Colin looks back on the journey that found him retraining as a software developer.
I was made redundant about six months before starting at CodeClan. Before that I worked in a call centre for eight years as a Technical Customer Service Advisor.
I’ve always been interested in technology, but while my last job was a technical support role, becoming a developer is quite different from working in a call centre.
Before being made redundant I’d been planning on switching careers. I’d done a few online courses and enjoyed programming, but felt learning online lacked direction and support.
My redundancy payment contributed towards CodeClan’s course fees and living costs.
A change of scene
I was a little unsure about joining straight away, it seemed too good to be true.
I went along to an info session at the Glasgow campus, even though I’d already applied. Going along and speaking with previous students and instructors made me feel more confident to continue with my application.
There are other ways of learning to code, but I feel CodeClan offers a structured way of learning and gives support.
I enjoyed all the coding and homework, but the best thing was the people.
The instructors gave guidance and support and the fellow cohort students were great too; it was a good environment with everyone working on similar tasks.
Most recently I’ve been working as a developer at FireFish software and recently passed my probation. Working on the Front-End I get to work with lots of different sites.