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Case Study

Stefania Cardenas

ICT Recruiter to Junior Developer at Onfido

Makers Academy changed my life. It gave me the confidence to know that I can achieve whatever I want in life.

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.

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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