- What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?
I was doing lots of things, I worked as a consultant, worked for BT and then setup a start-up about competitive intelligence which eventually liquidated. I finally decided that the world was missing a software developer so decided to learn to code.
- How did you come across Makers Academy and what made you decide to apply?
I thoroughly researched the market, (as I worked in competitive intelligence it helped to research all different competitors). I wanted to focus to the .NET but no courses/bootcamps provided that. I finally decided to do Makers because the concepts are the same and I thought I could transition later on after doing the course.
- How did you find learning remotely?
Great! The cohort was very supportive, and I personally was having lots of fun. Also there was a routine and lots of pair programming so that helped to keep up motivation.
- What was your final project?
We did "Phlash!" A curated copy of snapchat, take a picture, and get it automatically shared with your list of "Phollowers". Bad pose? Double chin on show? No worries, the picture is automatically erased in two seconds. 11 days of intense group work where we used Agile methodology. We built it in Swift, a new language to me!
- How has your life changed since learning to code?
Before I was ugly, overweight, and depressed. Now that I "know" how to code, I am tall, handsome and exude happiness all around! Oh well, perhaps not so much, but the fact that I can go to work everyday and fix a number of problems is simply fantastic! And the learning never ends, I simply love it! I even managed to lose weight during the course, I swear!
- Where are you now working?
I work for Kwiboo, a small development house that is literally 5 mins from my home. The team is fantastic and very helpful, and I have started developing web sites with ASP.NET and using MVC that we learnt on the course. They are a Microsoft Gold Partner and have the bleeding edge tools. I am very happy being there!
- What advice would you give to people thinking of changing career?
To act, asap! Of course coding is not for everyone, but you can easily check if you are the coder type, and book some pair programming sessions with former graduates or gatekeepers and see if you feel the excitement. If so, don't think a single second. GO FOR IT!
- What do you say to people who say £4000 is expensive?
Think about it in these terms; if you want to be a graduate in London, you need to spend 3 years in University studying hard and you'll end up spending around GBP35K-40k - don't take my word for it, check this link and then if you are lucky you will get a job of around £20k to start with and get out of debt slowly. Now think about the Makers Academy route, £4k and 4 months of intense work. Yes 4 months, because the first month of the PreCourse is very important and even if they say it is part time you should put as much effort as possible. The good thing is that on those 4 months you don't have a lot of time to spend money so running costs can be very low. You have a great time with your cohort studying and absorbing the concepts. Finally, if you apply to London or other main UK cities you should get around £30k for your first Junior Developer role. You'll get out of debt in a few months. So which option do you prefer? Even for other countries I know they are opportunities particularly in main cities to get coding jobs, so the cost:reward ratio is extremely attractive
- What was your biggest worry before joining Makers Academy Remote and how do you feel about it now?
- Sum up your Makers Academy Remote experiences
Fantastic experience overall, I have really enjoyed it, I was even sad that it finished. Makers Academy really does what it says on the tin, "Makers Academy is Europe's leading Web Developer bootcamp. With our help, you'll learn the principles of software craftsmanship and we'll also help you get your first job. We've graduated over 600 students into their dream jobs as junior developers." I am one of those.