A new challenge as a Christmas present: The incredible journey of Paul-Olivier

December 23rd, 2020

Do you remember the young Paul-Olivier who was the subject of a video clip when CodeBoxx was only a few months old? Here he is, 2 years later, telling us his story as he prepares to start an important new chapter in his young career as a developer. A new challenge as a Christmas present.

Paul-Olivier, graduate from the first cohort of CodeBoxx

My story with CodeBoxx began as far back as early 2018 as CodeBoxx was preparing to launch the first cohort in its history. A couple of friends of my father informed me of the launch of this new bootcamp in Quebec City and told me about the potential this training offered. The idea immediately piqued my interest. It must be said that at that time, I am 17 years old, I am not sure which path to take for my future, but I do know one thing: technology and computer science in general interest me a lot. However, since the field normally requires a lot of education, this was really not an option for me. This is where CodeBoxx becomes an amazing opportunity for me.

At that time there were no graduates or precedents to refer to as CodeBoxx was just starting out, it was brand new and even the website was far from where it is today. As I am naturally anxious, I decided to contact Nicolas Genest, CodeBoxx’s CEO, to tell him about my fears and my insecurity. He was very flexible and courteous, and he even took the time to meet my father and I in a Normandin restaurant to chat, reassure me following my many questions and explain more to me what CodeBoxx could do for me. I was just a young teenager who dropped out among all the other dropouts, without a very clear life plan for his future, but for Mr. Genest, I was the typical profile of the student in difficulty in the traditional system and who only needs an alternative and a little help to find his sweet spot. In June 2018, I registered for the first cohort that was going to start on August 27th, 2018.

On my first day, I had only one feeling: anxiety. During the welcome conference, we were explained how the program works, the possible methods to achieve our goal and the support resources available in addition to the presentation of the coaches. I won’t lie, during the bootcamp, I had to go through a lot of pitfalls and faced a lot of hardships with the deliverables, but the atmosphere created by the CodeBoxx approach was amazing and helped me to keep my head out of water. The energy that can be found at CodeBoxx is the same for each of the cohorts that followed and these moments when all the students help each other to complete a big project are awesome. Each candidate finds his place and even if we are all in front of our very own computer, in the end we are a beautiful and big family. Thanks to my persistence and everyone’s help, I completed my course and received my diploma.

Now that my graduation goal is accomplished, my anxiety does not go away with the new job that begins. I was hired within a month of completing the course by CodeBoxx’s Digital Solutions business unit. My first job was to make the new website for CodeBoxx. At the time, I had terrible impostor syndrome and felt completely overwhelmed with this big project now in my hands. Today, I see the magnitude of all my efforts and the results and accomplishments that have followed. With the support of colleagues and mentors, I built the site and achieved my goal. In total, I will have worked for 2 years at CodeBoxx, combining several tasks and contributing on several projects, and it has been 2 years filled with fun and continuous learning.

At this end of the year which was quite eventful for everyone, I had the best possible gift: an opportunity to advance my career. So, today, I am leaving CodeBoxx for a new company in order to continue my journey in the wonderful world of technology. I feel like a little bird that is now leaving the nest. I will never forget how CodeBoxx put me on the right path and allowed me to have a better quality of life and a future that the young dropout that I was did not have not a long time ago. I have been fortunate enough to flourish in my field for 2 years now. I will be forever grateful to CodeBoxx and a special thank you is long overdue after this beautiful journey that ends: Thank you to all those whom I have worked with near or far during my stay! Thank you CodeBoxx!

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