- What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?
I was working as a project and programme manager in the commercial department of the Open University.
- What made yo u want to start learning to code in the first place?
I had been working a lot with technology and edtech products and I was seeing how technology is changing the educational industry, so I was reading alot about how learning to code was the thing everyone was doing. I started learning to code online and I did a week long front end course and loved it and realised it was something I wanted to be doing full-time
- How did you come across Makers Academy and what made you decide to apply?
I started to do some research and Makers Academy stood out as the best option.
- What did you find difficult during the course?
The pace of the course and the number of new concepts. Everytime it feels like you have handle on something you got to move onto something new. It feels like you are wailing through quicksand trying to get your head around this mad stuff.
- What happened during/after graduation and where are you job-wise?
I mainly went through the careers team at Makers to apply to opportunities. It moved very quickly. The Wednesday of hiring week we visited another company. We had to learn Java in 4 days and did more tech tests and interviews. I got an offer from there but I was working on Thoughtworks tech test and was waiting on that so I ended up rejecting my first offer while waiting for ThoughtWorks to come through as I really wanted that.
- How has your life changed since graduation?
My life has changed completely. I feel so much more connected to technology and the digital evolution as I can understand things in depht. I feel like I can make a change in peoples lives now as well as I've started to volunteer at Codebar as a coach and I've got a job as a Junior Software Developer so it's all so amazing!
- What advice would you give to people thinking of changing career?
Spend time working out if it's right for you and is it something you will love doing. If you love learning new things then chances are you will love it so go for it. It's scary but the rewards outway the risks.
- What do you say to people who say £8000 is expensive?
You would be hard pushed to find any other course that is good value money. If you look it's less than a price of a year at university and is more vocational and more job ready and even if you are not going in as developer. It's still a very useful skill to have and be able to understand and connect with them on a different kind of level.
- What was your biggest worry before joining Makers Academy and how do you feel about it now?
I was most scared of not being able to do it as I'm not technical nor do I come from a maths background. It was hard but aslong as I spent time working at it, I found it to be possible so that when I came across things that were difficult that I knew I would be able to understand them given enough time.
- Sum up your Makers Academy experience
It's changed the way I see the world and how I approach problems! I definitely feel empowered.