In order to practice what I have learned I have created this website showing some of my projects with the hope to start working as a programmer in the near future.
I have always liked computers but it was only a few years ago that I decided to study what I really enjoy. One day I discovered a podcast about a bootcamp where lorry drivers were doing an online course. Every week the teacher made a podcast interviewing his students to check their progress and feelings. In that moment it dawn on me that the reason I enjoyed the podcast so much was because I shared their aspiration of becoming a software developer. So I started planning how to achieve my goal, while keeping my administrative job.
As a Spanish person living abroad (in Northern Ireland), having the right certificates was a barrier to enrolling any higher certificate course. I got my A levels and Higher National Certificate in Financial Business in Spain, and those certificates are not transferrable to UK education scheme, so I couldn´t use them to enroll the courses I needed in UK. Therefore, I decided to take an online Higher National Certificate in computer´s software in Spain, specifically for Development of Multi-Platform Applications.
I decided to follow the typical path and take all the subjects of the first year. Then I realized the workload was too high to balance it with work. The online training did not work well for anyone. The majority of students couldn´t manage to follow the pace of the course, and some teachers lacked the training required to impart the subjects online. After finishing my first year I managed to pass 2 subjects, which did not fulfil my expectations. I also realized that it would very hard to manage travelling to Spain to take the exams, so I decided not to continue with this course and take a different approach. I started some online courses to get the basics of multiplatform programming and decided to retake the higher certificate in Development of Multi-Platform Applications in the future.
Given that the HNCs covered HTML, CSS, PHP, SQL, C# and Java, I started with some certificated courses to complement those areas among other languages, frameworks and hibraries, such as:
I have also used the following resources for self learning purposes:
I have discovered the webinars in the lockdown and since then I join some of them from time to time and try to learn as much as possible:
These are some of the podcast that I listen and try to learn from them, some are in spanish: