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We caught up with Sid 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 getting on learning to code so far – you can also see Sid chatting to us here.

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

I am originally from Truro, Cornwall and moved to Bristol in 2017 to pursue a career in Tech Recruitment. I worked for two years in industry constantly speaking to Web Developers and helping them move jobs in roles around Bristol and Bath. This peaked my interest in wanting to learn more about the coding itself.

 

Why are you attending the Coding Bootcamp?

To fast-track my learning and get started on a career in web development.

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

Which languages and skills we were predominately going to be learning and my concerns were the length of time we have to learn the fundamentals.

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

Even before the course started we are given a syllabus into the length we are going to be learning each skill. This gave me a great idea into how to organise my time and what self study I should be doing before I start the course.

What was your coding experience before the course?

No real commercial experience, however I had done various online courses using Codeacademy and Freecodecamp.

How have you found the Coding Bootcamp so far?

I have the found the Coding Bootcamp excellent, I have come out of each day feeling like I have achieved and grasped something new. Although it can be incredibly challenging, we are given great support to help us overcome any obstacles.

What have you enjoyed the most?

The HTML,CSS and Javascript weeks.

What have you found the most challenging?

The hardest part of the course is changing topic every week. Due to the pace of the course, I have done a lot of home study during my time at the course to solidify everything we learn during the week.

How would you describe the support on the Bootcamp?

Excellent! I feel very comfortable asking for support when stuck on a particular challenge or problem. Develop Me offer help outside of core hours as well from their own Teaching Assistant and also assign you a highly experienced developer mentor.

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

The advice I would give to someone who is thinking of attending the Fellowship would be to do the most amount of prep and self study before joining the course.

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

My ideal role after finishing the course would be as a Junior Front End Developer, either as an in house role or within the charitable sector.

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

We caught up with Rowley 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 getting on learning to code so far.

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

After studying Politics at University, I went into business and worked in Myanmar for 4 years, setting up new businesses for an investment banker and seeking other investment opportunities in Myanmar for international investors.

Why are you attending the Coding Bootcamp?

In order to fast-track a career change into the exciting tech industry

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

My main concern was whether I had the mental ability to become a coder.

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

The experience has taught me that practice makes perfect. Programming is essentially problem-solving and if you get any satisfaction out of that, you’ll get along fine.

What was your coding experience before the Course?

A little bit of WordPress as well as 6 months going through the online courses on CodeAcademy and FreeCodeSchool.

How have you found the Bootcamp so far?

Challenging, illuminating and very rewarding once you start applying what you’ve learnt

What have you enjoyed the most?

I really enjoyed the Javascript and php weeks the most. Also love playing ping pong in the breaks.

What have you found the most challenging?

Learning Gulp and GitHub – its dull but important.

How would you describe the support on the Bootcamp?

The support is extensive. From the Friday one-to-one sessions, to the mentors and teaching assistants, you always feel like you’ve got someone to talk to and go over bits that you’re finding tricky.

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

Get prepared as its fast-paced! but it needs to be in order to get you ready for the job market in just 3 months. Take the plunge and sign up!

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

Full-Stack Developer creating my own applications.

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

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

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

I felt I had to go to university and so started studying medical sciences, but my heart wasn’t in it, and I dropped out in the first year. Since then I’ve been working in customer services.

Why are you attending the Coding Bootcamp?

To fast-track my learning and get started on a career in web development.

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

That I wouldn’t be able to keep up – a lot of the reviews I read mentioned it being a really intense course.

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

It’s certainly an intense course, but I’m keeping up! The one-to-ones help me to keep track of how I’m doing, and find areas I can improve on.

What was your coding experience before the Course?

I had no concept of what coding was 12 months ago! I started off doing some online courses, and came to an intro evening at Develop Me. Before committing to the Coding Fellowship I then did a couple of evening courses – Programming for Beginners (Python) at CoB and Code First Girls’ intro to front-end web development.

How have you found the Bootcamp so far?

I’ve loved it so far, and I’m learning so much every day.

What have you enjoyed the most?

OOP and Laravel!

What have you found the most challenging?

CSS

How would you describe the support on the Bootcamp?

It’s really great having a one-to-one every week, it allows me to reflect on what I’ve learnt and talk through any concerns I have. Whoever I have my one-to-one with has always given me useful feedback, and I’ve felt well supported.

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

If you’re unsure it’s for you, try to find a part-time course – so you can dip your toe in before committing to the fellowship. I would really recommend CFG to any girls thinking about doing the course!

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

Either a back-end role, or working with JS in the front-end. I’m open to having my mind changed though!

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

We caught up with Oliver 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 getting on learning to code so far.

