Medical science to programming in Java. See how Shadan drastically changed her career path
It’s a really great place to learn because it’s not like going to school or work. It’s made up of amazing people and the experience is perfect!Shadan Behzadian
What were you doing before signing up for our course?
I had studied medical science in Australia for four years and then went to the United States in order to study for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Whilst there, I spent a lot of time in Silicon Valley, where I was exposed to all the amazing technology and decided that perhaps medicine wasn’t for me. This is when I started to think about getting into coding.
When I came to Barcelona, I had this in the back of my mind but I still didn’t know where to start. Then, one day, I discovered coding bootcamps and started looking into this relatively new concept.
Why did it seem like the right moment in your life to sign up for the Full Stack Java Development course?
I had a plan to do a masters in IoT so originally I thought that data analytics would be complementary. However, the university advised me that I would learn data analytics on the course and that I’d therefore be better off learning Java so I enrolled on Ubiqum’s Full Stack Java Development program.
What was your main concern before starting?
As I had never even tried learning to code before, not even a short online course, I was worried that I wouldn’t like it. After all, I was signing up for a full-time, nine-hours-a-day course. What’s more, I had just decided to throw away the four years I had invested in medical science, so it was a huge decision. However, after my first week on the Java program, I realised I loved it! I even started putting in more hours because I was getting so much out of it. Yes, it was difficult, but because I was motivated, it wasn’t hard to put the work in.
Another concern was whether companies would take me seriously as a developer after just five months. But I’ve seen that they do! Here in Barcelona, so many companies come to the Hiring Day Ubiqum puts on and actively seek out profiles like ours.
Why did Ubiqum Code Academy stand out as the best option?
I did my research and looked into all the code academies in Barcelona. I talked to students and tutors and compared what they were offering. A friend of mine pointed me towards Ubiqum and when I went to visit the academy I really liked it. Everything felt really well organised. Also, the fact that they offer the 50/50 employment guarantee transmitted confidence in their product and assured me that students were getting hired after completing the course.
What were your expectations/what were you hoping to get out of it?
I wanted to see a tangible outcome. With medical science, I was so used to studying and having to continue studying in order to eventually see some kind of outcome. So, I wanted to gain some skills that I could get a job with and not have to invest more time and money into training and education.
Do you think our Learn by Doing methodology has been effective?
I started the masters I mentioned a couple of weeks ago and quickly realised I couldn’t go back to learning the traditional way. After learning so much with Ubiqum’s Learn by Doing methodology, the structure and theory-heavy method used in universities felt counterproductive. I found Ubiqum’s methodology to be really effective.
How helpful did you find the Career Placement service?
Really helpful! I actually found every word Violeta said to be of use. I couldn’t name one specific thing because every day I saw how she helped all of us to feel more confident. Practically, the advice given in terms of using LinkedIn and creating a CV was also great.
Would you recommend Ubiqum, and if so, why?
Yes, of course! I love the entire Ubiqum team. It’s a really great place to learn because it’s not like going to school or work. It’s made up of friendly, nice, amazing people! The other students are also really interesting as they come from all around the world. Now that Ubiqum is installed at WeWork, I’d also recommend it for the amazing location and the networking opportunities this brings. The overall experience is perfect!
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