codebar - a love story
I started attending codebar after finishing my web design diploma in 2016. It is scary attending events on your own but I felt welcomed straight away as everyone was really lovely. As I shared my interest of becoming a web developer, I was only encouraged and supported by every one I spoke to.
For a year, I attended almost every Tuesday and was paired up with different coaches every week to work on my skills and build up my portfolio. My confidence grew and when I started feeling ready to apply for jobs, coaches gave me tips, helped me go over my CV and discussed how to build up my portfolio in the best way. I was amazed over the support I was given.
One evening, Gene hosted codebar and I met one of their developers, Chloe. She was my coach for the evening and as I told her I am now looking for a job, she kindly offered to help and we exchanged details. Few weeks later, she was doing a talk at Talent 2017 and I got introduced to Gene's MD. He offered me to come in for an interview.
I didn't have that much in my portfolio by this point, but during my interview I got to express my passion for web development. I got to share a few projects & codepens I had worked on and I spoke about codebar and how excited I am to learn. I ended up getting offered a junior position, starting with Chloe as my mentor.
After starting my job, I wanted to give back to this amazing community. I started coaches new beginners in HTML/CSS and then was asked to help organise the workshops as well. I have now been an organiser since summer 2017 and I wouldn't change a thing. I want every person attending codebar to be as supported and welcomed as I once was.