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.
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.
Pros: Guided curriculum throughout the course Schedule maintained with few last minute or short notice changes A lot of resources and tools offered Feedback is available when it is requested Assistance with finding a position when the course has been... Read More completed At least 20 other intelligent, highly motivated individuals in your cohort whom you can use as a resource, chat buddy, etc. Great Coding Review platform You are given the opportunity to have a mentor (typically someone who is 2 months ahead of you in the program) Pair programming offered from the beginning of the structured course (not pre-course) Cons: You may not be reminded of some of the awesome resources and tools, which means you don't benefit from them (i.e. the Coding Review platform is available at any time. I believe you are told about it in the initial paperwork and hub links/resources you are provided but then you may not get another reminder. I was reminded about it from another student 6 weeks into the course after he had done his first one and I asked what he was referencing). Sometimes you just need an answer provided to you and that is not the way the coaching system works. It is designed to help guide you in the right direction and to help you learn how to find the answer yourself. If you are not a go getter and actively try to find ways to receive feedback, you will not receive it. The website states there are daily workshops. I interpreted this as coding or tech workshops. It is not. There is generally 1, sometimes 2 coding workshops per week. There were daily EQ meditation sessions that were at least 15 minutes Although this is a coordinated, semi-scheduled program, there does not seem to be oversight as to whether someone is actually engaging, participating in pair programming, etc. - i.e. you're not in school and you're not receiving emails noting you were not in class today. ; D
I chose Makers for their approach to teaching; the coaching is brilliant and thoughtful, and it prepares you for coding beyond the bootcamp. The EQ training helps everyone work better together (pair programming and working in teams is a huge focus of... Read More the course). What I didn't know when I chose Makers was how supportive the careers team would be when you graduate - the opportunities and guidance they provide is incredible, and it makes a whole new industry feel accessible! I'm excited to be a part of Makers alumni.
"Excellent course that went beyond my expectations and got me a job!"
After 5 years in an unrelated field (advertising), I decided I wanted to move into software development. After 2 months of self-directed learning, I joined Makers to get relevant skills necessary for employment. Pros of Makers: 1) they do an excellent... Read More job of integrating you into a cohort of students, ensuring open communication is easy and exposing you to pair-programming, an essential skill for working in software that you can't get from working alone; 2) they cover a wide range of skills, and I felt I learned a lot of technical skills I wouldn't have been able to through self-directed learning; 3) by the end of the course, I had a portfolio I was proud of; 4) the job-hunting part of Makers, which kicks in after the course is done, was excellent... I had a well-paid job within a month. 5) One-on-one reviews with a coach are absolutely invaluable, and improved my coding skills immensely; 6) As someone who has always used a PC, I was advised to borrow a MacBook from Makers for the course. Although I was annoyed about this at first (I'm not an Apple fan and avoid using their products), I now think this was very useful for me so that I am now equipped to code on MacBooks and PCs. Cons of Makers: 1) It would have been good to know the course was MacBook-based before going into it (I bought a new Microsoft Laptop for the course, which I didn't need!) 2) the course is designed to include more content than anyone can actually complete. This is to make sure no one ever had nothing to do, you're not expected to finish everything. However, it can be hard to figure out the minimum level of knowledge required, so it's not always clear if you're on track; 3) the group projects can be stressful. Overall, despite some cons, I still highly rate this course, and if I went back in time 4 months' I'd definitely do it again. Recommended to anyone who wants to change their career and move into software development.
I attended Makers, starting the bootcamp in March 2020 (just as the Pandemic hit). Makers managed to transfer the bootcamp to be an online course which was really great and fostered a strong online community in our cohort. I had spent about a year learning... Read More Ruby ahead of the course starting as I tried to get as good a grounding as possible but the amount the course taught me I think would've taken at least a couple of years to reach on my own. I loved the meditation every day and the holistic approach to the course gave me a really good mindset for appropriating coding problems. I also loved out bootcamp mentor and my placement coach Carina who went out of their way to make sure I was well supported in the transition to working at a company after the bootcamp ended. Overall I would recommend the apprenticeship to anyone, it gave me a great place to start my career and working in industry taught me a lot.
