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Case Study

Vanessa Virgitti

Online Marketing Manager to Junior Developer at Mergermarket

Makers Academy is challenging and intense, but full of rewards!

What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?

I was working as an Online Marketing Manager for multi-million dollar businesses.

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

I've always been interested in tech ever since I was young, especially video games. I then started my career as an Online Marketing Manager which was a way to combine both my business studies and tech. I used to work with tech teams and really enjoyed it - sometimes I found myself trying to help them despite not having any knowledge. Over time, I became more and more interested in learning about the technical side of marketing.

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

I was researching about coding classes and then I came across Makers Academy. I didn’t want to do a computer science degree as I did not want to spend 3 years to learn the theory only. I already knew I wanted to do web development. I was really impressed with the relationship Makers has with employers so I decided to apply.

What did you find difficult during the course?

The amount of things we had to learn in a small amount of time was difficult. It feels like we have a lot to learn but no time to really digest.

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

After graduation, I was working as an Alumni helper and now I'm a Developer at Mergermarket.

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

Take a leap of faith and give it a go. When you enroll, make sure to dedicate a lot of time to the PreCourse as it is really beneficial.

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

It is expensive but it is an investment; what you get out of Makers Academy is not something you can get from online courses.

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

My biggest worry was that I would not be able to follow the course. During the PreCourse while I was on holiday my computer died, so I didn't get a chance to go through the PreCourse material properly. I still sometimes feel like I'm still going over things but I also feel that the job of a Software Developer is to always be slightly out of your depth and to always be learning new stuff.

Sum up your Makers Academy experience

Challenging and intense but full of rewards.

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

Do as many interviews as you can and get as much experience as you can. But know that what we've learnt in 3 months is amazing and people really recognise it. So go out there and try out.

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Onsite or Remote?

Delivery
Full Time, Offline, in London Full Time, Remote, Global
Curriculum
Challenge-Based, by Makers Academy Challenge-Based, by Makers Academy
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