Our students are the heartbeat of our organisation. We love hearing each and every one of their stories from where they have come from to what inspired them to join a coding Bootcamp. We recently caught up with Chinonso John Nkpolukwu, a Web Development Student currently enrolled in our Standard (10 months duration) Bootcamp at our Melbourne Campus.
"My experience with Coder Academy so far has been
intense, challenging but absolutely worthwhile."
Coder: What Bootcamp are you currently enrolled in?
John: Melbourne Standard Web Development Bootcamp
Coder: What was your motivation for doing this Bootcamp?
John: I wanted a career in Web development and through
my research, I discovered that a Bootcamp would provide me with the quickest and most successful path into the tech industry.
Coder: Had you had any previous coding/web development experience before doing this Bootcamp?
John: Studying IT I did a unit in Java which exposed me to
web development, from there I took a course on udemy before applying for the bootcamp.
Coder: Tell us about any misconceptions/fears or barriers you had in regards to doing the Bootcamp before you decided to do it!
John: A big misconception was that I wouldn’t be able to
keep up with the workload, especially because I was balancing work and studies. All the content is recorded and the instructors are extremely accommodating in making sure you’re keeping pace with the workload and are willing to provide extra support if needed.
Coder: When researching which education provider to go with - can you remember the deciding factor for choosing Coder Academy?
John: I was initially supposed to sign up with General assembly, that was before I did my research and saw the excellent reviews online in various forums in regards to coder academy’s Bootcamp. That was the deciding factor for me.
Coder: If your study was impacted during COVID. Can you tell us a bit about your experience during this time?
John: Studying from home is not easy, not having the right support and peers around you can be quite challenging. Despite this though the Bootcamp provided an exceptional online learning experience. The content is thoughtfully presented and we were given opportunities to actively engage in the learning, which is extremely valuable for someone like myself who is more on the quieter side.
Coder: If you’ve decided to change careers as a result of doing this Bootcamp - what was your main reason for wanting to change?
John: Coming from an IT background I’ve always had an
interest in web development but prior commitments and a lack of belief in myself at the time really hindered me from pursuing it.
My previous role as a data entry and admin officer allowed me the opportunity to work remotely, with this I was able to move from Sydney to Melbourne, freeing up more time to invest into learning to code and pursuing my dream career in web
Coder: Tell us about a project you completed while doing your course or something you’re super proud of that you achieved.
John: “You tell it how you feel and what you fancy and it makes you a perfect playlist to Vibe to!” - Vibe
I am super proud to have worked on this project (Vibe) with two other amazing developers (Ana Lastoviria and Rhys Morris).
We created the app during a 48-hour hackathon and considering it being our first ever hackathon we did exceptionally well.
Collaboration, creativity and problem solving are key skills required as a web developer. Hackathons are a great way to practice and hone these skills.
Coder: What skills from your previous career or study have been invaluable during your course?
John: My previous job was 100% remote, so I was used to
working unsupervised. This skill was extremely valuable during lockdown whilst we studied remotely.
Also coming from an IT background really provided a smoother transition into learning some of the concepts the course covers.
Coder: Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
John: In five years time I see myself taken on a more senior role at my current workplace Megaphone Marketing. I also see myself entering the freelance space and creating a platform for myself.
Coder: Any study tips for anyone thinking about doing a coding Bootcamp?
John: The best way to learn to code is to code. In addition
to learning and taking notes, you want to be working on personal projects, applying what you’re learning to these projects.
Coder: Finally… we’d love to know…
Last song/music you listened to?
John: Chill Drive - Lofi hip hop mix
Last Podcast you listened to?
John: The 85 South Comedy Show
Last TV show you watched?
John: The Blacklist on netflix
Last social media site you visited?
Last thing that made you smile 😊?
John: My Youfoodz delivery
If you've been thinking about a career change into web development the best place to start is our online info session! These sessions are a great way to learn more about the curriculum and timetable, employment outcomes and hear all about our optional internship program. Register here for our info sessions or learn more about our coding bootcamps here.
Coder Academy is the #1 ranked Australian Coding Bootcamp provider according to Course Report. Our accredited Web Development Bootcamps will set you up for a new career in tech via our Accelerated or our Standard Bootcamps. Our immersive courses help students acquire in-demand skills through hands on, project-based training by industry educators and experts.
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