- Can you talk a little bit about who you are and what your work has been until now?
My name is Lara and I have been a web designer for over 18 years now (WOW that’s a long time). I have been using CMS like Joomla and WordPress to build my sites and then would outsource all my custom development. I was always so interested in watching my friends code or go through the custom code a developer had worked on for me, even though I had no clue what was going on it excited me and frustrated me. So why didn’t I do my BSC degree you may ask, well, first of all, I didn’t have the funds and I am really not an academic, I am more a practical hands-on person. But as internet trends have changed, the way we are able to learn online and gain knowledge over the years has given me the opportunity to fulfil a bucket list dream and learn how to code.
- During the summer of 2016, you participated in the Craft Academy bootcamp. What made you decide to learn to code?
As mentioned above I was always envious of my fellow coding friends and colleagues, it has always been one my bucket list to learn how to code and when I saw the Facebook Ad for the Craft Academy bootcamp for South Africa, I jumped at the opportunity.
- What would you say was the most important result of your time with Craft Academy?
The biggest effect for me is that I just want to learn more, it’s ignited a new passion inside of me and to become even better at my coding. The other important effect is the relationships I gained with my fellow coders they become my best friends and family throughout the bootcamp, I miss our coding sessions a lot.
- What advice would you give someone who is thinking about enrolling in the bootcamp?
I didn’t find the training model challenging. It suited my style of learning. Maybe the time frame to complete tasks was the most challenging, I would have liked to have more completed tasks in my git repository.