- What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?
I had just completed my Masters in Financial Economics.
- What made you want to start learning to code in the first place?
It was the the urge to build things. I was also inspired during my MSc Dissertation by the affect that Facebook and Twitter have had on the world, especially on real-world issues like corruption perception. They started out as ideas in the minds of people who knew how to code and could bring them to life. That inspired me to learn the skills to build my ideas.
- How did you come across Makers Academy and what made you decide to apply to the programming course?
I came across Makers Academy through Twitter. Having studied business/economics line from O-levels I thought that tech was out of the question for me. But I've always had a passion for tinkering with hardware and software. That promoted tweet got me thinking "maybe its not too late to get into tech".
- What did you find difficult during the course?
The pace, getting comfortable with not knowing and just trying very hard to understand everything.
- What happened during/after graduation and where are you job-wise?
After graduation I took 2 months off from coding to get married. So I started coding again from March 2015. I practised the Makers material again, I read and practised other tutorials from around the web. I actively started job hunting from April 2015 and have now landed a job at Deloitte Digital!
- How has your life changed since graduation?
I wasn't sure I'd get such a good job but I have. I've become more confident with my coding. I've developed more of a stamina to work through problems for longer before my mind gets exhausted. I've started to think about problems in terms of small, bite-sized steps and I've become comfortable with failing and then trying again.
- What advice would you give to people thinking of changing career?
You know you want to, so stop giving into fear and in the immortal words of Shia Lebeouf "JUST DO IT!".
- What would you say to people who say £8,000 is very expensive?
It's expensive when you think of it as a cost. Its not so expensive when you think of it as an investment.
- What was your biggest worry before joining Makers Academy and how do you feel about it now?
I was worried that I wouldn't be job ready and that I'd never become better at coding and problem solving but I'm pretty comfortable on both counts now.
- Sum up your Makers Academy experience
Intense, awesome, totally worth it!
- What advice would you give to people interviewing for developer roles?
Approach an interview like a conversation, not as an interview. Listen to your gut, if you feel something is not right about the company for you, it probably isn't. Do your homework, follow the relevant people from the company on Twitter, LinkedIn, GitHub, and have topics to start a passionate conversation on.