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.
I loved my time at Makers bootcamp! I hardly knew any code before Makers, only a bit of Ruby that we needed to learn before joining. The curriculum covers a vast amount with exciting group projects, and is mainly self led learning and pair programming.... Read More The experience after finishing the course and joining the careers bootcamp was AMAZING!! You receive loads of support, and they are there to support you until you find a job! I can't thank Makers enough for helping me with this career change and successfully finding a job so quickly!
Makers is a well refined, well structured, intensive coding bootcamp. The coaches are super knowledgable and ready to help, and the curriculum is well curated and structured. The job support after is *excellent*. I initially got a job through Makers at... Read More a company that ran out of funding, and Makers added me straight back into their job support network without hesitation.
"Intense, revitalising, brilliant learning experience, which has given me an exciting career change"
I did the Makers Apprenticeship in 2019 and after more than 3 years I can honestly say that it has changed my life. The bootcamp is demanding, and you will find that there is no easy answer to any problem. What you learn at Makers on top of basic coding... Read More skills is how to approach these problems, break them down and deal with them as best as you can. Don't expect to be taught how to do everything but rather you'll learn how to pick up new skills quickly and put them to use. The coaches were super helpful, they are knowledgeable and they support you to find answers yourself. After working in the industry for over 3 years, I find that I still use the tools I was given at Makers to learn about new tech in my day to day job. After the 3 months bootcamp I started working as a software engineer as part of the apprenticeship program and completed my level 4 software developer certification within a year with the support of my placement coach. This bootcamp and preparing the assignments for the level 4 certification while working was probably one of the most challenging things in my life but it was 100% worth it.
I decided to change career after moving to the UK, after doing some researches I decided to go for tech with Makers. I will start with the pros. Pros: - Pair-programming: we did pair-programming almost every day. It gave us the opportunity to learn from... Read More each other. It also allow me to get used to working with other people. - good cirriculum structure: It saved me a lot of time trying to figure out what to learn first. It allowed me to learn step by step and progress with a good speed - 3 group projects: we worked with Agile, which gave me some taste of working in a team with high speed. I was surprised how the group projects helped me grow as a developer. - demanding workload: yes, I do think it is a pro. We had weekend challenges at the second half of the course, so expect to work really hard even on weekends. But it helped me to learn quick. Cons: - Full time and expensive. It's actually quite expensive, adding the fact that you have to study full time, you need to be sure tech is really what you want before joining. - Sometimes it is quite self-paced, so nobody can promise you that you are able to learn everything fully by the end of the course. You still need to pay a lot of effort to really absorb everything. Overall: Yes, the course is demanding. It provides a good structured cirriculum. You can get prepared to join the tech industry in a relatively short time - if you are willing to work very hard.
I was always skeptical about doing a Bootcamp, as coding has such a wide and deep range of free material that's readily available and free! However, the most valuable skills I learned at makers were not ones that could ever have been picked up through... Read More an online course. Not only do they teach you to code, but they also teach you how to work in a professional development environment and how to think as one! would highly recommend to anyone seriouse about taking up a carrer in software.
Had a great time at Makers. The coaches are knowledgeable and make it a point to always be available for feedback or review. The pace of the course is rigorous but it echoes the sort of problem solving under tight time frames that will occur on the job.... Read More There is a lot of emphasis on EQ learning and the job support after completion is incredible.
Pro's: - Met some amazing people who are great to be with, and having the web of contacts is almost as valuable as the course itself. - I really liked the coaches, I learnt a lot in a short space of time. - Learnt to code!!! - A great way to kick off... Read More a career. Cons: - I felt a bit out of my depth at times. I felt when I embarked on the course I wasn't quite ready, and it was so easy to get on the course I didn't think hard enough about how intense it might be. It was worth it in the end but it was a bit like: if you can write a line of code, you're in. A good idea would be to introduce an opt-out at the end of the precourse - because when I did the course I had to pay the fees and commit by the start of the precourse, which I felt a bit pressurised by.
Makers is intensive and will take over your life for the 12 weeks you're there. You have the support of a peer group, both online and in person social events and EQ sessions to balance out the wealth of technical learning. The coaches are supportive and... Read More will make time to help you if you're stuck, although you shouldn't expect to be fed solutions as there is a heavy focus on learning how to work things out and where to look for the answers. If you aren't willing to throw yourself into it and try then I don't think you will get much out of this course and may be better off choosing something with a more guided approach. I felt really drained and burnt out at the end of the course, and honestly couldn't have imagined anything worse than having to start job applications, but the careers team had so much energy it raised me up. In a month of finishing I've got my first tech job. I would definitely recommend Makers, it's a brilliant course and a well recognised one. Knowing what I know now about my experience, I would choose Makers again.