Tell us a little bit about you/your background e.g. previous coding experience, job situation before the course, motivations for taking on a coding course etc
I started coding quite young when I was around 13. I started creating websites with table based layouts, and then eventually learnt CSS by creating MySpace themes a few years later.
I enrolled in an ICT course at university with a computer science based syllabus. I had no background in computer science so found the course too overwhelming and quit. I later enrolled in a different ICT course with modules in website design.
Have you got a new job in tech since completing the course?
What do you plan to do next with your new skills? - projects, tutoring/mentoring, new job/promotion, etc.
I haven’t found a new job yet but that’s due to lack of effort on my part, I will be applying for positions in software development in the next few months. Manchester Codes are still supporting me and giving me advice even though I finished my course some months ago now. I'm also working on some of my own side projects just for fun!
Why did you choose Manchester Codes over other courses?
I chose Manchester Codes for a few reasons:
What did you enjoy about Manchester Codes?
What did you find challenging at Manchester Codes?
Getting into the right mindset for learning again, leaning into challenging problems instead of procrastinating or giving up.
How did you maintain a balance between work/study/life?
At the beginning of the course I was terribly disorganised, but then I created myself a timetable. I dedicated certain time slots to studying each week and eventually settled into a routine. This really helped me to stay motivated, and keep focussed.
If someone was on the fence about doing the course, what would you tell them?
I'd definitely recommend doing the course. I've tried going down the self-study route many times without success, studying on your own can be incredibly difficult. Attending the course at set times every week, and learning along side fellow students really helped. I got feedback from tutors, and was able to ask them questions if I was struggling. This is something that I didn't have when I was studying alone. I really enjoyed learning to code, and don't think I'd have made so much progress without attending the course.
What advice would you give to others who are doing the course now?
Code every day even if you can only code for 20 minutes on some days. When I first started the course I would sometimes spend a full day coding, and then have a break for four days. I'd often forget what I'd learnt, and have to start again. I found it was much easier to retain information if looked at learning materials or coded every day.