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Tell us a bit about your background before joining the Coding Fellowship.

I have a Computer Science Degree with some commercial experience. HTML, ASP, SQL, CSS, PHP.

Why did you choose Develop Me?

I wanted a way to get back into the industry after taking a long break. I decided to travel after my degree and work placement and found that when reentering the job market, all my knowledge of web technologies were outdated.

Develop Me was a great way to get up to speed with the available technologies. My core understanding of Computer Science helped but Develop Me is taking coding to another level.

How much coding had you done before starting the course?

I have enough knowledge of ASP, PHP, HTML, Objective C, MySQL to pass an exam and that’s all I felt my degree was: working out how to pass an exam as opposed to real work experience.

What do you hope to get out of the course?

I hope to be up to speed with the industry technologies and network with other great minds to be employed after the course. We’re now two weeks into the course and I feel that I’m already learning an extensive level of HTML. Just when I though I knew HTML, there seems to be something more I can learn.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

After completing the course, I would like to gather work experience, be employed with 2–3 years experience and either work as a contractor or be employed remotely.

Tell us a bit about your background before joining the Coding Fellowship.

I was working as a print-based Graphic Designer, but wanted to expand my skillset as most of the job adverts I was looking at included some degree of web design/development. I was made redundant around the same time I was looking for a new job, so it seemed the perfect opportunity to learn some new stuff.

Why did you choose Develop Me?

I had thought about doing a part-time HNC/HND course, but I didn’t really want to wait years before qualifying — a bootcamp course seemed ideal and Develop Me was within traveling distance.

How much coding had you done before starting the course?

A tiny bit. I’d done a short evening course in HTML a few years ago, but never really had the opportunity to put it into practice. I’d also just started doing an online video development bootcamp when I applied to Develop Me.

What do you hope to get out of the course?

A decent job!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I think I’d prefer to work in back-end development more than front-end, but I’m not really sure what that might look like in five years. I’d be happy with anything development-related really.

Tell us a bit about your background before joining the Coding Fellowship.

I’ve been an English Teacher in secondary schools for about six years.

Why did you choose Develop Me?

They offer an industry-led curriculum and have a great track record of getting their graduates into development roles.

How much coding had you done before starting the course?

Just a few months of independent learning to code.

What do you hope to get out of the course?

A job as a junior developer!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I’d love to be developing educational software/applications.

Tell us a bit about your background before joining the Coding Fellowship.

My background is not particularly techie… After studying law and German I worked in media, starting in digital marketing and then moving into editorial compliance and management for UK newspapers. Before joining the Fellowship I was working in London as assistant managing editor at a national newspaper.

Why did you choose Develop Me?

Several things made Develop Me stand out from other bootcamp providers: the support given to students in starting their new careers, Develop Me’s links with local businesses and, as I was looking to move out of London, the great Bristol location. Then after speaking with Pete, one of the co-founders, and a couple of past students who had really enjoyed the course I was sold.

How much coding had you done before starting the course?

Other than the pre-course prep and dabbling in basic HTML and CSS, I hadn’t done any coding before starting.

What do you hope to get out of the course?

On signing up to the course I was hoping to build a solid foundation in web development to help me transition my career, while learning something new and meeting other likeminded people. So far so good!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Based on my past experiences and given that technology changes so quickly, I think it’s difficult to predict exactly where I’ll be in 5 years time, but professionally I’d like to be well established in a role that lets me combine my previous experience with my newly acquired web development skills, while continuing to learn new technologies and share that with others. On a more personal level, I’d like to have seen a bit more of the world, preferably by bike.

Background/education, what career did you have before the Coding Fellowship?)

My background was in architecture and the built environment. I did a degree in architecture in Manchester University and worked as a building surveyor for the past 2 years before joining the course.

What attracted you to a career change into web development?

I was always interested in technology, particularly computing and internet. I had the thought that working in computing meant that I would need a very strong maths background or otherwise working in an IT support field which did was not attractive to me as someone with ambitions to work more creatively.

Why are you attending the Coding Fellowship?

I wanted a strong foundation in coding without having to invest 3 years into a university degree, the material for which may or may not be relevant by the time I graduate. Doing a bootcamp made sense as we learn the most up-to-date technologies at the time.

What was your coding experience before starting the bootcamp?

Some IT lessons in college with basic computer logic and HTML. Working with a CMS to make a portfolio site in the past.

How have you found the Fellowship so far?

The Fellowship has been challenging and fast paced, which makes learning a lot more dynamic and engaging.

What have you enjoyed most?

Learning about new tools and technologies for making development more streamlined and efficient. Also solving issues and coding problems feels very rewarding.

What have you found hardest?

