What a strange year it has been, I can scarcely believe it’s Christmas next week. How time flies when you are locked up inside all year. Without the usual Christmas songs on repeat at retailers and McDonald’s that festive anticipation of Christmas is really lacking. I haven’t been to the shops much for fear of my life or listened to any Christmas songs the only thing left to save Christmas would be a white one but I’m not holding my breathe. …


Fresh from getting shot down at the last hurdle and taking a whole weekend of relaxing, yes a whole weekend! I was feeling in a much better mental state to tackle the oncoming week, I started off with a morning meeting with my mental health app group where we outlined the objectives the week and also to catchup what I had missed for the past 2 weeks. I must say I was impressed with what was achieved so far and the app is really starting to take shape. For this week’s assignment we generated ideas for the homepage of the…


Feeling a bit of a backlash from the previous from all the stress and confusion generated over my first tech test. While I did manage to relax over the weekend, I still felt a bit mentally exhausted, possibly also due to not sleeping all too well. I have these elaborate plans to sleep in and turn into a proper potato but it just never materialises anymore, must be an age thing…

So the week kicked off with sprint planning for the 2 group projects I am involved in, progress has been steady so far and while I wanted to work…


A tiring week, possibly partly due to the having a very busy week last week which has crept it’s way into this. I really need to do better at this thing people refer to as relaxing. Aware of the impending lockdown announced over the weekend, me and my family ran off early this week to ensure we had enough supplies ready for us to survive the harsh winters of the UK. I mean who knows when lockdown will be lifted, they say 1 month but it could easily turn into 3 months like last time. Who even believes the government…


A week of highs and some frustration is the best way to describe the mood. I feel disciplined in my pursuit of a job, I have my daily targets and I feel like I have some semblance of a balance between coding and finding a real jobbo. I feel slightly irked for want of a better word, many job applications have been sent out by carrier pigeons and either I hear nothing back or it’s a no. On the plus side it hasn’t crushed my soul too much, I was obviously not expecting it to be a walk in the…


Another week, another new set of confusing rules of lockdown to abide by. I have absolutely no money and nowhere to go anyway so who cares if the next apocalypse happens. I only have a very few select goals and they all involve being at home in front of my computer so it makes no difference to me. This week was project week, 2 group projects in fact. We had some very good talks regarding the mental health app we’re making using react native expo, goodness knows what the actual difference is. I have high hopes for the group, everyone…


After making a real push to churn out 10 job applications last week, I thought I’d hold myself to a higher standard and turn up the dial to 15. Now I know it’s about quality not quantity but there has to be a balance somewhere and I’m trying to find that balance. On top of that, there’s also the old juggling trick of making sure I’m learning new skills and practicing my coding which I’m happy to say I fully achieved this week. The react workshop I’ve been following along to for the past month has now drawn to a…


So I’ve decided to make these blogs a bi-weekly event, why do you ask? I know those of you reading this will be distraught but the truth is I like to ramble on a bit. A week’s worth of content would probably only cover a paragraph or so, to combat this I’ll be writing every 2 weeks instead.

Onto Week 1, it’s now my third week of being a jobless bum, but I haven’t let it affect my spirits too much. On the one hand I’ve applied for my first jobs since the course yay mee! But on the other…


With the most intense of software engineering courses under my belt, it’s now time to do adult stuff and look for a job. Sighhh..

After a long weekend recharging my batteries I’m feeling a bit more refreshed with some good sleep behind me ready to kick on post course. Last week was a great week to just take it easy, relax and do things at my own pace for a bit. So what does everything look like on the other side? I think the biggest change so far has been a lack of schedule, it’s like finishing college and going…


Drum roll please…… The finale of this mammoth rollercoaster is grinding to a halt. The final week of the course is here and we’re all filled with excitement for how the week will pan out culminating with end of course presentations all via zoom of course due to social distancing rules. Coronavirus!! (cardi b scream)

The week started off with our timetables laid out for the week with a feature freeze happening on Tuesday! Therefore we were required to cease work on our projects and only refactor or polish what we had already produced. This didn’t give us a lot…

Matthew Lock

Makers Alumni

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