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Case Study

Andrew Dowell

Analyst to Junior Developer at Springer

Everyone at Makers has been really helpful, especially on the Ronin side of things. It's defo been good value for money.

What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?

Before Makers Academy I was an analyst for a bank.

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

Someone came into my work and they automated a lot of stuff using VBA and it blew my mind. At that point I thought my job was under threat, if someone can come along and do that then it wouldn't take long until it was expected for me to have that skill. I was worried that I was going to be out of a job without that skill.

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

It came up on Facebook and at the time I was learning VBA. I was learning it on my own: I had no one to give me guidance. I knew the code I was writing was a bit sloppy, so I thought I'd want more formal training – but not to the extent of going to university. From what I've read about Computer Science at university it doesn't prepare you as well for getting an actual job.

What did you find difficult during the course?

I found pairing every day tricky. It's stressful. I think one of the most difficult things is to figure out that you are not going to learn everything. You need to learn to be patient and trust that you will eventually understand.

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

After graduation I went travelling for 2 weeks. When I came back I was furiously job searching. I got an interview at Springer, which I put all my energy into preparing for as I knew it was a good company. It paid off as I got a job there!

How has your life changed since graduation?

I now know I have a huge interest in coding. I'm still doing it in my free time even without someone telling me to do it.

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

You have to commit to it! You have to be patient with the fact that it's not going to pay off straight away and you might not get a job straight away, so make sure you have some savings to keep you going.

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

Would I be completely be able to change career within four months of doing a course? It's paid off, so it comes down to putting all the effort in.

Sum up your Makers Academy experience

It has changed the direction of my career. Everyone at Makers has been really helpful, especially on the Ronin side of things. it's defo been good value for money.

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About the course

Delivery
Full Time, Offline, in London
Curriculum
Challenge-Based, by Makers Academy
Pair Programming
Face-to-Face
Coach-led Workshops
Live, in Person
Meditation, Yoga, 'Joy' activities
Certified Yoga Instructor On Site
Hiring Support
Hiring Week + Intro to Hiring Partners
Deposit
£800
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