Graduate Stories

Maths and Physics Graduate to Software Engineer

George VernonPreview: George Vernon

George Vernon

Software Engineer at BAE Digital Intelligence

How did you find your time on the bootcamp?

At Northcoders I felt I was moving tangibly towards an end goal, gaining new skills with each week. Each day was full and well paced. My colleagues had inspiring experiences to talk about, and the tutors made sure we were confident right from the start. It's fantastic to look back now and see how far mine and other people's development skills improved in 13 weeks, as shown by some amazing projects.

What were you doing before the Bootcamp?

I was looking for work after graduating from university.

What made you interested in moving into tech?

I had been programming for a long time, enjoyed programming, and felt I had aptitude, so it seemed an obvious good move.

What made you choose Northcoders?

I researched Northcoders, and I found it to be one of the largest and best established UK bootcamps, and it had good reviews.

What was the support like on the course?

My mentors were brilliant: firstly the positive feedback they gave boosted my confidence, but also they pushed me to do my best, which I'm really grateful for. They always had time for me. Hev pointed me towards technical resources and gave lots of encouragement, while Verity pushed me to make better git commits, and got in touch when I was working slowly.

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

Towards the end of the course I was assigned a careers consultant, who was always fast and helpful responding to questions. Keely's advice challenged what I thought about writing a CV, but it was valuable and transformative. There were also talks from partner companies, and it was interesting to learn about the services they provide, that I didn't know existed in the industry.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking about applying?

The FreeCodeCamp Javascript course gives sufficient background in Javascript. Consider taking Harvard CS50x as preparation if you don't have previous programming experience or comp sci foundations. Get comfortable reading error messages and using StackOverflow and the MDN JS documentation to solve them.

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