An optician, an english teacher, and a science writer enroll in a code academy...

You might be thinking, these three professionals are all very different. How did they start in web development?

4 months ago   •   3 min read

By Maria Taxiarchi
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...They might have different backgrounds but it's what they share that's important. They all have the motivation to become developers!

The students at Codaisseur have diverse backgrounds, both in their education and profession. That’s what makes them so great! Learning to code with different perspectives can benefit problem solving and lead to finding solutions in more creative ways (think bug fixes).

We often see this in our Full-Stack Web Development Academy, where our students go through intensive training to become junior web developers. It’s wonderful to see their development through the academy and in their careers too. From working in different former careers, these students show us that motivation, hard work and dedication can open up opportunities for an entirely new career path in web development (with a lot of growth and enjoyment too!)

We interviewed them below to share their experience becoming a developer:

Maudy Morien, Graduate of Class 24

Please tell us a little bit about your background.

“I did 3 MBO educations and no university: Carpeting, Arts and Optician. I was an optician for almost 9 years before.”

What was your motivation for learning how to code?

“I really wanted to make a career change. Love to create things. That also shows in my studies. After a lot of research I found that development was the perfect choice for me. It's creative but also strict. Exactly like me!”

What inspired your decision to choose Codaisseur?

“The short amount of time you learn to code and the help you get to find a job. They have a big network to help you land the right job for you. Also the percentage of how many land a job is really high.”

What were some key learnings you gained from the Academy?

“Being a developer doesn't mean you exactly know how to code. It means you can solve a puzzle with the right tools and the right mindset. The company I work for values my point of view from a business perspective. Knowing what you want to achieve and how you want to achieve it is the most work. The coding itself is the easiest part to learn.”

What is your role now?

“Full stack developer, but work mostly backend at Mijndomein”

What is it like to work as a developer now?

“Every morning we have a standup. What did we do yesterday, what is the status of the tickets we are working on.

We do mostly pair programming. We have a mantra: stop starting, start finishing. So we help each other to finish our coding work and test together.

We have guilds, like the Spotify model. So we have groups of developers that think about specific subjects. Like an architecture guild, tooling guild or process guild. So there are meetings and work to be done for the guilds also.”

Robin Goudeketting, Graduate of Class 34

Please tell us a little bit about your background.

“Studied neuroscience, spent some time as a science writer before becoming an IT consultant for a low code platform. After that, I decided that code was way more fun that low code.”

What was your motivation for learning how to code?

“I enjoyed it and still do.”

What were some key learnings you gained from the Academy?

“That whatever I can't do, I can't do it YET. Strong and independent developer with a growth mindset, to quote Rein.”

What is your role now?

“Lead Frontend Developer at Equippo”

What is it like to work as a developer now?

“Standup at 9, working on some tasks, having calls with colleagues to discuss unclear things. And just ramming code. Often reading documentation and figuring out new things.”

Krisztián Csillag, Graduate of Class 42

Please tell us a little bit about your background.

“No higher education, online english teacher”

What was your motivation for learning how to code?

“Finding my own footing in a new industry and a new country”

What inspired your decision to choose Codaisseur?

“A code bootcamp top 10 list”

What were some key learnings you gained from the Academy?

“‘Check yourself before you wreck yourself’, best advice ever!”

How did you experience the job hunting period?

“Once I got some offers it was down to my interview skills and communication and of course coding skills!”

What is your role now?

“Full-stack web developer at Maxedy”

What is it like to work as a developer now?

“Well I wake up, realize that this is actually my job, sit down at the computer and start looking at the backlog of our project, which is a collection of tasks that need to be done.

The gist of it is ->

  1. You see the task
  2. Investigate
  3. Finally find what you need
  4. Understand the issue
  5. Try fo fix the issue
  6. Get 2 comments on your code review
  7. Fix the issue properly
  8. "Huh, I can fix it afterall"
  9. Repeat”

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