Are you interested in doing something like App Academy to learn to program, but in the UK? Makers Academy is often thought to be the best option, and we’ve had good reports from one of our members. But it costs £8,000. What about doing something similar for free?
In this interview, Ben Clifford – another member who changed his career due to 80,000 Hours – tells us about a free alternative called Founders and Coders. Ben recently went through the course, and is currently working at a startup in London.
If interested, you can apply here. the deadline for the next round is on Friday.
Summary of main points:
- Founders and Coders is a free coding program based in London.
- The biggest benefits of doing a coding course are providing structure and tackling motivation problems.
- The weakest point of Founders and Coders is links to employers but Ben thinks this would not stop determined students can get jobs.
- The most important thing for getting a place is commitment to becoming a software developer. Being motivated to do good in your career also improves your chances.
- Applications for January close on Friday 12th December. You can attend taster days by supporting their Indiegogo campaign.