Student Spotlight: Ana Lastoviria, Coder Academy Melbourne

3 September 2021Written by Julia Lynch
Join us as we dive into the transformative journey of Ana Lastoviria, a student enrolled in our Melbourne Bootcamp. Ana shares her experiences, challenges, and the remarkable growth she has achieved in just a few months. From her motivations for joining the bootcamp to overcoming misconceptions and fears, Ana's story is an inspiration for anyone considering a career change. She also highlights the invaluable skills she acquired and showcases her impressive projects. Whether you're interested in web development or seeking study tips, Ana's insights will undoubtedly resonate with you. Get inspired and embark on your own coding Bootcamp journey by attending our online info sessions.

Our students are the heartbeat of our organisation. We love hearing each and every one of their stories from where they have come from to what inspired them to join a coding Bootcamp. We recently caught up with Ana Lastoviria, a Web Development Student currently enrolled in our Standard (10 months duration) Bootcamp at our Melbourne Campus.

“Doing this Bootcamp has been very hard but so rewarding. I’m nowhere near being a good developer yet, but the amount of growth I have experienced in these few months has been mind-blowing. I’m extremely motivated to find my first role as a developer and can’t wait to see what lies ahead for me on my career change journey!”

Coder: What Bootcamp are you currently enrolled in?

Ana: Melbourne Standard Web Development Bootcamp

Coder: What was your motivation for doing this bootcamp?

Ana: The first COVID lockdown made me reassess my work and life priorities and gave me a kick to follow my passion for software development. Bootcamp seemed to be a quicker way to change careers, still get a student environment, opportunities to network and get help when needed. And it takes you out to a recent graduates pool, which gives opportunities to apply for grad positions, so those things sealed the deal for me.

Coder: Had you had any previous coding/web development experience before doing this bootcamp?

Ana:  Not really. I did write some HTML at work ages ago, but that was it. When I made a decision about switching careers to tech I started learning basic HTML, CSS and Ruby to ease into coding. That was around 2-3 months before starting the bootcamp.

Coder: Tell us about any misconceptions/fears or barriers you had in regards to doing the bootcamp before you decided to do it!

Ana: I had concerns about finding a job and my financial position after I spend all my savings on the bootcamp. What if I won’t find a job right away? Will I have to get back to customer service/singing lessons until I do? What if I NEVER find a job in tech? And so on.

Those concerns are still there but in a much milder form: I’m actively interviewing for jobs now and hope to land one very soon!

Coder: When researching which education provider to go with – can you remember the deciding factor for choosing Coder Academy?

Ana: The length of the courses: Coder Academy had the longest one among the competitors, and I feel like the longer it is, the better in terms of material sinking in. Also, Coder Academy offers a recognised qualification on completion, which is more of a confidence thing for me, but it also gives opportunities to apply for more jobs: some of the job ads have a requirement of a minimum of TAFE qualification in IT.

READ: 7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Coding Bootcamp

Coder: If you’ve decided to change careers as a result of doing this bootcamp – what was your main reason for wanting to change?

Ana:  I had 2 jobs before COVID took off: guest service at a hotel + vocal coaching in a singing school. With balancing these 2 jobs I had no free time: working 6 days per week, phones, scheduling, admin on the 7th. This was the main thing that prompted the change: I was getting burnt out from working so much, barely had any social life and the income I got from all of it didn’t reflect the amount of work I was doing.

After completing the bootcamp I’m hoping to get a role as a software developer, get my work-life balance in order and be fairly compensated for the work I do.

Coder: Tell us about a project you completed while doing your course or something you’re super proud of that you achieved.



I built it for term 2 Ruby on Rails assignment. It’s a social network aimed to bring musicians together for gigs and therefore help music industry on its feet after it’s been so hardly hit by the pandemic.

It was a back-end-focused project, so the design is a bit basic, but the back end is quite complicated and has some cool features that I’m very proud of.
I hope to someday develop it into a real app that real-life musos could use to put shows together.

Walkthrough video


We built it together with two of my cohort mates in 48 hours for a JavaScript hackathon at CA. It’s a front-end app built with HTML/CSS and vanilla JavaScript. It makes you a Spotify playlist based on how you feel. I contributed the API integration functionality, as well as made the whole thing responsive to every screen. I had the best teammates for this project and it has been an absolute joy building it.

Vibe website

Walkthrough video

Coder: What skills from your previous career or study have been invaluable during your course?

Ana: Definitely the organisational skills. Especially with studying online, you have to self-organise, stay focused and hold yourself accountable. That can’t be done without proper planning, making to-do lists, setting deadlines, scheduling, etc.

Also, the self-study and research skills. Bootcamp can’t and won’t teach you everything, the big thing about working in tech is figuring stuff out, so I was quite happy to apply the research skills I gained doing my first degree in history ten years ago.

Coder: Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Ana: Working as a full-stack dev in a funky company, building cool and meaningful projects with all the hot latest tech 🙂

Coder: Any study tips for anyone thinking about doing a coding bootcamp?

Ana: Start teaching yourself to code right now. Go take a free HTML/CSS, Ruby, Git, CLI course. That will help heaps during the bootcamp, you will be able to focus on the concepts rather than syntax.

– If you haven’t already, install Notion or similar software to keep on top of all your notes, links, to-do lists and other admin stuff. There is going to be so much going on, you’re gonna need it.
– You’ll feel overwhelmed most of the time, the bootcamp is a lot. Make sure you develop some mental techniques to ground yourself and remind yourself of your goals and progress.
– Breaks are instrumental in brain work, so make sure you take regular quality breaks while working on assignments/self-studying.
– When you start coding, do a 100 Days Of Code challenge on Twitter or similar. This will help you hold yourself accountable, keep track of the progress and join the community of people in the same boat as you.

Coder: Finally… we’d love to know…
Last song/music you listened to?

Ana: Ambient Chill playlist on Spotify – my go-to coding music

Last podcast you listened to?

Ana: Syntax!

Last TV show you watched?

Ana: Jupiter’s Legacy on Netflix. Don’t watch it, it’s terrible.

Last social media site you visited?

Ana: Twitter

Last thing that made you smile 😊?

Ana:  Facetiming my papa back in Russia on his birthday the other day, he’s doing well. 😊

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