My life after Makers Academy a year later

Since it’s been a year(!) since I started the course, I thought I give an update on my life since I graduated from Makers Academy last May.

Job situation

I got a job fairly quickly with DesignMyNight (about 2-3 weeks after the course had finished). And even though I didn’t get the job directly through Makers, I definitely benefited from the interview exercises and CV revisions Makers did with us during hiring week! (Note: Makers has now changed their hiring prep a bit, more on that on their blog.)

In hindsight, I think I had false expectations regarding the hiring partners. Makers had quite a few partners and many of them interesting but of course you are competing with around 30 classmates who have exactly the same experience as you do. So pretty much everyone of us was looking at LinkedIn offers, spoke to recruiters, went to meet ups etc. The usual job-hunting process. And if I’m not mistaken that most of us found a job 2-3 months after graduating.

Bottom line: you will find a job!

Life after my career change

I’m so glad I took the leap and changed my career. For me this is finally a job I get excited about! Obviously it was a massive challenge coming from my biggest Makers project, which was the work of two weeks , to a website that has existed for years in the real world with real-world challenges (time, customers, budget, infrastructure, …). But over half a year later, my job title is still Junior Web Developer. This for me is a massive achievement. Without the course I don’t think I’d have ever done it!

Of course you can save a lot of money and probably just learn coding by reading books or doing tutorials, but at least for me I need a social learning environment and a somewhat structured day with goals and challenges. Not to forget the meditation or coffee breaks.

During the course I met so many lovely people; learned a lot about code and more importantly how to learn learning about code; trained in over-coming a coding-crisis and solve problems; how to ask for help and to actually ask for it (which isn’t always easy); how to work with other people and letting other people know how to work with me.

So if someone’s reading this thinking about applying for this course I highly recommend it!

Please feel free to message me if you’d like to chat some more about the course (anni[at]annikanns.de or in the comments of course). Or just head over to makersacademy.com! (I’m not being paid for this :P)

Breakfast notes

Job status: seeking

Mood: ok

It’s been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster for me these past few days. After the pretty structured 12-weeks at Makers, I’m a graduate now: I need to find a job, I need to do tech tests, I also should be refactoring old code, I should be starting new projects, learning new frameworks, languages or at least become an expert at the stuff I do know. I should be going to a meet ups everyday and work on an elevator pitch for myself. Naturally I should be more evolved with the tech scene in general, i.e. follow interesting & inspiring people on twitter or feedly. And in my spare time I should be reading all the tech books and listen to pod casts for best practices.

I knew there was going to be a lot of stuff but I was a bit overwhelmed. Especially when I started a tech test and it took me a lot more time than I thought it would and threw my nice daily schedule out of the window. I think I put a lot of pressure on myself to do it right, to find a job immediately, to tick of all the items from my list above.

So now I’ve realised when I set myself out to do too many things, I get too stressed if something doesn’t go to plan. I’ve changed my plan to doing one main thing per day: either coding or applying for jobs. I’m hoping by doing that I’ll get more applications done because I’m ‘in the zone’ and write better code because I know I don’t have worry about writing applications for that day.

Makers suggested writing applications in the morning and then code in the afternoon, but for me that doesn’t work. So we’ll see how it works out with my new ‘plan’, and then reiterate and go from there. 🙂

So for today: coding -> tech test!