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Makers Academy

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Makers Academy

Avg Rating:4.78 ( 341 reviews )

Makers Academy is a highly selective, 16-week, full-time program which teaches web development online and in hybrid cohorts at their campus in London, England. Makers Academy is creating a new generation of tech talent who are skilled and ready for the changing world of work. The academy is inspired by the idea of discovering and unlocking potential in people for the benefit of the 21st-century business and society. At the core, Makers combines tech education with employment possibilities that transform lives. The academy accepts only exceptional applicants into the course. While they are highly selective, they focus on a student's passion for becoming a developer by gauging their coding experience. Makers Academy also offers apprenticeships in Software Engineering and DevOps.

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 will 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.

With one of the UK’s largest careers team dedicated to finding students a job after the end of the course, Makers Academy will introduce students to 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.

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  • Web Development

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    Ruby, Rails, CSS, JavaScript, HTML, Front End, Git, jQuery, Node.js, Sinatra, AngularJS, SQL, React.js
    In PersonFull Time40 Hours/week16 Weeks
    Start Date None scheduled
    Cost£8,500
    Class size24
    LocationLondon
    The course is designed for everyone, whether a complete novice, a computer science graduate wanting practical experience, or an entrepreneur sick of looking for a technical co-founder. Students learn an incredible amount, including: Ruby on Rails; HTML5 and CSS3; Agile and Lean Development; JavaScript, jQuery and NodeJS; along with Git and Heroku, and software design best practices. Students learn through first hand experience, community-driven classrooms, pairing, and project-based work.
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    Deposit£850.00
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    StepEx, Lendwise, Coursebud.
    Tuition PlansAvailable through 3rd parties
    Scholarship£850 discount to women and gender minorities.
    Getting in
    Minimum Skill LevelWe expect people to generally understand what coding is about and have some exposure to trialling simple coding challenges.
    Prep WorkTo prepare for the pairing session with one of our developers, we would ask people to complete some coding exercises at home and then come in for a pairing session.
    Placement TestYes
    InterviewYes
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     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. It was a fantastic opportunity to make a career change. The aftercare of Makers was by far the most 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. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to make a career change! 
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    Karim Abu-Seer • Software Engineer • Student Verified via GitHub
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    I had a wonderful time at Makers Academy. I've landed an incredible role within a leading AI startup, and have fast tracked my career transition.
    PROS
    - Community. I find it helpful to be part of empowering communities, and between the students and coaches Makers has put together an excellent one. This certainly helped expedite my learning. Whilst self teaching code helped me with syntax etc, after Makers I feel like I could confidently produce well written/tested/documented production code in most languages.
    - EQ stuff is excellent. Daily check ins, daily led-meditation and yoga several times I week. I attended all of these, and have continued most of these habits since finishing the course.
    - Job hunting support is strong. Good coaching sessions to prepare for interviews, and great emotional support through out
    CONS
    - Being fully remote was a bit of a con for me, as in-person classes hadn't resumed when I started
    - I think some students could have benefited with a little more 1-on-1 coaching time on the main course. I didn't feel like I needed anymore, but I know other students disagreed with me
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    Else • Junior Full Stack Developer • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    Makers will teach you how to learn new things,  over and over again. You'll do something new every week and it's really really full on. By the end, you can build web apps. In at least two languages. It's really amazing how far you can come in just a few months. There's a big focus on teamwork (in the form of pairing and group projects) and mental well-being (in the form of workshops, meditation, yoga, and an amazing chief happiness officer who is always there for you if you hit a mental bump). You'll need all those resources though - it's very challenging and can be frustrating. Most of the learning is self-led, you have to be willing to work really hard to find the answers to your questions yourself. You can ask coaches questions but they will also encourage you to find your own solutions first. It can also be hard to get a coach involved sometimes, at least in a remote setting. You'll spend a lot of time learning things from other members in your cohort rather then a coach - especially in the later weeks.

