We catch up with Learning People graduate Timothy Jones, who changed his career from PE Teacher to Software Development Technical Trainer by studying and passing the Diploma in Full Stack Software Development.
Tell us why you enquired with Learning People.
I was looking at free courses about web development and just caught the bug. I then noticed that Learning People were based in Brighton, which is where I went to University, so I got in touch.
Were there any specific skills you wanted to gain or develop by enrolling with Learning People?
When I studied my A-levels, I created an invoice system with Macros. I really liked the puzzle element and the satisfaction of solving problems and seeing solutions come to life. The design element of CSS also helped me match the creative aspect of my personality.
Why did you want to change careers?
There was so much more opportunity in coding as a career and I just found that PE teaching was becoming increasingly difficult with all the restrictions and paperwork involved.
Tell us what the career consultation phone call was like for you
My call with Noah went really well. He was friendly and made me feel positive with my decision. It was a bit of a financial risk on the one side, but Noah was very reassuring and supportive.
Did you utilise any course mentoring – if so, how did it help you?
Gerry was good; I had a lot of time for Gerry. I really enjoyed my time with him. He gave me some excellent feedback on how to improve and change my code to something more suitable.
Tell us about your experience working with our Career Services team, and what did you find most useful?
I used their support quite a lot. Marisha was really, really useful. I booked a lot of sessions and phone calls, so I knew what to do. When it came to crunch time and I got my first interview, she was excellent at fitting me in and supporting me at short notice. I was told at 1 pm I had an interview at 4 pm! She was great at giving me quick feedback. Once they gave me the second stage interview, Marisha and Robyn, and Rachel prepared me to demonstrate how to teach online and created a practice run-through, which meant I got some instant feedback some instant feedback. It gave me lots of confidence going into the interview.
How did enrolling with Learning People affect your career?
I have been able to change my career entirely, from teaching PE to teaching how to code. I have married the skills of my previous career with my passion for coding.
Tell us about your new job.
I spend the day teaching adults online how to code. It is fast-paced and has helped to reinforce my knowledge, and I get to improve myself. I teach people with many varying goals and education levels. It is a cohort of 18 people with different levels of coding education. Their goal is to be in an apprenticeship or get a job.
What has been the best part of your Learning People experience?
Marisha stands out! Her whole manner of working is massively infectious! She is incredibly reassuring and made sure I had the right angle to go down. She is such a lovely person.
What advice would you give to somebody who is considering enrolling with Learning People?
Absolutely. Do it. They have hit the nail on the head with everything they do. Career Services is absolutely fantastic. Their incredible energy and enthusiasm make you want to give 110% of everything you do. The initial call was incredibly reassuring and professional. The whole process was easy and I never felt anxious.
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