- What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?
I was a working as a financial analyst at Amazon.
- What made you want to start learning to code in the first place?
There were two things that made me want to learn to code. Firstly, the opportunity - because there's a lot of demand for developers. The other was my experiences from when I was at Amazon. I got to see developers get to do very cool stuff and I wanted to be part of it.
- How did you come across Makers Academy and what made you decide to apply?
First time I heard about Makers Academy was through the Financial Times. Then the second thing was a friend of a friends sister did Makers Academy and she gave it a good review. The personal endorsement helped in making a decision.
- What happened during/after graduation and where are you job-wise?
I took 6 weeks off to go and code on my own and learn Clojure and went to lots of meetups and got to know the developer community. I was also an Alumni helper too. I then started to apply to jobs and within 2 weeks I had 3 offers!
- What advice would you give to people thinking of changing career?
Have a stab at trying to learn to code yourself and if you really enjoy it then take the plunge.
- What do you say to people who say £8000 is expensive?
Makers Academy is half of the price of a masters but takes a third/quarter of the time to do and Makers Academy also takes a vested interest in finding you a job.
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