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

Formerly I am an Automotive Electrical Technician and have worked a few years in that industry, but then I was lucky enough to spend 2 years in Japan, so I decided to live for my passion of traveling. And now I am here in Bristol doing a Coding Bootcamp.

Why are you attending the Coding Bootcamp?

To ensure I have the necessary skills to get straight into the industry.

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

As the course requires a huge commitment not just time-wise but money-wise; I was a bit worried about how fast I can find a suitable job for myself after graduation.

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

It is now more than halfway through the course and I feel much more confident and positive about finding a job with all the amazing support we have.

What was your coding experience before the Course?

Last year I enrolled on an online course at Codecademy and I’ve made a few websites for friends with HTML, CSS and some really basic Javascript.

How have you found the Bootcamp so far?

Absolutely brilliant, sometimes really challenging but definitely enjoyed every moment of it so far.

What have you enjoyed most?

Javascript and PHP. Especially PHP as I found great interest in some of the potential security threats and their possible fixes.

What have you found the most challenging?

I think the fact that we have to move on to a completely new topic every other week.

How would you describe the support on the Bootcamp?

All the instructors and assistants are very knowledgeable and supportive therefore, I am extremely happy to be part of this community.

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

Try out an online course and see for yourself if you are into coding, and if so I would definitely recommend joining one of the future coding bootcamp cohorts.

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

An entry-level job in a company involved in cyber-security.  This means I would have the chance to improve my skills not just in back-end development but in data and privacy protection.

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

Opportunity Fund

Three places on our Front End Web Development Course are being offered at a subsidised rate of £1,000, down from the usual £1,500, thanks to our hiring partners Swoop Patagonia and Goram and Vincent. After hiring some graduates from our flagship Coding Bootcamp both companies made contributions to our Opportunity Fund. This fund facilitates scholarship places on our part-time courses geared around increasing diversity in the tech industry.

Our first lucky recipient of a £500 scholarship is Hannah – a return to work mum. We had a chat to her about her career and what enrolling on the course means to her.

Student Profile – Hannah

What did you do before taking time out with the family?

I worked in TV for a few years but could barely pay the rent so got a job in a bank.

How has having a family changed your career outlook?

When I was young I used to think it would be fun to travel with work. Now my goal is to have a good job, but still be able to pick the kids up from school.

How long have you been considering learning to code?

Since I had my first son in December 2016 I’ve been trying to work out what I’ll do when I go back to work. I only started considering coding about six months ago but it made sense straight away.

What made you enrol on the Front End Web Development course with Develop Me?

I went along to the taster session and left feeling pretty chuffed that I’d found something I wanted to do that I reckon I can be pretty good at (obviously with a lot of hard work).

What difference has a scholarship place made to you?

I wasn’t exactly sure how I would pay for the course without it. It’s been two and a half years since I had an income so that bit of help made a massive difference.

What do you hope to do once you have finished the course?

Keep learning. My youngest is three in the summer of 2021 and that’s my goal to be back in full time work. I’ve got two years to go from beginner to pro.

How did you discover Develop Me?

A bit of googling. I found the three month bootcamp first and was trying to imagine how I could do that. But without my husband taking a three month sabbatical that would never happen. So I was thrilled when I found the evening course.

We have two more scholarships remaining on this course that are subsidised the course fees by £500. These scholarship places are made possible by our Opportunity Fund. Get in touch to apply hello@developme.tech

The evolution and demand for UX Designers.

With the rapid advancement of digital technologies and the subsequent impact on how businesses ‘interface’ with customers; the understanding, evolution and application of User Experience Design (UXD) within organisations now truly informs their future success.

We have seen the rapid rise of successful companies that are design-led.  Good design processes now form a fundamental part of business strategy and decision making – placing human interaction at the heart of their business model.

Every touchpoint of a brand and connected customer experience is now designed as part of a holistic strategy.

 

As digital interaction becomes an increasing part of our daily interactions – businesses fully appreciate that seamless digital interaction is complex to deliver. However when done right – the whole brand experience rises to another level  – from the ‘Visceral’ to ‘Behavioural’ and ultimately to the ‘Reflective.’ [Ref: Don Norman’s Norman’s Three Levels of Design.]

Good UXD in the real world

1) The customer no longer has to scan for ages to find the donate button on a charity’s page.

2) The calls to a customer care line are reduced dramatically because the consumer finds the answer easily on the website.

3) Shopping cart value soars because the website effortlessly shows the shopper items that complement their purchase.

Your competitor is only one click away!

UX is emerging out of the ‘visual design’ world and establishing itself as fundamental strategic design process within any business interface or transaction. We are finally evolving from aesthetic design to a human centred approach to the design of the company ‘experience’. As they say – your competitor is only one click away. So it is vital to deliver a frictionless experience from beginning to end.

