- What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?
I was a cardiology doctor.
- What made you want to start learning to code in the first place?
I feel that a lot of technologies are disrupting old industries (like black cabs) but I felt that medicine has not been disrupted by technology yet. I feel the disruption however coming and I wanted to be the forefront of it and guiding it. In my day-to-day work there is a lot of inefficiency that can be made better with technology and applications. I wanted to make my own applications to improve my workflow and deliver better patient care.
- What did you find difficult during the course?
It was hard to learn how to learn again as I got used to being a senior in medicine.
- What happened during/after graduation and where are you job-wise?
I used my academic time to do this course. I'm now re-entering medicine as a registrar and I'm going to be communicating with the ICT departments of my hospital and some private medical tech companies to see if we can collaborative on solutions for problems I face day to day. I didn't expect to use the network opportunity I have here with the alumni network. I can penetrate the bureaucracy a bit more easily in the NHS as I now understand medicine and tech.
- How has your life changed since graduation?
I can code and it doesn't scare me anymore. I can think of anything new I wanted do and know eventually I know can build it.
- What advice would you give to people thinking of changing career?
Don't be afraid it of it and take the leap. You'll never feel more alive and gain so much and it's been such an incredible experience in my life. If you are not satisfied with your job, you'll never convince yourself to be satisfied and if you want to be fulfilled then take the leap and don't be afraid of the consequences.
- What was your biggest worry before joining Makers Academy and how do you feel about it now?
My biggest worry was due to have been out of education for over 6 years, I wondered if I would be able to pick up a new skill, let alone coding. When you learn something new it is hard but if you've been through university or a done scientific degree then you probably already have an aptitude for picking up programming and don’t underestimate your communication skills as being a people person is important due to pair programming and working in teams.
- Sum up your Makers Academy experience
It was memorable and life changing and my life won't be the same again.