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Case Study

Caitlin Gulliford

Unemployed to Junior Developer at ThoughtWorks.

I have my dream job and I feel like I am unstoppable.

What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?

I was unemployed, trying to find work and teach myself how to code.

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

I've heard a lot about Makers Academy through friends and seen lots of ads that resonated with me, but I couldn't even consider joining due to the costs. I applied then to the Women In Tech scholarship with Thoughtworks and got it! Since then ThoughtWorks made this video

What did you find difficult during the course?

I found that I wasn't really prepared when we started - I couldn't keep up with my cohort or coach. I also found it hard not to be results driven - those who did more got more praise in the end and that was a bit disheartening. At times as I was struggling to keep up let alone blast ahead. I also found the aggressive hands off approach to be detrimental, especially as not everyone who we paired with was comfortable working with others or good at helping others.

How has your life changed since learning to code?

My life is mine again. I have something I can do that makes me happy when I wake up and excited for a future with unlimited possibilities.

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

You have to take the leap, which always involves a risk - but if your heart is already wanting you to then you really just have to go for it.

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

It is a lot of money, and it is something to absolutely consider - there is nothing wrong with being concerned by the price. But there are ways/options to make it work and the investment will be worth it if you can find a manageable way, and the team at Makers Academy are always open to feedback to make sure you are getting what you need for such a big investment.

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

My biggest fear was that I would let down everyone who invested in me or was cheering me on - both in my personal life and also those at Makers Academy and ThoughtWorks. Even though the road had bumps, nobody stopped cheering for me and supporting me and now I have my dream job I feel like I am unstoppable.

Sum up your Makers Academy experience

The Makers experience is everything all at once - it is both frustrating and exhilarating, it is insanely fun and also a burden at times. It was the greatest thing I've done and also the worst in some ways. But overall the experience made me a better developer, introduced me to a new family of code-hearted people just like me, and was worth every line of code, every failed test, every smile, every laugh and every tear.

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Delivery
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Curriculum
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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