I do now, I can see that I’ve learnt a lot.

Did you previous career require any coding experience?

I’d utilised very simple, surface-level HTML during my time as a copywriter, but nothing too in-depth.

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

It’s probably been one of the most challenging things I’ve done. The Fellowship has been a real rollercoaster of a ride so far, but it’s taught me more than I knew I was capable of learning and introduced me to some incredible people.

What have you enjoyed the most?

Those ‘eureka’ moments where something clicks, you get some code to work, and you understand why it works in the first place.

How would you describe the style of support offered on the course?

Support is always there when you need it, but there’s no hand-holding really involved. Tutors are happy to point you in the right direction and let you figure things out for yourself which is much more rewarding in the long run. It’s always good to remember that they were in your position once, so they understand how to get the best out of you.

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

Make no mistake – this is tough. It’s called a “Bootcamp” for a reason. There’ll be moments when you doubt yourself and your abilities, but just remember that this isn’t a competition – communicate with the other people on your Fellowship, and you’ll soon realise you’re not alone, and that self-doubt is a normal part of the process. If you want something bad enough, you’ll do what it takes to get it.

We have been running Bristol Coding Bootcamps for 5 years and welcome anyone with a learning attitude and a genuine desire to put 100% into their career change. Find out more about our Bootcamp here and get in touch with any queries!

James made the move from Software testing to coding after always having an interest in code. He is excited about the different career doors that can be opened by completing our Bootcamp.

James Coding Fellowship Student

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

I have spent most of my career working as a software tester after finishing a work based NVQ program.

Why did you opt for a web development bootcamp when you were already working in Software? 

I felt that software testing didn’t have very many options for career progression, and after working closely with developers in previous roles it inspired me to learn to code myself as I found what they did interesting.

When you were first considering bootcamps, what was your vision to where they could propel you in your career say…. 5 years on?

I wanted to open a lot of different doors to potential futures, be that web development, game development or app development. I felt that the bootcamp was a great way to achieve this goal.

What were your main concerns before enrolling on the bootcamp?

If it was really possible to learn everything needed in the space of just three months.

How have those fears been dispelled since being on the bootcamp?

It feels like we are learning something new nearly everyday, so I don’t doubt that by the end of the bootcamp we will have learned a wide range of skills and methods.

What was your coding experience before the Course?

Very limited. I did some evening classes in C programming in 2012 which gave me a good base understanding for JS.

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

Very enjoyable. Fast paced but with plenty of support available.

How have you found the support on the Bootcamp?

Amazing. The support and camaraderie of my fellow students is brilliant and the support on hand from Jack (the TA) and the teachers is top notch.

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

Think about what kind of future you want for yourself and if you are prepared to work hard to get it.

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

I’m open to various roles and look forward to seeing what positions will be available upon graduation

We have been running Bristol Coding Bootcamps for 5 years and welcome anyone with a learning attitude and a genuine desire to put 100% into their career change. Find out more about our Bootcamp here and get in touch with any queries!

Barney is lucky enough to discover the tech industry straight from finishing his degree, so will be set up for a stable career early from a very early age.

Barney Coding Fellowship Student Head Shot

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

I recently graduated from the University of the West of England with a 1st in Business and Management, which included a year long placement at SAP working in digital business consultancy.

Why did you opt for a Bootcamp straight from University rather than heading into a job?

Overall I wasn’t particularly excited by the job prospects that were available to me as a graduate and had always been interested in the development side of technology and digital business. I felt that entering the tech industry as a business graduate would lead to me being separated from the development side of the industry either by organisational structures or knowledge boundaries.

When you were first considering Bootcamps, what was your vision to where they could propel you in your career say…. 5 years on?

Over the next five years, I expect that my focus will be more on developing my craft and gaining valuable experience on a wide range of projects ahead of any specific career goals. That being said, with a business degree to draw upon I feel I will be uniquely positioned to work in key positions that involve both commercial and development departments of tech organisations.

Now, 4 weeks into the Coding Fellowship, how confident are you that it will equip you with the skills and knowledge to achieve your career aspirations?

In talking to the instructors and seeing how the tasks are structured, it’s clear that we are being taught in a way to prepare us for junior developer roles where we will be continuing to code projects and carry on learning. In this way, I have learnt embrace the fact that I may not know the answers to many of the issues we come across on the course and rather than simply asking the instructors we are encouraged to seek out answers ourselves as we would in an actual developer role.

What was your coding experience before the Course?

I had no professional experience before the course but my own interest in web technologies had lead me to experiment a lot with HTML, CSS and JavaScript using online resources such as Codeademy.