“Design used to be the seasoning you’d sprinkle on for taste; now it’s the flour you need at the start of the recipe.” — John Maeda, Designer and Technologist

Demand for UX Designers

With this new imperative to seamlessly satisfy ‘users’ – businesses are now eagerly recruiting talent to help research, prototype and design interactive services that bridge the gap between people and technology – this is the role of the UX Designer.

UX Design Courses

As a result of the increase in demand for UX Designers, we provide two unique courses:

Our 10 week part-time User Experience Design course – has been developed by industry experts to help anyone looking to up-skill and explore moving into the ever increasing number of roles in UX Design.

The programme’s industry informed curriculum will teach how to approach problems creatively in order to design the next generation of great apps, websites and digital products and gain a deeper understanding of the methods, tools and processes of working as a UX Designer.

This course is aimed at people looking to expand their knowledge of UX Design methodologies, tools and processes providing you with a complete applicable UX ‘toolkit’ with commercial experience of working with a real life client on a live project.

Our next cohort for this in September 2019 is fully booked, however, we will be scheduling a new cohort shortly for 2020. To find out more and register your interest here and also see what our students have to say.

We also run a shorter 2 day UX fundamentals workshop – which will give you or your team a short but intense intro to the fundamentals of best UX practice, user research and testing; interface design & brand.

This programme provides introductory knowledge for a holistic approach to UX best practice and is best suited to graphic or digital product designers or small teams who are looking to develop their current skill-sets in designing for digital services.

You can find out more and book one of the remaining places here.

Who we train

We can help anyone to accelerate their career in Tech.  To date we have trained: Career changers, Researchers, Marketers, Graphic/Interface Designers, Project and Account Managers and Entrepreneurs to develop their portfolio of UX Design skills.

Visit our website or contact us at hello@developme.training for a chat about taking your next step.

Why a Coding Bootcamp in Bristol?

How, and why, we started Develop Me is something we talk about often with prospective students and people interested in our business, but it’s never been put down in black and white. So for the record, here it is. 

Develop Me has a founding team of three – 

Prior to starting the company we all worked in the digital, tech and creative industries in various guises. Oli was a long time Developer and Tech Director, Al owned and managed Creative and Digital agencies, and I worked in Tech Recruitment (bad rep I know, but I did things the right way). 

I met Oli in 2012 when helping him to make a move in his career into a new Tech Director role at an advertising agency. We hit it off, became friends and over time I helped him to build his team at that agency. Finding and hiring Developers at that time was becoming increasingly difficult, the growing skills gap was having a noticeable impact – and recruitment had become a game of moving the same pool of people from one company to another. Something needed to be done and it seemed obvious to me that this needed to be tackled from the ground up. 

All great ideas start in the pub

Oli and I were at the pub talking about the issues facing the industry from a recruitment perspective. I’d stumbled across the Coding Bootcamp model that was gaining traction in the US and said to Oli: “This is an interesting model, would be great if something like this existed over here.”

His response… “We could do that.”

A few months later, we caught wind of someone else (unbeknownst to us, our future partner Al) making tracks down the same path. On many occasions we seemed to be meeting with the same people, often on the same day, talking about the same idea of setting up a Coding Bootcamp in Bristol. Eventually, our paths crossed with Al – a twitter message, led to a meeting and an almost identical business plan for a Coding Bootcamp.

A coding course leading to a job in tech

It made perfect sense to join forces – Oli had the technical expertise and could develop and deliver the curriculum, Al had business experience and a keen interest in progressive and innovative business models, and I had insight into what the industry needed and could line-up job opportunities for our bootcamp graduates. 

We very nearly didn’t make it, encouraging people to part with the best part of £8,000 on an unproven programme is, unsurprisingly, difficult. However, we were confident we could teach people everything they needed to know to land a job as a Junior Developer in 12 weeks. It took a lot of faith from that first cohort to make the leap and invest in both their, and our, future. We ended up running that first cohort short on students and making a financial loss, however, the decision to go ahead rather than jack it all in, has thankfully proved to be an excellent one.

5 years later – thriving Bristol Coding Bootcamp!

So here we are 5 years after that night in the pub with 13 runs of our Coding Bootcamp complete, tons of happy graduates transitioned into tech, an employment rate of 98%, and a growing network of hiring partners that keep coming back to us for more Developers.

We’ve expanded our offerings and now run a 10 week part time UX course, 6 Week part time Front End Course and a 2 day UX course and have many more plans in the pipeline.

Learning about teaching people to code

We have learnt a lot; about ourselves, about each other, about teaching people to code, about business, about risk, about people, about the importance of collaboration, about complacency and about never standing still.

