I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Kyambogo University over 7 years ago. Finding a job was quite hard because there was not much I could do with the skills I’d gained.
Currently, I am a teacher of Computer literacy at a Primary School in Nansana but I’ve always wanted to be more than this. I have always dreamed of being a programmer. I tried self teaching but it was quite frustrating. I felt like I would learn better with people.
One day, while I searched for, ‘What you do to become a programmer in Uganda?’, I found a link pointing me to Outbox. I was familiar with Outbox because I previously attended a Google Developer Group event, but I did not know they taught code.
I applied for Outbox EDU and here I am! Five weeks later; my life has completely changed! I can code. I can build a fully functional website and app. I believe this is the momentum I needed to set rolling on my career dreams.
I’d like to share with you some of the benefits I gained from taking this class;
I started building my portfolio
The program was designed to help us develop our skills through experiential learning.
Every week, we were given a project to do in line with the week’s learning. At the end of the programme, my team members and I built a web application which I can present as work I’ve done in my portfolio. Since I learnt the basics, I will continue building on the knowledge I gained as well as work on more projects.
I launched my career in programming
Every week throughout the five weeks, we received expert advice from an industry practitioner on how to prepare for the marketplace and the qualities employers look out for.
What is Outbox EDU?
Outbox EDU is a "work-readiness" programme that seeks to equip young people with industry-relevant digital skills through accelerated learning. The Prep programme is for those seeking to learn the fundamentals of software programming and for more established developers looking to sharpen their base of front-end skills. It is also suitable for those that would like to spend their internship learning how to code.
The program is a bootcamp that runs for 5 weeks. The first class and second class was held in June 2018 and March 4th to April 5th 2019 respectively, attracting participants from various backgrounds including a vacists, a carpenter, students of Architecture, Law, a Biomedical Engineer, Students of IT and Software Engineering; just to mention.
Outbox is now accepting applications for the third cohort of the Outbox EDU Prep Programme which will run from June 4th to July 5th 2019. Apply here>> http://bit.ly/2IHlIYg
At the end of the prep course, you will be supported to enroll for Outbox EDU Core, a 15 week full time program to further hone your skills. After which graduates are assured of potential job placements fromOutbox’s hiring partners.
What does it take to join the programme?
This programme is open to anyone passionate about software engineering regardless of their background. Participation in the programme requires that you are computer literate, own a laptop, have passion and grit, a tech mindset and the desire to pursue a career in technology.
Want to join? Apply here. http://bit.ly/2IHlIYg