He spent two years with his head in the clouds, as an airline steward he got to know most holiday destinations. “It was not exactly my dream," admits Martin Prívara at the outset, who since childhood had been attracted by computers. He eventually got to this thanks to bootcamp. "If you want to go into IT, you can always find a way," says the junior programmer who after completing the training course immediately got an interesting job in this new field.
When she entered university, Zuzana did not believe that she could manage studying IT and therefore chose economics instead. “But taxes are about reading laws rather than numbers, so I often felt like a lawyer," says Zuzana, who lost her job during the pandemic. This change presented itself as an opportunity and she changed her profession. She completed a retraining course for junior programmers and immediately after finishing it found a position in this new field.
She caught the programming bug at high school. After that she enrolled at the Czech Technical University. "Although the teaching there was of a good level, the pace was very slow," says Margaret Hajíčková. So, then she decided to try her luck in the UK. However, even at the University of Northumbria university everything was not quite right. She did not give up on her dream and joined the GFA course. "It is time-consuming but compared to the duration of study at university and content of the materials covered taking this course is definitely worth it," she says.
At high school, Martin enjoyed biology which in turn led him to oceanography. During his university studies he spent six months examining the behaviour of dolphins in Perth, Australia. “It was amazing. But if I had known about coding then what I know now, I'd have taken this route earlier," says the Frenchman. Although he is still fascinated by the wonders of life, it is programming, that has prevailed.
Until the age of 30 he happily worked in the hospitality industry, and then he realized that it wasn't possible to balance this with his personal life. He decided to make a radical change and as usual it was a woman who was behind it. His girlfriend it was, who, as an accountant, carefully calculated that IT held the best future for him. Words were spoken and Ondrej Foral retrained as a junior programmer.
Her flat is stacked up with books and Java For Dummies lies on her bedside table just below a book about Nordic witchcraft. Such contrasts are typical for Barbora Štefková. Otherwise, the Religious studies graduate could not have become an IT Recruiter. And it was during the search for talent among programmers that she discovered her own. "Actually, I became enthralled by coding when fellow developers told me about it during a smoke break," she reveals.
Mother and father are both programmers and finally their son became one too! From the age of eight, Ondřej Hlušička knew what he would one day be, but as usual, the path of life is not always straightforward. It led him through the complaints handling department of Amazon and an endless number of mistakes. "Every problem has a solution and I enjoy looking for it. It's the same in coding," he laughs.
The coronavirus pandemic trapped many people at home and brought the economy to halt. The world is changing and it will get more and more difficult to find a job, as the unemployment rate is expected to climb up to 10 percent. Take the future in your hands! You can make the first step towards changing your career today from the safety and comfort of your home - learn to code and become a junior programmer!
At one point, the coronavirus pandemic paralysed the world. It also affected Miloš Karous. He, too, had to stay at home as did a number of others. He started to think how to put together work with his long-time dream about coding. “I found a free three week course of programming on the Internet organized by Green Fox Academy and I went for it,” he recalls the beginning of it all. He soon took to programming. He wanted to continue with it and improve, and therefore he enrolled into an online full-time course for programmers.
He had a good job on the horizon and led a decadent social life full of parties, fun and friends. Only that one day it all came to an abrupt end. After a month of loneliness and depression Matěj Drbohlav decided that he needed to kick-start his career. „After finishing the course for junior programmers I will be a million light years further forward then I was at the start,“ said the self-taught IT specialist.
He has always been drawn to computers. “After vocational technical school I learned a bit of Python and Pascal. I also played with Arduino,” Dan Hájek starts telling his story. He was well suited for university, for one of the technical fields. However other interests prevailed in the end and he found himself at afaculty of arts. Yet his love for programming had not left him and thus he decided to take a short cut to become a junior programmer.
No other field is going through such a transition as IT. The use of programming is growing exponentially across all sectors and new programming languages are emerging continuously. “There’s a large number of languages,” says Esy Crux, senior mentor in Green Fox Academy, and adds: “Java and C# are however still on top.”
Pavel has spent the last 15 years working in one company, where he managed to climb the career ladder to top positions. After changes within the corporate leadership and in his team, Pavel decided to leave and take up a different challenge – programming. One of his first exposures to coding was a hackathon organized to deliver an e-shop for government use. “The atmosphere at the event was great, everyone was excited to complete the task and deliver the solution.”
Having spent 8 years total as an electrical engineering student and professional, there were countless times she has been the only woman in a room full of men. Her work, knowledge, and skills have always been much more scrutinized and questioned than those of her male peers. “It’s not fair but I use that as motivation to get even better,” says Maggie, future programmer, who fell in love with Prague.
He has a passion for cooking. It even led him to study hotel administration. Nevertheless, during the years working in bars and restaurants Filip realized that he saw his future somewhere else. “I couldn’t imagine that I would still be in the industry in 20 years,” admits Filip, originally from Opočno, and continues: “I spend a lot of my free time at the computer and programming was a logical decision.”
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