- What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?
I was working as an Assistant Lecturer in mathematics.
- How did you find learning remotley?
I liked working from the comfort of home. Pair programming with a remote partner was a great skill to build. Sometimes it was hard to illustrate an idea without a whiteboard and at times it did feel lonely.
- How has your life changed since graduation?
I have a new career! I am confident I can learn new skills quickly. I know how to approach learning a new skill.
- What advice would you give to people thinking of changing career?
If this a field you want to be in then make the move. A career change does not invalidate all the hard work in the previous career because you bring those skills along. That past experience frames how you approach problems as a developer and will make you unique, and that uniqueness will be just what some person is looking for in the next employee or investment.
- What would you say to people who say £4000 is expensive for an online course?
It is a big investment, but an investment in yourself. Makers Academy provides a guided path to becoming a developer. The course content alone makes the course worth it, but MA trains you in industry relevant best practices that will make you appealing to employers. But the hidden gem at MA is the Careers team. They prepare you to enter the job market and help you frame yourself. The entire MA experience was well worth it all.
- What was your biggest fear before joining Makers Academy and how do you feel about it now?
My biggest fear was that I will not be skilled enough after to work as a developer, not know enough Computer Science (CS). Now, we have only skimmed the surface of some CS - but the CS bit is not as important as I thought because I know the foundations of OOP, and I know the foundations of web development.
- Sum up your Makers Academy experience
An amazing transformative experience that has taught me how to be a developer and provided me with a framework (pun intended) to futher train myself as a developer.