Some programming concepts were tough to wrap my mind around as it forced me to think in a completely different way that I was used to. Also, debugging can be very frustrating but ultimately there is a great sense of accomplishment when you fix the issues.

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

Find a way to process and organise the wealth of given information that makes sense to you, as the learning curve will vary for different people. Also keep a good cheat-sheet as you will be referring back to it throughout the course!

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Background (education, what career did you have before this?)

I studied Philosophy and Politics at university, and have been working in the charity sector for the past few years. Until a few months before starting the course, I was working for a legal-aid charity in London and had planned on doing a law conversion course.

What attracted you to a career change into web development?

Since graduating, I have missed using problem solving skills on a day-to-day basis. I was attracted to web development for this reason, and to learn a versatile skill which will expand my career opportunities in a fast paced and expanding industry.

Why are you attending the Coding Fellowship?

The Coding Fellowship seemed like the perfect opportunity to develop my skills over a short period of time. I like that the course has a personalised approach to teaching, valuing all their students as individuals. I was also attracted to the ethos of Develop Me, with their dedication to diversifying the workforce in the tech industry by supporting under-represented groups access training.

What was your coding experience before starting the bootcamp?

I had done some courses on Free Code Camp and Code Academy over the months leading up to the course.

How have you found the Fellowship so far?

I’m really enjoying it.  It’s definitely been challenging and overwhelming at times, but I’m so happy I decided to do the course. It has opened my eyes to how much there is to learn, and I feel in a much better position to pursue areas of interest and continue learning after the course.

What have you enjoyed most?

I really enjoy Javascript. Although it can be frustrating and hard at times, the satisfaction I feel when my code works is worth it! It’s fantastic to be surrounded by an amazing group of people every day. We all motivate, support and learn from one another.

I also enjoy having a different teacher every few weeks, they all have different methods of teaching and give their unique insight about work within industry.

What have you found hardest?

The curriculum covers a huge amount over 3 months, I’ve never concentrated so hard in my life! I think taking everything step by step is important, and reminding myself that although there is still a huge amount to learn, I know an unimaginable amount more than when I started the course 2 months ago!

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

The course is very intense so be prepared to dedicate a lot of time over the 3 months. Although not essential, I think it’s really helpful to do as much preparation as you can before the course starts. I would thoroughly recommend the course to anyone thinking about developing their skills in web development!

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Background

I was a biologist before joining the Fellowship and did a BSc in Zoology and an MSc in Biology with the aim of having a career in the environment and conservation sector and/or doing a PhD and going into academia.

Why are you attending the Coding Fellowship?

The lack of opportunities and job security in conservation led me to consider an alternative career. As a scientist I always enjoyed working in front of a computer and consider that the day to day working environment of developing websites suited my approach to work and my personality. The job and career development opportunities, variety of work and open attitudes to change were all attractions for me in getting into web development and joining the course.

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

In the short term I am looking to gain experience working as a junior developer and gradually develop my independence and skills in web development. Long term I would really like to be a contractor and work freelance or create something that would lead to me owning my own business.

What was your coding experience before the Coding Fellowship?

I had signed up to teach myself on a few platforms like treehouse and codeacademy but I hadn’t done much more than code in very basic HTML and CSS when I started.

What have you enjoyed most?

I really enjoy the way of working and the environment. DevelopMe is situated at the Paintworks in a very relaxed environment which is ideal for coding in, you are certainly not sitting in a busy office, quite the opposite! The knowledge that you are learning skills that will set you up for a great career with so many opportunities is quite motivating. Oli and Pete, the course leaders are very supportive and really help to put you at ease and give you confidence throughout. At the end of every week we have a one-to-two review with them so that you can discuss how you are progressing, any concerns you might have and they can give you feedback. This approach is invaluable.

What have you found hardest?

Coding requires a change in thinking and is quite different from reading and writing. I am developing my problem solving skills but sometimes practice and a lot of repetition is required before fully understanding something. The hardest part of the course so far has been the JavaScript and jQuery weeks. These weeks challenge your problem solving skills and way of thinking at the same time. I often knew how I would solve the challenges presented with a pen and paper but coding them structurally is a different challenge!

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

Try out coding in your spare time to see if you like it. Codeacademy and FreeCodeCamp are good places to start. It really helped me to do a lot of research on the internet about web development and the opportunities within the industry. I also went on a practice evening with DevelopMe and discussed the programme with current students as well as investigating what positions they had following the Fellowship. You do not already need to be a ‘programmer’ or a ‘tech person’ to be a web developer. I did not have any kind of background in coding before joining the course.

Interested in becoming a web developer?

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Background

I’m an interpreter of sign language and a guide for blind people. This is something that I have really enjoyed doing.

Why are you attending the Coding Fellowship?

