Matěj Polák worked in the real estate industry in Brno before joining the programme. He decided to change his path, joined the batch #4 of the Coding Bootcamp Praha and successfully graduated in November 2018. How was his experience at the bootcamp? What he liked or did not like? Matěj's path to finding a job was really smooth and took him only 9 days from the Demo Day into entering his office as a software developer. He works now as a JavaScript Software Developer for 24i. Read more about his experience: 


Thanks for talking to us! First, what did you do before the bootcamp?

I was a real estate agent in an agency called RE/MAX.


Why did you decide that you want to learn programming?

I have always been interested in the tech world, startups, business and I have always wanted to create something on my own, but those ideas always crashed on the technological solution. With the support of my friends and closest family members, I decided to take a part in Coding Bootcamp Praha, which definitely changed my life really soon.


What made you choose the Coding Bootcamp Praha?

Well, it's hard to choose only one point, but probably the combination of location, price, reviews, wide range on gained skills, and definitely the fact that the instructors are one of the best in their fields.


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

I can imagine myself writing hundreds of lines about this. But in general the whole experience was just amazing, I didn't expect that at all. Instructors were incredibly helpful, friendly, and open-minded guys, always there for us and ready to help. Other students were just amazing, we spent such a good time together, had a lot of fun, lot of coding, same opportunities, goals, etc.. I am in touch with the majority of them even though that the bootcamp ended up more than 3 months ago. The biggest plus of the bootcamp is a fact, that all gained skills were immediately used in the projects we had. We also tried a lot of scrum/agile way of working, which I'm daily using in my current job as well as all other skills we gained. Hackathons and Demo Day were just a cherry on a delicious cake.


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

I am really happy that we went through that huge amount of practice, and that we actually tried all the gained knowledge in real projects, hackathons, and finally in the main project finished with Demo Day.

 

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

Again great and really helpful part of Coding Bootcamp Praha. Actually, I got my current job just because LinkedIn profile, that all of us consulted with instructors and HR guys during individual meetings and HR workshops. Big thanks to you guys!


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

Well, this is funny I guess. Bootcamp ended up at 24th November, which was Friday, and I signed my great contract next Thursday, and the upcoming Monday I was sitting in my brand new office, with new MacBook and 3 monitors :D. So in total, it took me 9 days from bootcamp to the office.


I have been currently working in a Dutch company called 24i as a JavaScript software developer. We are building streaming apps for almost all devices such as web, iOS, tvOS, Android, set-top boxes, gaming consoles, and SmartTVs, for the biggest client in this field. I started up with basic AppleTV bug fixing, and currently, I am doing new features for SmartTV app.


What would you advise to anyone who considers signing up for a coding bootcamp?

It's simple. If you want to change your life situation, don't be scared and book your place as soon as possible. I highly recommend this opportunity.



- March 2018 -