Erica Wright, 28, is a developer for Mozilla, the creators of the Firefox web browser. It’s not a career she envisioned for herself, but she loves it. “I studied creative writing in university and aspired to write a novel and become a poet,” she recalls. “But I faced intense writer’s block, and while I was trying to figure out what I was going to do, I started teaching myself how to code. I couldn’t wait to get up each day and work on these small projects.”

After two weeks of playing around and learning what she could on her own, Wright realized she wanted to make a career out of coding. She did some research and enrolled in a two-month coding boot camp at Lighthouse Labs.

Training the next generation

Lighthouse Labs is passionate about coding, mentorship, and education. With campuses in Toronto and Vancouver, and satellite campuses in other cities across Canada, it focuses on finding the best ways to train the next generation of developers.

“I really liked the welcoming and supportive environment at Lighthouse Labs,” says Wright. “And the course definitely prepared me for my career.”

Mentorship is the key to learning

Mentors are an important part of the Lighthouse Labs experience and are available to work with students at any given time. It’s something that has stayed with Wright, as she now serves as a mentor to a new class of Lighthouse Labs students. Wright credits the school’s mentors with being one of the most important keys to success in what can be an intensive program.

Wright advises that anyone interested in becoming a developer should look at online coding resources, and contact Lighthouse Labs to check out their programs. “I’m thankful for the career path I’ve taken, and my only regret is not doing this sooner.”