How did you find your time on the bootcamp?
I remember the very first day when I joined Northcoders in June 2019. Many new faces with different stories but with the same dream of becoming developers. I really enjoyed how we were given more and more information and how I was challenged every single day. Even though lecturers were sometimes busy but they were always helpful and detailed enough when I got stuck. No one is ever given a solution to a problem, just enough guidance to figure things out. It was really amazing to be surrounded by highly motivated students and knowledgeable, patient lecturers. I wish I could re-live the whole experience again, but apart from the overall knowledge, mentality and attitude gained throughout the course, I have also gained some friends and met a lot of fantastic people! Thank you Northcoders and I appreciate everyone’s work who contributed to my success!
What were you doing before the bootcamp and what made you apply?
Pre-Northcoders I worked as a bookkeeper, project manager and also had a supply chain role. I lived in Aberdeen for 2 years, I did my MSc Oil & Gas Finance course there and right after graduation I joined former GE Oil and Gas, now it is Baker Hughes, a GE Company. I worked for Baker Hughes for 6 months, then with my wife we decided to move out of Aberdeen and just randomly chose Manchester. At that point I knew I did not really want to get back to finance, so I started thinking about what I really wanted to do. I started reading about coding bootcamps in Manchester and one night I told my wife that I wanted to enrol for a 3 months course. So I told her to come with me to the NC headquarters for an introductory evening. To be honest, even without that evening I knew I wanted to get into an industry that gives me the opportunity to have a great career.
What was the support like on the course?
I was always given enough support from lecturers but I believe that even students highly motivated and encouraged each other even at the hardest times. Lecturers are really knowledgeable, I was always given detailed answers, enough guidance when I needed it. The whole environment is really friendly and everyone is easy-going. I almost forgot to mention that everyone was really patient, even when I had the most annoying questions….
How much support did you receive from Northcoders with your job search after the course?
It was not the easiest after graduation because the job board did not really give me the impression that I would have many opportunities. I all could do to listen to wiser and more experienced people from the careers department. At the end of the day everyone was right, job opportunities just kept coming up and everyone has found a job. I had some failed interviews, they did not boost my confidence, but to be honest I got lucky with the one interview that gave me my first job in the tech industry. I believe that everyone was really nice and super helpful and I cannot be happier with my current situation!
What advice would you give to anyone thinking about applying?
Give it a shot, check out some websites like freecodecamp (you can also find some great videos from them on YouTube), w3school.com, w3resource.com and so on….Do not care about if you struggle, if you like doing it, go for it. There are so many amazing resources available online to further extend your knowledge after completing the course at Northcoders. I am sure self-learners can find a job on their own, but I bet it is a lot harder than using Northcoders as a pipeline to employees. You can gain an amazing skill set by completing the course and start a rewarding career.
I would like to thank everyone for giving me this fantastic opportunity. Starting from the first point of contacts Josh and Maddison to the last ones who held my hands Steph and Amul, and obviously the amazing lecturers Johnny, Mitch, Paul, Ant, Shaq, Tom, Anat and Alex. Sorry if I missed someone :)