Meet the CodeClan team: Jamie O’Connor

Jamie O'Connor data analysis instructor

Learn about the CodeClan team – their career journey so far, their passions and interests, as well as their day to day work life.

Meet Jamie, Data Analysis instructor in our Edinburgh campus. We recently had a chat with him about why he joined CodeClan, his advice for those looking to change their career, and what he gets up to in his free time…

Tell us a bit about your role and why you wanted to join the CodeClan team

I was looking for a way to use my skills for good, to find a way to be of benefit to people and do something that could give me a greater degree of satisfaction in terms of the work that I was doing. 

I’m very happy to have found CodeClan, I love the idea of helping people to find new jobs. CodeClan is also not for profit, it’s a social enterprise, which really appeals to me as well. It’s all for the tech community! 

What did you do before joining CodeClan?

I was a Data Scientist for Scottish Water for a couple of years. Before that, I worked at TescoBank as Insurance Pricing Manager, financial services basically. 

What’s your favourite part of the job?

I really enjoy teaching students new concepts and introducing them to the tech industry. I also love the progress that they make in the 70 days they’re with us, then seeing the new skills that they learn and the amazing projects they do in the final week. 

But my favourite part is definitely when they graduate and they get new jobs, I just love the whole aspect of helping transform someone’s career.

What advice do you have for someone who is thinking of studying at CodeClan?

It’s more attainable than you might think. For those who are on the fence, unsure of whether or not they can do it, I would advise them to look into it closelyand back yourself to do it because our students come from all sorts of backgrounds. Skills are meant to be learned. 

What is the best advice for someone starting a career in tech? 

Be prepared for a lifetime of learning! And get comfortable with the idea of not knowing how to do something and start believing in your ability to go away and learn. 

What do you get up to in your free time?

I like to play football a lot and I do predictive modelling from football data and visualisations of the predictions for football matches. 

I also like to collect music. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of jazz and learning how to play some jazz on my guitar, very fun.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself

The only thing that comes to my mind is that I’m very good at Fantasy Football. I normally come in the top percent of people in the world. One year I came 250th out of like eight million people. 

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