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Case Study

Edward Withers

English and Maths Tutor to Junior Developer at Surfdome

Makers Academy was life-changing.

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!

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Hiring Week + Intro to Hiring Partners In Major Tech Hubs Only
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£800 £500
Womens Discount
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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