Petr Stoklas is a graduate of the Winter Batch 2019 of Coding Bootcamp Praha and even though he is currently very busy working for Factorio Solutions, he found some time for a nice chat! Here is his journey and some personal recommendations for the future students.

What did you do before the bootcamp?

I did not have any developed career path before the bootcamp. I was mainly working in foreign countries as a baker or in a warehouse and similar jobs.

Why did you decide that you want to learn programming?

I always wanted to have a space to work from home as well as office and build creative things. Programming allows me to do that with using just a laptop. I also like the huge variety of possibilities and it gives better focus point to my career path.

What made you choose Coding Bootcamp Praha?

I found only few study options for programming in the Czech Republic. Coding Bootcamp Praha had nice reviews and it has a great value to price ratio.

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

Teachers were really nice and willing to spend a lot extra time helping us. All students came with the same goal so we could keep motivating each other and at the end, we all made it. 🙂

What was the biggest challenge during the bootcamp and how did you overcome it?

The bootcamp itself was fun. I was stressing only about finding a job as soon as possible. I got a chance and I took it.

What was the most helpful thing that you learned here?

From the tech stack it would be React and JavaScript in general, otherwise I would say it has taught me how to be persistent and cooperative.

What would you advise to anyone who is applying for jobs after the bootcamp? 

Know how to make a simple website in, for example, React, which would fetch data, do some calculations with them and display them in a user friendly way because thats what they wanted me to do in the majority of the interview tasks that I applied for. Of course, this depends on the tech stack you are interested in!