If you are itching for a career change into software development you really don't have to look any further then Makers Academy. The fast paced bootcamp gets you up to speed in no time. It's really intense so be prepared! Once you are finished the bootcamp... Read More you still get all the support you need from the bootcamp while you work with the job hunting team to land your first role.
"An incredible experience and a great way to kick-start a journey in Web Development"
My Makers experience was only positive. Joining just before the pandemic hit, we spent one month on site, and through that I met some really awesome people, most of us who still keep in contact today. The self-starter mindset is strong at Makers, so don't... Read More expect classes, lectures, or scheduled days. Instead, the learning is done through collaboration, self learning time, and pair programming; all of these ways prove to be much more effective in preparation for a real-life developer role. I got the support I needed after the course to land myself a role, and have been promoted within a year. Highly recommend Makers as a bootcamp for anyone thinking about changing career.
"It's not for everyone, but personally, I loved every minute of it."
Overall, I really enjoyed my time at Makers, and was able to land a job as a junior software engineer 5 months after starting the course. Certainly worth the money in my eyes. Course Content - There was a lot of bespoke content, but sometimes it was unclear... Read More and took a few re-reads and research around the topic to fully understand. Be prepared to do A LOT of research independent of the course materials. Sometimes recommended tech to use resulted in unnecessary banging heads on desk, due to it having stopped being supported several years ago. Course Support - Makers focuses on Holistic learning with a wing of emotional wellbeing. The coaches and the support groups provided by Makers are one of the most important resources, and the patience, approachability and knowledge these coaches have are simply outstanding. Makers focus less on teaching, and more on teaching you how to teach yourself - which is an incredibly powerful skill that I think is often overlooked with classic education techniques. I've done GSCE's, A-Levels and a Masters Degree before joining Makers - and I've learnt more about myself and how to learn in the 16 weeks of the course, than the 10+ years of education I've had in traditional bodies. Post-course support - CV writing tips, CV reviews, GitHub cv reviews, how to find a good job via which job boards, job advert breakdown, networking, LinkedIn profile reviews, cover letter guidance, cover letter reviews, interview preparation, mock coding tests, mock interviews, 1 on 1 support. There is a lot that Makers have to offer in the post-course, and honestly, I believe this all was enough to offset the imposter syndrome and provide enough confidence to be able to land my first job. A lot of the tips I learned here I will remember for the rest of my tech career, and I believe that Makers has given me the best start possible.
"This was the most challenging experience I've ever had."
I'd like to note that the comments from my experience are from 2020 and some of these things may have changed since. Pros: It was great to have my cohort supporting me and helping me at times when I was struggling. Coming to the office and the pairing... Read More sessions was for me the most valuable experience, I've learnt a lot from paring with colleagues. I'd like to specifically mention Alice as a great coach, her workshops were really informative and she always made sure we understood the concepts with student interaction. The support from the careers team has been so much better than I ever expected! Becks & Toby supported me right through to when I got a job and kept me motivated. This was one of the most invaluable benefits of studying with Makers. Cons: I think that there could be more one to one support for students that have more difficulties during the bootcamp. I found that what I got out of the workshops varied greatly as the quality wasn't consistent. This could be improved by facilitating more group interactive work during the session and trying to appeal to all types of learning styles. The same would go for the 1-1 support from coaches some were fantastic at providing support and others not so much.
I decided a year ago that I would like to become a software engineer, as I had yet to start a job I would consider a career. Makers helped me to structure my learning and drive me towards positive change, both technically, and personally. This was achieved... Read More through a well developed and focused curriculum that taught essential web development concepts, as well as learning how to learn. In addition a big shout out to Dana Svobada for her excellent emotional quotient lessons, which taught key soft skills such as: Empathetic listening, receiving and giving feedback and different work styles. Whilst the process was overwhelming at times, if you are willing to commit yourself to change and growth, you will inevitably gain a lot from this program.