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Case Study

Sammy Abukmeli

Personal Bank Advisor to Junior Developer at Totally Communications

My life has completely changed since joining Makers Academy. Best decision I've ever made.

What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?

I was working as a Personal Banking Advisor at Lloyds Bank.

What made you want to start learning to code in the first place?

A friend mentioned that I should give it a try, I did a few online courses on HTML & CSS and instantly fell in love.

How did you come across Makers Academy and what made you decide to apply to the programming course?

I Googled "Programming courses in London" and it was one of the top results.

What did you find difficult during the course?

I misjudged how much work I would need to put in to keep up with the pace of the course, so I was playing catch up on some of the earlier concepts as the weeks went by. I should have been asking way more questions, it's really intimidating asking good programmers simple questions even in my current job. I wish I had got it in my head that no question is a stupid question as long as you've tried solving it yourself and can prove it.

What happened during/after graduation and where are you job-wise?

A friend recommend me for a job at his workplace 2 weeks before graduation. I went in for an interview and received an offer on the table.

How has your life changed since graduation?

I have a new job which is better pay than my previous job and is way more challenging than anything I've ever done in a good way. My new job has an awesome start-up culture. I have new friends a better social life and I am now a ping pong master. My life has completely changed since joining Makers Academy. Best decision I've ever made.

What advice would you give to people thinking of changing career?

If you're sure the coding world is for you, it could be the best decision you'll ever make. If you're willing to put the work in then it will change your life forever.

What would you say to people who say £8,000 is very expensive?

It is a large sum of money, but it is worth it.

What was your biggest worry before joining Makers Academy and how do you feel about it now?

My worry was along the lines of "What if I can't get a job after the course is finished and I threw away my previous job?". I landed a job before I even finished the course. I guess that goes to show how in demand programmers are in this day and age.

Sum up your Makers Academy experience

Makers Academy is really fun but also very challenging. It gave me a new life so I couldn't be happier with my experience.

What advice would you give to people interviewing for developer roles?

My advice would be to make a portfolio website, blog about cool stuff you come across and make stuff - no matter how basic (stop binging on tutorial websites and don't be afraid of the unknown).

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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