“I’m trying to be a professional at digital marketing and all that stuff its based on code. So for me, it helps to understand how things are made and how they work.”
Interview to a beneficiary of the Codecademy Program
- Name: Ricardo Guillermo Zepeda Vázquez
- Age: 25 years old
- Study level: Current student of Communication Sciences
- Place of residence: Iztapalapa, CDMX
- What was you level of coding knowledge when you first started with the program?
I had a 5% knowledge, I knew the basics, but nothing about all the existing programming languages and what they where for.
- On which level are you currently on?
I would say I´m no longer a beginner, I´m starting to get in the middle level, but just after 2 months of Codecademy.
- How many courses have you taken?
7, I think. These out of 18 that Codecademy offers. I´m focusing on the Web development courses, but I´m starting to take the developing programs, which are the most challenging.
- Did you completed one full course or you took a little bit of everything?
Yeah, I´m almost done with one, but it´s been a little of everything.
- How much time did it take you to get there?
Approximately 2 months, dedicating around 3 to 4 hours, only from Mondays to Fridays.
- What´s your English level?
I think like a 90%
- Did you experienced any problems while understanding the english platform?
Not really, ahm, the english platform is really clear while explaining the concepts, because concepts themself are hard to understand.
Speaking about the specific terms, you understand them all by practicing.
8.You needed external help while learning any of the courses?
I took the initiative to look for other sources and compare, and those sources helped me to further understand what I had learned.
9.What was your general experience with the platform?
It´s amazing! I mean, it really does what it promise. After only 8 weeks, you can start programming, and that´s what I´ve been doing.
- Which are your current abilities?
Well, I am capable of developing a Web page from zero, and now I´m starting to learn all the existing tricks to code faster, simpler and more “elegantly”.
- You think the timeline they gave it´s accurate or you needed more or less time to start?
I think it´s accurate. But I think it all depends on how much time and effort you put on it, because it´s a little bit difficult and I had to search and practice. I tried to learn the basics and then go step by step with the details… so that´s how I learnt. Maybe some people learns all those things at once or in some other way, but I think you have to be really committed to this.
12.Can you say that the program gave you some personal or professional benefits?
Sure! A lot of them, since I’m trying to be a professional at digital marketing and all that stuff its based on code. So for me, it helps to understand how thinks are made and how they work.
13.Do you consider there´re any deficiencies with the platform?
Maybe… I think the program itself helps only taking the courses, no one explained to me. I think the idea of the actual program is to have a professor and I think that´s a really good idea.
14.How do you think these will get along with your career?
Well, I plan to learn further more about programming and all that stuff cause I deeply fell in love with it and the thing is the more you learn, the easier it gets cause it´s pretty much the same. Once you understand the logic behind you just need to learn the syntaxes of each language and then it´s easier.
- Which one is your current favorite?
Python. As far as I know, Python is used for many things, but what I like the most is its the syntax, I think it´s the easiest that I have found, so it´s very clear to program with this.
- You think you need an extra tool to compliment what Codecademy gives you?
Maybe more courses, that they may or may not add. But besides that, they gave you other sources of information where you can further learn.
And maybe get out of coding and have like a wider learn; like what is hardware, software and more examples in general. Some tutorials that show you something like “This IoT ecosystem runs with Python or Java or something”, or “These IT framework is attached like this and runs with this”. Because the one thing that I found is that Codecademy teaches you how to do things but they don´t teach you how are they applied.
- Earlier before you said that you searched for other sources. At the end of the day, you will say this one is the best?
Yes, it´s the best to begging with and the best to go when you have a question, because most of the basics are there. So when you have a doubt, you can log into your account and search for that answer and that´s it.
- Know that you know how to code, will you continue searching for more knowledge?
I think so, but in the mean time, I want to finish all the Codecademy courses, to have a wider image.
- Whats your long-term vision in terms of the usage of these tools?
Well, first in the short-term, I want to apply them to the digital market, and then I want to apply them to other things, like the new technologies. Like, learn how to code and develop an IoT ecosystem and for cryptocurrency; that´s what I´ve been searching around, I feel confident that by the end of the year or the middle of 2018 I might be able to do that.