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How This Web Developer Brought Her Love For Code To Remote Communities

November 26, 2020

4 min read

Written by Sennah Yee

After making a career change through Juno’s Web Development Immersive Bootcamp, Jessica Duarte found herself inspired to teach others to learn to code.

Before becoming a web developer, Jessica worked in marketing and communications. The 9-5 life wasn’t ideal for her - for one, she found herself working long past 5! She also craved the flexibility of being her own boss, having worked previously as an entrepreneur.

Jessica’s interest in learning to code was sparked while working at a charity in Toronto. “I wanted to learn more about web development in order to better communicate with the developers that we hired at the charity,” she says. “I never in a million years would have thought that I’d end up developing websites myself.”

She took a free coding workshop at Canada Learning Code (then known as Ladies Learning Code), also founded by Juno’s CEO and Founder Heather Payne. Soon enough, Jessica fell in love with code and wanted to learn more!

“After speaking with Heather about Juno’s part-time Web Development course, I knew it was exactly what I needed to explore this new coding passion more,” she says.

Not long after learning the ropes of HTML and CSS, Jessica noticed that Juno was launching its very first full-time Web Development Immersive Bootcamp program, dedicated to those looking to launch new careers as front-end web developers. She knew it was time: she left her job in marketing and communications, and leapt right into tech!

I could not think of a better way to learn how to code than in the hands-on, collaborative, and intensive environment of Juno’s Bootcamp.

Throughout the nine-week Bootcamp, not only did Jessica gain the front-end web development skills she needed to break into tech - she gained a whole community. Jessica and her classmates of Cohort 1 completed Bootcamp in 2014 as Juno’s first-ever Bootcamp graduates.

“I’ve made lifelong friendships, as a result, found several wonderful collaborators to work with,” she says. One of these collaborations is with Juno Bootcamp Grad Hamsa Ganesh, a web developer and designer - despite being time zones apart, together, the two work as Thoughtput, a boutique web design shop.

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