- What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?
I was a Research & Development Scientist at Linpac Packaging.
- What made you want to start learning to code in the first place?
I had a little experience from my university degree and really enjoyed it so wanted to pursue it further.
- How did you come across Makers Academy and what made you decide to apply to the programming course?
I came across Makers Academy through a google search. I wanted to apply because it appeared to suit the sort of learning I was looking for. Intensive immersion of learning.
- What did you find difficult during the course?
The lack of sleep!
- How has your life changed since graduation?
I have moved to London permanently. I achieved my goal of getting a developer role after the course and changing my career. I am now doing something that I enjoy every day and the work/life balance is a lot better.
- What advice would you give to people thinking of changing career?
For me before I started the course it felt like a huge risk. I was quitting a well paid, secure job and paying a lot of money to do the course. There was no guarantee of employment at the end of it. However it still felt like a calculated risk, and one worth taking. If I didn't take that risk then I would still potentially be working in the same job with very little progress in changing careers. Makers Academy was the fast-track route to changing careers taking a bit more control of my life direction. It is still the best choice I have ever made.
- What would you say to people who say £8,000 is very expensive?
It is a lot of money, but you have to question how committed you are to making that change in your life. For me it was worth spending the money because I was committed to making that change.
- What was your biggest worry before joining Makers Academy and how do you feel about it now?
My biggest worry was the question mark of how long it would take to secure a job after the course - and whether I would be able to secure a developer job or not. Luckily that question has now been answered.
- Sum up your Makers Academy experience
Intense, tiring, fun. Everybody was very positive and driven to learning and working together. It was easy to stay motivated when in that environment.
- What advice would you give to people interviewing for developer roles?
Try to keep the motivation up after the course and find projects % tasks to code; to and try to pair with people even if it's remotely. I found it very hard to keep motivated sitting in an empty flat during the day. A complete contrast to Makers.