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Case Study

Aaron Sweeney

Finance to Junior Developer at Showtime Analytics

I met a lot of great people, made a bunch of friends, had a lot of fun and learned a skill that changed my life for the better.

What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?

I was working in finance.

What made you want to start learning to code in the first place?

I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life and just had become aware of the booming tech scene all around the world. Coding seemed like a rewarding skill, a fun challenge with a lot of job prospects and workplaces that matched my personality.

How did you come across Makers Academy and what made you decide to apply?

I did my research and decided that Makers Academy were the best. I figured if I was going to take the risk of quitting my job and make the commitment of learning to code, it had to be with the best.

What did you find difficult during the course?

Having no prior experience coding, I found keeping up with the rapid learning of new technologies a bit overwhelming at times.

What happened during/after graduation and where are you job-wise?

I got to focus on the areas of coding I enjoyed the most. I moved back to Ireland and began looking for jobs there. Now I'm working as a front end developer.

How has your life changed since graduation?

I feel like I'm in the right place. My work is more fulfilling and I'm enjoying the challenge of improving my coding skills every day.

What advice would you give to people thinking of changing career?

If you've tried coding, enjoyed it and could see yourself working in this industry, then I would absolutely recommend making the change.

What do you say to people who say £8000 is expensive?

It's very expensive, but in 10 years you wont miss that £8000.

What as your biggest worry before joining Makers Academy and how do you feel about it now?

That I'd fail, and after having spent all that money I would just have to go back to my previous job. Now I can't justify the decision to make this change enough.

Sum up your Makers Academy experience

Excellent. I met a lot of great people, made a bunch of friends, had a lot of fun and learned a skill that changed my life for the better.

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Delivery
Full Time, Offline, in London Full Time, Remote, Global
Curriculum
Challenge-Based, by Makers Academy Challenge-Based, by Makers Academy
Pair Programming
Face-to-Face Remote via VoIP
Coach-led Workshops
Live, in Person Live, Online
Meditation, Yoga, 'Joy' activities
Certified Yoga Instructor On Site Your Own Practice, at Home
Hiring Support
Hiring Week + Intro to Hiring Partners In Major Tech Hubs Only
Deposit
£800 £500
Womens Discount
£500
Careers Fair @MA HQ, London
Talks by Industry Leaders
Live, in Person

Delivery

Curriculum

Pair Programming

Coach-led Workshops

Meditation, Yoga, 'Joy' activities

Hiring Support

Deposit

Womens Discount

Careers Fair @MA HQ, London

Talks by Industry Leaders

Full Time, Offline, in London

Challenge-Based, by Makers Academy

Face-to-Face

Live, in Person

Certified Yoga Instructor On Site

Hiring Week + Intro to Hiring Partners

£800

£500

Live, in Person

Full Time, Remote, Global

Challenge-Based, by Makers Academy

Remote via VoIP

Live, Online

Your Own Practice, at Home

In Major Tech Hubs Only

£500