When we started out we were the first Coding Bootcamp in the South West and only the second in the UK. There are a few more around these days, some right on our doorstep. We haven’t stopped moving since the day it all started and can’t see a time when we will. This industry progresses so quickly – we embrace that pace of change and relish the opportunity we have been given to help people looking to accelerate their careers in tech and help companies to keep pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with technology. 

Our door is always open

If you’re interested in hearing more about what we do and whether we’re the right fit for you, sign up to join us for a free taster session for one of our courses, or get in touch to arrange a chat. 

4 places available on our P/T Courses thanks to our amazing Opportunity Fund

We are really keen to ensure that all talented individuals are given an equal opportunity to pursue a career in Tech. To facilitate this we have made available two places on our part-time Front End Course and 2 places on our part time User Experience Course at a reduced rate thanks to our Opportunity Fund.

The course is delivered in a flexible schedule to fit around job and child care restrictions.

These subsidised places are being offered to two groups which are heavily under-represented in tech: Women and those who identify as black, Asian and minority ethnic.

The four places on our current scheme has been made possible through our hiring partners Swoop Patagonia and Goram and Vincent who have kindly contributed to this Opportunity Fund, after hiring some graduates from our flagship Coding Bootcamp.

Opportunity Fund for Front End Development and UX Design

The Develop Me ‘Opportunity Fund’ is specifically designed for students who are otherwise unable to afford to pay full price for training. With the UK’s digital sector creating jobs twice as fast as the wider economy, developing digital skills has never been more important. We hope to address the lack of diversity in the tech industry and actively support students who are underrepresented in the tech community, including, but not limited to gender, race, ethnicity, educational background or employment history.

“As the digital revolution increasingly touches every aspect of our lives, the UK needs a technology workforce that reflects the full diversity of the people who use that technology.”

If you are interested in applying for these subsidised places please email hello@developme.training and outline a bit about your background, current situation and why you would like to attend the course – we look forward to hearing from you.

Deadlines for applications:

— 15th August 2019.

Develop Me offer a comprehensive full-time 12-week coding bootcamp (the 5-star rated Coding Fellowship), a 10-week part-time User Experience Design, a 2 day UX Fundamentals Course & a 6-week part-time Front-End Web Development course.

As we conduct more and more of our daily personal and business lives online, it’s never been more critical for digital services to create seamless interactions and user experiences that are both intuitive and effective.

As a result, businesses are recruiting talent to help design interactive services that bridge the gap between people and technology – this is the role of the UX Designer.

In direct response to this demand we’ve created the User Experience (UX) Design Bootcamp – a part-time 10 week, project driven, intensive course developed and delivered by industry experts.

This new course – aimed at beginners with no previous design or technical experience – will teach all the skills required to research, define, design and develop digital services and products – based upon user-centred design principles.

The first Bristol intake starts in September 2018 – applications are open now – please apply here.

If you would like to find out more about the application process please contact us.

hello@developme.training

We’re really excited to announce that we’re offering three subsidised places on our newly launched 6-week part-time front-end web development course to mothers returning to work. Thanks to our Opportunity Fund, supported by local tech firms, we are offering one fully-funded place on the course, as well as two places at the vastly reduced rate of £500.

Our Opportunity Fund aims to address the lack of diversity in the tech industry and enable access to sought-after digital skills to those who may otherwise struggle owing to family commitments or financial limitations. This current scheme has been made possible through contributions from 3 Bristol tech companies – Microserve, True Digital and Proctor + Stevenson.

Delivered in a flexible schedule that can fit around a 9 – 5 job or child care restrictions, the part-time course teaches the fundamentals of front-end web development in evening and weekend sessions over six weeks. It targets complete beginners and those wanting to up-skill for an increasingly digital workplace.

With the UK’s digital sector creating jobs twice as fast as the wider economy, developing digital skills has never been more important.

On completion of the course, students will be able to build and host websites that work seamlessly across multiple devices, making it ideally suited to everyone from entrepreneurs to marketers, return-to-workers to career-changers. The development of technical skills can also enable students to work more flexibly, ideal for parents who struggle to balance childcare with a rigid 9 to 5 role.

It is arguably mothers more than any other group who suffer from a lack of confidence when returning to work after taking time out to raise a family. This course will not only provide the digital skills to make them invaluable to many industries, but could also offer the chance to work more flexibly. Whether they’ve been out of the work place for six months or six years, this course will help future proof their CVs for an evolving jobs market.

Anyone interested in applying for these subsidised places should email us at hello@developme.training and tell us a bit about their background, current situation and why they want to attend the course.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 13th September with decisions being made on Thursday 14th September.

For anyone interested in finding out more about the programme there is an open evening on Tuesday 12th September – details and registration can be found at the following eventbrite page – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/part-time-front-end-course-taster-evening-tickets-36650303043