- What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?
I was studying Physics at Kings University, London. I graduated 2 weeks before I started Makers Academy.
- What made you want to start learning to code in the first place?
I had some exposure to coding during my degree. It was in a very different way. It was very maths focussed which was boring but the work itself was fun. A friend of mine who came to Makers Academy recommended it to me. I took a big gamble on it by doing it straight after university.
- What did you find difficult during the course?
What I found the most difficult was adapting to a new way of learning. At university the learning was in a very insular manor but here I felt that I had to rely on people much more as we had to learn lots in a short amount of time.
- What happened during/after graduation and where are you job-wise?
Straight after I spent time getting my CV in order etc. I applied to lots of jobs. I didn't hear back from many. I had a couple of interviews that didn't go anywhere so I went back to my previous job as a chef and while doing that I kept applying to things and carrying on learning to code and eventually got a job at Simply Business.
- What advice would you give to people thinking of changing career?
If you are very passionate about it, go for it.
- What do you say to people who say £8000 is expensive?
If it's something you are really passionate about then you need to make the sacrifice but you can see how it will benefit you in the future.
- What was your biggest worry before joining Makers Academy and how do you feel about it now?
My biggest fear was that it was going to be something that I didn't enjoy doing. Because I had committed a lot of time and money to it which I could spent doing finding a post uni job but it's all worked out well now. I was scared of wasting time and money.
- Sum up your Makers Academy experience
Incredibly tiring and incredibly worthwhile.