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Looking back, I still find it hard to believe how far I’ve come in such a short amount of time. From taking the leap into software development just five months ago and embarking on a 14-week intensive coding bootcamp, I kicked off 2021 with a bang and started my first job as a junior software engineer.

It still seems crazy that I managed to achieve something like this, especially during a global pandemic, and I’m excited to see where this journey will take me going forward. …


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In training to become a software developer, I’m learning more and more about how code isn’t the only thing that matters. As much as your skills as a programmer are important, it’s also worth remembering that people hire people, so ensuring you have the essential soft skills that employers are looking for is very beneficial.

If you’ve read my first article, you’ll know I’m currently a student at Northcoders, a coding bootcamp which recently held their Careers Week. …


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If anyone had told me at the start of this year that, come October, I would be trying to perfect an online portfolio displaying various coding projects I’d made over the previous weeks, I would have sworn they’d mistaken me for someone else. I had never touched code before in my life — let alone heard of concepts like JavaScript, React, HTML, and CSS (just to name a few).

Yet here I am, halfway through an intensive 14-week software development course at Northcoders, a multi-award-winning coding bootcamp based in Manchester and Leeds.

So how did I get here?

After graduating…

Alexandra Brown

Hi, I'm Alex - a junior software engineer from Manchester with a passion for all things creative!

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