Written by Michael, CodeClan graduate
Sixteen weeks sounds like a long time right? That’s what I thought before I started day one at CodeClan. What I actually found, and I know my fellow students would agree with me, is that the weeks absolutely fly in. Before you know it week thirteen will be upon you and it’ll be time to start polishing up your CV as you prepare for the job application process.
Wondering what to expect from those final few weeks of the course? Here’s a weekly breakdown of my experiences.
Final project week. Before the course started, I wondered whether I would make it this far. Thanks to the support (and patience) of the instructors, we’ve made it! It was a week in which we could build anything we wanted. Our lead instructor Jay reiterated that we shouldn’t worry too much about a final finished product and instead concentrate on learning or executing something we’d always wanted to do. I took this to heart and taught myself how to (legally) webscrape using helpers called Cheerio and Xray. On presentation day, I shared my findings by inviting the rest of the class to take part in a scrape-along, where together we wrote a programme to download all the staff photos from the CodeClan website. There were a few laughs when the staff pictures appeared on everybody’s desktops.
Things started to feel very ‘real’ in this week. I sensed that collectively as a cohort our thoughts were starting to turn to job applications and interviews. Luckily, the course set us up with interview preparation with industry professionals. I was told to blow my own trumpet a bit more about my previous working experience, which was a good confidence boost. I had three interviews in a week, so it was full-on, but in a good way. Having all these prospects is something I don’t take for granted, especially compared to my situation before joining the course.
Michael spent ten years working as a journalist and producer before joining CodeClan. Read his first blog, “From Journalist to Developer: Taking the Plunge into Tech“.