- What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?
I was a technical writer.
- What made you want to start learning to code in the first place?
I felt that I was writing a lot of documentation about code but it seemed like the fun was actually creating and the documentation was the boring part.
- How did you come across Makers Academy and what made you decide to apply to the programming course?
My girlfriend is a careers guidance counseller and saw that I was unhappy with what I was doing. She heard about Makers Academy through her work and told me to do it.
- What did you find difficult during the course?
It was a very intense course. I was not expecting the we would be working every week day and have weekend challenges and I felt like there was no free time.
- What happened during/after graduation and where are you job-wise?
I received quite a lot of support from the careers team and they got me a job. After the careers fair I spoke to CloudCredo, had a tech test and a 2 hour pairing interview and then got the job!
- How has your life changed since graduation?
I thought I would have to go back to technical writing before I could get a job as a Junior Developer but I got the job.
- What advice would you give to people thinking of changing career?
Check if there are other ways to improve your technical abilities before you think code is right for you and if it is then it's a great thing to do.
- What would you say to people who say £8,000 is very expensive?
It is. I have actually learnt to self-teach myself through Makers Academy even though I've been trying to learn to code for the last 8 years which gives you that push.
- What was your biggest worry before joining Makers Academy and how do you feel about it now?
I think I was terrified if I would be able to do it. I think Dana (our Chief Joy Officer) and the environment help with us overcome that feeling.
- Sum up your Makers Academy experience
It was a lot of work and a lot of fun!