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

The course has been taught very well and the lessons are very enjoyable. But the sheer volume of information and constant rhythm of taking on new concepts at a fast pace can be a little bit tiring. I’ve definitely found it important to pace myself and allow myself breaks when I need them.

Some of the days in which we have covered multiple topics have been tiring and sometimes I find it hard to stay concentrated. Fortunately the notes that are provided are excellent so as long as refer back to them I can usually catch-up on anything I may not have fully understood.

How have you found the support on the Bootcamp?

The support has been amazing, not only is there plenty of help provided in the classroom but I always feel that I can go to any of the DevelopMe staff with any issues or concerns I may have. An early example, was when I felt that the pace of some of the HTML and JavaScript lessons weren’t necessarily allowing me to progress my learning. I brought this up and was met with excellent response on how I can slow down my working to write cleaner and better code.

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

Firstly spend some time coding in your own time before the course to ensure you enjoy it …even when it gets tough. Also, its included in the prep work, but I would definitely recommend getting to grips with basic HTML, CSS and JavaScript. It has made a massive difference to me in the opening weeks and allows me to understand many of the more advanced concepts that we cover, meaning I can get the most from these 12 weeks.

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

Ideally a full-stack position as I’d like to gain experience in a range of technologies

We have been running Bristol Coding Bootcamps for 5 years and welcome anyone with a learning attitude and a genuine desire to put 100% into their career change. Find out more about our Bootcamp here and get in touch with any queries!

It is exciting to hear that our students enjoy the Coding Fellowship so much that they just want to keep on going and going with their learning. Nic loved the fully breadth of the curriculum despite initially being anxious as to whether this would be daunting during the 12 weeks.

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

I was a product owner.

Nic Coding Fellowship Student

Why are you attending the Coding Bootcamp?

To move my career into the technical side of IT and Web Development

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

The breadth of content and being able to take it all in.

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

The course is structured in a fashion that a lot of topics are built upon week to week.

What was your coding experience before the Course?

I had self taught via Codecademy but never worked on a project.

How have you found the Bootcamp so far?

Really rewarding, not only have I enjoyed it but I am also really proud that I’ve learnt so much in such little time. Something I didn’t know I was capable of.

What have you enjoyed most?

This is the hardest question as it all been great. I was surprised by how much i enjoyed building an API but also building my own design and website in WordPress week was also really fun.
Nic with the rest of his fellow students
What have you found hardest? 

I really like PHP and building API’s. It’s tricky but when you get it to work that is the best feeling.

How would you describe the support on the Bootcamp?

The One to Ones are a great touch and ideal for you to learn you strengths and weaknesses in a nice environment.

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

There will be times when something doesn’t make sense, when this happens have faith in the lecturer and just go with it. It will make sense later, the trick is not to dive too deep sometimes.

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

Hopefully, I will be skilled up enough to begin my career as a developer a part of a team within a company, I would really love to try and stay as full stack as possible as I’ve enjoyed working across both the front end and back end so much I don’t want to stop.

 

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!

We were pleased to hear that Claudia a student from our Autumn 2019 Coding Fellowship Bootcamp found the support from the team at Develop Me really helped during the naturally challenging times of an intense learning experience.

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

I used to work as a Graphic Designer – print design – for about 10 years. I’m also a graduate musician.


What area of Bristol do you live in? 

I currently live in Southville.

Why are you attending the Coding Bootcamp?

I found myself looking into the possibility to change my career path towards digital. I therefore wanted to practice English and I moved to Bristol from Italy, looking for new opportunities. After 3 weeks I was starting my Coding Bootcamp adventure. The craziest and the best choice so far.

I wanted a course that was full-immersion to fast-track my learning, with a human environment all around and professionals to share their knowledge in the industry. In my opinion, the best way to learn and to figure out how your future job will look like.

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

I had concerns about my ability to keep up with the contents’ complexity explained in a second language. I was also concerned about being able to find a suitable job in a reasonable time after graduation.

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

Keeping the focus on lessons in a second language has been extremely challenging. Spending hours switching my attention between listening to the teacher and reading the notes or instructions sometimes made me feel exhausted and worried not to keep up.

On the other hand, the amazing DevelopMe’s support let me set up my own way – without any pressure – to effectively learn and fully enjoy the lessons. How is programming anything but problem-solving?
Definitely I feel more confident and positive about finding a job.

What was your coding experience before the Course?

I had no experience.

How have you found the Bootcamp so far?

