- What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?
I was working as Assistant Head of Science (Science Teacher).
- What made you want to start learning to code in the first place?
I liked the fact that there was loads to learn so you could never really get bored. Careers are long so I wanted something engaging and that could keep me challenged for a life time.
- How did you come across Makers Academy and what made you decide to apply?
I read a blog post by a lady in America that went from waitress to developer in 3 months and it sounded awesome so I started googling European bootcamps and found Makers.
- What did you find difficult during the course?
Learning frameworks, especially AngularJS in such a short amount of time is tough. Really you need to build several applications before you feel that you've 'learnt' that framework.
- What happened during/after graduation and where are you job-wise?
I applied for 18 jobs via job boards and managed to get an interview and landed the job 28 days after finishing the course.
- Where are you now working?
The company is called Shift which is building the e-commerce platform for Matalan Direct.
- How has your life changed since graduation?
The biggest change is that now I realise nothing is impossible to learn, it just requires time and patience. Before I started I was terrible with computers, I got really frustrated when something didn't work. Now I see it as an opportunity to solve a problem.
- What advice would you give to people thinking of changing career?
If you have half a mind to change just do it. Otherwise you'll always wonder, you can always go back to what you were doing later.
- What do you say to people who say £4000 is expensive?
As part of the earlier Remote course I paid £2500 which was the price before. But I had a mortgage and other bills during the course so the total investment in changing careers has been nearly £10k, which seems like a lot but I still owe £23k in student loans, so compared to that it's much cheaper.
- What was your biggest worry before joining Makers Academy and how do you feel about it now?
Before joining Makers I wasn't really worried, I researched the developer jobs in my area and believed I'd manage to fine a job. I knew if I dedicated myself 100% I'd be able to learn in a short amount of time. I asked question and did my research, I'd advise anyone thinking about joining to do the same so that they can go into the experience without worrying.
- Sum up your Makers Academy experience
Frustrating and daunting but amazing and I wouldn't change any of it.