Posted on Sep 16th, 2020 by Ellie
After a crazy summer of COVID19 chaos and virtual classrooms (where does the time go?) it was hard to believe we were here already. Week 1 (Immersion week) for our next cohort of Returners. This time a group of London based Returners with experience working for HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds, Chubb, Nokia, Thomson Reuters, IBM, Abbey National Treasury Services, British Arab Commercial Bank, BNP Paribas, Tata Consultancy Services, TUI and PwC - to name a few!
This particular cohort has 193 years experience between them in softweare development and an average of 12 years industry and commercial experience each, it was hard not to feel intimidated by the talented group of individuals we were expected to teach.
Due to the cohorts previous experiences the lessons dove even deeper into Tech theories and problem solving skills with the questions they asked and the observations they made. Each returner had their own insights and skills to share and the sessions became as much a fascinating learning experience for me as it was our Returners.
One of the most memorable moments for me was when Tech Coach James asked everyone to close their eyes and raise their hand if at some point this week they had felt like they weren’t good enough to be here - that they were imposters. I raised my hand and am ashamed to say, couldn’t resist cracking an eyelid open to see if I was alone…
After one brief week (that was over in the blink of an eye!) I know myself and the other Tech Coaches already feel attached to this particular group of individuals and hopeful that over the next 8+ weeks we can convince each Returner of just how talented and deserving of a place on our course (and a career in tech!) they are.