For our latest associate case study, we have interviewed our associate Deborah Francis and asked her to share her La Fosse Academy experience and tell us what makes La Fosse Academy special.
I started learning to code the year before I joined La Fosse Academy and loved it so much that early on in my journey, I decided to work towards getting a job in the tech industry. However, I had gotten to a point where I felt stuck. I felt that I needed guidance on an individual basis, as I had watched so many YouTube videos, and Udemy courses, read so many articles and still wasn’t quite sure which direction to go in, what to build and so on. While I was grateful that there was so much information available, it was quite overwhelming at times. I also generally found that I learn better in a more structured environment.
On joining La Fosse Academy, I really felt like I belong here. As the weeks went on it was clear to me that our trainers were not necessarily looking for ‘natural talent’ but for our resilience in working through problems, our enthusiasm for what we were learning and the willingness to try. These traits and more were also monitored and discussed with us individually every few weeks, giving us a chance to reflect, and take on constructive criticism but also be encouraged by positive feedback. I found this to be an organised and effective way of processing where I was at the end of each LAP.
I also loved my cohort! We were in a unique position in that we were completely online but were still able to bond. My trainers, Beth and Romeo were incredible at teaching core concepts and were somehow able to keep us energised, entertained, and encouraged during long, full days of learning.
On joining La Fosse Academy, I really felt like I belong here. As the weeks went on it was clear to me that our trainers were not necessarily looking for ‘natural talent’ but for our resilience in working through problems, our enthusiasm for what we were learning and the willingness to try.
I would say to be determined and make the most of the process! The course itself can get intense but what you gain in the end will be worth it. Spend time going over things you don’t understand (some weeks contain private study days) and don’t be afraid to ask loads of questions. This is something I learned how to do more of on the course and it has helped me significantly while on placement.
Are you inspired by Debora’s story and want to begin your own successful career in tech? Apply for La Fosse Academy now!