Elena Porras is a 19-year old girl who grew up in Guatemala with part of her family coming from Finland. She graduated from the Autumn Batch 2017 and found a job as a PHP Developer with Startupjobs.cz within a matter of weeks. We interviewed Elena about her experience at the Coding Bootcamp Praha, how the hackathons helped her to learn faster and how did the job hunting go for her.

What did you do before the bootcamp?

Before the bootcamp I was studying a Food Engineering program and tutoring high school kids in Guatemala.

Why did you decide that you want to learn programming?

During the Food Engineering program we received a python course, which I completely loved. I could spend hours working on projects without even realizing it, that’s when I decided I wanted to learn more about programming.

What made you choose Coding Bootcamp Praha?

After hours of looking and comparing options, I chose Coding Bootcamp Praha because the curriculum and course structure seemed interesting (although I have to admit I didn’t understand most of it back then), it only lasted three months, the price-to-quality ratio is extremely good, and well, it’s located in one of the most beautiful, affordable and safe cities of the world.

How was your experience at the bootcamp - instructors, other students, team projects, hackathons, Demo Day etc?

I enjoyed every single day of the bootcamp thanks to the friendly, knowledgeable and funny instructors, the nice ambience of the class, and of course my classmates. We would hang out and get some famous Czech beers every now and then, go to different places in the city together, and we even decided among ourselves that every week someone would bring some traditional dish from their country to show the others.

My favourite part of the classes were the hackathons, where in teams we would program a specific task during a day. The thing with programming is that you learn by doing, making mistakes and solving them. Hackathons allowed you to do that, working in collaboration with others and with the support of the instructors really helped stick in your mind the knowledge gained during the last two weeks.

What was your favourite part of the Coding Bootcamp Praha experience?

This is really hard to say, but I guess my favourite part of the bootcamp was learning programming next to the wonderful people I got to share this experience with.

What do you think about the job support - the HR workshops, the CV/LinkedIn help, meeting the company partners etc?

The job support is great, I learned how to create a proper CV and LinkedIn account, and actually got a job with one of the company partners that arrived to the Demo day. I couldn’t be happier with my job now, and I owe it to this awesome bootcamp.

How long did it take you to find a job, where do you work now and what is your position?

It took me a bit less than a month. I completed the bootcamp by the end of November and by New Year I was already hired by StartupJobs.cz, where I started working as a junior PHP developer in mid January.

- March 2018 -