We were thrilled to hear from Liam Watson who was on the Software Development Cohort for the Ladders Programme. Currently, Lee is working as a Bartender and is hoping to continue using the skills he’s developed over the course to pursue his career in the tech industry…

So, when did your interest in Software Development flourish? Was it due to education, just a hobby or both?

I have always been interested in Games Design as I took the course at Gateshead College. Coding was part of the course and I’ll be honest, I was terrible at it but now I’ve attained some skills and while I have free time I will continue to work on it.

How did you find out about Ladders?

One of my dad’s friends that passed him the information about the course and told me that I should apply, I was a bit hesitant at first because when you see “Free Course” you think if it’s really free!

What was the Ladders experience like for you? And what was it like working with Phil (Software Development mentor), alongside other special guests who you met along the way?

I loved every minute of the course and [the small teaching groups] just led to more concentrated teaching with Phil (the cohort teacher). Working with Phil Jeffes was a great experience, as he owns his own company and works with coding for a living made the lessons stick more.

We even visited the space where he had his desk and other creatives around him and we got to speak to a few of them. I’m still in contact with one of the companies.

The industry you have chosen – are you excited about what’s to come? Particularly in Newcastle? What are your current hopes and aspirations moving forward?

I’m excited for what’s to come as I’m still in contact with Nebula Labs, one of the companies Phil introduced me to and I’m hoping to do some work experience with them at some point this year. My current hopes are to work with Nebula Labs and expand my knowledge of Software Development and find work this year.

Would you recommend Ladders to others and if so, why?

I would 100% recommend Ladders to others, not only for the Software course but for the Film and TV and the Music course as I’m still in contact with some of the members of the other cohorts and I’m sure they will recommend it too.

The teachers are amazing and will give you the jumpstart into the career of those sections that you choose, they get to know you on a personal level, not like most teachers you have. Plus, Cal always provides pizza for the big group meetings so that’s a great bonus!