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Richard had a strong background in code before enrolling on the Bootcamp – it is interesting for him to cement, update and grow his knowledge as he progresses through the course.

Richard Coding Fellowship Bootcamp StudentWhat was your background/career before you joined the Coding Fellowship bootcamp?

PhD in Linguistics/Phonetics – former lecturer in Linguistics/Phonetics

Why consider a coding bootcamp?

Because I have been working in coding in a self-employed capacity for some time. I have already created online video courses in web development and have worked on projects of my own.

However, I had got to a point where I had exhausted my knowledge and wanted to get work in the development industry proper.

What were your main concerns before enrolling on the bootcamp?

That I would start out as the class expert for a week or two because of my prior knowledge, but quickly fall behind as the gaps in my knowledge were exposed!

How do you feel about those concerns now?

The instructors have been very helpful throughout, patiently answering my questions.

There has been more new material from the very beginning than I expected, and the pace has been quicker than I expected, so I have not been finding it too easy – which is good!

What level of coding had you done before the course?

HTML, CSS, MySQL, PHP, jQuery, and AJAX in projects I created for my online video courses.

Some of my work:

https://www.webinaction.co.uk

https://www.youtube.com/webinaction

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

More challenging than I expected for the early weeks, but great fun and I’ve learnt a lot already!

Due to Covid-19 the learning environment is different to what you expected when you enrolled, now you are learning remotely, how are you finding it?

Very good. It’s much better than me than having to move to Bristol for three months – so absolutely no problems in that regard.

What your proudest moment before you joined the course?

Having my daughter!

How would you describe the support on the course so far?

Very good – everyone is kind, they were concerned when I was briefly ill, and have fostered a very supportive atmosphere in which everyone feels they can chip in or ask questions without being judged negatively.

Jack our teaching assistant in particular has been wonderful in stepping in at a moment’s notice and sorting out problems or pointing me in the right direction – and always so calmly!

We have been running Bristol Coding Bootcamps for almost 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!

Adam was one of our students that had very little to no experience of coding before the course. This is quite unusual, however, he has absolutely showed that this has been no barrier to learning, keeping up and enjoying the bootcamp whilst making good progress.

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

I studied philosophy at uni, before working in business development and then travelling.

Why consider a coding bootcamp?

Programming has always intrigued me, and I discovered the Fellowship while deciding on a long-term career path. I researched it more while discovering the joys of coding, and haven’t looked back since.

What were your main concerns before enrolling on the bootcamp?

My main concern was the level of expertise needed upon entry – I didn’t know the first thing about web development until about 6 months ago. Also there is always going to be the anxiousness that comes with such a significant financial investment.

Have those worries been addressed?

The DevelopMe team are super welcoming, and the course starts from the absolute beginning so you don’t feel like you’ve skipped over anything. In terms of the investment being worth it, the employment stats and feedback from previous students are more than reassuring!

What level of coding had you done before the course?

None – only the course preparation work.

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

It’s been great!

Tell us how the remote working situation is for you.

Because I don’t live in Bristol, working remotely has had a huge benefit as I don’t have to commute. There is still constant interaction, and if anything the circumstances have brought a sense of community to the cohort.

How would you describe the support on the course so far?

Really strong, the atmosphere is great and no one is ever made to feel like they can’t ask a question. There is also always a teaching assistant on hand to help you when you’re stuck.

We have been running Bristol Coding Bootcamps for almost 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!

Avi has a very different background to many of our students and this is a complete change of career. He is thoroughly enjoying the course and has surprised himself with his brilliant ability to keep up with the pace of an intensive course!

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

I served in the Israeli army for 5 years as a Combat Infantry Officer and afterwords continued working in the Security industry in a variety of roles, both in New Zealand and the UK for 3.5 years.

Education-wise, I never had the chance to go to Uni so all I have is a high-school graduation certificate.

Why consider a coding bootcamp at this point in your career?

I started to feel my career wasn’t challenging enough and realised it brought me very little satisfaction or pride in what I do, so I decided it needed a dramatic change.

What were your main concerns before enrolling on the bootcamp?

Am I smart enough to finish this course? Will I be good enough to find a job after graduation? Will I enjoy doing this kind of work? (Mainly a lot of self doubt)

How do you feel now?!

So far I think I’m doing pretty well! I’m not the best in class but I’m doing much better than I thought I would. I understand most of the concepts and subjects we are learning and I’m able to put them into practice.

Even though it can be VERY frustrating at times, I still really enjoy the puzzle solving and figuring out how to make things work!

What level of coding had you done before the course?

My only experience with coding before joining Develop Me was a few “code along” HTML and CSS tutorials I watched on Youtube.

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

I really like it. The teachers and teaching assistants are very professional and knowledgeable. From my perspective as a student, the fellowship looks like a well designed institute in which every person has its purpose and everyone is doing their job happily and passionately.

Tell us how the remote working situation is for you.

At first I was very concerned about how it will work, or how it will affect my learning but so far I must say I am very pleased with the way it is managed.

I would have loved to be able to have the social aspect of the course, meeting the other students in person and making friends face to face.

On the other hand I don’t need to commute for over an hour, each way, every day. Everything has its pros and cons, so I’m trying to focus on the positive sides of the situation we’re in.

How would you describe the support on the course so far?

Excellent. All of the staff are very supportive, professionally and emotionally.

