- What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?
I was a head teacher in a school in Sao Paulo.
- How did you come across Makers Academy and what made you decide to apply?
My family runs a school in Brazil, so it was natural for me to do a degree in Teaching and School Management. During my time at the school, I was responsible for building and supporting approximately 50 PCs for 500 students and employees, running and supporting the associated internal SQL software. Although I knew I could do better, I was unable to code myself. Not satisfied with my career, I came to London and worked in many sectors from motorcycle courier to Assistant Manager at Yo! Sushi. I also did a Master’s Degree in Teaching and became a Head Teacher. However, this still left me feeling unfulfilled and as I was always interested in coding and Makers Academy looked like an excellent opportunity to start. I believe the coding community is in need of more creative people who really enjoy their profession. Makers' philosophy and curriculum in many ways felt like the best place with a great vibe. Now my hobby is my career and I can bring all my ideas to reality! I feel there is no more time to waste and also to be good at something, you need to be among the best.
- What did you find difficult on the course?
The most difficult part to me was to cope with time and distance/commuting to Makers. I live in East Grinstead and I spent a lot of time travelling on a scooter to London. During the course, my wife was 4 - 7 months pregnant and this gave me an extra boost.
- What was your end of cohort project?
An appthat reminds you to buy things on your shopping list when you're close to a shop that sells that item!
- How has your life changed since learning to code?
Learning to code changed my life completely. Now I can definitely say I enjoy what I do and have a reliable and promising career. Now with a kid I couldn't ask for more.
- What advice would you give to people thinking of changing career?
Make sure this is what you enjoy doing. Spend time on Codewars and researching about technologies used. Read job descriptions and try building simple apps. Then, spend some more time coding. If you are still happy, this is definitely for you and you will be awesome! Don’t jump in blindly without being clear on what you’re getting yourself in to. If you do, you will find yourself frustrated.
- What was your biggest fear before joining MA and how do you feel about it now?
My biggest fear was not finding a job after Makers. Now I feel I should be a little more patient. It may take some time to find the job, but in the end, it will happen.
- Sum up your Makers Academy experience
Makers is more than learning how to code. You will find yourself immersed in the code and tech community and will end up having new friends.