With a background in Java development and software training, Ally has been an instructor at CodeClan Glasgow since our first cohort in the city two years ago.
We spoke to him about his life before CodeClan, his motivations for joining us and what’s changed since then.
What did you do before you started working as an instructor at CodeClan?
I had just finished working as a Java developer for Student Loans Company. Prior to that I was a Delivery Manager for a software apprenticeship scheme training 16-19 year olds for employability in software.
“Teaching has always been a passion of mine.”
Why did you want to start teaching people to code?
Teaching has always been a passion of mine and I was a Math and Computing teacher for a number of years. During this time, and prior to teaching, I also worked on a number of projects building websites and software apps. Teaching coding combines these two passions.
You were involved with CodeClan Glasgow from the very first cohort. Has much changed since then?
So much has changed in the last two years.
When we started in Glasgow we had a small team and one cohort. Initially when I joined, myself and colleagues in Glasgow started to implement some changes to the course structure and now the course has gone from strength to strength in terms of what we aim to teach the students.
Our team has grown and we now have two cohorts in Glasgow at our new offices at Clockwise.
What technology do you like teaching the most?
What’s the most satisfying part of the student journey to teach?
The most satisfying part of the student journey is when you find the point where students start to explore the software libraries and frameworks to find other things that they can do or use.
It’s great seeing them being able to research and understand new concepts using the building blocks we have provided.
Any advice for someone considering a career in tech?
Keep your mind open to it. You don’t need to be a maths wizard or have a degree in computing science. As long as you have a passion for tech and can demonstrate that it will lead to a very rewarding career.