I made it onto the School of Code Bootcamp!

Hello! I’m Helen. I’m 35 and I’ve been an upper key stage 2 primary school teacher for 10 years. I come from Sutton Coldfield but moved to Tamworth in 2017 and live with my fiancée, Laura, who is a forensic assistant for the police. Aside from playing around on computers and learning to code, I enjoy going to the cinema, playing board games (not monopoly!), gardening (in the summer), reading books and falling asleep to Netflix. In October I applied for a place on the School of Code bootcamp. I was lucky enough to make it through the rounds that whittled down the 1500 applicants and I’m one of the final 24! I’d like to explain how I got here and why I’ve decided to undertake a very exciting complete career change.

How I got here

During my teens, I spent all my free time playing on the giant computer that my Dad brought home one day. I remember the day we first got the internet at home. I couldn’t wait to get onto the ‘Friends’ website! I spent hours making my own drag and drop geocities websites. However, I never stumbled upon anything that introduced me to code.

I took ICT at GCSE and A-Level and studied Computing and Management at Loughborough University. During my degree we had a unit on Java that was taught by a tutor who could only speak very little English. I did not understand a thing, completely switched off and assumed coding wasn’t for me.

Due to my computing background I was made the subject leader for computing at my primary school. The 2014 national curriculum change brought in a renewed focus on computer science. I began to learn basic HTML & CSS so I could teach it and I ran an after school code club. The more I learnt, the more I enjoyed it and I started learning on Codecademy in my spare time.

I began to think that a career change from teaching to web development would be perfect, however it was quite disheartening to think I’d have to self-teach for at least a few years whenever I could fit it in before I’d be anywhere near ready to take the leap. I researched local bootcamps and was shocked at their huge prices. Realistically, I then gave up as I thought it’d be near impossible to make the change.

Why choose the School of Code?

Why now?

I was so thrilled when the applications opened for cohort 3.0 and I applied straight away. It was exciting getting through each of the application rounds and I really enjoyed the interview day. I must’ve checked my email so many times in the days that followed and I couldn’t quite believe it when I received one to say I was in! I handed in my notice at school the next day.

What I thought of tech before

2020

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