Anaïs is a star in our eyes. Studying with OpenClassrooms on the Junior Web Developer Career Path she was able to completely transform her professional life from working as a cashier to now being a full-time, salaried web developer and on her way to her ultimate goal of being a Tech Lead.
Before mustering the courage to sign up for a Career Path, she had already taken 50 OpenClassrooms courses. And once she enrolled in the program there was no turning back for her toward a new career and bright future. Here is her story.
OC: Tell us about how you got started with OpenClassrooms.
A: My name is Anais. I’m 27 years old. And I am a web developer after having studied at OpenClassrooms. Early on in my professional life, I worked with horses. It was more a passion than a job. Later, I worked seasonally as a barmaid and restaurant hostess…as a cashier.
I wanted more for myself. And as my husband had changed careers after taking an OpenClassrooms Career Path to become a web developer, I said to myself, ‘why not try? Why not me?’
OC: How was your OpenClassrooms program?
A: I started the first course in my program 15 days before I found out that I was pregnant. I continued the program during my pregnancy. I even continued the program at the hospital because I had to spend a month at the hospital with my daughter after she was born. I alternated between baby bottles, diapers and my OpenClassrooms coursework.
OC: How did you juggle work and studies?
A: I was able to find a job that would finance my OpenClassrooms Career Path [during my first year on the job]. During the program, I had 5 projects to create in 12 months. I divided my time as was convenient for me given that [I worked Monday through Thursday and] my Fridays were dedicated to studying. Additionally, I had to study weeknights and weekends depending on the difficulty level of each project.
OC: What do you like best about OpenClassrooms?
A: The freedom. I’m not at a school. I’m not behind a desk, I am not under the thumb of a professor. I progress at my own speed. I know what I’m working toward. I have a goal at the end. When we make a career change we are proud to talk about our progress, to say something like “I used to be painter, a horseman, cashier and today I am your colleague.”
OC: Any advice to give?
A: At one point, I had the habit of studying and practicing coding for 10 to 15 days and then taking a 10- to 15-day break. This was a big mistake I made at the start of my program. When first learning to code, we are not yet autonomous enough to let ourselves break for that amount of time.
OC: Any other words of encouragement?
A: Today, I’ve completed over 50 courses with OpenClassrooms – read and finished – in addition to those included in my Career Path. I devoured them up! I would like to take more, learn more, and I’m not even close to finished.
People say, you need to have graduated high school or undergrad, that you need a special brain configured for learning and actually, no. It comes little by little.
If you would like to learn more about the Junior Web Developer Career Path or any of our associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s-level diploma programs come on over to OpenClassrooms.com.