Makers Academy is a highly selective 16 week, full-time program 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 requirements, and wants to future-proof... Read More 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.
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.
Makers Academy was recommended by a friend who works with many who graduated from Makers. And the commonality between them was that they didn't have any computer science background... So if you are motivated enough and believe in the Makers' process,... Read More you will be successful! Very understanding and supportive career coaches same applies to the technical coaches and the whole team who seat behind the scene! Have faith and believe in yourself, don't overburn and enjoy it.
The learning structure of the bootcamp was good, there wasn't a week when it felt wasted. The emphasis is definitely more so on producing projects and completing challenges rather than getting a thorough understanding of the topic, which is understandable... Read More given the time constraints. However, as topics got more challenging towards the latter end of the bootcamp, this lack of depth proved to be more detrimental. So see the learning as a foundation to give you the gist of what to learn in your own time during or after the bootcamp. I think the real value of Makers comes from the large alumni network you are able to tap into and take advantage of at any point of your career. Additionally, being able to learn, pair-program and do team projects with other fellow learners is invaluable and is not easily replicated. Due to Makers reputation and selection process you are going to be in cohort with many amazing people that you will learn so much from and could help you down the line. There's also a big push on mental wellbeing and emotional intelligence, which is not necessary of a bootcamp, but just goes to show that Makers goes above and beyond for its students.
I completed a Software Developer apprenticeship with Makers and I have to say the process of the bootcamp and initial start with Makers was great. Once the bootcamp is over though and you go into work it is a totally different story. 1. They don't ensure... Read More that your company have a team and work/training set up for you. So if you go into a job like I did with a poor manager and no team or place ready for you, let that be the first red flag. It was a struggle my entire apprenticeship (two years) to get a place on teams/projects and be given any responsibility. Makers were no help, I repeatedly made clear to both my company and Makers I was not getting the work or training I needed to complete my apprenticeship and they did not care. Once you leave that bootcamp they do not care whatsoever, the placement meetings are more for your manager to feel good about themself. My placement coach every month heard from myself and my manager that he had not been providing me with the work needed and all she would do is say 'oh don't worry there is still time' to make him feel good despite how he was wrecking my education. 2. If you are lucky you will go into a company that enjoys pair programming and mentoring junior employees. We did not. Pair programming was a completely foreign concept to them and there was no mentoring of junior or mid level employees. Bottom line is Makers had the responsibility to ensure the company had a role for us and that we got the work/training we needed to complete the apprenticeship. Instead they watched for two years as we suffered and did nothing, wasting two years of our lives and coming out with less programming skills than we had before the bootcamp. Programming requires constant practice especially when you are a junior and we did not get that, we would be made to do jobs at work which were nothing to do with coding or testing.
I really don't think there were any downsides to the course (aside from obviously the time commitment). The material is written in such a way that it breaks down complex and intimidating tasks and topics into smaller, achievable chunks, that then builds... Read More on itself until you can do something you never really thought you'd be able to. It's how learning should be, but so often isnt! The coaches are without exception, lovely, and will go above and beyond to make sure you are comfortable in your understanding of the topics, they're not just in a rush to get you to pass a test and out the door. Highly, highly recommend!
The Course skills you up quickly with enough knowledge to build and deploy professional apps and the job search aftercare is good, they have partner companies that need entry level staff come in a give talks, I got offered a job from one of those companies.... Read More I graduated in December - and the job search was tough several months! Not sure if this was due to economic downturn at the time and the fact it was round xmas where employers are not hiring as much, it did pick up though and I started to get interviews in spring. This Bootcamp did what it said it would do and I have changed careers.
Pros: The content was really great; it was a lot to get in in a short period, but it really did teach you the fundamentals of programming Learning 2 languages and how to use learnings from one language into another; this was a really helpful skill to... Read More learn and makes it much easier to pick up other languages The coaches and their willingness to help. They really did want to help you solve problems, but also made you independent enough to exhaust all other routes first Dedicated EQ lessons and daily meditation made me incredibly pleased that I chose Makers. It really did set them apart from other bootcamps and has been invaluable Cons: The communication and management of expectations was a bit of a let down in places, it felt very chaotic when it needn't have been There were times when people at Makers were very disorganised which really didn't support learning
"Well structured, good support, solid career partnerships"
I found the course to be a great way to learn the foundations of Software Engineering. I think it's important to note that a lot of success depends on your own motivation and ability to seek help from peers/coaches if you need it, as a lot of the learning... Read More is hands off. Coaches are available to help with the course materials and run a few workshops/webinars. The structure for most of the course of 'solo work' in the mornings and then 'pairing' in the afternoons works well. You get assigned a pair that will either be behind you or ahead of you, and you work on the materials of whoever is behind. This way if you fall behind a bit, you can get guidance from someone that's further ahead of you, and if you steam ahead, you are somewhat forced to reinforce what you've already learned by helping others. Careers support is pretty good, but again it's somewhat hands off. Lots of workshops to help with CV and cover letter writing, application tips, etc, and then ad hoc support when you need it. E.g. if you need a pep talk or technical advice before an interview you can schedule a call with a coach. Also students are allowed to book a (theoretically) unlimited number of 'code reviews' these are like mock technical interviews where you get really detailed feedback on your coding process and where you can make improvements, as well as a full recording of your review. These are done with an external partner so there's no bias. These are really useful so, if you do Makers, be sure to take advantage of these. It's hard to give a fully thorough assessment of the careers support however, as the job market is really in a bad place right now, so the 'getting a job' bit is quite tough at the moment. The careers partnerships team seems, however, to have started bringing in a few nice hiring partners who agree to interview Makers grads, but for a while there was a real drought of any partnerships coming in so there's a bit of a backlog of job hunters in the alumni. General chatter is that the market is picking up again after the bloodbath of layoffs in the sector have started to stabilise, but it could still be a while. Overall, I'm really glad I did Makers and I found a job 2 months after graduating, however some people have been less lucky and are still hunting quite a few months on. With that in mind just be aware of the fact that - given the current market - the job hunt requires a LOT of work to keep coding and keep your motivation up applying to jobs, and also requires a fair bit of luck too.. But if you have the logical mind for coding and the motivation to power through it I'm sure you'll be great.
This course teaches you more than just syntax and this is exactly what a beginner needs to feel prepared for a job in IT. You start off with Ruby (currently) and you finish by learning the MERN stack (MongoDB, Express, React and Node) and this is one... Read More of the most used stack in the industry.
My life changed after the bootcamp at Makers. I had no clue I was able to learn so much in such a short time and I really love coding and learning about new technologies to make my apps always more awesome! Before the course I wasn't sure I would have... Read More been able to become a software developer, for the amount of knowledge ahead and because my attempt to complete university education didn't go very well. How wrong was I! Now I am sure I can create and maintain amazing products and the course finished leaving me experience of hard work but also team work, a lot of new friends with whom I shared my journey, the pride of what I have done and the excitement, curiosity and optimism that are and will be my traits throughout the next future. I love creating software and I am ready to hit the market, thank you so much Makers!
I will make a list of pros and cons, starting from cons. Cons: - If you can't afford to leave your job, this is not the right time for you to attend Pros: - You will learn not only programming, but also EQ skills. - You can learn how to manage your stress... Read More practicing meditation every day at 9am - You will realise that you can learn anything you fancy