‘I was not at all interested in coding, zero, nothing! I always thought it was kind of a nerd thing, something that just wasn’t for me.’
How did you get in touch with BSSA?
I got my bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Political Philosophy to be exact. I also was a cook, a pretty serious one. I got quite far. Both would not have or did not pay enough. I was not at all interested in coding, zero, nothing! I always thought it was kind of a nerd thing, something that just wasn’t for me. But then I quit the kitchen 6 months ago. Going through an existential crisis, like what the hell now? I wanted a new challenge, something finicky, something I had to struggle for. That’s when I started looking at this course a little bit more seriously. I wanted to learn a hard skill and it needed to be a skill that gave me some freedom. Freedom is important to me because I have a lot of ambitions. I have my band which I’m passionate about, I’m trying to get this YouTube thing going on, some standup comedy stuff as well. Coding gives you a lot of freedom. In geographically kind of sense, in time-management and contract wise. Freelancing is quite quickly an option if you’re a coder.
How do you experience the Full-Stack development course so far?
A lot of fun! It is a community kind of feel, I feel a lot of camaraderies. We are in the same classroom with twenty people trying to wrestle themselves through this very difficult tasks, which creates a bond. It’s quite intense, though. I really thought I would be able to have my other live around it, but that’s becoming pretty difficult, I have to say. Just my band now and the rest: sorry! Wait three months! We are at school every day from 10.00 till 18.00, I live quite far away, and we usually have some homework as well. When I come home I have dinner, maybe see my girlfriend, watch half a movie and fall asleep. That’s pretty much it.
‘I rediscovered an old passion of me which is math. (…) It’s just a lot of fun to have these problems and solve them – like coding!’
Did you already make something substantial during the course?
Not quite to be honest. It’s more about getting an understanding of how basic concepts function. Creating small databases, getting a login form, posting it. It is a kind of euphoric sensation when something works you made for sure! You create these kinds of simple things to get an understanding of how coding works in a conceptual view. We are going to focus a bit more on the type of data you want to be specialised in during the last month. I think I’m going to do back-end so more focus on writing programs.
What was the most interesting thing you have learned in your course so far?
I rediscovered an old passion of me which is math. After high-school, I did not give it a single thought anymore. It’s just a lot of fun to have these problems and solve them – like coding! I guess that must be in your nature, but I think a lot of people find this fun.
Do you know where you are going to do your traineeship already?
I had a job interview yesterday for a company. It was quite positive, I’ll hear more next week. It is a Dutch company in online lead generation. They created this crazy application that is data-farming the internet and now they are selling their data. The CTO is kind of a tech-guru: so, it would be really interesting to work with him for six months. If they allow me to come anywhere near their code, which we still must see.
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