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Graham Fox: Code Institute Graduate

Having worked as a waiter, with some experience in graphic design and web development, Graham Fox decided to learn how to code and become a full stack developer in order to change his career.
Graduating from Code Institute in 2016, Graham has been utilising his software development skills for the last three years and now works as a Project Manager and Implementation Consultant.
Thanks for taking the time to speak with us Graham, it’s always great to hear back from our graduates.

Please introduce yourself

My name is Graham Fox, I am 27 years old and I live in Bray.

Before studying at Code Institute, what did you do?

I was working as a waiter in a restaurant.

Personally, what drew you towards Code Institute?

The quality and attitude of the tutors and staff, they seemed confident and encouraging.

Why did you decide to change your career to Software Development?

I always had an interest in what it would be like to write code for a living. I did some web development and graphic design in a previous course and loved it.

How did your portfolio of projects help secure your career change?

I was offered a job while in stream 2 of the bootcamp based on my project in stream 1. Three weeks after graduating from the Code Institute I was offered my first job as a developer.

What is your current role?

Project Manager & Implementation Consultant

When you sit down at your new desk, is there a cup of tea or a cup of coffee on it?

Coffee.

Now that you’ve changed career, what is a typical workday like for you? 

For starters, I no longer have to work twelve hour shifts on my feet. I come in between 8-10am and can leave as early as 4.30pm. I’m exposed to a lot of different technologies and I manage I.T projects for companies across so many different industries. I also work alongside some of the best technical minds I’ve ever encountered.

What part of Code Institute’s Full Stack Software Developer Course, would you say you draw upon most often in your new career?

Back-End Development, particularly tying different technologies together i.e working with databases, integrations and API’s.

Since starting your new job, what’s been the biggest lesson you’ve learned?

That I could have started this much sooner.

How has your career change impacted your life?

I have every weekend off to enjoy the things I love most. I earn a lot more money which helps in a number of different areas. It’s the best decision I have ever made.

When coding; do you listen to music or podcasts?

Music.

Do you find that hobbies/activities outside of coding help with your work?

Hugely. Since leaving Code Institute, I have completed about 10 different courses online and I’m working on my own projects in my free time.

How has the ICT sector changed since you’ve begun working in it?

Technologies change rapidly, sometimes it can be hard to keep up with all the updates and different functionalities.

Since changing career/upskilling, what do you enjoy most about your new role

Adapting to and learning about new tech I haven’t encountered previously.

Knowing what you know now; what piece of advice would you like to give yourself before starting your career change journey?

If you’re not prepared to take a risk, then you’ll always remain where you are. Some pay off and some don’t, but that’s all part of learning, it’s never too late.

If you’d like to share your journey since graduating from Code Institute, get in touch through the form below, we’d love to hear from you.