Makers Academy is a highly selective 12 week, full-time program (preceded by a four-week pre-course) which teaches web development. Based in London, England the course is delivered fully remotely and is open to anyone in the world who meets the coding... Read More requirements, and wants to future-proof their career through learning to code with industry-trained coaches.
The course has been designed by a team of inspirational software engineers with strong backgrounds in educational psychology, enabling students to master any technology in today's marketplace. As big believers in self-directed learning, students finish the course as a confident and independent software engineer ready to hit the ground running.
There's a focus on life-long learning skills, while the course includes technical tests, working on open-source code or even working with the Makers engineering team on live, real-world, production code.
We have an incredibly popular emotional intelligence curriculum as well, with virtual yoga and meditation support, because world-class software developers are great communicators and collaborators as well as great coders.
Makers has the largest dedicated career coaching team in the industry providing 1:1 support to help you launch your tech career. We have relationships with over 250 of London’s top technology companies looking to hire (including but not limited to Deliveroo, British Gas, Starling Bank, Financial Times, Compare The Market.com, and Tesco). We also have the largest alumni network in the UK.
Locations:Online, Bristol, Manchester, Cambridge, London
Forget rote learning and slow progress. You'll be learning from world class developers and immediately implementing the concepts into your own projects. Be prepared to drink from the firehose.
During your hands on training, we invite engineers from top tech companies to guide you. You'll be learning while simultaneously networking with key members in the technology community.
Students spend about 50-70% of their time pair programming, meaning two people working together on the same code base. Pairing is a fantastic way to learn new concepts and studies have shown developer output to INCREASE when developers pair program.
While the first half of the course focuses on the fundamentals of Web Development and the Ruby Language, the second half focuses heavily on students creating real-life projects. You will leave the course with at least 3 complete pieces of work for your portfolio, as well as a bulging Github account and plenty of points on Stack Overflow.
I heard about Makers through a couple of colleagues who got amazing jobs soon after completing the course. I used to be a Web Designer so I had a bit of knowledge in terms of HTML / CSS already but it really wasn't all that necessary to complete the course.... Read More I was on the August cohort, which was a fully remote cohort. You'd think it would have lowered the quality of the experience to have it remote, but it really did not. The first day we received all our Makers goodies by post, and had lots of social events online to get to know each other, so it really went smoothly. I learnt all about Object Oriented programming and TDD development during Makers Academy, which was very different from everything I encountered so far but made a lot more sense compared to the development process I had witnessed previously. I also learnt how to collaborate efficiently and handle version control within a team of developers. I completed quite a few team projects, and the whole experience truly was eye-opening about what I had missed from my previous jobs, especially the collaboration, sharing of knowledge within a team and continued learning while working. The best part of Makers really is your cohort and learning / supporting each other.
"Pre-course 7/10, main course 9/10, post-course 6/10"
I started the course with almost zero initial knowledge in software and it felt like a jump with a parachute. It was super exciting and motivating. A way of learning which is collaborative, ever-changing, very dynamic but also mindful. The focus is very... Read More much on finding your own path of learning while interacting with others. When the 12 weeks finish the career-searching phase begins. And the support given to me at this stage was absolutely brilliant! I found a job with the help of the Makers Careers team and now working in a very well-respected company.
