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Case Study

Nicola Hughes

Data Journalist to Junior Developer at ThoughtWorks

I can code and I got a job and I'm now looking forward to working in the tech industry and not just media.

What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?

I was working as a data journalist at the Sunday Times.

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

I had been doing some programming for work and I wanted to do it full time.

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

I talked to some developers and they told me to do some research and pointed out Makers Academy.

What did you find difficult during the course?

I found the work-life balance difficult. Everything from eating, laundry, to sleeping properly!

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

I was an alumni helper and I went to a meetup based at ThoughtWorks and the office manager sent my details to their graduate recruiter and it went from there.

How has your life changed since graduation?

I can code, I got a job and I'm now looking forward to working in the tech industry and not just in media.

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

Be brave and go for it. You will get a lot of support from everyone.

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

I'd say if you need to change your life then the time you wait to do that is more costly to your wellbeing.

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

My biggest worry was not knowing what I wanted to do with the skills I gained and ThoughtWorks ticks every single box in terms of what I want right now so that worry is now gone.

Sum up your Makers Academy experience

Be brave and go for it. You will get a lot of support from everyone.

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About the course

Delivery
Full Time, Offline, in London
Curriculum
Challenge-Based, by Makers Academy
Pair Programming
Face-to-Face
Coach-led Workshops
Live, in Person
Meditation, Yoga, 'Joy' activities
Certified Yoga Instructor On Site
Hiring Support
Hiring Week + Intro to Hiring Partners
Deposit
£800
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