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Case Study

George McGowan

Operations and Finance Intern to Junior Developer at Deloitte Digital

Makers Academy was exhausting but rewarding.

What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?

I was working in Operations and Finance as an intern for a charity in Oxford.

What made you want to start learning to code in the first place?

A lot of my friends are coders and they thought it would be something I'd be good at so I tried it out and it made me want to learn more.

How did you come across Makers Academy and what made you decide to apply to the programming course?

I looked at ways of learning to code and thought a bootcamp was for me and it seemed like Makers was the best one so I applied.

What did you find difficult during the course?

I found the pace of learning difficult and also the state of not knowing what to do most the time was also quite demotivating. It was just as hard as I expected it to be.

What happened during/after graduation and where are you job-wise?

I started applying to jobs straight away. Most the jobs I applied to were through Makers. I got one job offer fairly quickly but I rejected it. I had other rejections and I applied to Deloitte and although I got rejected first time around, I was given a second chance and got accepted.

How has your life changed since graduation?

I have a new job!

What advice would you give to people thinking of changing career?

Just think about it carefully and do some coding and see if you like it day to day.

What would you say to people who say £8,000 is very expensive?

It is expensive but it's a good investment. I don't think I would have been able to get my current job and salary for a while without doing this course.

What was your biggest worry before joining Makers Academy and how do you feel about it now?

Biggest worry was that I would not get a job but I got a job! I was also worried I would not like coding but I do!

Sum up your Makers Academy experience

Exhausting but rewarding.

What advice would you give to people interviewing for developer roles?

Spend a lot of time on your tech test and during interviews learn about the company and the space they are working in. Try to learn beyond Makers and just keep learning!

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Delivery
Full Time, Offline, in London Full Time, Remote, Global
Curriculum
Challenge-Based, by Makers Academy Challenge-Based, by Makers Academy
Pair Programming
Face-to-Face Remote via VoIP
Coach-led Workshops
Live, in Person Live, Online
Meditation, Yoga, 'Joy' activities
Certified Yoga Instructor On Site Your Own Practice, at Home
Hiring Support
Hiring Week + Intro to Hiring Partners In Major Tech Hubs Only
Deposit
£800 £500
Womens Discount
£500
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