I chose Makers over other bootcamps because via a friend, I knew 2 people who had already done it and got dev jobs. Now, I'm able to add myself, the aforementioned friend and last time I checked, 17 out of the 20 people in my cohort to that list! Pros... Read More + You will learn things that are difficult to learn and practice on your own as a self-taught developer e.g. test-driven development, object oriented programming. + You will gain valuable team project and pair programming skills. Again, you cannot get these being merely self-taught and these experiences will come in handy in a real dev job as well as be useful material for your answers to interview questions. + Job support. Makers have a dedicated team of careers coaches that can help you with CVs, cover letters, interview prep and more. They have careers talks, careers events. You will not feel lonely in your job hunt with Makers. + Hiring partners. This is one of the biggest pros. Makers have a fantastic array of hiring partners and trust me it's easier to get a job internally through Makers (competing just with other Makers), than it is to get a job externally, competing with every job-seeking junior developer out there pretty much. + Wellbeing. Unlike another bootcamp I almost did, which was 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, Makers have a healthy approach to work-life balance and also offer yoga, meditation and counselling. Even though I think meditation is total garbage and yoga is not my thing, it's nice that Makers have mental wellbeing in mind. Cons - Too much pair programming for my liking. I was self-taught for 9 months before going into the bootcamp, others had only a few weeks of programming experience. Guess who benefits from pair programming in those instances? If you're more advanced, the pair programming will often slow you down when you could be breezing ahead and delving deeper into things. On the flip side, if you go into the bootcamp knowing hardly programming, this will actually be a pro. Firstly, you will need pair programming otherwise you will often struggle to get things done. Secondly, you will benefit from being able to pair with and learn from more experienced or adept programmers. - Students reviewing each other's weekend challenges. Not sure as to the efficacy of this. Often it's the blind reviewing the code of the blind. That being said, it does give you a taste for reviewing pull requests in a real job. In conclusion, I can't compare the content of Makers with other bootcamps because I only did Makers. But what I can say is that I graduated in January 2021, got a job 10 weeks later, and now in December 2021, I know that at least 17 out of the 20 people in my cohort have got legit, full-time, developer jobs.
"It was very enjoyable and managed to meet some amazing people"
Pros Provides a lot of support once graduated The course was enjoyable Good place to network Great coaches to speak to and learn from Great office (pre-covid) Cons The review system could be worked on Some times it was hard to get in touch with coaches... Read More if something urgent was needed
"I would recommend it to anyone wanting to make a career change!"
Makers Academy takes you from zero knowledge of web development to being able to plan, create and host your own web apps using the most in-demand languages and technologies. It was a fantastic opportunity to make a career change. The aftercare of Makers... Read More was by far the most impressive part of the course for me, the process is well managed and the hiring team is fantastic at helping you with your CV and interviews. There are lots of high-quality partners hiring through the academy. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to make a career change!
Doing a Bootcamp with Makers was an intense experience that not only led me to acquire technical knowledge and exposition to essential programming topics but also helped me grow into an independent learner. But Makers' support didn't finish with the Bootcamp.... Read More I can still count on a lot of support (technical support from coaches, access to external reviews, support on job hunting, access to a huge community of Makers Alumni, etc). However, I would like to emphasize the importance Makers give to emotional support and how, as a job hunter, it has been crucial to growing my confidence as a junior software developer. Both Becks and Candida have been absolutely amazing in the endless support they've been giving me and that's something I truly value! For all these reasons, I highly recommend Makers Academy!
I completed the makers academy course in 2021. I found the content challenging, the coaches supportive and the careers team excellent. I would definitely do this bootcamp again as it successfully helped me to change career. Even though it was fully remote... Read More it was still a great experience.
If you are looking to change careers, joining Makers is the best decision you can make. Makers' holistic approach to coding helps you build healthy habits that not only make you a better developer but also improve your health and wellbeing. The 12 week... Read More course is very intense, but is such a fun experience that gives you a preview of what working in the tech industry is like. You join the course with very limited coding knowledge, and graduate being able to create applications and websites that you are proud to show off to your friends and family. I found that Makers attract people who bring a lot of positive energy and help facilitate connections with people who share the same interests as you. The biggest focus of the course is "it's not hard, it's new". When you learn to take this approach you create practices that benefit your own self-led learning which helps you to be prepared for this industry. The job hunting support is fantastic. The coaches during your job hunting journey provide you with the support, advice and tools that make you truly feel job ready. I found that the coaches had a breadth of knowledge they were willing to share, were really friendly and approachable. You find that with Maker's extensive selection of hiring partners, there are opportunities to apply for jobs almost every week. Learn to trust the process, and you will find that not only are you learning but you also enjoy and have fun, while creating beneficial habits and skills that will help you with this career path.