Coding the Future: Developer Spotlight – Sian C.

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Coding the Future: Developer Spotlight – Sian C.

In October 2022, Sian C. joined Code Institute’s Level 5 Diploma in Web Application Development programme, which is run in association with Cardiff and Vale College and is funded via the Welsh Government’s Personal Learning Accounts (PLA) initiative.

The course aims to equip learners with full-stack software development skills, preparing them to enter the digital workforce in various roles, including front-end, back-end, and full-stack positions.

Sian’s course facilitator, Amy Richardson, said the following of Sian:

“I’m thrilled to recommend Sian Carrel, who completed the Full Stack Software Development course. Sian consistently demonstrated sharp thinking and a thought process akin to a seasoned developer. 

They were a fantastic team player, always contributing on stand-up calls and Slack, offering valuable insights on programming processes and debugging, and working through issues with creative solutions. 

Sian listened well and took feedback like a pro, which helped her grow even more as a developer. She is super personable and easy to work with, making a positive impact on those around them. 
Overall, Sian was an exemplary student, and I’m confident they will become an outstanding software developer, bringing their skills and collaborative spirit to any team they join. I’m excited to see how the future pans out for them!” – Amy Richardson.

Sian successfully completed the programme, impressively scoring distinctions for all of her projects, and achieved her qualification in June 2024. She is now looking to make a difference with the skills she has learned and has kindly agreed to share her story with us for this developer spotlight.

Tell us about yourself and how you found your way to this programme.

I did a degree in geography a few years ago and decided I wanted to try to get a job in GIS (geographic information systems), but most of the requirements were knowledge of Python. 

I didn’t know any Python, so started trying to learn it by myself. I really enjoyed it, and stumbled across Code Institute’s course (L5 diploma in Web development) and thought it looked good. So I completed the 5-day challenge, I really enjoyed it and then enrolled in the full course.

What are you passionate about (in general)?

I’m passionate about nature and the natural world. I am keenly interested in conservation, so I went to university to learn more about it. I also love any sport that gets me outdoors and in beautiful landscapes. 

I’m a keen mountain biker and sailor, but I also take any opportunity to surf, run, climb, or walk. I’ve been teaching sailing voluntarily for the last 9 years and have found that to be really rewarding. 

Thanks to the skills I’ve gained from Code Institute, I’ve been able to provide a booking system for the sailing group I volunteer with.

What appeals to you about coding?

There are a few aspects which really keep me hooked. Firstly, I love that it’s challenging. I find resolving bugs really satisfying, and I enjoy trying to get to the root of the problem. I’m a fan of logic puzzles, which aren’t too dissimilar, so I guess that explains why I enjoy the challenge.  

Software development is so creative, which appeals to me – I’ve always been quite creative, so being given the opportunity to build something in any way I want using code satisfies my need to be creative and challenge my brain.

Lastly, the scope of what can be done with code is amazing, and it really inspires me. It makes me want to learn more and push myself.

Who has impacted your learning journey in a significant way?

My mentor and Cohort Facilitator were both amazing. They have both been so supportive and motivating throughout the course and clearly are very good at what they do. I’ve felt in very safe hands throughout and knew exactly where to turn if I got stuck.

What are the main things you learned on the course?

How to be realistic with the size of a project. I find it too easy to run with an idea and expand it until it’s the best version of itself with every possible feature. 

The course taught me to manage the scope of my projects and work in an agile way to make sure I produced a functioning site before adding extra features. 

How has the course helped you to progress?

I was looking for a career in something that really interests me when I found Code Institute. I really feel that the course has guided me in the right direction to achieve this and provided me with all the skills and knowledge required to step into the tech industry.

What are the main challenges you have had to overcome while learning?

I’ve found the course challenging in a variety of ways. I had a period when I was working long hours in a new job that I had relocated for and a deadline was coming up for the course.  I felt that I had to squeeze every second out of the day to fit everything in. But I did it!

I also found it quite challenging to motivate myself sometimes, but the course material and the projects are so interesting once you get stuck in that this wasn’t too much of a problem. 

What do you like about learning on the Code Institute platform?

Although it’s an online course, it really didn’t feel isolating. There were so many points of contact: my mentor, cohort, Cohort Facilitator, Slack channels, and hackathons! This all helped me make the most of the experience of being in the course. 

What are you most proud of developing so far?

I think my last project is my favourite. It brought together all the skills I had learnt previously in the course, and I felt like I fully understood what I was doing at this point. 

It highlighted how much had been learnt during the course and I found that really rewarding.  I also based this project on one of my hobbies so that made it really fun to build. Check it out here: FastTrack Bike Park.

What would you recommend to other learners considering learning to code?

Make the most of the support you have around you.  

There are so many talented people who are keen to help,  and you learn so much more by talking to them. 

Hackathons are also a great way to learn from others, and although they can be a bit intimidating, they’re absolutely worth participating in. 

What is your long-term goal with these skills?

I would love to keep building my skills and see how far I can get as a software developer. 

5 Step Challenge

Many thanks to Sian for sharing her journey with us. 

If you want to learn web development, you have a taste of the skills involved by registering for our 5-Step Coding Challenge here.

Or, if you want to learn more about our training services, you can email partners@codeinstitute.net.

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