What impact has the Skills Bootcamp had on you?

The programme has to be the most gruelling event I’ve undergone in my whole life. And equally one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had. It’s been so tasking, both mentally and physically. Yet, for me, the decision to take the course is unregretted.

I’ve learnt so much in a relatively short period, coming from a background in communications with no knowledge of programming languages hitherto. In a nugget, I’d say the most incredible takeaway from the course is learning how to find answers to problems through collaboration, documentations, Google-foo-ing and sheer curiosity.

One amazing thing about coding is that there could be several ways to get something done. I found that if I could deploy my logic effectively, I could develop my own code to solve a problem. This is something I had to do many times over when solving challenges during the course.

What would you say to someone considering the Skills Bootcamp?

It’s a great way to ready oneself for new and emerging opportunities in one’s career journey. But it also takes much discipline.

I wish every student who has participated in this programme the very best in their career development journey. You’re a success if you made it this far. Better days are ahead.

How was your experience of accessing Skills Bootcamp careers support?

My career coach, Andrea Buwalda, from 2U was very helpful in discussing my intended career path and providing me with useful materials to help me navigate the labyrinth of job search.

What are some of the best things about your Skills Bootcamp experience or your biggest achievements?

The 16-week Frontend UX Skills Bootcamp at the University of Birmingham has helped me gain both fundamental and advanced web development skills including HTML, CSS and JavaScript. I have learnt how to adapt UI frameworks to projects, manipulate the DOM, leverage server APIs and use the ES-6 syntax as well as the Node.js runtime environment.

Tell us about yourself and your journey to studying a Skills Bootcamp.

I had worked for 13 years as a content writer and designer. My skills previously ranged from writing, copy editing, graphics design and animation. But I needed the technical understanding of coding to be a full-fledged content developer, and the Frontend UX Skills Bootcamp I took at the University of Birmingham helped me integrate that aspect into my skillset.

Why did you choose to study a Skills Bootcamp at the University of Birmingham?

I had a background spanning 13 years in communications, working as a content writer and designer. But I wanted to evolve into a full-fledged content developer, so I enrolled in the Frontend UX Skills Bootcamp at the University of Birmingham. It was my opportunity to gain the vital knowledge of coding for software development.