- What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?
Before Makers Academy I studied psychology, and then I was working on science research.
- What made you want to start learning to code in the first place?
I went to San Francisco! I was dissatisfied with my current job as the culture was too conservative. I was sitting in a Bar in San Fran with some friends and they suggested I do a bootcamp, which led me to research bootcamps and end up here.
- How did you come across Makers Academy and what made you decide to apply?
It was quite random. I wasn't based in the UK. I was looking at bootcamps in the EU and came across Makers, and decided to apply here.
- What happened during/after graduation and where are you job-wise?
I started applying to jobs in lab week and I started going to interviews. I went to a bunch of interviews. Everything from bigger companies to tiny companies. Ultimately I decided I wanted to work for ThoughtWorks as that was my first choice: then I really committed to that application process.
- How has your life changed since graduation?
It's nice to be able to sleep in! I was quite hard on myself in terms of job hunting. It's nice to be able to have some downtime now.
- What advice would you give to people thinking of changing career?
Spend a bunch of time and figure out if coding is for you. Build something to help you figure that out!
- What do you say to people who say £8000 is expensive?
I have a well-paid job so it's been a good bargain. It can definitely be worth it; you can't just go for the ride, you need to be very active in learning and so on. There is a lot of opportunity for people like us, but you have to reach for it and not expect it to land in your lap.
- 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 get a job fast enough, hence I was very aggressive. I'm happy as I succeeded.
- Sum up your Makers Academy experience
Very intense and immersive.