At Makers Bootcamp, we are encouraged to participate in regular process reviews, both with our peers and with an external professional reviewer who roleplays a product owner with a set of non-technical requirements. We then convert these requirements into a working, tested, well-written application.

The Reviews are an hour long, and we are assessed on how well we TDD, how ‘clean’ our code is, how we debug when things go wrong and how we deliver value in an agile way.

It’s not summative — there is no pass/fail measurement involved. …

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The last 6 weeks have gone by in the flashiest of flashes (’tis the season to rewatch Love Actually) and I’m now halfway through the course that is going to shape the rest of my career. It has been almost 3 months since I first set eyes on code and today feels like a good day to reflect on how far I’ve come and share the good, the bad and the ugly.

Week 1

How I felt: Insecure! I wondered if I had made the right decision and questioned how I even got onto the course. I met some (wonderful!)…

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I have just completed the 4-week long Makers pre-course and feeling all the feels about starting the main 12-week course tomorrow! The experience has been like jumping straight into the deep end of the biggest swimming pool without a floatation device. Ok, maybe there was a flotation device but it was just one tiny armband! And, I guess it wasn’t all bad because I learned to keep myself above water even though it got a bit hairy there for a while. Right, enough with these silly metaphors and on to what really happened.

I received a “Welcome to the pre-course”…

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25 August, 12:15. That is when I got the call to inform me that my role as a Regional Sales Manager was at risk. At 3 minutes and 45 seconds, it wasn’t a long call but, as Rachel Green put it, it was the end of an era!

I had been in the travel industry for almost 10 years in a variety of roles in sales and service, operations and management. Knowing the effect the pandemic was having on the industry made it clear to me that my next role would not be in travel. …


Career Changer, Ex Sales Manager, current Makers Student, Software Engineer in development

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