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Case Study

Matteo Manzo

Hotel Bartender to Junior Software Engineer at Compare The Market

Makers was both a big jump and a huge bet, but it was the best decision I could have made!

What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?

I was working in hotels around the world as Bartender.

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

The unlimited things that I could do with that skill.

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

Internet and friends. It was a big jump, a huge bet but it was the best decision I could have taken.

What did you find difficult during the course?

Understanding that failing is just a step to success. To stop getting frustrated when I was failing.

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

I am a Junior Software Engineer and I got the job at the first company I applied for!

How has your life changed since graduation?

I feel I can learn everything and I think differently. I trust myself.

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

If you think you might want to change career that means that you're not happy right now. Make that change as soon as possible and life will shine again!

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

It is a huge investment but you'll get a skill that does not have value. Learning how to learn. Beside this, being a Web Developer is one of the most paid jobs around the world and it is just going to get better.

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

I was worried that I couldn't get a job without a degree. Now I see people with degrees not getting the position I've applied for.

Sum up your Makers Academy experience

It was one of the best experiences of my life, pair programming with other people without any coding background made me feel more comfortable, and I learnt to break problems into smaller pieces in order to solve them better. The atmosphere was just magic, everyone is so positive and I was shocked after seeing how much I've actually done after 12 weeks (about 10 projects!). I have increased my communication skills by learning to pitch and work in teams. I love Makers and I always will!

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

Go for the company you like, if you show passion about what you do they don't care about anything else.

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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