They have placed GH grads at companies as bootcamp grad 1 myself included! I feel more comfortable with the daily engineering practices, startup life, and quick turnover of technologies than many of my peers -- who have traditional CS backgrounds. GH is certainly one of a kind, and I chose to attend because of stellar reviews like these! This Review Is Helpful 2. Grace Hopper was the perfect workforce reentry program for me. I started my career as a software engineer, but after taking time off to raise my children, I realized that I needed to update my skill set.
Without Grace Hopper, I do not believe I would have reentered the workforce with the awesome job that I have now. The teachers are wonderful: The curriculum is great: The culture is amazing: The career support is amazing -- and often more active about getting your career going than you are!
In general, they need to improve their organization skills. The school is awesome at teaching coding. They just need to polish the machine so things run like clockwork.
The best part about this process: GH has teaching fellows former students conduct the Skype interview and make the admissions decisions. I was admitted the first time I applied. In my last year of undergrad I was confused about what I wanted to do professionally. After doing a lot of googling and journaling, I decided that I wanted to become a software engineer, and after yet more googling, I became aware of bootcamps. I came across Grace Hopper and it quickly became the only programming school I was interested in.
As someone with a social science background I understood and appreciated the motivations behind the creation of a learning environment for female developers. From day 1 to the end, Grace Hopper was a wonderful and incredibly enriching experience.
I was surrounded by smart, talented women from all backgrounds, all willing to work together to learn an exciting new skill set.
The curriculum was challenging but well-thought out, and our teaching fellows and instructors were always there to answer any questions we had or to remedy any gaps in our knowledge. In a short amount of time I was able to learn a challenging and high-demand skill set that I was really interested in. The culture, environment, and the people were all so supportive and amazing. Even after going through it once already, I would do Grace Hopper all over again right now if I could: This Review Is Helpful 7.
This Review Is Helpful 4. The curriculum was exceedingly relevant - I see many job postings for the exact skills taught there. I learned more than enough to feel confident at my job, even with no previous technical background. I kept a blog while I was a student and a fellow at the program, which you can read here: I come from a completely non-technical background. I studied social sciences in college and the last time I took a math class was sometime in high school.
I always liked computers and logic, but never thought that software engineering could be for me. But after finishing school I was pretty stuck professionally and so I started thinking about changing my path. I started looking at coding bootcamps and when I learned about Grace Hopper I knew I found the right place. As someone from a non-technical background I knew it would be easier for me to learn how to code around other women, and I think I was right.
For me, Grace Hopper was the perfect mixture of a supportive and constructive environment with a rigorous curriculum. I think that often the deal with bootcamps is that what you put in is what you get back, and GH makes it pretty easy to put a lot in. The culture is really positive, the instructors are very dedicated and so very smart , and the staff is super helpful.
So grateful for my time there and all the great friendships I made as well! Best decision I ever made! Prior to GH, I was a recent university graduate with a background in computer science and business. Not only was I able to really solidify what I learned in college, but I was also able to develop concepts into full stack apps in team environments; dip into libraries, frameworks, and platforms outside of the GH curriculum during project phase; and also practice whiteboarding techniques which were extremely helpful during the job search phase.
In addition to gaining a job-relevant portfolio, GH also introduced me to the extremely welcoming community of GH and Fullstack Academy. Before, during, and after the program, I was able to network with alumni from both GH and Fullstack Academy, who provided me with awesome advice and also connected me with their network.
GH has a solid curriculum AND a great alumni to prove it. This Review Is Helpful 9. Attending Grace Hopper Academy was one of the best decisions I have made. I contemplated making that career change on my own, but ultimately decided to attend Grace Hopper and am very glad I did so.
GHA gave me the structure and support I needed to feel confident enough in my coding skills to be a professional developer. You can complete all the courses and tutorials you want, but it only really hits once you start building your own apps.
I accepted a job at one of the companies that came to Hiring Day about 5 weeks after graduating from GHA. This Review Is Helpful 8. A little about me: While some girls in my cohort had a CS or math background, I came from a non-technical background and had never taken a computer science course in my life.
I graduated from an Ivy League school with a degree in History and worked in merchandising at a department store for a little over two years before making the leap to software engineering. If this process worked for me, it can work for you too! I never felt disadvantaged by my background; however, prepare to spend most of your evenings and Saturdays coding throughout the program.
