Hi, my name is Deb! I live in Switzerland and previously worked for venture capital funds and financial technology firms. After leaving a corporate career in Hong Kong a few years ago, I’ve been focusing on more entrepreneurial pursuits.
Similar to many other students, I did a few online courses that used video tutorials. While I enjoyed studying the subject, I lacked confidence in my independent abilities and felt that I needed a more structured approach to learning programming. My wife completed a coding bootcamp a few years ago, and this gave me the idea to pursue a similar path. She is now a full-time coder.
For those who are willing to put in the effort (and it’s a lot of effort!), I highly recommend a bootcamp such as Altcademy.
As I know a few graduates from other coding bootcamps, I am reasonably confident that Altcademy is a world-class program. I especially appreciate that the entire course is text-based, as this is how developers learn new skills in the real world. The founders behind the company put a lot of effort into the curriculum.
In terms of my personal journey, I found front-end web development challenging but still doable. The best part about front-end development is being able to bring an idea to life very quickly.
I found back-end web development a lot more challenging, and had to read through a lot of material before it clicked for me. While the course explains everything quite clearly, it took me a few tries to understand how various aspects of a Rails application work together.
There were many points in the course where I felt somewhat frustrated because I didn’t really understand why something was happening. Thankfully, my mentor was both patient and knowledgeable and helped me through the process.
My goal is to build upon what I have learned at Altcademy. Now that I have completed the full-stack program, I am confident in my abilities as many other developers started their careers with a similar level of knowledge. Of course, I still have a lot left to learn.
In the near term, my goal is to join a company as a junior software developer and hone my skills. Despite ongoing concerns about a financial bubble in technology stocks, my view is that developers will remain high in demand. Unlike most other skills, a single individual can have an enormous impact. I believe coding is thus the ideal skill for both a career and entrepreneurship.
"I appreciated the time flexibility, its affordability, and the structure provided in their learning courses."
"I've observed that more of the jobs and projects which recently have come my way skew towards software."
Going from beginners to professional coders, 85%+ of Altcademy alumni are hired within 6 months after graduation
Cohort 85 begins on January 1st, 2024
Master software engineering, full-stack web development, python automation, data science, A.I. application, and computer science fundamentals.