Meet Ting-Yi 👋. She’s been working in the ad-tech industry in Berlin since 2014. Recently, she landed a job at Google as a Gaming Growth Manager, and before starting her new job she wanted to land some new skills. Unlike many Spicedlings, Ting-Yi wasn’t focused on becoming a developer, so we spoke to her about her journey at Spiced, how she plans on using her new skills, and about the challenges of studying online.
Hi Ting-Yi! Thanks for talking to us 🙂 Tell us a little about your educational and professional background?
I studied international relations and wanted to work for the United Nations when I graduated in 2013. I did an unpaid internship and it was hard to find a job that pays the bills. It took me half a year to land my first job in Berlin and I started the journey in mobile marketing in 2014.
Take us back to that day you made the decision to take a Web Development course – what was driving you? And why Web Development?
Initially I wanted to participate in the Data Science cohort and even spoke with an alumni that encouraged me to give it a try. However, the cohort from November 2020 was fully booked. I didn’t want to sit around for another 3 months and decided to utilise the education voucher I had. I then reached out to a friend who did full-stack development. She told me it was one of the hardest things she ever learned but it didn’t stop me from living my own experience.
Why did you choose to study at Spiced? What made the course stand out?
I was surprised that the first alumni I reached out to was responsive and friendly. He lives in the same neighborhood and we had a coffee chat, talking about his Spiced experience. A friend of mine also said she felt the content and the teachers are better in comparison with another coding bootcamp. Therefore I decided to go with Spiced Academy and it was the right choice!
You were part of a cohort that was affected by the coronavirus restrictions. Tell us a bit about how that was?
Being an extrovert, the entire lockdown and working from home was a lot to handle for me psychologically and I had a few nervous breakdowns last year. I rebuilt my routine and made sure I had enough interactions with my classmates. We all needed pep talks here and there to go through the bootcamp together. The fact that everything was taught online trained us how to ask questions more effectively and prepared us to adapt better to the modern working way.
Do you have any tips for students who will be studying 100% remote?
Yes! I would advise on doing the prep-course early enough and build your own routine of taking regular pauses. Using the pomodoro method is an effective way to concentrate.
Most Spicedlings find the course tough! What was the most challenging aspect of the course?
We had different instructors teaching at the same time, it was hard for me to adapt to various teaching styles. Another challenging area was asking questions and sharing your screens to debug together.
What was your favourite aspect of the course?
It was the moment when I knew what the potential bugs could be and found the solutions without asking for help!
What were your instructors like?
They were friendly and humorous, they all made extra efforts to make online learning much more fun! It was easy to approach them with questions without feeling judged.
You’ve already landed a job at Google! That’s awesome, well done! It’s not in Web Development, but how will you use your new found skills moving forward?
My job at Google requires me to communicate with a lot of internal stakeholders including technical specialists and developers. I was happy that I could follow the conversation when the communication gets technical. Google has its source codes and SDK, even though my job isn’t in web development, it still interests me to understand and learn about my company’s own products.
Thanks again for your time! Any last comments?
I thought I was the only “blacksheep” in my cohort as I didn’t aim to become a full-stack developer. There were times that I thought I’m not smart enough nor do I have what it takes to become a developer. It came to my realisation that it’s fine if I don’t become a developer, I was brave enough to embrace the challenges and genuinely happy I made it. I still take online courses and enjoy reading developer jokes and memes from time to time! 😉