Many people pick a career path when they’re young, only to find it’s not for them a few years down the line. The problem then is how do you start over again with a different career? Do you go back to University with all the kids half your age?

Nope!

The great thing about becoming a software developer is the industry is constantly changing and evolving, so it only takes a few months to catch up with the latest practices. This makes it easy to switch careers altogether – just ask Filip! He originally studied Sports Science, and later decided to make the switch to software development. As one of the recent graduates here, he’s now a fully-fledged software developer thanks to our programme.

We caught up with Filip to ask a few questions about his decision and his time with us.

Congratulations! Firstly, tell us what it was like before Industry Connect, and what it was like once you decided to switch over.

So, initially I did physiology and sport science at the University of Auckland, and then prior to the beginning of my last semester at university, I started the course at Industry Connect. It was a 12-week course boot camp that teaches you the fundamentals to develop software.

Throughout that process, they teach you from what data structures are, to how you can build them, and how you can use database asp.net, so they taught me the fundamentals.

It must have been a huge switch, how did you find it trying to learn it all?

Initially it was very, very tricky, especially with all the content that you’re trying to put together, but with Industry Connect the support system that they have from, not just that other people that are trying to learn, but from the juniors, to the intermediate to the senior developers that help you along the way and make everything easy learning applicable. I found that incredibly helpful.

In terms of working on live projects, how did you find that that helped you in getting a grasp on how all of this actually works in the real world?

The course itself allowed me to have a better understanding when I came onto a live project, so I’m not really starting from scratch. I’ve got sort of a reference point to how it all functions and how it all works, but then within the team itself, the people that help you through that internship make it unbelievably useful.

For someone else who is looking to make the switch over from something else into development and they were looking at industry connect as a possible option what would your advice to them be?

Don’t think twice, just do it. I think it’s the opportunity that they’ve given me, not only through learning the 12-week course, but also through the internship and the mentoring that goes with that, not only with the teachings but the application of what you’ve learned is awesome.

Wise words from Filip! Thanks for your time with us, and all the best for the future!

If you’d like to join one of our courses and become a software developer – no matter what your profession now – simply contact us today and let’s get the ball rolling on your new career!


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