Ruth Gascon

"Programming is a great skill to have - the type of opportunities available to you are so much cooler than in most other sectors."

Ruth Gascon

"Programming is a great skill to have - the type of opportunities available to you are so much cooler than in most other sectors."

Congratulations on your new job! Where will you be working?

Thanks! I've been going a little crazy deliberating between various offers, so I'm very happy to have finally made a decision. I'll be working for Everis, like a number of other Ubiqum students.

What were you doing before signing up for our course?

My background was originally in audiovisual communication. Before signing up to Ubiqum’s Java Web Developer course, or before I was even considering changing sectors, I was unemployed and looking for new opportunities in my field. However, I quickly realised that none of the job offers excited me...or if they did, the salary demotivated me. What I realise now is that I was never really that passionate about working in that sector. In web development it’s the complete opposite. I’m so passionate about working in web development that when looking for a job I couldn’t stop applying to all the exciting opportunities - after all, there are so many of them. I had honestly never felt the motivation I feel now after completing this course and entering into the world of web development!

Why do you love programming so much?

I really feel that I will evolve a great deal in this sector, and that’s because it’s really something that I enjoy doing. I had never felt that way, not even once since leaving university. I love working in web development because you overcome a lot of mental challenges and have to work on your emotions. I love it for the frustration - the frustration of not being able to make your code do something and not understanding why. For the fact that you will spend five hours looking for a solution to something that seems absurd to everyone else but when you crack it it’s amazing - like creating a button that when clicked takes you to another page.

What was your main concern before starting?

I had this idea that if it’s not something you’ve been doing since you were a child, you’re not going to be able to do it. I had also looked at some programming languages before and done a few courses but it seemed impossible to learn how to code and I gave up before completing the courses. It wasn’t until I came to Ubiqum that I realised that anyone, at any age can learn how to program and become a Web Developer, with Java no less.

Why did Ubiqum stand out as the best choice?

I liked that the course consisted of five months of learning, and that you don’t have to cram everything into two and wear yourself down to the ground. It’s totally manageable.

Do you think our Learn by Doing methodology has been effective?

Yes, it’s been very effective and I’m going to continue to learn in this way. At Everis I know that they use the same methodology, so that’s great!

What would you say to someone who is considering a career in web development but has no prior experience?

Do it! But be patient. You have to learn an entirely new language from scratch and go back to writing again. The sentences look different but that’s essentially what you’re doing, writing. When you have what you want to write clear in your mind you can then convert this into words in JavaScript or another programming language. Also, programming is a great skill to have as the type of opportunities available to you are so much cooler than in most other sectors.

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