- What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?
I was a student and massage therapist.
- How did you come across Makers Academy and what made you decide to apply?
I came across it on the internet and was selected as one of the ThoughtWorks Scholars
- What did you find difficult on the course?
My first group work experience was difficult as we all had different communication styles. I am very direct and expect everyone to be as well.
- What was your end of cohort project?
Turfy: A location based notification app for yourself and others. We made an iOS app written in Swift using Firebase - both technologies that Makers Academy don't cover on the course.
- How has your life changed since learning to code?
It's totally changed. Before I had ideas that I couldn't approach because I wanted to do everything and didn't know where to start. I could do many things but I didn't know what was best. Like most young people I was overwhelmed with career choices and now I have started to learn what it is exactly that I don't know, I have learnt enough to start exploring more confidently on my own and mostly I've learnt that I can learn things if I want to. I just have to start small and build up, like we did at Makers.
- What advice would you give to people thinking of changing career?
Firstly ask yourself - what's wrong with your current career & how did you get into it? What work would allow you to become who you want to be? What are the most important things to you, your non-negotiables? What unique qualities and value do bring? What do you value most in the world and in others? I think if you have clear answers to the above it will be easier. My version is, I have no idea how I got into massage therapy but I was broke and needed an income. I wanted to learn exciting things, be logical and creative. I wanted to be treated as a human, be indirectly alleviated not perpetuated to suffering. I value transparency highly.
- What was your biggest fear before joining Makers and how do you feel about it now?
That I might fail the technical test or not keep up with the pace, or that I liked the idea of coding more than the experience. Now I feel like those fears were legitimate at the time, but a little reading and working goes a long way! Don't compare yourself, as my coach said, ask yourself if you're a better coder today than yesterday each day and only worry if a few days go by with 'no'.
- Sum up your Makers Academy experience