How did you find your time on the bootcamp?
Northcoders was great! Going into the course was a bit like a first day at school, as I was nervous about meeting the tutors and the other members of my cohort. But everyone was really nice and I settled in quickly. The learning throughout the various modules went very quickly, but I kept up and learnt an incredible amount in just 14 weeks. As well as honing my technical skills, it was great to spend so much time pair programming, as this gave a real insight into the day-to-day life of a software developer. And at the end of the course I came out feeling ready to apply for jobs with a portfolio of projects under my belt. So overall it did everything I wanted it to, and I met some great people along the way!
What were you doing before the bootcamp and what made you apply?
What was the support like on the course?
The tutors on the course were friendly, knowledgeable and approachable throughout. Whether I was asking a question in a lecture, a 1:1, or in a pair programming session, they were always ready to help with a smile on their face. They made an effort to make sure every student got as much as possible out of the course, and were never far away when support was needed. I feel I have made lasting friendships with several of them through our extra-curricular evening video game sessions!
How much support did you receive from Northcoders with your job search after the course?
The Careers team at Northcoders were a hugely valuable resource throughout the course. I always felt I had someone to turn to if I had a CV or cover letter query, or a question about an interview process. The regularly-updated jobs board always had a wide selection of interesting opportunities to apply to, which meant that I always had something to work towards. And the mid-course Careers Week, with engaging talks on the industry and types of roles out there, meant that I was fully prepared to apply for jobs as soon as I finished the bootcamp.
What advice would you give to anyone thinking about applying?
From Musician to Junior Software Developer
The pace is just right, it’s challenging and you move onto new topics quickly but all the knowledge you gain is consolidated throughout the course.
From Architect to Junior Web Developer
I have been able to count on the help of several people who at all times gave me advice, answered my questions and solved my doubts about interviews or any other related topic.