NESA by Makers is now accepting applications into its 7th software engineering cohort.
Since inception in May 2017, NESA has graduated 26 new developers who have gone on to work at reputable companies like Sankore Investments, Andela, Softcom, Flutterwave, VFD Group, Ventures Garden Group, TechAdvance, to name a few.
Anyone who has learnt (or is learning) to build web or mobile applications would probably agree that becoming a software developer is a complex endeavour that requires a ton of grit.
With so much to learn, it’s easy for would-be developers to get frustrated when they are just starting out, especially if they do not have anyone to guide them on their journey.
NESA by Makers tackles this by ensuring that their students learn the most relevant skills face-to-face from practising software development professionals while helping them build a portfolio of relevant work.
A structured learning environment such as NESA has proven to be effective in speeding up the learning process for would-be developers, with most NESA graduates agreeing that it would have taken 6 months to learn on their own, what they learnt at NESA in 1.5 months.
Majority of NESA applicants have been post-graduates who are looking for practical skills to complement their previous education and those who seek to begin a new, different career. So far, 85% of NESA graduates have gotten hired within 3 months of completing the program.
Samuel, one of NESA’s recent grads (Cohort #5), is applying his newly developed skills as the Chief Technology Officer at giveasily.com (a startup automating financial pledging and donations). He has also joined NESA’s engineering team as a graduate intern. He’ll be contributing to the development of applications for our software partners. He talks about his experience below.
Dafe, another recent NESA graduate, was a PPC/SEO specialist before he decided to change careers. He joined with aspirations of becoming a world-class developer, and after pushing himself above and beyond, he got accepted into the Andela fellowship, seven months later. He talks about his experience here.
So far, of the 8 cohort #5 graduates, 2 have been accepted into the software development fellowship at Andela.
For their capstone project, Cohort #5 Team Purple members created Techcareers.ng — a jobs listing platform for tech jobs. Check it out here.
The global technological revolution is well underway, and whether we reap the benefits of the emerging digital economy or not depends largely on how well prepared we are.
For anyone who is driven, self-motivated and enjoys a challenge, learning software development is proving to be one of the quickest avenues to value creation and economic participation in this digital economy.
Apply here until Dec. 5, 2018.
Program benefits include:
- Understanding core concepts in computer programing and product development using industry standard tools
- Opportunity to build 12+ unique personal projects and work on real-life projects throughout the program.
- Career Support upon successful program completion.
NESA’s program curriculum is designed to be intense and will require a full-time commitment from participants as well as a strong desire to push themselves above and beyond.
Participants will be required to complete over 100 exercises, assignments and projects each month of the 3-month program duration.
By the end of the program, participants will have built and deployed their own applications to the web (such as techcareers.ng) and gained a fundamental appreciation for the world of technology and how it impacts our daily lives.
Applicants must have completed NYSC and be resident in Lagos, Nigeria or willing to relocate to Lagos for the duration of the program.
Previous coding experience is not required.
Classes start in January 2019 at the NESA by Makers campus in Yaba, Lagos.
How to apply
To apply, click here.
Successful applicants will be notified on December 15, 2018.
For more information, call/Whatsapp +234 9834843983.
Nigerian startups raised $17.6m in Q1 2019, 8.5% higher than they did in Q1 2018. Find out more in the latest quarterly edition of the Nigerian Startup Funding Report here.