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We caught up with Paul 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 finding learning to code so far.

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

I studied for a degree in modelmaking and have been working as a modelmaker ever since, specialising in recent years in lighting and electronics for models, exhibitions and installations.

Why are you attending the Coding Bootcamp?

In order to fast track a career change into web development

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

One of my main concerns before starting the course was finding work on graduation.

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

Develop Me has great links with tech companies, industry mentors and arranges for interviews at the end of the course which has made me feel more confident about finding work on graduation.

What was your coding experience before the Course?

I didn’t have much in the way of web development coding experience other than doing online courses such as Codecademy. I had however been writing code for several years as part of my job using Arduinos for lighting and electronics.

How have you found the course so far?

I have really enjoyed it so far. Its been fast paced and challenging but thoroughly rewarding.

What have you enjoyed most?

HTML, CSS and Javascript.

What have you found the most challenging?

I have found React to be challenging, but also enjoyable and interesting.

How would you describe the support on the Bootcamp?

I have found the support on the bootcamp amazing. There is always someone on hand to help, whether that’s a tutor, classroom assistant or fellow student. We also have one-2-one sessions weekly which gives you the chance to talk anything over.

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

Do as much of the prep work beforehand as possible. The course is intense and challenging but enjoyable and throughly rewarding.

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

So far I have really enjoyed front end development and WordPress, so would be hoping to find a role in one of these fields but I am keeping an open mind at the moment.

We have been running our Bristol based Coding Bootcamp for almost 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 Sasha 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 – you can also see Sasha chatting with us here.

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

I have a degree and masters in Animation and worked for Aardman Animations before the course. My role was as a Puppet Wrangler on the new Shaun the Sheep Movie this involved herding puppet sheep – quite a unique job I know!

Sasha one of our Bristol Bootcamp Students

Why are you attending the course?

I wanted a new direction into a career as a web developer and the Bootcamp seemed like the best solution for me. To learn in supported environment and meeting other like minded people.

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

I wondered if I would be able to keep up with the intensity of learning new things for the 12 weeks.

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

I’ve managed to keep up and one of my favourite things is learning something new everyday.

What was your coding experience before the Coding Bootcamp?

I had no previous coding experience except for doing a few online coding lessons and the prep work.

How have you found the course so far?

The Coding Bootcamp has been brilliant, I’ve been impressed with all the teachers and their specialist knowledge of each subject.

I’m enjoying the problem solving nature of tech.

What have you enjoyed the most?

I have mostly enjoyed the front-end; HTML, CSS and JavaScript. I also found WordPress quite interesting.

It’s also been eye opening to me to see how animation can be used in CSS and JavaScript.

What have you found the most challenging?

Whilst learning something new everyday is great but changing topics every week can be hard as you feel like you want more time to get stuck in with the topic!

How would you describe the support on the Bootcamp?

The level of support is one of the best things about the Bootcamp. You get one-on-one feedback every week so you feel very supported and day to day there is a lot of help from the teachers and Jack (the teaching assistant).

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

Go for it, you will not regret it! Do as much prep work as you can.

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

I am interested in front-end development, but am open to all options. I would like to in the future work in the charity 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 Jonathan 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 Jonathan chatting to us here.

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

I studied photography at college and university, then spent 2 years living in California, had 2 years working in childcare, then spent 2 years working as a digital consultant, which included building websites in Squarespace, print and creative design, digital marketing and configuring online booking systems.

In April 2018 I started my own web consulting business, which led me to Develop Me.

Jonathan - Bristol Coding Bootcamp Student

Why are you attending the Bootcamp?

I’m here because I enjoy learning and I wanted to expand the scope of my business and advance my skills in all aspects of professional web development.

What were your main concerns before joining the Coding Bootcamp?

I think my main question was related to ROI (return on investment). The course was a major investment for me and I wanted to make sure it was money well spent.

Does your experience on the Bootcamp now answer those concerns?

Develop Me have around 50 hiring partners and they arrange between 4 and 6 interviews for us at graduation, and I will likely receive up to 3 or 4 job offers as a result. The cost of the course is a small price to pay for the expert teaching and career progression / promotion opportunities that I’ll get as a result.

