Graduate Stories

Customer Service to Software Developer

Ezisberta KachiungoPreview: Ezisberta Kachiungo

What job role have you secured?

I am a Software Developer at eMaC. 

How did you find your time on the bootcamp?

Northcoders was not only great in teaching me the fundamentals, backend and frontend development, industry best practices and general conduct but also felt like a true home for me, I still hold great memories from all the interactions with my mentors, tutors and cohort mates.

What were you doing before the Bootcamp?

I worked in customer service for a retailer. 

What made you interested in moving into tech?

I got curious from watching videos of people who worked in and / or had transitioned into tech.

What made you choose Northcoders?

I saw an advert for the course on social media and also liked the fact that there was an Office in Leeds, where I live. Also the name Northcoders is quite bold, which I appreciate.

What was the support like on the course?

Mentors and tutors were true guardians for us students, they were always there to help us and very open to understanding our struggles and guiding us throughout the entire journey. They all also seem to share this great sense of humour and it's fair to say they've managed to pass that legacy on. 

How much support did you receive from Northcoders with your job search after the course?

We had several sessions on how to prepare for the job search that covered several aspects such as writing our CV, building our portfolio and preparing for interviews. Apart from that we were also provided with many resources such as templates and guides, as well as having our CVs individually evaluated and private sessions with a member of our careers team.

Do you think Northcoders prepared you well for a role in tech?

Yes, because it has taught me not only the fundamentals of software development but also industry best practices as well as overall great values and habits a developer should hold.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking about applying?

I'd say they should start by gaining practice with the fundamentals of at least one language and then gradually spread their knowledge and start building a portfolio if they chose to pursue a career in tech, always keeping an open mind. I'd also say networking could be useful, although not essential as "working" should always come before the "net" in my opinion.