After being out of work for over six years raising her children, see how Ashley pivoted her career and became an IT Project Manager after taking our intensive Full Stack Java Program
I'd recommend Ubiqum for the course and the people. I had a couple of really great mentors, and this combined with the material and the way in which we were learning, made it a great experience.Ashley Cramer
Congratulations on your new job! Where are you working now?
Thanks. I’m working for a consultancy in the real estate part of the Caixa bank. I’m managing IT projects - one of which is in a Java based environment.
What were you doing before signing up for our course?
I got into programming after having been out of work for six or seven years, as I was looking after my kids. I started programming whilst I was at home with them and I actually did the course whilst I was pregnant.
I started off doing online courses in programming when my eldest was born, and then between my second and third child, I decided that I wanted to set up my own website, offering English classes. Initially I just wanted to keep myself busy and learn something new at the same time. I also thought that if I wanted to really get into programming and work in this area, I’d need something a bit more formal, so I looked into courses.
Why did Ubiqum stand out as the best choice?
I really liked the fact that they offered Java at Ubiqum, as a lot of other bootcamps didn’t. I also liked that it was set up like a job and that you were pretty autonomous in your learning. At Ubiqum, you do 9-5, Monday to Friday, and you still have a life. Some of the other courses I looked at were highly intensive and made it seem like you’d almost kill yourself in completing them.
Also, the fact that Ubiqum offers the employment guarantee, where you only pay half at the beginning and the rest when you get a job, shows how confident they are in their methods and in your ability to go on and get hired.
What was your main concern before starting?
I did think, ‘Am I going to be the oldest one, surrounded by 22-year-olds?’ But that wasn’t the case at all, and once the course started everyone was too focused on that to care about anything else.
Signing up to the Web Developer course at Ubiqum Code Academy wasn’t like going to school or university, it was something I was doing for me. I knew that it was better for me to learn in this environment than to keep plodding along at home, which would have definitely taken a lot longer and would have been more frustrating.
Do you think our "learn by doing" methodology has been effective?
I liked the fact that we were actually doing projects as this way it felt more real. We would be assigned a specific project or task and would just have to get on with it. This was very useful because it’s how it would be in a real job. What’s more, these were always in manageable chunks, so it was like doing sprints and you managed to get lots done. This was very motivating as you were always achieving something every week.
Why would you recommend Ubiqum?
I'd recommend Ubiqum for the course and the people. I had a couple of really great mentors, and this combined with the material and the way in which we were learning, made it a great experience. I also really appreciated the help of Violeta, the career counselor.
It’s a great environment to learn in and the fact that everyone helped each other out made things run much smoother. I met an amazing female programmer who had a completely different way of viewing things and it was great for us to learn from each other.
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