The only coding experience I'd had was as a teaching assistant for an undergraduate introduction to Java course during university. But I stopped coding completely after landing my first job.
After spending a decade working in the project management arena I knew that I wanted the chance to jump back onto the tech wagon. When my company announced they wanted to send some of their employees to NEXT to learn web development, I jumped at the chance.
It ended up being the breath of fresh air that I needed.
The mentors also did an awesome job of providing the necessary guidance throughout. They were hands-on but never gave you more than you needed, so that stimulated a lot of growth in me as a developer.
And I definitely appreciate my cohort as a whole; I felt a real sense of camaraderie being amongst an outstanding bunch of geeks.
For 10 weeks, NEXT made me feel right at home.