My co-founder Irfan, 38, graduated in 2001 with a degree in Computer Science (CS) from the UK. He struggled to find a job in CS for a period of 6 months after graduating. He ended up taking a job in sales after drawing a blank in this industry. A stat that has been circulated recently is that CS graduate unemployment rates within the UK are among the highest when compared to other fields. This is in sharp contrast to the fact that skilled programmers are very sought after in the UK.
Yesterday while going through some testing and feature requests Irfan expressed an interest in wanting to be able to read the code. From there we decided to take onboard a new challenge: To teach Irfan coding in 60 days!
In order to contextualise the learning and be driven by targets, I asked Irfan what he’d like to be able to do by the end of our lessons. Irfan does some work with various charities and expressed that he’d like to build some programs that managed user data and sent out automated emails of upcoming events. This target will be his final project for this “bootcamp”. To set the bar even higher I added more learning outcomes after our lessons:
I think this is an interesting experiment to see the effectiveness of what we are building in action. I’m posting this blog series to hold ourselves accountable to these goals.