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.
"Challenging and collaborative bootcamp with supportive community and career coaching"
Overall - Studying at Makers Academy not only got me my dream role, but it was also some of the best weeks of my life. Each week, you'll either study a fundamental aspect of web development, or build your own application. They work hard on building an... Read More atmosphere where everyone can ask questions and learn without judgement, which really pays off. If you throw yourself in, you can learn an unbelievable amount in 12 weeks. Pros - • You can genuinely go from no coding experience to succeeding on this course. This was not the case for me, but I saw it happen with people on my cohort. • Gives you experience of all the areas of web development that are needed to land a role: agile development, test-driven development, object-oriented principles, relational databases. • The emotional intelligence curriculum is excellent, I have become so much better in working in a team because of this course. The meditation and yoga sessions are also available for alumni for free! • You quickly form a close bond with your cohort due to Makers selectively picking a certain type of person, even if you do the entire course remotely, as I did. • Job hunting support post-course is exceptional. The careers team provide workshops, individual coaching sessions, and a special mention to Hunor for reviewing about 1000 cover letters every single week! • On completing the course, you will have three full-stack web applications as a portfolio for employers. Cons- • The only con I can think of is that the first half of the course is in Ruby, which is a fairly dead language at this point (at least in terms of what I saw asked for when jobhunting). Makers do this because they believe it’s the best language to learn as a beginner, so fair enough. Personally, I think it’d be better if the first half of the course was in Python, which I started with, found very intuitive, and it’s the most used language in the world.
"fantastic in all respects, intensive, well worth"
The quality of teaching at the bootcamp was exceptional. The instructors were highly knowledgeable and delivered the material in a way that was both engaging and easy to understand. The overall organization of the bootcamp was professional, and I felt... Read More supported throughout the entire program. Despite the high number of cohorts and students at a time, the support level was excellent, and everything was well-coordinated and curated. The curriculum was modern and up-to-date, with a focus on fundamental and high-level concepts that are in demand in the industry. The atmosphere on the course was amazing, and everyone was very supportive, contributing to the overall wellbeing of the students. The bootcamp prioritized personal wellbeing and learning, ensuring that everyone had the resources and support they needed to succeed. Although the course is very intensive, it is a unique and valuable learning experience that can help you change your career. You may not finish everything in one sitting during the course, but the important thing is to focus on learning and developing your skills. I met amazing people from my cohort and other cohorts, and the course has amazing perks that you have access to even after graduation. We worked on very interesting team projects and it was pure fun. Overall, I am extremely satisfied and can wholeheartedly recommend the course. I am grateful to the entire Makers Team for their support throughout my journey, both in good times and in bad.
Throughout the pre-course, I was experiencing quite a bit of imposter syndrome (arguably not an uncommon feeling for a career changer). However, since day one of the full-time course, the empathetic and patient environment that the Makers team provided,... Read More enabled me to overcome those initial fears and realise my own potential in programming. With numerous group engineering projects and 'give it a go' encouragement from the coaches, the course works really well in preparing us for our future tech jobs - to the extent that I was able to draw from many of my Makers experiences when interviewing for jobs. The EQ workshops are an invaluable addition, especially when wanting to making the most of those group engineering projects. After 4 months of intense learning and self-development, I wasn't sure how much energy I had left to then look for a job but the careers team had us covered. I've never experienced motivation that abundant and readily available. With the job-searching process being quite a daunting experience for me, I made sure I leant on the careers team and their resources as much as possible and I don't think I would have found a job as quickly as I did without them.
When I was looking at the bootcamps I could apply to, I saw many bootcamps that promise "belonging to a community", but Makers truly provides that. Receiving training in my current company just isn't the same...I actually wish I was still at Makers for... Read More this principle of togetherness! Their approach to learning is so welcoming and unique, I've never experienced anything like this in my life (and I don't think I will again). The holistic way of teaching whilst making space to ensure wellbeing and wellness is so effective. I think "EQ" (emotional quotient) training really goes hand in hand with tech. Aside from reaching out to coaches or your cohort, they even have joy officer whom you can talk to if you have any blockers. The coaches were amazing, always great in spirits and couldn't do more to help. There's a clearly a very stringent vetting process for anyone that works for Makers, because everyone was a "people person" whilst also being very knowledgeable on the technical side. Don't get me wrong, the course is very hard and demanding but every employee at Makers is there to help and they are very good at nurturing your development. After I left Makers to find a job, their aftercare was unbelievably good. There's bespoke support you'll receive for interview training, CV's and cover letters. They also have many plans in place to ease your transition and they are really hands on, right until you get employed...even then, I am still using their offices, so even though I'm employed, they're still supporting me! I'd hate to sound hackneyed, but after graduation you realise being a Maker is a way of thinking and a lifestyle!
"My Experience with a Holistic Bootcamp: A Worthwhile Investment in My Education and Personal Growth"
Attending a holistic boot camp was one of the best decisions I've ever made. The immersive and well-rounded education I received helped me develop a deep understanding of my field and a strong set of practical skills. Not only did it prepare me for a... Read More successful career, but it also fostered personal growth and allowed me to connect with a supportive community of like-minded individuals.
I was quite skeptical about the whole thing of becoming a Software Developer in just 4 months. However, Makers has been great, and after finishing the course I'm building my own app from scratch! The curriculum is intense and very fast-forward, but it... Read More totally prepares you for becoming a developer. I enjoyed pairing with other students to solve coding challenges and the knowledge we learned during the team projects. Overall, intense, demanding, and definitely worth it.