Ryan - August 2018 Graduate

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 am a fully skilled coded welder engineer of 19+ years. Obtaining Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome forced me to re-train - so I chose development. I had very little coding experience before starting the course.

Have you got a new job in tech since completing the course?

Yes

Where is your new role?

Regatta

How long did it take you to get this job?

2 months

What's your experience been like in the new role so far?

It has been fantastic, full on, daunting, and full of pressure. Not only am I learning development along the way, I am also learning how to work in an office environment. Coming from 20 years of engineering this has been tougher than I first thought. Every single day I find I’m using skills and knowledge I obtained from the course. Dealing with the pressure has been quite a breeze as Manchester Codes prepped me for that too.

Honestly everyday get’s better. My current employers are heavy on Employee Development and for me this is perfect. They asked me what areas would I like to improve on, and gave me 6 months to do just that.

Development is highly addictive and has a huge, friendly community behind it. Thanks to Manchester Codes, I have the skills to be a part of it.

What do you plan to do next with your new skills? - projects, tutoring/mentoring, new job/promotion, etc.

I have started Wigan Coding Meet up group and am hoping to turn it into a classroom environment as I would love to teach.

Why did you choose Manchester Codes over other courses?

I really liked the diversity aspect of the course, and taking the course part-time.

What did you enjoy about Manchester Codes?

Every part of the course from tutors, to challenges, to other students. I would do it all again in a heartbeat.

What did you find challenging at Manchester Codes?

The entire course was challenging! It's hardest task I have ever undertaken - but also the most rewarding.

How did you maintain a balance between work/study/life?

By finding clever ways to manage my time - reading books and listening to podcasts about time management.

If someone was on the fence about doing the course, what would you tell them?

Go for it if you are thinking of changing career. Being a graduate myself who has found employment - this is yours to take. I will never look back now. Understand that this is going to be really hard, but put the effort in and you will reap the rewards.

What advice would you give to others who are doing the course now?

Stick at it and don't let every little challenge make you question your entire intellect. Push on, take regular breaks, and above all try to enjoy every minute of it.