AI junior Joffrey about the start of his BeCode journey: “This was my saving”

by Nov 27, 2020News

Joffrey started several formations in traditional education, but they didn’t quite turn out to be his thing. Looking for a new purpose in his life, he stumbled upon the practical training courses from BeCode. He decided to register for the AI bootcamp in Charleroi and started this new adventure with a lot of courage.

Discover Joffrey’s track here!

What did you do before joining BeCode?
“4 years ago, I was a student at the University of Namur. I stayed there for two years, then I started a training at a university college. After that, I quit university because I didn’t like the way things were done there.”

What were you studying and what didn’t you like?
“I was in business informatics, and in the formation there were also courses such as law and economics… I’m not someone who can do theoretical things, who can retain and reproduce everything. I need to practice. So when I ended up failing, I really asked myself: “Am I going to do computer science in my life? What can I actually do with my life?” 

“I was a bit confused because when I was even younger, when I was 12-13 years old, I had already started doing some coding. Stupid things, but okay. And then I thought, “Well, in the end I can’t do anything,” so that’s why I had a moment of hesitation.”

“Then, one day, I saw BeCode on the website of Bruxelles Formation and I said to myself, “Well, it looks rather practical and it’s not a centre that will tell me that I don’t have a certain diploma or that I can’t do the training because I don’t have any paper that explains what I can do. This was my saving.” 

“I’m not someone who can do theoretical things, who can retain and reproduce everything. I need to practice”

Have you compared BeCode with other training centres?
After these three years, I was afraid to start a traditional training because I thought it was going to be like high school or university. And web-based training courses, I already know how to do what they teach in them since I learned that by myself. Moreover, I found that there were fewer opportunities than in AI. So I wasn’t very attracted to a traditional training or a 3-month or 7-month web development training. I’m not necessarily talking about BeCode, there are other training courses of this type. But yes, I compared and I didn’t find anything that interested me. I looked a lot at the training courses given by Google, the paid stuff. But then I was afraid that in the end it would be useless. I still don’t know if it’s useful, but I stopped wondering about it when I discovered BeCode.” 

“A friend of mine, who tried to study in Leuven and failed, followed one of BeCode’s trainings and found a job. So he advised me to give it a try. I thought why not.”

“And I had already seen your training on the website of Bruxelles Formation, but I still had some doubts. I wondered if it was something for me because I had already experienced two failures before and I wasn’t confident. But the fact that I had met someone who had also failed inspired me.” 

“I think that people who have experienced failure are not receptive to speeches that only present the positive aspects of the training. So it’s good to have people telling their story.”

What do you like most about BeCode?
“That’s a very difficult question! I started my training a just two weeks ago. What I like the most, compared to what I had imagined and what I see, is that my group only consists of 9 people. So I told myself that when I was going to arrive, it was going to be like school where you split up into small groups after some weeks. And in the end, this was not the case. The fact that we were only 9 made the interactions easier. The first day there were only 9 of us so we ate together and I was surprised that we were all there. We all talk with each other, we all help each other and even if it’s in BeCode’s spirit at the base, I think the fact that there are 9 of us helps us. I think I’m lucky compared to people in the other classes.”

After the training, what would be your dream job, your project?
“I would like to work in computer science in Latin America. I know that big companies all over the world are recruiting in artificial intelligence, so it’s a project for later. In the meantime, I would just like to work. I would be happy to be able to get up every day and have something to do.”

And why Latin America?
“Because University didn’t only result in negative experiences. I had the chance to go on exchange there and since then I’ve been going back every year. I like it very much.”

Where?
“In Bogota, Colombia.”

You seem very motivated, it’s a pleasure.
“I’m very happy to be here because I was wondering what I was going to do with my life. I was so lost. Today we started a project and by getting into the swing of it, as if we were a company, it showed me that AI is not so inaccessible, even though I’ve only been here for two weeks. The coach told us that it wasn’t that complicated. But when you’re alone at home in front of your computer, you wonder how to create an AI and have 10,000 data. It seems impossible. But the concrete aspect is there and it allows me to confirm that I really enjoy doing this. It calms me down and I’m happy. I’m happy with what we’re doing.”

What have you already learned in the last two weeks?
“So far we’ve been revising the Python language and Regular Expressions, a kind of language. It’s something I’ve never done before. And even if I don’t work in AI later on, it will be a real plus to have learned this. The revision in Python is going pretty well because at university I had already done some programming. And today, in AI, we put codes on concepts and I like it very much.”

Thank you very much!

Are you interested in following the AI Bootcamp?

Amazing! – We have a new class starting in Antwerp on the 5th of January.

 

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