How did you find your time on the bootcamp?

Northcoders felt like university should've. The lecturers and tutors were incredibly invested in all of our progress and employment prospects. There was a genuine sense of community and collaboration amongst the students. There was a much more tangible sense of progress in a much shorter time. It was great.

What were you doing before the bootcamp and what made you apply?

I was working remotely doing copywriting and project management. I worked alongside a few programmers, and had always found their work more interesting than mine, so I decided to give it a go.

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How did you find your time on the bootcamp?

These have been the most transformative and empowering months of my life. I still can’t believe how much I’ve learned in such a short space of time - and I’m still constantly learning. Sure, it’s challenging, but when you’re working so hard on something you really enjoy, it doesn’t really feel like such hard work!

What were you doing before the bootcamp and what made you apply?

I was in recruitment. That was fine, but not my dream. When I was at university, I studied Philosophy and specialised in Formal Logic. I loved it, and I wanted to move symbols around forever, but it wasn’t until over a year later that I was shown that coding was an option for me. Once that had happened I just coded constantly, and quit my job 5 months later to fast-track my career as a developer.

Throughout the course I had help regarding improving my CV and how to be more employable to employers after I finish the course. Just a few months before I started the course I was made redundant by my apprenticeship which had closed down and I didn't know what to do, only that I wanted a job as a junior developer.

The staff at Northcoders took me in and trained me up and I am now employed as a junior developer! You meet some great people on the course while also learning loads about real world practices that are used in the industry, which help you when you graduate as well as Javascript of course!.

I was one of the lucky people to get a scholarship for the first cohort. Before the course I worked in a supermarket and now, after months of really hard work and a lot of fun, I’ve landed a job as Junior Developer for a financial tech company!

The instructors are very passionate about what they teach and they inspire the students to exceed their own expectations of what they can do. It’s the most fun, intense, rapid learning experience.

I joined Northcoders contemplating whether I should go to University instead or not. After a chat with Chris and James I was convinced that joining Northcoders was best for my career.

In just 3 months I learned more programming skills than the average university graduate would in 3 years. During the course we worked with the latest in demand frameworks and technologies.

Not only did I gain programming skills but I also gained experience working on live projects. Although the course was quite intense Chris and James worked overtime to make sure we understood it.

In just 3 months, I’ve learnt more than in a whole year on my own. I’m one of those people who always thought I was not smart enough to code, I imagined I needed to be a super genius to make things happen using the magic code, but Northcoders changed that.

I’ve enjoyed every single lecture but the core of the course is a hands-on approach. Most of the time, we were building applications and solving problems with guidance from the tutors and teachers and I think this is the most important part.

By the end of the course I have gained more than just knowledge, but also a lot of practical coding experience by building exciting projects, pair-programming and working in a team.

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These were my feelings last October before I started my Northcoders adventure. I knew I wanted to go back to a role in the tech industry, now that my kids are older and more independent, but I didn’t quite have the self-belief to be bold and make that move.

Northcoders changed all that and I am delighted to say that I have just been offered a Software Engineer role with a technology company specialising in defence, security, intelligence and cyber.

I started out with very little knowledge of programming but a passion to learn after years of being stuck in a dead-end retail job. Northcoders took that passion and nurtured it with a great atmosphere, provided by patient tutors who want nothing more than to see you succeed.

I'm extremely happy with the quality of teaching and support I received at Northcoders - you get out what you put in, and Chris and James were happy to spend time with me in the evenings going over key concepts to ensure I understood them.

The support I received post graduation was invaluable, especially from the brilliant Lou in terms of interview preparation and CV assistance (extremely helpful if you're a school/apprenticeship leaver like me or just haven't been interviewed in a long time).

I was made redundant in January working as an Apprentice Software Developer. There were other jobs I could jump into, but they didn’t appeal to me for what I wanted, I wanted to learn and adapt to the job opportunities out there that I didn’t have access to. I came across this new startup company who were looking for people to come and do their course, to be the first cohort and see what it is to be a Northcoder. I just did it, didn’t think twice and signed up straight away.

I joined Northcoders on their first cohort in April 2016. I was working in libraries and had been coding a bit as a hobby for a while and looking for a career change. I learned so much in 3 months, probably more than I did in 3 years of uni, and I loved every minute of it.

It was a big decision to leave a career I was making headway in but essentially unhappy in but it was totally worth it. After graduating I was ready to get a job in the industry but decided to take an internal position with Northcoders, which is great because I never wanted the experience to end.. and now it kind of doesn’t have to!!

As an engineer looking for a career change, Northcoders gave me the challenge and the skills I needed to become an employable software developer. I'm not gonna lie to you, the course is intense. It requires your undivided attention for 13+ weeks and hours upon hours of hard work. But with expert and attentive tutoring and a great atmosphere for learning, the course was the most fun and at the same time challenging experience of my life.

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