I was curious about coding so I decided to start teaching myself about it. I discovered that I really enjoyed it. I started to meet people from the industry at events and meetups and was advised to look into enrolling on the DevelopMe_ bootcamp. It seemed like a great opportunity to develop myself in the field and get the skills needed to start working in the industry quickly.

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

I’ve really enjoyed the frontend stuff I’ve done so far. I find the visual side of web development very interesting. There is so much you can create with code!

I also think that it’s important to have an understanding of what’s going on in the backend and how some of the backend languages work so you are able to understand what is going on in the background.

What was your coding experience before the Coding Fellowship?

I didn’t have much experience before starting the course. I had mostly been learning HTML and CSS, teaching myself by reading documentation and following some online courses on Codecademy.

How have you found the Fellowship so far?

I think is great, we are learning a lot of new things everyday. It’s really intensive, but well worth it.

What have you enjoyed most?

So far the language I’ve enjoyed the most is JavaScript and learning about how to use the command line terminal is super cool.

What have you found hardest?

Maybe php, trying to understand how everything works on the backend, but eventually we all got there!

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

I would definitely advise them to do it. The teachers and the people who run the Fellowship are very nice, the course is really well structured and you meet a lot of great people during the course.

Interested in becoming a web developer?

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Background

Teacher, sound engineer and musician. I studied a sound engineering and composition BA, followed by a PGCE and PGDip in Music Education. I’ve worked in theatres, studios and schools as well as touring with bands and releasing recorded music.

Why are you attending the Coding Fellowship?

I’m really attracted to the idea of having fascinating, stimulating, flexible work in a thriving industry.

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

I’d like to get more experience in an agency before eventually going freelance. I’d love to link my sound design and composition back into this, building creative applications for use in music and performance.

What was your coding experience before the Coding Fellowship?

I sweated over Supercollider – a language designed for sound synthesis – for a year, about five years ago, but eventually gave up as I didn’t have the knowledge base to get it off the ground. I then moved onto MAXMSP – a visual programming language for music – which got me to think like a programmer, if not write actual code. Despite getting along with this very well, it definitely made me think that writing code was a much more elegant system for building things – so I carried a little flame for the idea of becoming a coder for quite a while.

How have you found the Fellowship so far?

Brilliant, frequently overwhelming, occasionally frustrating, always stimulating. I’m having a wonderful time. The teachers are very knowledgeable and experienced and are a pleasure to work with.

What have you enjoyed most?

Javascript and the thought process that goes into solving abstract problems. The experience of getting a grasp on some pretty abstract ideas then trying to combine and manipulate them in your head. I also love the atmosphere here at Developme HQ. The other students on the cohort are wonderful people to spend time with and there’s a real culture of humour and mutual support.

What have you found hardest?

Probably the fact that we have to move to a new topic each week or fortnight. We’re covering a huge amount in a relatively short time so we’re having to get comfortable with immersion in a particular language then having faith that if we put it down we’ll be able to pick it back up when we need to.

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

The course is a huge commitment – in terms of time, energy and money – so it ultimately has to be taken very seriously. It’s a huge challenge but an incredibly rewarding one too. Do some free courses online, and if coding appeals to you, I can’t think of a better way of going from novice to professional in such a short time.

Interested in becoming a web developer?

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Background

I have a degree in Sports Science and spent a number of years as a Personal Trainer. Until recently I was working in sales and tech recruitment which piqued my interest in programming and Web Development.

Why are you attending the Coding Fellowship?

I wanted to learn a new skill set that would benefit me for the rest of my working life and give me a new career. I also love the speed at which the industry is evolving and the constant learning that comes with that.

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

In the immediate future I hope to become a Junior Web Developer and concentrate on improving my skills and knowledge. Ultimately, I would like to work building software that improves people’s lives. If I could use the flexibility the job provides to work remotely and live somewhere cool, that would also be great!

What was your coding experience before the Coding Fellowship?

I only started coding in January through online resources like freecodecamp.

How have you found the Fellowship so far?

It has been intense and tiring but absolutely brilliant. The teachers have all been great and made the subject material very clear and easy to understand.

What have you enjoyed most?

The Javascript and jQuery weeks were great. They were challenging but super rewarding as a result. The meetups around the city are also really fun and interesting and a great way to meet likeminded people.

What have you found hardest?

Teaching my brain to think in a different way than I’m used to. It’s unlike anything I’ve done before.

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

Try some of the online resources to see if you like writing code. Attend one of the open evenings with Pete and Oli and if you like what you see then do it! You won’t regret the decision.

Interested in becoming a web developer?

Attend a Coding Fellowship Introduction Evening taster workshop.
Download the Coding Fellowship information pack.
Sign up for updates about the course, students and employers.