- What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?
I was a campaign manager at a startup creating bespoke emails.
- What made you want to start learning to code in the first place?
I wanted to learn how to make things!
- How did you come across Makers Academy and what made you decide to apply?
I checked out the office and I liked the vibe and spoke to alumni and they had lots of positive things to say about the course.
- What did you find difficult during the course?
I found starting something new every week difficult which was cool but at the same time it meant that you have to drop what you are doing and start something new every week which was a challenge.
- What happened during/after graduation and where are you job-wise?
I applied to a couple of places and heard back really quickly and I got a job within a month.
- How has your life changed since graduation?
I found a really nice community and I've met really cool people. I've started to volunteer in teaching people how to code, teaching people who were in the same place I was a year ago which is very cool.
- What advice would you give to people thinking of changing career?
Think it through carefully and talk to as many people as you can because every persons experience it is different. It's a big financial and time commitment but it was worth it for me.
- What do you say to people who say £8000 is expensive?
It is a lot of money but you pay for more than just the curriculum. You learn best practices like TDD and pairing, you learn how to think about code right and how to learn things well and fast and you build a strong relationships with the Makers community.
- What was your biggest worry before joining Makers Academy and how do you feel about it now?
My first fear that I was worried I wasn't going to be good enough and now I feel that coding is about mindset and once you have the right mindset it is very easy to pick up. My second fear was that I would not get a job and obviously that was unwarranted as I got a job quicker than I expected.
- Sum up your Makers Academy experience
Exhilarating and exhausting.