- What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?
I was working in education as an administrator
- What made you want to start learning to code in the first place?
I was interested in development in EdTech and I was looking for a new challenge.
- How did you come across Makers Academy and what made you decide to apply?
I was looking for evening classes in coding and saw Makers Academy, then the idea stuck. I read a lot of blogs from previous students and saw other people had come from other backgrounds, turned their life around. Seeing how other people had done it made me want to join.
- What did you find difficult during the course?
The pace of the course was really hard to keep up with. I came with 0 knowledge of tech or any relevant industry so it was a bit harder for me. The PreCourse was hard - I hate Chris Pine with a passion. You always face the weekend challenges at the start of the weekend thinking "Crap!" but I surprised myself with how much I was able to do.
- What happened during/after graduation and where are you job-wise?
I started applying for jobs straight away and going to loads of meetups. I coached at Codebar and Rails Girls and found I was able to help people. I was able to remember what it was like not knowing much and relate to the people learning. It took around 8 - 9 weeks to get a job through the careers. I applied for a few jobs on my own and the companies didn't know what to expect. I generally found the first stages of interviews quite easy and interesting. Most companies I approached myself didn't know what Makers was. One or two were okay - a few were a complete disaster. I finally got a job at MoJ with the help of the careers team.
- How has your life changed since graduation?
Completely. It's so different from working in admin / education. I'm able to keep learning constantly. I'm happier to have a new challenge and excited to start a new job. I'm involved in Women Hack for Non-Profits so I'm learning Python and Django.
- What advice would you give to people thinking of changing career?
If you've done the research and got the instinct to go for it - just do it.
- What do you say to people who say £8000 is expensive?
It is! So definitely do your research. Talk to previous students and work out a budget. I tried to get used to living on a little less and being a bit more frugal.
- What was your biggest worry before joining Makers Academy and how do you feel about it now?
Whether I'd be able to keep up and getting a job. I think it was amazing. you spend the entire 12 weeks trying to keep up and worrying. You just got to hang in there and Makers always said everyone who wants a job will get one and that proved to be true.
- Sum up your Makers Academy experience
Amazing, fun & not for the faint hearted.