CodeClan, escaping the 9.00-5.00 monotony

Written by Graeme, student at CodeClan

Long hours + hard work = happiness

I’m happy working over 9 hours a day. It’s a funny feeling. A little over a month ago I was working full-time in a supermarket, where every shift was almost identical to the last and every second ticked by as I prayed for the weekend. It paid the bills and I made some great friends but I wanted more. At CodeClan I work harder than I ever have and I learn so much that I’m mentally drained by the end of the day. But I’m happy. It’s a strange feeling but a very welcome one!

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Learning to become a developer

I went straight from school to university to study Web Systems and then out into the world without really considering what kind of job I wanted. Whilst waiting for inspiration I found myself submerged in the monotony of a 9-5 customer service job that I knew was not where I belonged. I’m only 4 weeks in and CodeClan has already given me the chance to speak to possible employers, giving me an idea of where I could end up in the future. At the same time I’m taking in a daunting amount of knowledge, but I’m making it because I have the support of classmates and the tutors.

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Immersive learning, a welcome change

The immersive learning style here is a bit of a shock to the system when you’ve spent 4 years at Uni. One of the best things about being a student is the lifestyle that accompanies it. Sadly it doesn’t really prepare you for a real life working environment or maximise your learning capacity (in my case anyway). At CodeClan it’s 9-5 non stop PLUS a good few hours of homework every night. You can usually write off a day at the weekend for homework too. The strangest part of this is that by Sunday I’m still buzzing to get back into the classroom on Monday. 4 weeks in and I already know that I made the right choice in signing up and I can’t wait to see where it all leads.

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Bio: Graeme is a student at CodeClan. He claims to have seen Spiderman 2 (the original) 50 times, and his dream job after CodeClan is to become a level designer for gaming giants Rockstar.

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