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Graduate Piotr Skowronek about his career change
I started working in IT one month after the programming course - Piotr's story
Even before my studies, I had made some tentative attempts at programming based on books or tutorials, but I decided that computer science is not for me. I thought that the good results in maths and physics required at university would not be needed later in my everyday work (if only I knew how wrong I was).
After graduating from high school I went to study English. I soon realised that I wouldn't be able to conquer the world with that and did a Master's degree in logistics. There's something about planning a production process and breaking it down parts that fascinates me. I even worked in the profession for a while, but programming was on my mind all the time. In the meantime, I helped develop an e-learning platform for a large corporation. I also worked as a business analyst.
As soon as I found out that Coders Lab existed,the idea of becoming a programmer seemed as real as ever
I was determined to soak up the knowledge and get the most out of the course. At home, I repeated the exercises and looked forward to each new class that cleared my doubts or explained how something works.
What I liked most about the course was that I was able to learn so many things at a very fast pace. If someone had told me just a few months ago that I would be able to prepare my mini-application, I probably would have laughed at them.
When it came to looking for a job, I thought it would be hard, even very hard
I wondered how, being only after a few-month-long course, I would be able to compete with programming graduates.
I sent out several CVs, had about 6 interviews in total, and got 2 job offers. The search itself took me less than a month.
However, I resigned from my first job pretty quickly due to the use of rather outdated technology. Later I supported an e-commerce platform for one of the largest printing houses in Poland. I met there very experienced people, who very quickly corrected my knowledge deficiencies and showed me a good path that I should follow to gain further experience.
I am currently working in a marketing agency
I deal with the preparation of new websites and web services, as well as the maintenance of existing ones in probably every possible industry. The scope is very wide - from simple landing pages to more complex web applications.
The variety of projects does not allow me to get bored, so I gain experience in various areas at a rapid pace.
In retrospect, I believe that taking the course was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I am fulfilled in what I have always wanted to do and have a clear path in which areas I would like to develop in the future. The course has opened a lot of doors for me and it's up to me to decide how to further direct my career.
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