Our recent Women in Software Academy graduate, Chelsea, was made redundant from her role as a chef due to Covid-19, however used this as an opportunity to pursue her interest in Software. After Chelsea completed our course, she was recommended a Software Engineering apprenticeship at a global consulting firm by our Talent Team, for which she was accepted.
Chelsea shares her story with us…
What were you doing before you started the course?
Before I started the Women in Software Academy I had just been made redundant from my role as a Chef due to COVID19. I began part-time work as a Home Carer whilst I was studying.
Why did you decide to join?
I’ve been interested in Software for a couple of years and have spent my spare time learning through sites like freeCodeCamp and Codecademy. Though this was a good way to start off, I really missed the interaction with others who were in the same situation as me and really wanted to learn from a professional in the field.
What did you think of the training? How did it help you?
The training was great. It was the perfect amount. Working alongside this, it was good to have home learning tasks assigned to complete but they weren’t so intense that I was struggling to complete them in time. Any questions and we could contact others on the course and the tutors themselves who would always give their time to help you out. It went at a steady pace with modules flowing well into the next.
What module did you enjoy the most?
I went into this course thinking I would enjoy frontend programming, but to be honest I actually enjoyed Python, Ruby and Java the most.
What are your plans for the future?
Through TechTalent Academy I was recommended a Software Engineer apprenticeship through Aston University and Capgemini. I got the position and am working on their HMRC Account. I started the apprenticeship the week after graduating from TechTalent Academy.
Do you have any tips/ advice for people who want to learn code?
I’d recommend freeCodeCamp, Codecademy and definitely this course to get you started on the basic fundamentals of programming languages. Dedicated time to practice was essential for me and ensured I prioritised learning and developing. Most importantly though, make sure to have fun!
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