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Case Study

Tatiana Soukiassian

PR to Junior Developer at Government Digital Service

I went on several interviews and found a position as a Junior Developer for Government Digital Service. I'm very lucky to be in a team that is truly Agile and supports my learning through mentorship, a 20% project and more.

What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?

I was working as a International Public Relations Manager.

What made you want to start learning to code in the first place?

I realised I really enjoyed using formulas in Excel sheets, and more generally I missed breaking down problems through logical thinking, which I had to do as a student when doing Maths.

How did you come across Makers Academy and what made you decide to apply to the programming course?

I found out about Makers through a simple Google ad, and followed up with ample online research. I decided to apply because the idea of reaching an employable level after 12 weeks meant becoming a developer was no longer an unreachable dream, but could become a very tangible project.

What did you find difficult during the course?

Realising that I didn't only need to learn about coding but also about efficiently researching what I needed to solve a problem and I had to become very resilent.

What happened during/after graduation and where are you job-wise?

After graduation, I went on several interviews and found a position as a Junior Developer for Government Digital Service. I'm very lucky to be in a team that is truly Agile and supports my learning through mentorship, a 20% project and more

How has your life changed since graduation?

In my old job, I used to have the Monday morning blues and felt like I was dragging myself to work every morning. Things are now very different, I am excited about the challenges I face, and I am building something that many real people use, I get to code and learn every day.

What advice would you give to people thinking of changing career?

Be prepared for an emotional roller-coaster, but it's definitely worth it to find a job you love.

What was your biggest worry before joining Makers Academy and how do you feel about it now?

My biggest worry was not finding a job after Makers. It took me about 2 months of searching, which isn't that much for a first job, but it felt much longer. Glad I stuck in there!

Sum up your Makers Academy experience

So very happy I decided to do it. Learning to be a developer is a journey with many ups and downs; I alternatively felt empowered by knowing new tools and being able to build what I imagined, with feeling like it was so hard and I could never understand. Thankfully being with a group of people who go through the same thing, as well as getting support from Makers staff - both coding and emotional support (encouragements, yoga, karaoké nights!) helped a lot. It gave me the skills I needed to keep learning by myself, and lasting connections with other people who are also passionate about coding.

What advice would you give to people interviewing for developer roles?

Be prepared for an emotional roller-coaster, but it's definitely worth it to find a job you love.

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Curriculum
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Pair Programming
Face-to-Face Remote via VoIP
Coach-led Workshops
Live, in Person Live, Online
Meditation, Yoga, 'Joy' activities
Certified Yoga Instructor On Site Your Own Practice, at Home
Hiring Support
Hiring Week + Intro to Hiring Partners In Major Tech Hubs Only
Deposit
£800 £500
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

Full Time, Remote, Global

Challenge-Based, by Makers Academy

Remote via VoIP

Live, Online

Your Own Practice, at Home

In Major Tech Hubs Only

£500