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Case Study

Paul Harker

Technical Writer to Junior Developer at CloudCredo

It was a lot of work and a lot of fun!

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!

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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