    The careers team works very hard as well to get good hiring partners and to teach you about applying for jobs. I gained a lot of confidence and knowledge by talking to them. They also provide great opportunities to get to know companies. I would highly recommend looking for a job with their help over going it alone.

    All in all, I would recommend it, it will get you started in software development. But it will completely take over your life for the time you're in the course.
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    Muhammad Nasr Ahmad • Software Developer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    For anyone considering a career change I would highly recommend joining makers. The course is highly intensive and will make your work really hard. My skills improved significantly over a very small amount of time. The real value comes from the people and the community. Everyone in the cohort had a genuine interest in tech and the overall environment was very inspiring. Joining makers was the best decision I made for my career. 
  • Alum
    - 11/8/2021
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    Luke Usher • Developer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    I took a huge gamble leaving my full-time job to join Makers, in the middle of the pandemic no less, but I found that a lot of people on the course were in a very similar situation to myself. Makers know this too and offer incredible support at every stage to help you deal with the doubt, stress, and anxiety that can come with taking such a huge leap of faith. That said, the course is not a cakewalk. Makers do everything they can to help you along your journey, but ultimately, you are the one who has to walk the path. To get the best out of the course, you will need to put your all into the weekly challenges, workshops, and materials provided by Makers. It is an intensive course for a reason.  Luckily, the coaches make this a really enjoyable and fun experience. They treat you as an individual and there is an emphasis on emotional intelligence that for me was a huge part of why I chose Makers over other coding boot camps. They are honest with you when talking about job prospects or any limitations upon course completion and have an amazing team specifically dedicated to assisting you in finding your first role. I am happy to say I was offered a role within the first 2 months of completing the course and the face time that you get with their hiring partners is invaluable in achieving this. If you are pursuing purely a front-end role, the course curriculum does not focus on this as much so maybe it wouldn't be the best for you if that was your goal - the hiring partners (for the majority, it seems) tend to be either back-end or full-stack roles. That said, some of their hiring partners are looking for front-end only devs so I wouldn't write it off completely. Look at the curriculum. Do your research. I can guarantee you will learn something on the course that can help you find a job.  
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    Ralph Bartley • Graduate Developer • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    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.

    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!
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    Stu • Software Engineer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    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 - 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!
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    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. 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.
  • Great bootcamp
    - 8/24/2021
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    Robert Dupplaw • Software Developer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    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, 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.
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    Lou • software developer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    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 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.
  • Worth it
    - 8/12/2021
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    Jess • Software Engineer • Graduate • Verified via LinkedIn
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    Pros: 
    - A well-rounded overview of many aspects of coding you can't get from a solo course. 
    - You make many websites in teams, and pick up the exact kind of workflow you need for a job.
    - Great way to create a portfolio
    - The coaches are very invested, pay attention to you, give great feedback. Ditto for the hiring team at the end of the course. 
    - Good job support for those willing to engage with it. 

    Cons: 
    - The pace is very fast, so burnout risk is potentially high for coding newcomers. I would strongly recommend doing extra work online before applying, so that the transition to JavaScript doesn't come as a shock. I did a The Modern Javascript Bootcamp Course (2021) by Colt Steele and Stephen Grider and I think it made my life a lot easier. 
    - Ruby is less popular than it used to be, so if you want more job options, be prepared to explore other languages or learn them on the job.
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    - 8/2/2021
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    Dev • Graduate Verified via GitHub
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    This has been a once in a lifetime experience and was not just about the code but more about understanding what you are writing in a meaningful way. The approach to emotional intelligence was also something new for me to take in and has now become the baseline for how I take on most challenges in my life (professional and personal). One of the draw backs in the beginning of the course is when you are stuck on a problem a coach will not simply give you the answer but rather try and point you in the right direction which was a bit of an adjustment in the early days as I have never experienced this way of teaching but ultimately this is much more meaning full. 

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