I have found the Coding Bootcamp intense, fast paced and rewarding in learning so much every day.
It is unbelievably well organized and always open to feedback.
I also loved the opportunity to learn from different teachers through the weeks.
On top, I have found in my cohort the best mates ever. Each one with a different background, all sharing passion for coding and curiosity for learning new things.

What have you enjoyed most?

I’ve enjoyed learning WordPress and found React exciting, although hard work.
The location in pretty good for concentration and the positive vibe overall.
Claudia with some of her fellow students
What have you found hardest? 

Building a login system.

How would you describe the support on the Bootcamp?

I’ve felt pretty well supported.
The weekly “one-to-one feedback” is a useful way to make the point to our progress and share considerations.
The tutors are great. Always ready to help, answer questions and find an individual way to make it work. Their kindness and patience make you be kind with yourself as well, and create the perfect mood for learning. Also when you just feel “I want to run faster!“, the best way is often to move forward in small steps, verify and so on, creating a process that adapts to anything.

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

Prepare yourself as much as possible during the months before the course. So you will be able to effectively absorb the amount of concepts.

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

At the moment I am keeping an open mind in terms of a role. I enjoyed WordPress, and my graphic design background could be a good fit. On the other side, I would like to spend more time in further exploring software developing, even though it would be a longer way for me.

Ideally, I would like to work as part of a small team where I can both learn from my peers and share my passion, and connect with the different stages of the process.

 

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!

It was interesting to chat to Jae about her experience on the Coding Fellowship. With English being her second language she had different challenges compared to some of our other students, but she was extremely capable and didn’t let that barrier deter her.

What was your background before you enrolled on the Coding Fellowship?

Coding Fellowship Student JaeI worked as a visual merchandiser in South Korea for global corporates such as Nike, Adidas and Vans. I studied Media design at uni and I was always particularly interested in UI and UX.

Why are you attending the Coding Fellowship?

For a fast-track career-change! I wanted to take my career in more of a tech-focused direction, building on the commercial and visual design skills I’ve developed already. I know that I could learn coding online for almost free these days, but I thought the benefit of attending a coding camp would be huge and much better in the long run- getting extra help from teachers and teaching assistants, learning from qualified teachers who can guide you into the right direction, connecting with like-minded people, and joining a growing local tech community. I was also keen to get help with subsequent job applications and placements too.

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

One of my concerns was if 3 months would be enough time to learn everything I needed and get confident. I was also concerned that I have no background in coding at all, as well as a language barrier (English is my second language). So I wasn’t so confident that I would be able to follow the course well.

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

I feel like I’ve learned enough in a short period that will be a good and solid foundation for the rest of my programming life.
If I was struggling with understanding concepts or solving the challenges, I could always ask for extra help. Tutors were happy to go through the material again with me.

What was your coding experience before the Coding Fellowship?

I taught myself HTML/CSS/basic Javascript so I can get a taste of coding. But it was a very basic level.

How have you found the Fellowship so far?

It is intensive and fast-paced. They are very supportive, not only academically but emotionally. Particularly through the one-to-one session we have once every week. Teachers and teaching assistants are also very helpful, and it’s useful to have access to their knowledge, skills and pro tips from their years of experience.

What have you enjoyed most?

I’m interested in front-end development, particularly UI, so I enjoyed HTML/CSS,  Javascript and using REACT.JS the most.

What have you found hardest?

I found hard to understand more abstract concepts such as virtual machine. I think when there’s not an obvious visual result, and something happened under the software it was a bit tricky for me to understand quickly. And in terms of coding, redux is still confusing for me. I guess I need more practice!

How would you describe the support on the Fellowship?

I liked the mentor system they offered. I could get good insights into what’s happening in the real industry from my mentor. I’ve built a good relationship with her and hope we’ll keep in touch 🙂 The weekly one-to-one is really useful to cement class materials, check on my emotional status, and helps us all feel well cared for and focused. Endless support of snacks is amazing of course 🙂

Coding Bootcamp Student Jae at her computer

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

It is an intense and fast-paced course so sometimes you might struggle like me. But that’s why you should take this course. Experienced teachers and fellow students support you and help you get through. Do the prep work as much as possible. Try not to miss any lectures, as we cover quite a lot in a day and more importantly, every lecture is so amazing.

What role are you looking for after the Coding Fellowship?

I’m looking to be a junior web developer specialised in front end. I’m also very interested in working in other exotic countries. I’m dreaming of becoming a digital nomad one day! Also, one of my goals is contributing to the women’s tech community in some way. I’d like to promote diversity in the industry.

Open source contribution is another goal, because open source is part of what makes the tech community wonderful! I hope I can contribute documentation translation using my language skills as well as code.

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!

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!