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Meet our Skills Bootcamps Graduates

Find out how our graduates came across the bootcamps, how it impacted their career and how are they planning to continue their learning in the future. Click on the picture to read more.

Name and Job roleJack Purves, Technical Analyst

Why did you choose the Bootcamp?

I had took up some software testing as part of my role. The testing was more make it up as you go along, but I really enjoyed testing and wanted to learn more. Before this could be actioned Covid-19 had hit the company I work for and any hopes of my development. While searching for jobs in software testing a high number of positions requested applicants had a ISTQB certificate. It was at this time I was looking for courses and found purple beard. 

How has the Bootcamp helped you?

It's helped me gained a qualification and confidence in software testing. I now feel I have some idea what I'm doing when performing my role. 

How have the skills learnt during the Bootcamp supported you in your job?

The skills learnt during the bootcamp has helped me to understand the software development cycle more in our business. I now understand more about how I fit in and what processes I can improve. 

How have the skills learnt during the Bootcamp supported your employer?

While I would say it hasn't particularly in the short term. With still a skeleton team at work and reduced hours, there is only so much I can do. But if the business does survive and my role frees up a little. I have a lot of ideas to hopefully improve the business's development process.

What are your future aspirations and plans as a result of the Bootcamp? 

I plan to continue learning more about software testing and to take a 2nd exam in Agile testing. I hope to one day have testing be my full time role and work my way up. 

What do you believe are the challenges of entering the Tech sector?

From my experience, many employees wanted someone ready to go and not willing to provide some form of training. Some wanted experiences in specific industries and areas in testing. While understandable during Covid-19 it was a little dishearting to have hardly any replies to my applications. As someone that was passionate and eager to learn about testing with some experience but no qualifications, I feel more opportunities to re-train and take on juniors are needed.

How did  Purple Beard help you on your journey? 

They have been able to provide me with an opportunity to gain a qualification that should help to secure future employment, if needed. But the teaching on the bootcamp has also helped/inspired me to become a better tester at work.

What advice would you give those who want to learn and develop tech skills? 

Depends on the age. Pre Univeristy, there are options and courses available as part of your education that should help to break into the industry. Past university, if you want to re-train, not many options are available without significant cost. But if are able to self teach through online resources, sometimes you may get lucky and have a Purple Beard bootcamp to help you out. 

 

Jack, Software Testing Bootcamp

Name and job role: Francesca, Digital Solutions Co-ordinator, ProVQ Ltd

Why did you choose the Bootcamp? 

I work with datasets, and this data is generated from surveys and forms which I also plan, design, and implement.  I mostly provide, plan, design and implement digital learning and now solutions to enable co-workers to meet their departmental targets and the overall company strategic objectives.  I transform and cleanse my dynamic datasets using Power Query Excel, but I also have static CSV data.

I was looking for a solution, as sometimes Power Query can be time consuming, and came across R programming and Python, and then found Skills Bootcamp and Purple Beard – Introduction to Data Analysis, R programming and Python.  Their website was informative and that’s what piqued my interest.

How has the Bootcamp helped you?

It has really made me more aware of the vast amounts of data out there, and what statistical data analysis is.  I look at my data both holistically and statistically these days!  This Bootcamp has enabled me to do so from a statistical perspective.  It’s no longer a chore to provide a report/explanation, I really enjoy exploring my data and using my newly acquired skills to do so.

How have the skills learnt during the Bootcamp supported you in your job? 

I use the R Studio environment wherever I can.  I’m constantly thinking of tasks that R could perform, so I don’t lose my skills albeit beginner skills (plus it gives me an excuse to use it!).  From cleansing initially…to analysis eventually…  I understand where this could fit in with my job role, and I’m constantly looking for possible project opportunities that may benefit ProVQ at some stage.

How have the skills learnt during the Bootcamp supported your employer? 

I am currently, predominately, using R programming to cleanse my datasets, and data from co-workers.  Just recently, a task that would have taken my colleague days to complete by copying and pasting into an Excel document, has taken me a few hours.  I’m a beginner, so granted, it takes time for me to write a script that will effectively cleanse data and comfortably export into a format that my colleagues can use, both quickly and efficiently.  A simple script, but a script nonetheless!  And it provides me with an opportunity to improve my R scripting as a result.

Therefore, looking at the whole process and the impact of supporting ProVQ, I’ve indirectly impacted on my colleague’s time; freeing them from more laborious and time-consuming tasks and enabling them to focus on their main job role and task at hand, which of course then saves the company money, as the time paid in wages to that member of staff can be used doing more specialist things rather than manipulating data.

What are your Future aspirations and plans because of the Bootcamp? 

I am taking my education further because of the Bootcamp, to pursue an MSc in Data Science and Data Analysis in November 2021, with a specific focus on statistical data analysis with R programming and Python.

What do you believe are the challenges of entering the Tech sector?

Just a few challenges and not an exhaustive list…

  1. Finding Talent/Skills Gap - talent being the main driver of execution and innovation.
  2. Information Security (including data privacy, storage, and management) – GDPR.
  3. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning – (as mentioned above) freeing colleagues from laborious and time-consuming tasks, enabling them to focus on their job role and task at hand.

How did Purple Beard help you on your journey? 

