Alumni Success Stories: How these five junior web developers started their careers with Codaisseur

At Codaisseur, we love that our students come from all different backgrounds but have one shared goal in common. They want to become developers!

21 days ago   •   6 min read

By Danique Romeijn
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At Codaisseur, we love that our students come from all different backgrounds but have one shared goal in common. They want to become developers!

The students of our Full-Stack Web Development Academy go through intensive training for 11 weeks to become junior web developers. They work hard to learn web development and to prepare for a job after graduating. We’re very proud of the success they achieve during the academy and in their careers. We share their coding experiences to inspire you too! Read the interviews with five of our alumni below:

Addison Schultz, Graduate of Class 18

Please tell us a little bit about your background.

“I studied IT Management and Digital Marketing in University, and gained an interest in coding from here!”

What was your motivation for learning how to code?

“I saw how people were becoming more creative on the web, and I wanted to learn how to use Digital Mediums to express myself and my ideas.”

What inspired your decision to choose Codaisseur?

“I'm originally from the States, and wanted to move to Amsterdam so badly. I wanted to also go through a bootcamp, and Codaisseur was the most impressive out of all of the ones I had checked out! (and the most involved with the tech community in Amsterdam which was a huge plus)”

What were some key learnings you gained from the Academy?

“Mostly the way I think about problems. I learned a lot about solving issues with your code that can be applied to a lot of situations outside of development.”

What is your role now?

“I work as a CS Engineer at Framer”

What is it like to work as a developer now?

“I love my job because I get to work with clients and users directly, having a really big social aspect that most developers don't get. Pairing this with coding and using my skills to help designers and developers solve problems is definitely one of my highlights!”

Alex Cheuk, Graduate of Class 43

Please tell us a little bit about your background.

“So my background was pretty mixed already, educated in Art Direction. But a big chunk of my professional life lies in hospitality. Been in a couple of managerial positions. Later on I decided to become a freelance digital marketer, make some use of my education.”

What was your motivation for learning how to code?

“I was freelancing as a digital marketeer, mostly for companies in the hospitality industry. But then Covid-19 hit the world. The hospitality industry got shut down, and so was I. I knew things wouldn't get picked up anytime soon, so I started to look back in the past: 'What else did I enjoy doing in my life?' I then realized I used to code when I was a teenager, and I really enjoyed doing that! From that moment, I picked up my laptop and started to code. Never looked back ever since.”

What inspired your decision to choose Codaisseur?

“It was a mixture of things. Being independent, the fast pace, to be able to grab a job quickly after graduation. Oh yes, and the reviews as well.”

What were some key learnings you gained from the Academy?

“Don't give up!”

How did you experience the job hunting period?

“It was pretty straight forward. I've sent out a lot of applications. I've experienced some yes’, a lot of no’s and even more companies who didn't even bother to reply. The mantra is to keep coding, keep applying and to believe in yourself. You've graduated from Codaisseur, which is a huge achievement.”

What is your role now?

“I'm a Junior Salesforce Developer at Mysolution! I help fix bugs and develop features :)”

What is it like to work as a developer now?

Well, we're all working from home at the moment. So after waking up and my breakfast, I usually go check in around 8.30AM. I check my emails, pick up my bug or feature and work on it. We have a daily standup at 10AM, where everybody will share what they are up to, what kind of progress they are making or what they can't solve. After that, I'm coding the whole day away :)

Bart Kuijper, Graduate of Class 34

Please tell us a little bit about your background.

“I started in advertisement. Involved in creative execution. After that I moved to the life sciences and worked on among other things global marketing content strategy for a large life science company.”

What was your motivation for learning how to code?

“I stumbled upon a concept within my job and found that coding it myself was the way for me to move it forward. The satisfaction from that stuck with me and thus my journey into coding began.”

What inspired your decision to choose Codaisseur?

“Codaisseur is tightly coupled with the market assuring that their curriculum is validated by the ever changing tech scene.”

What were some key learnings you gained from the Academy?

“Being a problem solver at heart, regardless of the technology used. Whilst also being able to capitalise on the already unique skills any student brings to the table.”

How did you experience the job hunting period?

“It's an amazing time, Codaisseur remained engaged with our well-being, what was the best was hearing when a fellow student landed an opportunity.”

What is your role now?

“Angular Developer at Rabobank as HPT-member via Codestar powered by Ordina”

What is it like to work as a developer now?

“Developing means being skilled at many different things: client communication, of course the coding itself, constant learning, curiosity and being a good co-worker.”

Charise Walraven, Graduate of Class 16

Please tell us a little bit about your background.

“I went to high school in South Africa and was working as a waitress at the time.”

What was your motivation to learn how to code?

“It seemed to be the sort of job where you could really make a difference in a big way. The world runs on code, so if you can code, you can change the world. I also enjoy building things, so coding intrigued me even more because of that.”

What inspired your decision to choose Codaisseur?

“Because Codaisseur doesn't get paid unless I do, I knew it would be in your best interest to help me succeed, and couldn't just throw me in the deep end once the course was over.”

What were some key learnings you gained from the Academy?

“How to sleep on trains without missing your stop :) Also, how to persevere without burning yourself out.”

How did you experience the job hunting period?

“It was very stressful, but it felt great to have people actually be interested. It was a godsend to have help from Codaisseur staff and graduates too.”

What is your role now?

“Technical Metadata Specialist at the Koninklijk Bibliotheek”

What is it like to work as a developer now?

“I'm not a developer per se right now, since I'm moving towards AI and Data Science roles. At the moment I'm working with a lot of data, helping the KB process scans of books, newspapers and magazines to be added to their digital collection. As such the coding is mostly in Python and XML/XSLT and not really Web Development. Before this I was working on Mobile Cordova Applications (JS/HTML/CSS) for CZ insurance.”

Rogier Verkaik, Graduate of Class 23

Please tell us a little bit about your background.

“I have studied Business Administration and worked for several multinational companies as ERP implementation manager and project manager.”

What was your motivation to learn how to code?

“I was always getting energised by programming and building cool stuff. However in my job I wasn’t able to expose this energy and so I decided to completely switch directions and become a software developer.”

What inspired your decision to choose Codaisseur?

“I really liked the technologies taught, and that option that the next employer will pay for your bootcamp [tuition].”

What were some key learnings you gained from the Academy?

“A good developer is more than coding. It’s about teamwork, communication and persistence. Besides that, I really like the focus on functional programming paradigm.”

How did you experience the job hunting period?

“It was a bit stressful and many companies I applied for were looking for more senior developers. But after 5 weeks I got a contract at a really cool company.”

What is your role now?

“I’m a .NET backend developer at Roadmap in Delft.”

What is it like to work as a developer now?

“A regular day starts with a standup, sprint discussion and a lot, really a lot, of coding! I really love it!”

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