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8 July, 2019

How to become a developer and change your career in 4 months – Amanda’s Story

How long does it take to learn programming from scratch? Read this amazing story on a newbie who decided to become a developer with Craft Academy. Feel inspired? Make sure to get a special discount code to the course below! 😉

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Amanda is a newbie from Georgia. She lives in Sweden and, as the other students of Craft Academy, she loves technology. Read her story and see what she thinks about the course she’s enrolled in.

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

Hi, I am Amanda and I moved to Sweden from Atlanta, Georgia 5 years ago. I have always had an interest in technology but back home I worked mostly with accounting and bookkeeping. After relocating to Sweden I stumbled across Craft Academy and was immediately interested. It wasn’t until I had been here for a couple of years I finally decided that I was ready to dive into programming. Coding boot camps are quite popular in the U.S. so I knew that in order to succeed I would need to be ready to fully invest all of my time and energy.

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

The biggest challenge for me has been internalizing and processing everything that’s thrown at us on a daily basis. We learn so many new concepts and languages throughout the boot camp that at times it can seem overwhelming, but with continuous practice, they eventually click. What was hard for me to grasp last week I am much more comfortable with this week and the same can be said for each following week.

Get your newbie discount!

Make sure to use 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.

How does the typical day in Craft Academy look like?

A typical day for me starts at 6 am. I wake up and make sure to get at least an hour of quiet time to reflect on what we have done the previous day and what I will be working on that day. I leave home around 8 so I can meet my group members for a pre-scrum before the cohort scrum at 9.

We usually have one to three demos throughout the working day where the whole cohort joins in remotely via google hangouts. Other than that, we work together with our groups or subgroups coding and working on our tasks for that week. Around 17 I pack up my computer, go home and start working again until I go to bed. I am in front of my computer for at least 12 hours a day, sometimes even as much as 18 hours which sounds excessive but I find it quite enjoyable.

I pack up my computer, go home and start working again until I go to bed. I am in front of my computer for at least 12 hours a day, sometimes even as much as 18 hours which sounds excessive but I find it quite enjoyable.

Can you combine your education with work?

I guess you could combine work and the boot camp but I wouldn’t recommend it.

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

My dreams after finishing the boot camp include landing a job as a developer and continuing to advance within the field alongside likeminded people. I also feel I have made some amazing friends throughout this process that I would like to keep in touch with so that’s always a plus.

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

I don’t have just one mentor in CraftAcademy as all of the coaches have their own strengths. I know I can reach out to any one of them whenever I am having issues or run into a blocker and they will respond with genuine interest.

Every one of the coaches has a passion for programming and this comes across in everything. If you have a small question about an error or have an idea that you’re not sure how to implement, the coaches are there for help and support and are just as curious as you on how to solve something. Bonus points if it’s something that they haven’t done before.

Any words of advice you want to share so far?

If you are reading this and it’s something that you’ve been considering then go forth, why not? But be prepared to invest almost all of your waking hours to coding or at least thinking about code. It is exciting and fast paced but if it’s something that you want to pursue there is no better way to dive in. If you are unsure if you want to do the course in its entirety you could always sign up for a short course just to dip your toes in the water.

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 enroll 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!

Get your newbie discount!

Make sure to use 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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