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Case Study

Alexandra Parkinson

Retail Worker to Junior Developer at Punk Publishing

Makers was really fun, exciting and my first experience in education that I actually enjoyed!

What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?

I was working in retail.

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

I've always been a techie, and I loved the code community and the idea that I could make awesome things from my computer.

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

I was looking online for resources on learning how to code and came across an article in the news about coding courses. Makers Academy looked awesome, friendly and super informative, so I thought there's no harm in applying if I don't get in, but thankfully I did!

What did you find difficult during the course?

The work load and realisation of how much you're expected to learn, at first, was difficult to process. But you find out it's so much fun and you enjoy and look forward to every new task you get.

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

I was sceptical about getting a job and didn't want to leave Makers Academy at first, but hiring week was very useful and helped me boost my confidence. So I was super excited when I had my first interview only about a month after graduation and I got the job, which is even better!

How has your life changed since graduation?

I was stuck after finishing college with no intentions to go uni, in a job I hated. Now I feel like I've learned so much, met so many awesome people, and got a job doing something I love along the way.

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

Do it. Everyone has something they love doing, so why be stuck in something that bores you when you can switch up your life and do something you enjoy.

What would you say to people who say £8,000 is very expensive?

It's worth it, it's much cheaper than university and if you get a job after it eventually pays for itself.

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

Feeling like I wasn't as good as other people in my educational experiences and now I realised I just needed some confidence.

Sum up your Makers Academy experience

Really fun, exciting and my first experience in education that I actually enjoyed!

What advice would you give to people interviewing for developer roles?

Just be yourself and be honest, feel confident with what you are saying.

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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