What pushed you, an infantry soldier, to go into tech?
I knew deep down that if I went ahead with the army, I might not ever realize my other dream of working in tech. I didn’t even know if I had what it takes to work in this field, but I remembered a friend of mine who had learned how to code at a bootcamp. I admit, I was a little skeptical about whether it was possible to become a programmer without going to university, but I took a chance and applied to Le Wagon anyway. As it turns out, they proved to me that it’s totally possible!
What was your experience at the bootcamp?
Luckily, things are set up so that you’re always coding in pairs, and you know what they say about two heads being better than one! Working with a different teammate each day, you easily make new friends.
You learn to work in teams, which I realized is a key skill in the tech area. Whenever you’re stuck, you can raise a ticket and a teacher will come to the rescue.
They always have your back and help lead you to a solution. Each week is more challenging than the last, and you start wondering if you’ll ever really “get it”. You’ll hear teachers say, “trust the process,” but you have a feeling you’re not progressing. Then, during the final project weeks, all the magic starts happening. With your team of three or four, you have to create a web application from scratch.
This is when you realize that you’ve learned a lot after all, and that you’re capable of creating magic with your computer.
You finally start believing in “trusting the process”. On the final day of bootcamp, you realize how much you’ll miss everything about Le Wagon, especially the friends you made, and that you were a fool for ever wanting the bootcamp to finish sooner.
How did you end up working as a python developer at Canscan?
Research the jobs out there that interest you and get familiar with their requirements. Try to explore other languages and create new projects in teams.
During our phone call, I told her an internship was what I was after, and she really liked the idea of me being the first intern at Canscan. So, for the 3 months after that, my goal was to learn as much Python as possible. Louay, a senior developer at Canscan, as well as the whole team there, played a huge role in helping me accomplish this goal. As a bonus, I learned a lot of stuff related to machine learning too. Today, I’m proud to say I’m a junior developer at Canscan Technology.
Any tips for graduates ready for the job hunt?
If you are looking into making a career change, submit your application to join our Summer batch starting on July 6