- What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?
I was working in digital marketing mainly for tech startups.
- What made you want to start learning to code in the first place?
As part of my marketing work I did a bit of front end stuff like HTML and CSS and that was the stuff I enjoyed the most so I wanted to do that full time. I also kept looking over enviously at the development team as that's what I really wanted to be doing.
- How did you come across Makers Academy and what made you decide to apply?
I came across Makers Academy when I started researching online for courses and it seemed like the best route to switch careers. I also came in to one of the graduation days which really convinced me after seeing the projects on show on what could be learned in 12 weeks.
- What did you find difficult during the course?
Constantly learning new things was the biggest challenge and learning not to do everything straight away.
- What happened during/after graduation and where are you job-wise?
I met the head of engineering and head of products at the careers fair and of the back of that I applied for the role they had at offer and went through the interview process with them and was hired 4 weeks after graduating. Throughout that time I kept coming to Makers Academy to stay in the loop and work on side projects.
- How has your life changed since graduation?
The main thing is that for me that the work and life border lines have been blurred. I no longer dread monday mornings and look forward to work!
- What advice would you give to people thinking of changing career?
Definitely do it!
- What do you say to people who say £8000 is expensive?
I looked at a lot of different routes into switching careers into becoming a developer and I found that Makers Academy good value in comparison to things like masters which take longer. Also Makers is more of a direct route into a natural job and for that it's worth the time and money.
- What was your biggest worry before joining Makers Academy and how do you feel about it now?
My biggest fear was falling behind compared to other people who had done more coding and not being able to get a job after but I was proved wrong!
- Sum up your Makers Academy experience
Challenging but overall really fun!