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Case Study

Richard Watkins

Science Teacher to Junior Developer at Shift

I landed the job 28 days after finishing the course.

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.

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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