- What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?
Before Makers Academy I was working in Commercial Management in the airline industry.
- What made you want to start learning to code in the first place?
I enjoy creating things and understanding code allows you to build stuff. I had stopped learning new stuff and I've had a fantastic career but wanted to do something different.
- How did you come across Makers Academy and what made you decide to apply to the programming course?
I first became aware of Makers Academy through a promoted tweet. I then visited a couple of times (a graduation and sat in on a lecture). After seeing the awesome work that the students were capable of delivering at the end of their course and experiencing the culture I decided it would be a great environment in which to learn a new skill.
- What did you find difficult during the course?
Everything and nothing! Whilst it isn't easy, the learning environment and support is great to take you through the 12 weeks.
- What happened during/after graduation and where are you job-wise?
I started looking for jobs after graduation and 10 weeks after graduating I landed a great job offer.
- How has your life changed since graduation?
It's difficult to remember life before Makers Academy, but I'm really looking forward to starting my new career.
- What advice would you give to people thinking of changing career?
I made a change after 20 years of my previous career, realising that I have at least another 20 years of work to go. It's never too late to change.
- What would you say to people who say £8,000 is very expensive?
It's an investment, not just in terms of future earnings and having a skill that will last, but also understanding your own potential.
- What was your biggest worry before joining Makers Academy and how do you feel about it now?
As a more mature student I was slightly worried about how I'd fit in, but learning a new skill is a great leveller - everyone regardless of age / experience is starting from the same point which helps bond with your fellow students.
- Sum up your Makers Academy experience
Intense, fulfilling and personally rewarding.
- What advice would you give to people interviewing for developer roles?
If you don't know something, demonstrate your willingness to learn and emphasise any previous experience you've had in your previous career