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Case Study

Anna Smith

Criminal lawyer to Junior Developer at the BBC

The Makers experience was unlike any other. I have learnt to code and carved out a new career for myself alongside some of the most diverse and inspiring people I have ever met.

What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?

I was working in criminal law for one of the largest criminal defence firms in the country.

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

I did my research, spoke to developers and read plenty of blogs. I was particularly impressed by the enthusiasm with which Makers Academy was recommended and decided to apply.

What did you find difficult during the course?

The most difficult aspect of the course for me was learning to become comfortable with the 'discomfort ' of not knowing and of often feeling slightly out of your depth. Many of us came to Makers from established careers, so the fear of making mistakes or not understanding something required some readjustment. Luckily, at Makers Academy there is a huge amount of support available, from attending process surgeries to daily meditation, and we are encouraged to adapt and adopt good work and self-care practices, all of which are invaluable in preparing you for your new career as a developer.

What was your end of cohort project?

For my final project at Makers Academy, I collaboratively built and deployed a hybrid PokemonGo-inspired iOS game, in which players can view, attack and destroy monsters on a real-time map. The front-end of our game was built using JavaScript and the Cordova development framework. We also built our own Rails Server API for the back-end. This was beyond the scope of the course as we had only had two weeks dedicated to learning vanilla JavaScript prior to the project, but we recognised the value of the opportunity as a learning experience and a demonstration of our ability to work collaboratively in the acquisition of new skills and knowledge.

Where are you now working?

I am now working as a Junior Software Engineer at the BBC. Based out of their offices at MediaCity, Salford, I am part of the Platform API department within Design & Engineering. Platform API are responsible for building and operating published content APIs that power the BBC Online.

How has your life changed since graduation?

My life has changed significantly since learning to code. A year ago I was enjoying an introduction to coding with CodeFirst:Girls, and now I am a Junior Software Engineer.

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

Be brave, you will not regret it.

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

I think the pay-off for this investment, both professionally and personally, is huge. It would arguably be more costly were you not to act on a serious desire to change your career and your life. If the cost is prohibitive, keep an eye out for scholarships and reach out to the Makers Academy team to see what options may be available to you.

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

My biggest fear was that I wouldn't be able to keep up with the rest of the cohort and that I wouldn't get a job at the end of the process. Both of these fears have proven to unfounded.

Sum up your Makers Academy experience

The Makers experience was unlike any other. I have learnt to code and carved out a new career for myself alongside some of the most diverse and inspiring people I have ever met.

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Delivery
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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