If you haven’t read my first blog, you should know that I just went through what people call a “quarter-life crisis” or better just: desire of a big change!
The fact is that I didn’t live it as a crisis at all, but I did feel like I was not meant to continue on the same path for much longer.
After deciding on my new path: Software Development; and choosing the right course for me: Makers Academy; I got myself a good laptop and started working on the admission requirements: Ruby on Rails online course.
The truth is that, I wrote the advices on my first blog as if I could go back and give them to myself 4 months ago.
- The admission officers didn’t know that I came from nothing and I had to study almost from scratch.
- I got excited about finally finding my path, that I wished I could have changed my life in no time.
- I applied to 2 schools I liked and tried to follow the admission requirements of both, while both admission officers were pushing me for the following course start within 3–4 weeks.
Result? A BIG FAT PANIC!
So, go back to my first blog and make sure you don’t make my same mistakes!
Long story short, when I chose the academy and decided to do it properly, I took my time and set myself a first deadline of 2 months to get through the requirements.
Needless to say that I was still working full-time and we were also getting into the busiest time of the year, therefore I later pushed my deadline of 2 more months, to stay and support my team over the high season, take more time to study it all properly, plan my savings and start my adventure with the New Year.
Did I even get through an interview?
I was about 2.5 months into online studying when I showed up at the Academy for a pairing session, after which they should tell you if you’re ready for the admission interview or not.
At my surprise, the follow-up email started with “Welcome to Makers!”.
I made it without even knowing I was getting through an interview. Because officially it was not. The admission officer, who met up with me and asked me a couple of questions, apparently gave a very positive feedback that got me straight into the course, without questions.
My first idea was to get through the Pre-Course in January, as we were asked to complete some tasks dedicating about 25hrs weekly and I didn’t feel like I had them during Christmas time with a full-time job. However, I was accepted into the December pre-course which lasted 2 weeks longer (from 4 to 6) due to the Holidays and I had some sort of strong confidence after being accepted very easily. I also got a very positive feedback from the former Sales and Marketing Director of the academy, of which I’m still proud of. Therefore, I decided to accept the challenge and got ready for the Pre-Course to make it in my spare time from work.
I also got a very positive feedback from the former Sales and Marketing Director of the academy, of which I’m still proud of.
How did the Pre-Course go?
Quite well actually. I handled both work and course, managing to finish the tasks in a timely manner, without stressing too much, because I was in fact ready!
I am now few days away from starting the actual on-site course and I couldn’t be more excited!