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Case Study

Rufus Raghunath

Research Scientist to Graduate Software Developer at ThoughtWorks

There is a lot of opportunity for people like us, but you have to reach for it.

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.

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About the course

Delivery
Full Time, Offline, in London
Curriculum
Challenge-Based, by Makers Academy
Pair Programming
Face-to-Face
Coach-led Workshops
Live, in Person
Meditation, Yoga, 'Joy' activities
Certified Yoga Instructor On Site
Hiring Support
Hiring Week + Intro to Hiring Partners
Deposit
£800
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