When dentistry didn’t work out, Nova had to pivot
“The plan was to become a dentist,” Nova said about studying Human Biology at the University of Toronto. It made sense. She enjoyed science in high school, held a part-time job at a pharmacy for 7 years, and believed a science degree would give her a lot of options.
“I applied for dental school and didn't get accepted. I applied the year after and I still didn't get in. So I figured it was time to leave my pharmacy job and plan out my life.”
For the better part of a year, Nova would research and practice coding when she wasn’t working. But like anyone who has gone the self-taught route will tell you, learning to code can be hard to navigate on your own.
Nova realized if she wanted to actually kick start her career in coding, a formal education would serve her better. Not just for validation on her resume, but to get the job-ready skills a modern developer needs. That’s when she started looking into coding bootcamps and found Juno.
Finding a community in Juno’s Web Development Immersive Bootcamp
Nova almost went back to university to learn how to code. She went through the interview process and technical tests, and even got accepted, but ultimately decided to bow out. “They were really pushy and seemed like they only wanted my money,” she said.
Instead she applied for Juno’s Web Development Immersive Bootcamp.
Nova found Juno’s Bootcamp highly structured around outcomes—beyond the coding curriculum that was built around the actual technology and practices used by today’s startups, she also gained invaluable job search and career development skills.
She was told that it was a tight-knit community before she started, but found it to be even more supportive than she imagined.
“It’s a safe space. A no-judgment zone. The instructors didn’t believe in stupid questions, unlike in university where if you don't understand something, you sit there quietly and try to catch up by reading the textbook. At Juno, there was an instructor for every 10 students. It wasn’t about grades, it was about learning,”
“Once you’re part of the Juno community, it’s for life,” Nova said about her experience. At the bank, she had all these coworkers, connections, and resources that were just a Skype message away—until she resigned. “At Juno, there’s a Slack community of developers who are always willing to help. They don’t cut you off after you graduate.”