What would you say to someone considering the Skills Bootcamp?

I have already been telling some family members to get involved and sign up for a bootcamp with UoB! I had a great experience and want to share that with others.

How was your experience of accessing Skills Bootcamp careers support?

The overall support was great – Nick was supporting all of us students as much as he could during office hours and during class. The TAs who conducted the coaching sessions were also very helpful.

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

I achieved 100% on most of my personal homeworks, which I am very proud of. The recommended amount of time we were expected to put in (other than class time) was 20 hours per week. I exceeded this on most weeks and it was worth it. I put my all into this bootcamp and tried to make the most of it, using office hours and 1:1 coaching sessions. I have learned the UX UI design process and understood the importance of each step in creating a flawless user experience. I also learned a lot about teamwork and delegating roles in order to suit the strengths of the team, rather than dividing all tasks into fragments so each member of the team had a hand in each part. This yielded poor results, which meant we had to revisit one of the previous steps to obtain higher quality insights.

Please provide details of any employers in the relevant field who have invited you for an interview after completing the Skills Bootcamp.

I have had an interview with Just Eat, IBM, SciLeads. I also have reached the final stage of recruitment with DXC Technology.

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

I am a career switcher, changing from being a community pharmacist for 4 and a half years, into the world of UX UI. I always had a creative side which was not fulfilled in my current career, hence the reason for completing the bootcamp in hope for a fresh start. I was apprehensive to begin with, but Nick (our instructor) was fantastic – the best there is! He was non-judgemental and his teaching approach really brought the best out of our cohort. We all felt he was a key part in us all succeeded in this course.

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

I chose to complete my UX UI bootcamp at University of Birmingham because of the esteemed reputation of this university. I studied an undergraduate degree and missed my opportunity to study with UoB so it was always a dream of mine – and did not disappoint!