- What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?
I was an English and Maths tutor.
- What made you want to start learning to code in the first place?
Two things, I wanted a more intellectually challenging and rewarding career and my best friend who is a front-end developer had told me for years I should try programming. I eventually listened!
- How did you come across Makers Academy and what made you decide to apply?
I felt I had two options, a CS Masters degree for career-changers or a development bootcamp. After I researched and saw a lot of recommendations on switchup.org, student blogs, and on the Makers website, I went with Makers. For me it was clearly the most intense and the most thorough.
- What did you find difficult during the course?
I found it difficult to balance my desire to know everything immediately with my sanity! There is so much to learn!
- What happened during/after graduation and where are you job-wise?
I spent the first 6 weeks after I graduated as an alumni helper and then really focused on the job hunt. I applied and applied and accepted a job as a junior software developer at Surfdome.
- What advice would you give to people thinking of changing career?
Do a lot of research and figure out the expectation of how long it will take to get a new job and make sure you have enough money to last. Changing careers has been the best thing to happen to me. It takes work but is incredibly rewarding.
- What do you say to people who say £8000 is expensive?
Judge for yourself if it's worth it. You normally get a starting salary of around £32k for a Junior Developer. Equivalent masters courses are about the same price and this is a highly selective course so for me it made sense and coming out of the course I found the syllabus content and methodoligies to be worth it 100%.
- What as your biggest worry before joining Makers Academy and how do you feel about it now?
This expression is a little over-used, but Makers Academy can be life-changing!