A new challenge
Prior to launching my IT business I was a Personal Trainer. I’d been a fitness instructor and managed a gym before eventually setting up on my own. I still love fitness, particularly running and I spent all of my twenties and most of my thirties working in fitness before I kind of hit the ceiling and realised I needed a new challenge, which is when I set my IT business up. Both IT and fitness are passions of mine and both started out as hobbies.
Once I’ve got the skills I can go into any any role
After_nology, I’d like to take on a permenant role in a corporate environment, to have a break from being self-employed. It will be nice to have a bit of stability after so long working for myself. But I’ll also have the skillset to look into some projects for myself. For example, I’ll have an understanding of how gym databases work, the client details, fitness tests and gym programmes – so it could be I go back into the fitness industry in a different way. I’ve also got an idea for an app to do with running and training. It’s a saturated market so I’d need to make it unique – but once I’ve got the skillset and I’ve learnt to get all this code down I’ll definitely have a bit of a brainstorm about exciting side projects I can be creating.
You need dedication and time management
I’m really enjoying learning and being back in a working environment. The first week of 8am starts and 6pm finishes were a bit of a shock to the system after being self-employed for so long but its great being in an office with so many different people. There are some things I think it’s important to know before coming on a course like this. The main one is to know how dedicated you’ll need to be and that you’ll probably have manage your time even before you start.
Investing in your future
Just before I started _nology was training for the Manchester marathon and running between 30 and 60 miles a week. I knew I’d have to be flexible with that and potentially adjust my running – but I definitely had unrealistic expectations. After week one I realised there was no way I could do the course and train for the marathon and run my IT business – which I’m still squeezing into my time. So anyone considering this should realise you will need extra time to do the studying. It’s not going to be 9-5pm and that’s fine – because ultimately, you’re investing in yourself.
You don’t need a background in IT or tech
Another piece of advice would be not to worry if you’re from a background that’s not IT or technology. That has nothing to do with your ability to apply yourself and your willingness to learn, which is what this course is about. We’re all from very different backgrounds and have different personality types and its actually one of the things that makes the course so good.
A supportive enviroment
The best thing by far about the course so far is the way everyone has helped each other. As a group we’ve totally clicked, which happened on about day two and it’s good to know you can turn to any of these people for help and support. It really does feel like we’re a family.