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Case Study

Maciej Kurek

Country Manager to Junior Developer at Immediate Media

The Makers Academy experience gave me a lot of confidence that I can learn quickly and changed the way I learn into a healthy dose of experimenting and breaking things.

What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?

I had been working as a Country Manager in online marketing for mobile telecom and online betting companies.

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

I had been doing short courses in the past, but that was never enough to get into a proper coding job. I wanted something more creative - building prototypes, less business meetings, actionable approaches to actually building stuff from scratch

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

I came across Makers Academy through Google and I have been to a couple of graduation days to get the sense of the experience students were going through.

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

After graduation I decided to spend two months reviewing material and focusing more on front-end and JavaScript. I applied for jobs and the first one I got was as a Web Analyst. It proved not to be exactly what I expected, so kept searching until I landed a job as Junior UI Developer for Immediate Media, a big online publishing company.

How has your life changed since graduation?

The Makers Academy experience gave me a lot of confidence that I can learn quickly and changed the way I learn into a healthy dose of experimenting and breaking things. I also adopted a mentality of not being afraid to make mistakes constantly, which is the only way to learn. Finally, I got an interesting job, great career prospects and an extremely stimulating work environment and people.

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

Trust your gut feeling, play with Codecademy's simple tutorials to see if writing code gives you actual buzz.

What do you say to people who say £8000 is expensive?

It is expensive but this is less than what you would pay for a year of studies which won’t get you a job. This is an investment, a way to get into an exciting and booming industry where your skills will be hugely in demand, and not only in the UK. As a mental exercise, you can divide the sum by the months, number of weeks and days you will be sitting for 8 hours coding with fellow Makers, if you do your maths you will see that the hourly price is actually a bargain.

Sum up your Makers Academy experience

Very hard work but life changing experience. Some of us were miserable, but kept going and pushing ourselves. Keep positive and never feel bad about not knowing something, try to explore as much as you can. Experiment and persevere, you will find your feet soon.

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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