What would you say to someone considering the Skills Bootcamp?

Do as much learning by yourself as possible prior to enrolling. It helps a lot to hit the ground running when you start, as the rate of learning is quite intense. It will also help you to make an informed decision on whether to enrol or not.

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

My tutor was excellent, very knowledgeable and very helpful. I also made good friends on the course and felt things were structured well. The thing I most enjoyed was being in a classroom environment after two years of lockdown.

Please tell us about your new role. How does the Skills Bootcamp experience relates to your new role?

I was hired as a junior developer by my employer because I had completed the bootcamp. My previous experience helped a lot but I wouldn’t have been offered this role without having done the bootcamp. I am now 18 months into this role and have been promoted from Junior Developer to Developer.

Have you been offered a new job role and/or responsibilities which utilise the skills and experience acquired on the Skills Bootcamp?

Yes, I am now a Software Developer at Semestry (Tribal Education).

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

I started working in tech in 2012 and was asked a few times by employers whether I would like to learn to code and move into a developer role. I said no each time as I didn’t feel I had the support to learn how to code on top of performing my usual duties. Over lockdown I started learning JavaScript using an online course, but when we came out of lockdown I found it difficult to continue learning on my own. I signed up to the bootcamp in order to get a better education and support with coding.

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

I worked as a software support engineer for a number of years and wanted to move into web development. The University of Birmingham has a great reputation.