Case Study

Simon Legg

16 year old school leaver who ended up selling paint for 7 years

I can code and I'm starting a new job soon, which is exciting and I've doubled my salary!

What were you doing before joining Makers Academy?

I was selling paint.

What made you want to start learning to code in the first place?

I wanted to make cool things that people use daily and my brother is a programmer so that captured my interest too.

How did you come across Makers Academy and what made you decide to apply?

I found it to be a steep learning curve and the emphasis on the self-led learning was difficult.

What did you find difficult during the course?

I came across Makers Academy through Facebook and I met up with a graduate of Makers Academy who worked with my brother.

What happened during/after graduation and where are you job-wise?

I recovered from a hangover and then I started to apply to jobs and got a job offer about a month a later.

How has your life changed since graduation?

I can code and I'm starting a new job soon, which is exciting and I've doubled my salary!

What advice would you give to people thinking of changing career?

Do it!

What would you say to people who say £8,000 is very expensive?

Considering expense is based on value I would say £8000 isn't expensive. It's a lot of money but it's not expensive when you consider potential earnings in 6 months or a year it's nothing

What was your biggest worry before joining Makers Academy and how do you feel about it now?

I was worried if I would be able to get a job afterwards or not but now I got a job so it's all good.

Sum up your Makers Academy experience

Coding and great friends.

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