Background

I started playing with websites when I was about 15.

After my A-levels I went travelling, and, in Thailand, met some developers and what they did sounded really interesting.

I then discovered Codecademy and started looking into attending a bootcamp.

Why are you attending the Coding Fellowship?

I really enjoyed coding and wanted to be around like-minded people and get stuck in learning more.

What role are you looking for after the Coding Fellowship?

I would like to make websites that people like using; to make cool things that people love, and that I’m proud of.

I am mainly interested in visual side rather than back-end.

What was your coding experience before the Coding Fellowship?

I’d made a simple PayPal shop and trying to do layout positioning.

I’d done all of the HTML & CSS exercises on Codecademy, doing bootstrap exercises on Free Code Camp,  and building a portfolio site.

How have you found the Fellowship so far?

So far the Fellowship has been fantastic and the course has gone above and beyond anything I could’ve expected.

One of the key things I’ve enjoyed is the intensity of the course, every day there’s new problems to solve and it feels great when you overcome them, and when the day is over I’m always looking forward to what we’re going to be working on next.

What have you enjoyed most?

I really enjoyed working with Javascript but in particular using the Angular framework and realising how powerful it is for creating great single page web applications and it makes working with forms and validation a breeze. When this was tied into making Hybrid Mobile Apps with ionic it was the icing on the cake and really good fun to make several mobile apps.

What have you found hardest?

Because of the quality of the teachers nothing has been too hard to overcome however there has certainly been some tricky parts, for instance working with PHP for the first time was really interesting but a good challenge getting my head around how the backend of the web works.

 

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Background

I studied Jewellery Design at University and went on to work for a jewellery company in London as their website manager. This involved uploading photos, producing newsletters, helping redesign their eCommerce website and going through a branding change.

Why are you attending the Coding Fellowship?

2 years ago I decided I wanted to change career and started running my own jewellery business. I wanted to learn to code to add more strings to my bow to help my business.

When I worked for the jewellery company our website was built by Meanbee. From my experience of working with them I thought their job sounded really interesting. I’m looking forward to being on the other side of the fence soon!

What role are you looking for after the Coding Fellowship?

I want to work within the Bristol tech scene, and the Coding Fellowship is a great route into that.

I like the creative aspect of web development, and would be very happy working for a company on in-house projects, or working for an agency in a client-facing role.

What was your coding experience before the Coding Fellowship?

I had used Codecademy’s online resources a little, mostly just learning some HTML and CSS is as far as I’d got.

How have you found the Fellowship so far?

Really good! Learning is always satisfying, especially when you’re studying something that a few weeks ago seemed like gobbledegook: incomprehensible, impenetrable & possibly, actually, maybe just magic?

Now I get to revel in being on the opposite side of that equation – I’m really relishing the feeling of ultimate power you get when something starts working correctly!

All the other members of the cohort are sound as a pound, as are the tutors. The workspace is brilliant (especially the pingpong table ) & I’m now completely addicted to caffeine, which I feel can only be a good thing.

What have you enjoyed most?

The jQuery week – what had been a dreadful fuzz of confusion and syntax errors the week before with JavaScript, seemed to gradually clear over that week.

What have you found hardest?

JavaScript – without a shadow of a doubt. It was my first introduction to true programming (other than the preparation tutorial on Codecademy) & I actually had a bit of a brain meltdown on Tuesday. However, Mark – our tutor – was very patient & clear, & eventually it started to make sense.

 

Interested in becoming a web developer?

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It started with a car crash and ended with a baby

The first web developer bootcamp to run in Bristol has now finished, and, by all measures, was a great success!

3 of the 4 students were offered paid work placements by Bristol tech companies, with the fourth on maternity leave before starting a work placement later in the year.

The feedback from the companies they are working with has been extremely positive.

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The Coding Fellowship combines 12 weeks of intensive teaching, covering the fundamentals of web development, with a paid industry work placement and help to secure employment as a web developer upon graduation.

The course – run at the Paintworks, the heart of Bristol’s creative and tech quarter – is developed and delivered by industry experts, with a heavy focus on project work, using industry tools and practices, and hands-on learning.

It takes students from beginners all the way through to being employable junior web developers, while building a portfolio of work.

We catch up with two of the students on the spring cohort to find out how they are pursuing a new career in coding.

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OUR FIRST STUDENTS HAVE JUST EMBARKED ON THEIR JOURNEY TO BECOMING WEB DEVELOPERS

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The Spring Cohort of the Coding Fellowship began on May 9th, based down at Bristol’s Paintworks the fellowship is the South West’s first coding bootcamp. The programme includes a 12 week intensive taught element – teaching the fundamentals of web development – a paid industry work placement and help finding employment as a web developer upon graduation.

The Bristol and Bath region has recently been recognised as the largest regional digital hub in the UK and with predictions that the digital industries will grow faster than any other in the coming decade, it’s a great time to be learning to code and joining the thriving tech sector. You can read more about this in the recent Tech Nation Report.

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There is no doubt that software is becoming a critical layer of all our lives. It is the language of our current and future digital world. The expanding networking of everything and everyone — the growth of the Internet of Things and embedded wearable devices. The pervasive nature of technology resulting from amplified connectivity will influence nearly everything, nearly everyone, nearly everywhere.

Perhaps in the future, not knowing the language of computers will be as challenging as being illiterate or innumerate are today.

At Develop Me we agree that future innovation will come through disruptive technologies and collaborative social business models – however more importantly we firmly believe the change will come from people. People empowered, people with ideas and most importantly people with the knowledge and understanding to make things happen. The world of digital technology holds so many innovative solutions for society and the web is one of the most democratic tools ever created. (more…)


Last week we were lucky enough to be invited to a meet, greet and showcase event at the Bristol Games Hub. The directors of the Games Hub – Ben Trewhella (Opposable Games) Debbie & Tom Rawlings (Auroch Digital) – had organised a visit from The Observer. The aim of the day was to introduce them to some of the exciting things happening in the Bristol tech & games scene. We found ourselves in the company of a number of really interesting tech start-ups, indie game developers and VR specialists.

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“How can I become a web developer?” is a common question we’re asked.

With increasing interest in the web, ‘digital’ and apps, more and more people are attracted to jobs as web developers or programmers, and there is plenty of discussion around coding and learning to code, as digital plays an increasing importance in our daily lives.

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