The Re-skilling Journeys of Hiuug and Markku at kood/Jõhvi

Join us on a journey into the lives of our latest Sprinters, Hiuug and Markku, as they share their thoughts and challenges of the kood/Jõhvi Selection Sprint. Discover how their unique backgrounds and curiosity led them to the world of coding, taking first steps to reshape their careers and futures.

Hiuug: A Swiss Visionary’s Leap into Coding

Meet Hiuug, a multifaceted scholar from Switzerland with a rich academic background spanning from anthropology, biology, neurosciences to ethics, and even with a traditional diploma in milking cows and making cheese (yes, that’s a diploma in Switzerland!). Despite his diverse expertise, Hiuug faced challenges in finding a career path that allowed growth and integration of his varied interests.

His journey took a pivotal turn towards technology when discussing his passion project – a unique blend of fiction and gaming focused on creativity. Encouraged by friends and intrigued by the potential in gaming and AI, Hiuug participated in a GameJam, discovering not only a passion for coding but also the creative possibilities it opened up for his projects.

Choosing kood/Jõhvi was a natural fit for Hiuug. Attracted by the school’s task- and result-oriented approach rather than obligatory classes, which resonated with his self-directed learning style, he found a place that echoed his method of working and studying. Hiuug’s advice to future sprinters emphasizes the use of tools like AI to enhance understanding but warns against over-reliance: “Use technology to strengthen your skills, not get dependent on it.”

Meet Hiuug

Markku: Shaking Up Life Behind the Bar

Here is Markku, whose last 14 years were a cocktail of experiences in the HoReCa sector, from dishwasher, waiter, bartender to global ambassador for Liviko and Estonian brand ambassador for huge brands like Bacardi-Martini. He made masterclasses for 1000+ people and today has a cocktail catering, microbrewery and two bars. Despite success in his field, Markku always had a curiosity about technology followed by “what if” thoughts about a career in tech.

The pull of his childhood fascination with computers became irresistible, and the launch of kood/Jõhvi presented the perfect opportunity for change. Transitioning from hospitality to coding, Markku embraced the intensive learning environment, finding joy and a sense of mindfulness in solving coding puzzles. He describes his experience as revitalising, with each coding challenge acting like a step forward in his new tech journey.

For Markku, the social aspects of kood/Jõhvi – bonding and networking during school events – have been crucial. His advice to new sprinters reflects his own approach: “Stay calm, take it one step at a time, and immerse yourself in understanding the logic; and don’t miss out on the social events!”

Meet Markku

The Background Doesn’t Matter

Both Hiuug and Markku demonstrate a great example of the spirit of kood/Jõhvi, where diverse backgrounds come together to start new pathways in tech. Their stories show that anyone with curiosity and determination can reshape their future in the tech industry.

Are you ready to explore how coding can change your life? Visit our website to learn more about our programme and how you can apply for the next Selection Sprint. Not yet convinced? Listen to our alumni Gregor, Olha and Kaspar