- What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?
I was working part time for a medical services company.
- What made you want to start learning to code in the first place?
Originally I wanted to build video games.
- How did you come across Makers Academy and what made you decide to apply to the programming course?
I realised that I was wasting my time trying teach myself the basics of some languages. I just wasn't learning fast enough. I stumbled across the Makers Academy website after searching for 'coding bootcamps in London', read their website, gave them a phone call and applied the next morning.
- What did you find difficult during the course?
Realising your own limitations. There is so much to learn and you want all of it in your brain the second you hear about it.
- What happened during/after graduation and where are you job-wise?
After graduating I stayed on at Makers as an Alumni helper, and stayed in frequent contact with the Makers placement team. They found my a job just 4 weeks after I graduated.
- How has your life changed since graduation?
I am now a full time developer for a cloud computing start up. I love every minute of my working day. I never thought I would say that.
- What advice would you give to people thinking of changing career?
Do you like being happy? Look at your current daily schedule. Do you enjoy it? Do you read around your job regularly, attend meetups and conferences and actually get excited about going to these events? If you don't you should probably consider changing your career.
- What would you say to people who say £8,000 is very expensive?
It is an expensive one-off payment. But it is a life changing experience.
- What was your biggest worry before joining Makers Academy and how do you feel about it now?
Failure. I wasn't sure if I was going to cope with the bootcamp style learning experience, and the first few weeks were hard. Now, I feel stupid for not applying to do this years ago.
- Sum up your Makers Academy experience
Made some life-long friends. Learned invaluable skills. Turned my life around.
- What advice would you give to people interviewing for developer roles?
Don't worry about what you know, show how quick you are to learn. Engage in the conversation and have fun with it.