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    As the pandemic caused many people to lose their job, some used coding boot camps to find a new career. Alejandro Calzadiill worked as a freelance cellist in Quebec City for over a decade and played in the Quebec Symphony Orchestra. In 2020, public health restrictions set to slow the spread of COVID-19 essentially took away all his work.

    Calzadilla decided it was time to “reinvent” himself so he thought of throwing himself into the technology sector. He said coding seemed creative so he decided to take a nine-week intensive web development boot camp in October 2020. After a few months from completing the program, he landed a job as a software developer with Zilia, a Quebec medical technology company. 

    He said the switch was worth it but “I do miss playing concerts regularly, but coding consumes a lot of my time and it’s very fulfilling,” Just like Calzadilla, an estimated 24 per cent of working people in Canada have considered changing jobs or careers due to the pandemic.

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