Even when I have a lot of questions or find it very hard to get my head around a specific subject, the teachers remain calm and supportive and try their best to help me understand.

We have been running Bristol Coding Bootcamps for almost 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!

Maddy had the same concern about the intensity of a Bootcamp that many others have. She talks here about how her fears have so far been unfounded primarily due to the level of support offered at all times on the course.

What was your background before joining the Bootcamp?

I worked for 5 years in analyst roles working with health data. Before that I worked as an assistant in the coordination of clinical trials.

Why did you choose to join a coding bootcamp at this point of your career?

I did some programming using R (a language used in statistical analysis) in my previous roles, and found I really enjoyed it.

I also did some online courses, and as I liked these, it further convinced me that a career in web development could suit me. I was also really attracted to the variety of roles available in web development.

I saw the fellowship as a great way to quickly gain the skills I would need to get my first job in tech.

What concerns did you have before enrolling?

I worried about the intensity of the course, and how I would cope with learning so much in a short period of time.

How have those worries been addressed after a few weeks on the course?

The course is definitely intense, but the support from the instructors and teaching assistants has been great, so I haven’t felt out of my depth. I have been really impressed with the quality of the teaching, and the insight into how things are done ‘in the real world’.

How do you feel about having to do the course remotely?

I have been really impressed with the setup of remote working on the course. It’s easy to ask for help if I am stuck, so I do not feel isolated. It’s disappointing that we are not able to do the course in person at the moment, but I think DevelopMe have done a really good job in the circumstances.

How do you feel about the rest of the course support?

The support has been great. There is always help available if I need it, and it’s good to have the 1-to-1 sessions at the end of the week to go through any concerns I might have.

We have been running Bristol Coding Bootcamps for nearly 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!

Henry is a recent University graduate so has found coding at an early stage in his career and is thoroughly enjoying the journey so far.

Why did you decide to do a coding bootcamp?

I had wanted to do something like this for a while, however, as I had only just finished studying at uni I did not want to spend a large amount of time back in the classroom again. So an intense bootcamp to turn around a new skill quickly solved that problem.

What concerns did you have before enrolling?

Primarily around how good the job prospects are after finishing the course and being unsure of how difficult the process of getting placed in industry was.

Now, 3 weeks into the course I understand the job application process and what is needed for that to go smoothly.

Henry Coding Fellowship Bootcamp studentWhat level of coding had you done before the course?

Very basic – just the preparation work Develop Me gave me and a small amount of freecodecamp. However, so far I am keeping up well, feeling positive and enjoying the journey!

You are learning in a remote classroom rather than on site, which is different to what you expected – how are you coping?

The remote situation is going well due to the level of support the lecturers and TAs give.

How do you feel about the rest of the course support?

The overall support for the students on top of the code tuition is really useful.

We have been running Bristol Coding Bootcamps for 4 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!

Nik like many others, got to a point in his career where his day job was losing its appeal. He had a reasonable level of coding experience already, however, has found revisiting the fundamentals at the start of the bootcamp really useful in cementing the knowledge he already had and preparing him for what’s to come over the next 3 months and beyond!

 

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

I studied Mechanical Engineering receiving a ScB (Bachelors of Science) undergraduate degree and staying for a 5th year ScM (Master of Science) degree, graduating in 2012.

I then worked for the Electronic Medical Record software company Epic in Madison, Wisconsin, starting in the “Technical Services” division supporting healthcare organisations with their use of the software.

In this role I learnt to read, write, and troubleshoot back-end code (based on MUMPS). In later years I advanced on to more project management and managerial roles working with healthcare organisations based out of the Epic Dubai (3yrs) and Epic Bristol (1.5yrs) offices before finding Develop Me.

Why consider a coding bootcamp?

I had reached a point of burnout in my previous job and also wasn’t finding as much enjoyment in the project management/management role I had moved into.

What were your main concerns before enrolling on the bootcamp?

Will the course truly set me up for industry standard work in 16 weeks? Will it be worth the investment? Will I actually enjoy coding and programming?

How have those fears been dispelled 2 weeks into the bootcamp?

I’m feeling pretty confident on the “industry standard” part at this point and so far have been impressed by the instructors knowledge about what is typically used in the working world.

I’ll have to see about the investment part in a few years probably, but so far things are indicating yes!

I am enjoying the course more than I thought I would and am excited to start the course each day. It’s fantastic and I enjoy the structure, the balance of lectures, exercises, and projects.

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?

As I mentioned before I had done quite a bit, although I had not used this knowledge in my work for probably 2.5 years.

The course is great about covering the fundamentals for folks that have no experience, and this has been good for me to cement in my knowledge (and learn things I’d been taught improperly). On the flip side the instructors have been great about providing additional challenges for the more experienced students.

Nik studying remotelyDue to Covid-19 the learning environment is different to what you expected when you enrolled, now you are learning remotely, how are you finding it?

Learning-wise I don’t feel like it’s negatively impacted the experience much at all. I think I’m probably getting a little less out of overhearing other students questions or asking quick questions because you have to jump into a Hangouts.

I also think it’s a good “trial run” to see if I’d like freelance or extended remote work.

How would you describe the support on the course so far?

The support has been great. The instructors and teaching assistants are very available and I feel comfortable asking any questions I have. The weekly 1-1s are also good to know how you’re doing overall.

We have been running Bristol Coding Bootcamps for 4 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!

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!