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.
Makers was a fantastic opportunity to make a career change. The course content was good, focussing on the important skills you need as a developer, which helps to set up for success after the course is over. The aftercare of Makers was by far the most... Read More 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 and these opportunities are worth their weight in gold. The hiring market for junior developers is hard but is made a lot easier with what Makers can offer you.
"Intense bootcamp with a focus on pair programming, self directed learning, community and wellbeing, with great technical, personal, and careers support."
Learn to learn how to make anything, that's a tall order! However, it's a great goal and Makers definitely meets that challenge with an agile approach. The bootcamp was a hard journey that I value highly and I feel empowered to be able to make anything.... Read More Sometimes it didn't feel straightforward how each particular lesson or exercise on the course fit into the big picture, however perhaps that's the nature of tackling as abstract and complex of a problem as learning to learn! You learn it's best to fail quickly and often, that pair programming and talking out your logic is sometimes invaluable, and about a myriad of topics that nascent experience can only skim the surface of. There are plenty of workshops offered as well as one-off workshops when a group of Makers all have similar needs. Technical support in the form of coaches is available and helpful, but you're also learning to de-bug your problems yourself. The end of the program was a little unsettling by the very nature of stopping an intensive 3 month structure and then preparing to apply for jobs. The careers support side of the program has a strong emphasis on learning your own effective process for meeting the challenge. The coaching available during this time is incredibly helpful and prepared me with confidence in an approach to job hunting that I'd never had before. Additionally, the roles available to apply to, from companies recruiting through Makers directly, are high quality opportunities. Community is also emphasised during the program, looking to bring people together in new ways, encouraging communication and relationship development. Even though I was on the remote program, my cohort was extremely cohesive, supportive, and energising. I can only imagine that the bootcamp in person is an elevated experience of what Makers manages to pull off remotely. Well done to Makers Academy and their incredible staff!
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. Through the use of instructional seminars and regimented pair programming sessions... Read More - daily - you quickly learn whilst sharing your knowledge with the rest of your cohort and this only compounds the rate at which your skills develop. There are challenges at the end of each segment that showcase just how much you've learned, to yourself more so than anyone else. At the end of the course, I found myself employment ready. Making the most of the post-course support to build a competitive CV and hone the art of writing a cover letter, I found myself on the end of a job offer within a couple of months. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to make a career change!
The course teaches you how to work in the tech industry, but not just by teaching you to code. You are taught good conventions and practices and are supported on the journey very well, having a peer group to talk about how everyone was coping really helped.... Read More The only negative I took from the course was when it ended, I struggled to keep the structure that I had built, however, the coaches recognised this and gave me the support I needed.
Attending the Makers course is extremely fun and a massive learning experience. I would recommend it to anyone who wnats to learn how to could. It was great meeting new people that are all in the same boat and get to work with all of them. You will have... Read More to enroll with the mindset that Makers will provide the resources but it is self-led-learning throughout the course.
I would definitely recommend Makers to anyone looking to move into software development. The curriculum and learning materials are rich and useful, the quality of coaching is really high, and the post-course support for the job hunt is fantastic as well.... Read More The course is also run attentively - when my cohort had problems, there was no hesitation in adapting the curriculum and the course structure to suit everyone better and it felt like those running the course were always open to discussion. The workload is intense and full on, so I would recommend that anyone looking to do Makers spend enough time beforehand to feel prepared, and to feel secure that software dev is the right path for them. I would also recommend doing research beforehand into the nature of the job hunt, how long it might take and what kind of jobs are available, so as to have realistic expectations. I was lucky enough to get hired by a Makers partner pretty much immediately, but the process can be less straightforward. However, at every point Makers provides incredible support, and I had an amazing time doing the bootcamp. I now have a skill I hope to take forward and develop through the rest of my career, and Makers gave me the foundation necessary to do that.
My experience of Makers was fantastic. It is intense and requires a lot of hard work, but it was definitely worth it. I was hesitant at first about the emphasis on 'learning to learn' and on pair programming, but I ended up loving. both of those things... Read More - especially pair programming! Stumbling through coding challenges with someone else who doesn't hugely know what they're doing (just like you) is a great way to learn. A little awkward at first, but in the end it was my favorite part of the course. It was also a great way to get to know people, as they course was entirely remote. The staff was incredibly helpful, and I loved the emphasis on emotional intelligence as well as becoming a good developer. Definitely recommend!
Makers teaches you how to be a good software engineer no matter what language you use. This doesn't just include technical skills like object-oriented design, test-driven development and problem-solving. It also includes "soft" skills like emotional intelligence,... Read More working in a development team and managing your own wellbeing. Makers also instils a mindset of self-directed learning and development, which is important for developers who always want to keep progressing.
"You come out the other end a confident software developer!"
Makers was a great experience to not only learn to code and explore different tech stacks, but also to gain experience working as a developer in agile teams and through pair programming. It really teaches you a lot about test driving your programs and... Read More how to debug. Both internal and External code reviews are available so you can keep track on your progress. The thing that separates Makers from other bootcamps is the wellbeing aspect (meditation, yoga and workshops) and the career support after you graduate.
"A worthwhile investment if you are committed to entering the world of software."
This is an intense and expensive course. It is a worthwhile investment if you want to find the 'quick' way into the world of software (however do be prepared to not have that software job for several months after the course - I picked up part time work... Read More to cover my expenses during the job hunt and eventually landed a role after 4 months, which was earlier than most). The 4 weeks pre-course is relatively tough but can just about be done whilst holding down a full time job. The main 12 weeks of the course is very intense and participants should commit fully to this. Also, when studying the codecademy course beforehand, I will point out that 'Lambdas' and 'Procs' have never cropped up for me since. I spent the entire 16 weeks feeling out of my depth, but in a good way - whenever I looked back on previous work I was confident with my abilities regarding that topic. It is also easy to feel that others are progressing more than you, but remember that you will be progressing more than others, and in the wide scheme of things everyone knows barely anything compared to a professional software developer. There are a lot of online resources available for students during the course (sometimes too much!), but the students who excel the most appeared to be those who would constantly communicate with both the coaches and other students. This can feel daunting at first, but you'll soon get used to asking for help and having someone point out that a word in your code has a small typo! Proactivity is also a must - there are some weeks where you are left to your own devices and it is easy to take the foot off the pedal... beware! Give yourself plenty of down time so that you can crush it during office hours. During the job hunt, the resources available are excellent, but very much in a 'you get out what you put in' manner. There are coaches available to help you prepare for tech tests, write applications etc. along with Makers linking up with hiring partners to advertise roles to you. You just need to be proactive about engaging with the resources to get the most out of them. Finally, I would say that you should try coding yourself a lot before committing to this course, even paying a few £'s to have a go at an online class. It's a big commitment to make so make sure you would be willing to do it as a career i.e. screen time, chair time etc. Also, reach out to previous Makers students. I have had several people contact me through LinkedIn and have had several calls with these people to discuss their expectations. For me, if your finances and personal situation allows for it, and you have found coding to be compelling and interesting, then you should give serious thought to signing up to this course.