What was your coding experience before the course?

I had taught myself HTML and CSS, and used both in my work over the 3 years preceding the course.

How have you found the Coding Bootcamp so far?

It’s been fantastic! I’ve learned so much and definitely have a lot more hope and vision for my future. The course is fast paced for sure and very intensive. I’ve been very impressed by the curriculum structure — each day builds on the last, and each week on the one before it.

The tutors are “real” and friendly, very approachable and make for great ping pong opponents!

What have you enjoyed the most?

I think I enjoyed the PHP week the most, because it just seemed to click with me, and specifically the Object Oriented Programming (in both PHP and JavaScript). Learning React was hard work, but also pretty exciting.

What have you found the most challenging?

Lifting state in React was definitely the hardest in terms of content, but the biggest learning curve was realising that my brain would generally be 2 days behind, but that’s the nature of a bootcamp.

How would you describe the support on the Bootcamp?

Top notch!

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

Weigh the cost, make sure you can put your life on hold for 3 months, but if you’re passionate and determined and want a fast-track to a career in web development, it’s well worth your time and money!

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

I’d like to work in a full stack role because I like both front-end and back-end development, but I’m leaning more towards PHP than JavaScript, so we’ll see! One day I’d love to start my own web development agency.

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 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!

Jess was one of our ‘Code It Forward’ funded students. This funding made it possible for her take the course, when finances otherwise would not have allowed her to enrol. We caught up with her during the 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 have a background in EU affairs (politics) having worked in Brussels as well as gained experience in a number of communications-based roles.

Why are you attending the Bootcamp?

To deepen my knowledge, to be taught by experts in the industry and to be surrounded by like-minded individuals who share an interest in tech.

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

As many of my previous roles were analytical in nature, I had concerns that it would be quite a leap for me to overcome: adapting my mindset to think logically and to put my problem-solving skills front and centre.

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

Over the course we have been introduced to the back end, new concepts and frameworks which has exposed me to other aspects such as version control that has challenged me to think twice about my approach and rationalise what I am trying to do; taking it step by step to achieve the overall goal. As each week has passed my initial concern has eased as I become ever mindful of how to approach a task in a methodical manner.

What was your coding experience before the Course?

I had dabbled with HTML, CSS, a little bit of JavaScript and JQuery as well as had experience using the Content Management Systems: WordPress and Squarespace

How have you found the Bootcamp so far?

I have found it challenging but also very rewarding. Not a day goes by when I do not look back from where I initially started to remind myself what I have learnt – equally looking forward with interest for what is to come.

What have you enjoyed the most?

WordPress, HTML, CSS/Sass, Laravel and to my surprise I have also enjoyed managing databases with MySQL. The organised person in me also appreciates the version control of Git.

What have you found the most challenging?

Striking a balance between working through a problem on your own and using your notes and knowing when to take a break or ask for help. If you have been staring at it too long you may not notice a simple syntax error. Breaks are definitely your friend. I also find the omnipresence of JavaScript exciting but also a little daunting.

How would you describe the support on the Bootcamp?

From day one you cannot fault the support. From the teachers, assistant to the 1:1 sessions it has all been helpful to gauge my progression as well as to hear feedback of where I can improve.

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

I would keep an open mind as you never know what may interest you. We all come from different backgrounds so there is a niche for everyone to contribute, learn and share. Be kind to yourself when it does not all come at once; absorbing a myriad of concepts can be intense but if you do the course preparation it will put you in good stead for what is to come.

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

I am keeping an open mind in terms of a role after the Coding Fellowship although I am currently leaning towards working with WordPress. The community looks really welcoming and with so many events held in Bristol, the UK and beyond. There seems to be ample opportunity to engage and learn from others which really appeals to me. Ideally in the future I would like to see myself thriving in a diverse team that encourages self development, fosters creativity and that will challenge me daily. I would also like to be thoroughly engaged in community events like a do_action hackathon which harnesses the power of WordPress for good.

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

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.