27 May, 2019

Changing career in 4 months – Johanna’s Story

Have you ever wondered how it would be to learn programming in just 4 months? Then don’t miss Johanna’s story, who has just completed her course with Craft Academy and started a new job. And if you would like to, as Johanna, to start your life as a programmer, don’t miss the discount that Craft Academy offers exclusively for our Newbie readers.

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

My name is Johanna, I am 27 years old and I am from Gothenburg. I have always wanted to educate myself further but have not really known exactly what.

About one and a half years ago, the company I worked for was looking for a system developer. It was like a flash from the sky and I knew I wanted to work with that. I applied even though I didn’t have any experience or education. I was not surprised when I didn’t get the job, but already then I decided that I wanted to learn how to program. The problem was that I didn’t feel like I had 3 years to go to university.

When I started to search for courses I found two different boot camps. I really liked the arrangement: it was an intensive training during 3-4 months. It was exactly what I was looking for, the problem was that both were in Stockholm. After some research, I found Craft Academy and then the choice was quite easy.

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

I worked as a team leader in customer service. I handled the operative work and made sure that the daily business ran smoothly.

What was your first professional experience after you graduated?

Actually, I already had a job as a developer when I started the boot camp. I applied for a job at the company I work at. When I didn’t get the job, I told the manager that I was going to study instead. Then we found an opportunity for me to start working once I finished my education. So for a month, I’ve worked as a system developer with a focus on web applications.

Do you have any advice for those who are trying to enter the Swedish IT job market?

Everything is possible! Ignore if you don’t have exactly the right experience or education. I applied for a job, even though I had no education. I was told that I would get a job as long as I did the boot camp. The worst thing that can happen is that you get a ‘no’ for an answer, but what if you get a ‘yes’?!

How do you feel that your bootcamp training with Craft Academy has prepared you for the job market?

Throughout the boot camp, we had tech interviews that would prepare us for upcoming interviews for tech jobs. For me personally, these were extremely stressful as I am very demanding with myself. Since I already had a job to come back to after the boot camp, I didn’t really see the value in that training right then, but now when I’ve started to work I realized that it was very valuable even though I had a job. If I hadn’t had a job and instead I had to search for one directly after the camp, I definitely think I would have a different attitude to these.

If I look at what I have learned during the camp and what I work with right now, it’s not exactly the same, but it doesn’t matter. At the camp you will learn more than how to program: you will learn how to solve things and understand how they work. C# is a language that we didn’t learn at all during the camp, but it is something that my colleagues work a lot with. Thanks to the camp I understand it even though I have never coded in C# before. So in that way, I think that it prepares you well to enter the market.

How has Craft Academy prepared you for a programming job compared to  more ”traditional”
training programs?

I never felt that the boot camp was a school, it felt more like a job, considering that almost everything is in project form. Every week there is a new project that you work with, which means that it won’t be that different from what you’ll experience in a real job.

Is there any advice you wish somebody had given you at the beginning of this journey?

Before starting the real boot camp, you go for a prep course. Craft Academy says, that the prep-course is 15-20 hours/week. When I did the prep course, I worked the remaining 20 hours /week. I wouldn’t have done that if I had taken the course again. So, my advice is definitely to make the prep course your 100 % priority, put as much time as possible on this because it will benefit you so much during the boot camp.

What would you say to someone thinking of signing up to Craft Academy?

Do it! It is an intense period where it feels like you are coding 24/ 7 but it’s so worth it. I have already recommended the course to friends and family.

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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