- What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?
I was a project manager for a company that did home automation.
- What made you want to start learning to code in the first place?
Lots of the tech we installed needed programming. Due to a shortage of people at the company capable of doing such programming, I started commissioning a little bit at the end of jobs and I enjoyed that more than what I was doing.
- How did you come across Makers Academy and what made you decide to apply to the programming course?
My girlfriend came across Makers Academy. I had made the decision to get into software development and I didn't know about bootcamps. I started to learn during evenings and took a part-time evening course for 6 weeks. After my first 2 hour evening session here at Makers, I realised that I had learned more at Makers than I did in that whole part-time course.
- What did you find difficult during the course?
Initially, some concepts were difficult, but the hardest thing was managing my social life. I had met someone before the course who had previously done it and I put my life on hold for 3 months, which was difficult.
- What happened during/after graduation and where are you job-wise?
During graduation, lots of employers were wandering around. I talked with one who is now my boss. After graduation, I stayed at Makers Academy every day for 6 weeks and became an alumni helper. I got the job offer at Atos Consulting 3-4 weeks later.
- How has your life changed since graduation?
In nearly every way, and all for the better. I am now enjoying work and getting to work with cool people. I'm just a lot happier than I was before.
- What advice would you give to people thinking of changing career?
Do it. If you're thinking about it, it means you aren't happy where you are, so just do it. Especially if you are younger, then you shouldn't think twice.
- What would you say to people who say £8,000 is very expensive?
It is more than £8,000 with living costs, but there's a big difference between cost and value for me. It will be the best investment I will ever make. An investment in your education is one that continues to pay you back.
- What was your biggest worry before joining Makers Academy and how do you feel about it now?
Getting a job afterwards. From my experiences, since graduating from Makers I feel that there are more jobs out there than Makers Academy will ever be able to fill. There are more shitty devs out there than is possible, and Makers Academy students come out so skilled that it continues to amaze our employers. We know better practices than senior devs.
- Sum up your Makers Academy experience
Best decision I ever made.
- What advice would you give to people interviewing for developer roles?
Don't compromise your values for the sake of money. If you come in looking for a specific job, don't take the first one you get just because you are worried you won't get a job. You will be a valuable dev in a short space of time and there will be more than one offer coming your way.