  1. By providing the subjects/topics in a course that I was interested in.
  2. By providing clear joining instructions and offering other sessions outside of the topic area, for example, Mental Health, etc…
  3. By providing high quality relevant industry training from highly qualified individuals who work in the industry, and subsequently, those individuals/trainers who provided timely feedback on any project or piece of work that was submitted.  Their enthusiasm for their topic/subject is contagious, as is their support.  
  4. By fitting in with your own work and home commitments and providing a means of viewing recordings and accessing materials you may have missed (I found this particularly useful).
  5. By providing a platform of communication during and after Bootcamp.  Communication was clear, concise, consistent, and effective, on the platform Purple Beard use. 
  6. By staying in contact after the course and providing all the relevant written resources to do so.

What advice would you give those who want to learn and develop tech skills? 

So, I always need to contextualise any training I do.  If it does not help me in my current job role, or it is not relevant, then I don’t need it now.  I always ask myself these questions…

  1. What do I need to do?
  2. How could I do it?
  3. What skills do I need to be able to do it?
  4. Would this benefit me?
  5. Would this benefit others?

Francesca, Data Analysis Bootcamp

Name and Job role: Adam, unemployed

Why did you choose the Bootcamp?  

Wanted to learn some skills!

How has the Bootcamp helped you?

It set a great curriculum to give me useful and relevant learning goals.

How have the skills learnt during the Bootcamp supported you in your job?

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How have the skills learnt during the Bootcamp supported your employer?

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What are your future aspirations and plans as a result of the Bootcamp? 

Keep learning and studying, hopefully a job will come up that will enable me to get a foothold in the industry.

What do you believe are the challenges of entering the Tech sector?

The initial hurdle and barrier to entry is high.  Most people seem to feel that jobs in purely tech roles are attainable after a year of study.

How did  Purple Beard help you on your journey? 

I was given a great curriculum and support for the first 3 months of that year!

What advice would you give those who want to learn and develop tech skills? 

Get started.  It’s a long journey and the material isn’t going to learn itself.

Adam, Data Analysis Bootcamp

Name and job role: Fathima, part-time ICT teacher 

Why did you choose the Bootcamp? 

I am working as a part-time ICT teacher and looking for a career change. I am passionate in learning data analysis and this Bootcamp give help us on a step further in their chosen career paths.

How has the Bootcamp helped you?

The staff and tutors are professional, and they are amazing and helpful. They are encouraging and supportive. They are knowledgeable about the subject areas. We entered a python exam at the end of boot camp. Their study materials really helped me to pass the python exam with a good score.

How have the skills learnt during the Bootcamp supported you in your job?

I got an opportunity to gain new skills through this bootcamp. The course covered lots of topics from advanced Excel, R, and Python. This will help in my teaching and to become a confident user of ICT in the classroom.

How have the skills learnt during the Bootcamp supported your employer?

The new skills reignite my technical skills and helped me to learn more and will apply my new skills in my job.

What are your future aspirations and plans as a result of the Bootcamp? 

I would like to switch my career in data analysis. This bootcamp inspired me to explore more into this. My future goal is to become a  data analyst.

What do you believe are the challenges of entering the Tech sector?

We need to update our technical skills, good communication skills and talent.

How did Purple Beard help you on your journey? 

Purple Beard helped me to learn a lot, they're a very good starting point to switch my career and helps to find out a new way for my future.

What advice would you give those who want to learn and develop tech skills? 

We need to keep learning and improve your technical skills.

Fathima, Data Analysis Bootcamp

Name and Job role: Zeeshan, Service Desk Analyst

Why did you choose the Bootcamp?

I chose the Software Tester course as it was the opportunity to learn something new to help benefit my career.The software tester course gave me an eventual ITSQB Foundation level certificate for general software testing. In addition to this they also provided us with ITSQB Agile extension training to learn about Agile software testing. We also did multiple software testing exercises during the bootcamp that had practical real world benefits.

How has the Bootcamp helped you?

The bootcamp has helped me to pass the ITSQB Foundation exam for software testing as well as a good understanding of the basics of software testing.

How have the skills learnt during the Bootcamp supported you in your Job 

I have not had the opportunity to apply this in my current job yet as I only recently passed my exam with the assistance of Purple Beard.

How have the skills learnt during the Bootcamp supported your employer?

I have not been able to apply the skills I have learnt to benefit my employer yet as I only recently passed my exam with the assistance of Purple Beard.

What are your future aspirations and plans as a result of the Bootcamp? 

My aspirations are to channel what I have learnt on my Bootcamp course into a career in software testing.

What do you believe are the challenges of entering the Tech sector?

The challenges would be to enter it with a lack of work experience within the Tech sector.

How did  Purple Beard help you on your journey? 

Purple Beard have helped me with their encouragement and help whenever I have asked for it. They have given me some practical experience of a software testing project in the course which will be extremely beneficial career wise.

What advice would you give those who want to learn and develop tech skills ? 

I would advise people seeking a career in tech to seek out a training provider and I can’t think of a better one that Purple Beard. They offer friendly, helpful and first class expert advice from tutors who have worked within the profession. They can offer you practical projects to give you work experience to help supplement your learning. In addition to this you should also get the chance to gain industry recognized certifcations such as ITSQB Foundation certificate that will help with prospective employers. Purple Beard will also assist you after you have qualified to help you into your chosen career.

Zeeshan, Software Testing Bootcamp

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