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22 July, 2019

Become a programmer in 4 months – Alecia’s story

It took a while for us to make this interview happen. Why? Well, the boot camp tasks keeps Alecia busy! But she’s on the fast track to change her career and become a programmer in just 4 months. Find out what kind of challenges meets the aspiring programmer during a typical boot camp day. Sounds interesting? Then don’t miss your chance to get a discount for the programming courses.

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Who are you and how come you decided to apply to Craft Academy? 

My name is Alecia. I’m 33 years old, from South Africa and I’ve lived in Stockholm for nine years. I applied to CA because I’ve felt for some time that I’m falling behind with tech and that I wanted to understand more. I want to work in tech because I find it cool and think that it could be a lucrative profession and the fact that it changes constantly is positive for me.

What did you do before becoming a student at Craft Academy?

For many years I worked as a bartender at a lively Irish pub in the city, and for the two years preceding the boot camp I have been home with my son.

What is the biggest challenge so far while learning to code?

The biggest challenge for me has been the time spent away from my family. There have also been times when I’ve felt overwhelmed with the amount of work and at times not understanding, but it has turned out to be a great experience.

How does the typical day in Craft Academy look like?

A typical day starts with a 9 am stand-up where we report to the coaches and our peers on what we did the day before, whether we encountered any blockers, and what our plans are for that day. On Mondays and Fridays we are usually introduced to a new challenge. Throughout the day we have live coding demos and work on the weekly challenge.

On every other Friday we have a retrospective where we discuss as a group what we have found to be negative and positive in the previous two weeks and talk about what we can do to improve our experience. On alternate Fridays we have tech interviews where the coaches prepare a task for us to complete in an allotted time to assess our progress.

Can you combine your education with work?

I wouldn’t say that it’s impossible, but I don’t think so. In addition to working during the day I have worked for at least two hours on most evenings, and sometimes all day on the weekends.

What are your plans and dreams once you are done with Craft Academy?

My plans include resting for a few days. Then I plan to get a job. I’m not really very particular about what kind of software developer job I get at this time, but rather to get coding as soon as I can.

Who is your number one mentor in Craft Academy and why?

All the coaches are very different, so I would pair a specific issue I’m having with a specific coach as they all shine in their own way. If I had to choose one though, I’d choose Faraz.

Any words of advice you want to share so far?

For anyone who joins the boot camp, my advice is to stress less about completing every project perfectly and quickly but to concentrate on learning as much as you can while you are there.


Craft Academy is a code school that aims to bring new talent to the market and help to solve the shortage of tech workers. With Craft Academy, you’ll not only learn how to code but also get to practice many other skills.


They are founded on the belief that modern development standards, agile methodologies, and business skills are fundamental for professional developers. The team of Craft Academy is made up of dedicated coaches with decades of experience who provide their students with the most effective training to prepare them – in an incredibly short time – to join the technical workforce.


Their courses are designed to take you from zero to a junior programmer in months rather than years. There are two tracks you can choose from:


– a 12 week Full Stack Developer Bootcamp
– or a 6 week Front End Developer with React Bootcamp.


You prepare for both tracks by taking the 4 weeks, part-time remote Introduction To Programming course. If you don’t live in Stockholm or Gothenburg to take the course on-site, you can enrol in Digital Nomads by CA – the fully immersive camps that can be taken fully remote by students.

Craft Academy gives you a job guarantee – if you won’t get a job within 6 months, you’ll get your course fee back!

Don’t miss your newbie discount!

Make sure to give the code NEWBIEGUIDE when you sign up to the course and get a nice discount.

You get a 7.5% discount when you purchase the course and use the NEWBIEGUIDE code, and a 10% discount if you pay for the entire course in advance.

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