Why I chose Makers Academy to learn to code.

David Halewood
Aug 31, 2017 · 3 min read

This post is the first of many during my time at Makers Academy studying software development. September Cohort 2017. I am currently in week 1 of the Pre-Course material.


I made the decision to work with computers when I was 8 years old and my dad took me to work one weekend to oversee a server migration. Of course as far as I knew I was there to oversee the blinking lights and bundles of cables but I was excited nonetheless. I will never forget the whoosh of those sliding glass doors to the server room and how it reminded me of Star Trek, it was so freaking cool to me.

Watching my dad that day was awesome, not just because I was fascinated by what he was doing but because he loved what he was doing and wanted to share it with me. I was sold.

So…fast forward 25 years, and I’m finally following in his footsteps, as well as my two brothers who got the jump on me I must say, and delving into the world of software development. Why has it took me so long you ask? Great question, but that’s for a different time.

I made my first foray into the world of coding by signing up for Codecademy and beginning the Full Stack Developer course but very quickly felt like I was being spoon-fed and not learning in a way that I enjoyed. I didn’t feel like it was for me and so began exploring other options. That’s what led me to the idea of a boot camp, which is not a new concept to me except I used to run them myself as a Personal Trainer! I really hope the Maker’s tutors don’t make me do laps…

The reason Makers Academy stood out to me the most is quite simple, I was able to easily find and read the experiences of their graduates and saw how many of them now worked in the tech industry. I also loved reading their manifesto on their website as it marries well with my own values and work ethos.

Makers describe themselves as “a fully immersive, full-time computer programming course in London” aka “Oxbridge meets the Royal Marines for developers.”. Maybe they will make me do laps!! Or should I say loops…lots of loops.

Upon reading that description I certainly have the impression it’s going to be an intense experience but that’s another reason why I chose them. I want to be challenged, I want to put the hours in, I want to drink copious amounts of coffee and stare blankly at my screen for hours crafting the perfect solution. At the end of my time I want to have forged new connections through challenge and adversity, not just in my brain, but in my social and professional networks too.

I also want a job at the end of it. Let’s be real I’m not doing this just for fun I want to make this a career and that brings me to another reason why Makers really stood out to me. Their hiring partners are numerous and impressive, at this point I think they have over 300 and include The Financial Times, Compare The Market, The Home Office, ThoughtWorks and SKY!

“Makers Academy is a Conveyor Belt of awesome. There’s no other source of recruitment I’d put this much energy into.”

Martin Aspeli, Head of Engineering, Deloitte Digital

So in short the decision, for me, was an easy one. Even if it involved quitting my job, relocating from Merseyside, and investing a considerable sum of money, that 8 year old boy that was so inspired by his dad is finally getting his dream job.


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