- 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.