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Case Study

Rachel Smith

IT Helpdesk Coordinator to Graduate Software Developer at ThoughtWorks

It's definitely the best thing I've ever done. If anything, I wish I hadn't waited.

What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?

My most recent job was being an IT helpdesk coordinator.

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

I worked at the reception for Level 39, a technology accelerator. I saw what everyone was doing there and wanted to get involved! I moved to the IT department there but it wasn't enough.

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

I heard about Makers from pretty much everywhere! I knew there were coding bootcamps out there and when I spoke to people at events, Makers Academy was the first everyone mentioned. It seemed like everything was pointing me towards it.

What did you find difficult during the course?

I found my commute super-difficult. It was about 2 hours each way.

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

I was selected to be an Alumni Helper and that was a great experience. It made me deal with lots of different technologies and it was interesting as well as difficult. It was great to get to know the juniors a bit better – and not having to leave!

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

I'd say "do it"! Do some coding and online code courses to check if you like and enjoy coding. It's definitely the best thing I've ever done – if anything I wish I hadn't waited. Prepare first - make sure you're in a position to afford to do it as you don't want to waste any time while you are here.

What do you say to people who say £8000 is expensive?

I think it is real value for money. It sets you up for a career change, that is a huge-value item. To go from receptionist to developer in 3 months! If anything the course being short is a good thing as you pack so much in.

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

My biggest fear was that I would not be any good at coding. I think that's what everyone is frightened of! At the end of the day, practice is major point of coding. It's like writing: keep at it and you'll get there. Also, don't expect yourself to be a computer prodigy! You see Mr Robot and you'll be like "I'll never be that good", but no one needs to be that good. There is a lot of code that needs to be written, so there is room for everybody.

Sum up your Makers Academy experience

Postive, amazing and life-changing. I've made loads of friends and I think they are friends for life – and I've learned a whole new trade.

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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