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Case Study

Ed O'Brien

Waiter to Junior Developer at FNZ

I'll be making twice as much as I was before the course so it's definitely a decent investment.

What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?

I was a waiter for a catering company.

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

Well, programming was fun and catering wasn't. It was really the whole problem solving aspect of coding that was really fun and got me into it.

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

My brother showed it to me, and I didn't think I'd get in so I just submitted an application without much thought.

What did you find difficult during the course?

The pace. The constant projects and having to start a new one directly after finishing one was hard, it wears you down, but you definitely learn a lot.

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

I became an alumni helper, and then after a couple weeks I was flown out to the Czech Republic for a recruitment hackathon with a couple of other people from my cohort. I ended up getting a job there!

How has your life changed since graduation?

Definitely for the better, I'm moving to Brno and couldn't be more excited.

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

Do it. It definitely worked out for the best.

What would you say to people who say £8,000 is very expensive?

I'll be making twice as much as I was before the course so it's definitely a decent investment.

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

Honestly, I was worried about being able to hang around and be social with a large group of people for 10 hours a day, everyday, but now I can do that easily. As surprising as it is, a computer camp really improved my people skills.

Sum up your Makers Academy experience

I quickly developed Stockholm syndrome for code and the people here.

What advice would you give to people interviewing for developer roles?

Apparently we're worth hiring. I had no clue after the course that we would actually be on par with people who spent years at university, but we definitely are judging by how people keep hiring us.

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Coach-led Workshops
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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