From Public Relations to iOS Engineer

While working in public relations, Julia Carlsson rediscovered her passion for programming, which led her to enroll in our 16-week iOS Development course. Living in Finland, she joined classes virtually and dedicated her nights to coding. Her hard work paid off and now she’s working as an iOS Engineer at HelloFresh in Berlin. Here’s what Julia had to say about her coding bootcamp experience.

What were you doing before Devmountain?

Before Devmountain, I was working with music PR at a music-tech startup. After rediscovering a passion for programming, and deciding to pursue iOS development, I was looking for a coding bootcamp specializing in iOS development. Luckily, I found Devmountain, after a lot of research and digging online.

What was your experience at Devmountain, especially while being in another country?

My experience at Devmountain was, to put it mildly, life-changing. I credit this to the incredible instructors and the very pedagogical structure of the program. It sounds impossible, becoming an iOS Developer in just three months, but Devmountain somehow made it possible. Of course, it’s only possible because of the intensity of it all.

For me, it felt extra intense due to the fact that I was in Finland at the time of the bootcamp, so instead of starting my days at 9 am, I began my class at 6 pm — and then I sat up all night coding until around 3 am. I remember the instructors being very flexible regarding this – no one expected me to stay up all night every night – but I wanted the full experience of it all, and I wanted to learn as much as I possibly could.

Do you have any advice for current and future coding bootcamp students?

My advice would be to dedicate these three months to fully focus on the bootcamp. Of course, life happens, but if possible — try your best to put yourself in a position where you can fully immerse yourself in the bootcamp for these three months. Tell your friends and family that you will be MIA for a while. It will be intense, and it will be demanding at times, but it will also be a lot of fun, and you will be amazed at how much you will learn and grow. Be proud of yourself, for even taking this step in the first place, and be proud of everything you achieve. It will be a lot — and it will all be worth it!

Interested in learning iOS development? You can gain the foundational knowledge you need to launch your career in 16 weeks at Devmountain.

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