- What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?
I was a recruiter in the IT sector.
- What made you want to start learning to code in the first place?
I was doing simple websites for friends and family since the age of 14 and wanted to learn how to code to get a job as a Web Developer.
- What did you find difficult during the course?
I found the pace of the course difficult as some people in my cohort knew already how to code and they were leading the pace of the lessons.
- What happened during/after graduation and where are you job-wise?
I finished on 20th June. I took the summer off to travel with my family and clean my GitHub. I started looking for a job on 1st September. I did only one application through LinkedIn and I got the job. I was offered a paid three months internship. After two weeks working there they told me they were very happy with me, so after 6 weeks of internship I was made permanent. I've now moved to my 2nd role at Onfido.
- How has your life changed since graduation?
Makers Academy changed my life. It gave me the confidence that I can achieve whatever I want in life.
- What advice would you give to people thinking of changing career?
Do it. It's the best thing you could do to yourself. Confucius said: "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." This is so true. I go to work with a smile and when I go back home I feel like I have just been doing something that I like.
- What would you say to people who say £8,000 is very expensive?
Living in London for three months without an income can be tough. £8,000 is definitely a lot of money but it's absolutley worth it. It's an investment for your future self.
- Sum up your Makers Academy experience
I've learned way more than software development. It was tough at the beginning but now I'm seeing the results.
- What advice would you give to people interviewing for developer roles?
Generally speaking you have more to offer than most employers expect from a Junior grad. Be confident and happy.