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Case Study

Tom Coakes

Marketing Executive to Junior Developer at Mergermarket

I'm getting paid to do the same things I did at Makers Academy and I love it!

What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?

I was working as a Marketing Executive at an ICT training company.

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

I loved tech and I was fascinated by coding, and wanted to work in the tech industry.

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

Makers Academy was a competitor to a programme that my previous company offered. Needless to say, I preferred the Makers approach.

What did you find difficult during the course?

Almost nothing was easy but I did cope a lot better than I thought I would from a sanity perspective.

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

I was job hunting for a few weeks but the first place at which I interviewed offered me the job and I've already started.

How has your life changed since graduation?

I'm getting paid to do the same things I did at Makers Academy and I love it.

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

Just do it, life's too short to put up with a job that you don't enjoy.

What would you say to people who say £8,000 is very expensive?

It's all relative. £8000 is a lot for three months, but it's a drop in the ocean compared to what you'll end up being able to earn throughout your career.

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

I was pretty sure I'd find a job eventually but I was so worried I wouldn't find one quickly enough before my savings ran out. If I'd have known I'd be so lucky and walk straight into a job I would never have worried.

Sum up your Makers Academy experience

A rollercoaster ride that can make you feel empowered and then inadequate from one day to the next - but the end goal is totally worth it.

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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