Gordon learning to code with CodeClan

Case Study: Gordon

Looking for some inspiration? Find out why Gordon decided to retrain as a junior developer at CodeClan.

What were you doing before you came to CodeClan?

Before coming to CodeClan I was working in the offshore oil and gas industry performing NDT Inspections.

Gordon from oil and gas sector

I worked offshore for over 3 years mostly on an adhoc basis with a few short term 2/2 rotations, going from rig to rig all over the North Sea.”

After offshore work started becoming few and far between I moved to onshore work and got a job performing geotechnical rope access on the railway lines.

Why did you decide to retrain?

I decided to retrain for a couple of reasons, most importantly because of the drop in oil prices. After the oil prices fell, work become very few and far between. I kept telling myself that things would pick up eventually, and that I should just stick it out. After a while though it become very apparent that I needed an out. I could afford to be stuck for work at a young age but if the same where to happen again in 10 years then I’d have a mortgage to pay and potentially children to care for. I didn’t want to take that chance so I decided to move to an industry that offered a future.

What attracted you to software development?

I was first attracted by my love of gaming. Between offshore jobs I had a lot of time on my hands so I started looking into game development and seeing how they are made. I picked up some very basic coding practices which really sparked my interest in software development. I wanted to learn more.

When jumping careers became a reality I had two options: Train driving – a position I had offered to me through some contacts – or software development.

I still wanted a career that was future proof, something that would still be active in decades to come, plus I had a thirst to learn more so picking software development was an easy choice.

Did you have prior experience of coding?

Only a few basic practices that I’d picked up through looking into game development. Some general theory and some limited practical experience. Nothing which provided me any significant step up in the course, by day 3 everything was brand new and I was learning from scratch.

What are your future aspirations?

I want to create video games. Not full time, and not through working for a games company, just my own small-scale passion projects that I can work on in my spare time.
Career wise I want to work as a developer for a tech company where I can build, fix, edit and create. I want to work in an industry doing something I actually enjoy, to have a job that I look forward to going to everyday.

How will CodeClan support you in achieving your future aspirations?

CodeClan gave me the experience I needed to make my start in the industry. They opened up a whole new world of knowledge and skills that I can keep developing. You’re never done learning in this industry as there’s just so much in it, and now I have the foundations and knowledge to go on and teach myself new skills everyday, teach myself things that I would have otherwise thought impossible to learn.

What 5 words would you use to describe you CodeClan experience?

Intense, Fun, Friendly, Exciting, Bang.

Are you happy you made the decision to come to CodeClan?


What advice would you give to someone thinking about applying?

If you’re on the fence then phone them up and speak to them. Everyone there is friendly and there to help, they’ll let you know if it’s right for you. And if you know that CodeClan is right for you, then go for it! It’s a decision you will thank yourself for later on.

Get in touch with our Student Admissions Officer for more more information if you, like Gordon, are looking to kick start your career in tech.

Or join us at an info-session to find out more about our 16-week coding course and job opportunities through our employer partners.