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Bootcamp Q&A: Yasmin

I sat down to chat with Skills Bootcamp attendee, Yasmin, to find out more about her future aspirations and how the Bootcamp sessions have helped bring them closer. Yasmin is from Cohort One, nearing the end of her Bootcamp journey with us and hopes to move on to a Software Developer apprenticeship.


What made you want to pursue the digital / tech / cyber industry?

A friend of mine who has studied astrophysics told me about coding, so I did a couple of Python courses which were particularly good. The problem-solving aspect of coding is the most exciting part. In addition, you can never really run out of things to learn as there are so many different concepts and programming languages in tech.


What made you want to change from the pharmacy industry to tech? 

With what is happening around the world now, everything depends greatly on technology, and there are so many branches. When I started coding, I enjoyed it and thought it would be something I would like to pursue more.


What is your dream job?

My dream is to become a software developer or data scientist. I like software development because you have the coding aspect and all the different coding languages. I find cooperating as a team on writing code for software quite interesting. I like data science a lot, and it has a lot of machine learning and maths in it, which is interesting.


How do you plan to get there?

By learning about JavaScript and React, and other languages will be necessary when working as a developer. I want to complete a software developer apprenticeship because you are working as you learn and gain experience. If I want to become a data scientist, I will need to gain data skills and learn more about Python, SQL and ML.


What made you want to enrol on the Bootcamp?

After attending the taster session, it was interesting to see the number of different fields covered during the course. We are coding and learning about diverse topics such as cyber security, business, and entrepreneurship.


What has been your favourite part of the Bootcamp so far?

All parts of the Bootcamp have been instrumental. I especially enjoyed the Computing Fundamentals part, in which we studied coding. Another part of the Bootcamp that I wanted was the four weeks on cybersecurity as I had not studied this topic before, but it was explained very well during the lectures. The lectures and pastoral sessions with The Heroworx Institute were incredibly good for personal development and building confidence.


The Bootcamps have aimed to help attendees build soft skills as well as technical skills. Do you feel that the sessions have helped you build those soft skills?

Yes, they are helpful because you work in teams, which is suitable for building teamwork. For confidence building, I think they have been great because we had sessions like pitching ourselves to potential employers and a pitch to potential investors of an app. So that was quite useful because it helped to develop a skill. A few weeks ago, we did a pitch to a potential employer. We had that recorded and sent to us later, so that was quite useful. Then two or three weeks ago, we did it within a business module, so we did the pitching for the app in that module. It was pretty nerve-racking, but it was an enjoyable experience.


To what extent do you feel the Bootcamps have helped set you up for the job application interview process? Do you feel like you are prepared to do so now after almost completing the Bootcamps?

Because when we had the mock interviews, it helped to know what we should be saying in actual interviews – what they will ask us and even from the Bootcamp, we understand what is important now: what the employers are looking for, how to present ourselves, what we need to learn, such as what languages we should be learning. I want to do a software developer apprenticeship, so I was advised that I should learn JavaScript, amongst other programming languages.



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