- What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?
I worked as a business analyst at Eastjet.
- What made you want to start learning to code in the first place?
I wanted to make things and digital products.
- How did you come across Makers Academy and what made you decide to apply?
I came to one of the taster weekends to try it out. I decided to apply as I wanted to change career and make my hobby my work.
- What did you find difficult during the course?
I found the weekend challenges difficult because the later ones got more difficult.
- What happened during/after graduation and where are you job-wise?
It was quite difficult as I was used to getting headhunted and I was used to going to interviews. This time however it was difficult because the recruiters could not help as they had no idea how to help with junior development jobs so it came down to just applying directly. In the past I've never been nervous but as this was something new I also got nervous at interviews.
- How has your life changed since graduation?
It has changed a bit. I feel empowered that I now have the skills to build websites and mobile apps.
- What advice would you give to people thinking of changing career?
Do it! It's definitely do-able and regardless of when and why and what for. Realise you have to work hard and realise it's defo worth it.
- What do you say to people who say £8000 is expensive?
It is definitely worth it. It gives you space and break from what you were doing before. You are in a new environment with different people focussed on coding.
- What was your biggest worry before joining Makers Academy and how do you feel about it now?
The main fear I had was not being able to learn how to code and those fears never go away but after having gone through Makers and getting through it, that gives you confidence to take the next challenges.
- Sum up your Makers Academy experience
Enjoyable in the professional and social level. It was well worth doing!