Shortly after, I received a second offer from a Hiring Day lead! Attending Grace Hopper not only gave me the skills, but also the confidence to become a successful software engineer.
Great instructors and curriculum. They also do a LOT to help with your job search. Highly recommend attending Grace Hopper Academy!
Attending this program changed the trajectory of my career path for the better. Prior to attending Grace Hopper, I worked in public accounting at a Big 4 accounting firm. Overall, the program is very well structured, has amazing instructors, and an overall positive vibe.
After the program ended, I felt very well equipped when searching for jobs and the Career Services Team was very helpful throughout the whole process. It took me about 2 months to find a job.
I included more details on the program itself below although some details may or may not be the same now: The program was 17 weeks in total. During the first 4 weeks, we worked remotely and drilled into core programming concepts, such as object-oriented programming, asynchronous programming, and recursion. The next 13 weeks were held on campus. The first half of the 13 weeks consisted of learning through a mix of lectures, hands-on workshops, and pair-programming.
During the last half of the 13 weeks, we applied the knowledge we learned to build full-stack web applications both individually and on teams. During this period, I felt empowered when I was able to create full-stack applications with the skills that I had learned at Grace Hopper Academy and became excited about embarking on a career in software development.
In addition to the curriculum, we had the opportunity to interact with guest speakers from a variety of technical backgrounds. These speakers were all very accomplished and gave me a glimpse of what my future in software development could entail.
These experiences were very inspirational and motivated me to continue down this exciting career path. I started programming 2 month before getting accepted to GHA and got a job offer as a software engineer within 6 weeks of graduation. The latter is what distinguishing GHA from other bootcamps, after the program is finished, the hiring team will work with you during your job search: These folks do their best to help you get the job you dream of.
Rigorous curriculum, amazing instructors and staff. On top of being an incredible coding school, GHA also places a huge importance on fostering a supportive learning atmosphere. Self-care is emphasized and priotarized and from the get go you are forced to find balance.
I was offered a position with one of our hiring partners just a few weeks after my graduation. I would definitely recommend GHA to any woman looking to take her coding skills to the next level. I was a student at Grace Hopper Academy in early as part of the first cohort. Before attending the bootcamp, I barely knew how to program. If you really want it, go for it. All of the people in my cohort had diverse backgrounds, but were also some of the brightest and most ambitious women I have ever met.
I had 1 main instructor for our 4 week prep phase before the bootcamp started, 2 during junior phase first half of program and 2 during senior phase. Every instructor was not only knowledgeable, but also relateable, engaging, and just a fun person to be around.
GHA is definitely the best decision I have ever made. I would definitely recommend attending Grace Hopper! The curriculum was very thorough and delivered very very fast-paced. Not everyone makes it from the first half of the program to the second project based half. Even more stressful than the huge influx of information were the presentation-based projects. I definitely appreciated them, because it made it easier to talk about different technologies confidently.
I hope they continue having that as an integral part of their curriculum. I thought the instructors were a great mix of people in the industry and people who graduated from GH or Fullstack themselves. They seemed genuinely invested in your success, which is not something you hear about a lot of boot camps. The culture at Grace Hopper was amazing.
I loved how they emphasized collaboration over competition. For the most part, they seem to choose students who are easy to work with. I came out of the program with a lot of new friends. Their career service team is really aggressive, in a good way. They are really great at what they do, which made it less stressful to find a job after graduating.
Overall, I had a great experience at Grace Hopper, and would recommend it to any woman looking to change their career. This Review Is Helpful 1. The curriculum was rigorous, the people are all amazing. The depth of my knowledge and skill has vastly increased.
I have never before experienced an educational environmental that condensed such a high amount of marketable skills in such a short time frame.
This however, would not be possible without the incredible instructors and helpful fellows who are determined to see EVERY student succeed. This is also evident with the deferred tuition plan that comes with participating in the Grace Hopper program.
Following these steps will help you build a diverse, open-minded, loyal engineering team that finds creative solutions to software challenges. So I started looking around for something else. During grad school, I started teaching myself Python from a book. I thought I wanted to pursue game design or something similar. So I looked around for game design or game development bootcamps, but not many existed two years ago. I heard about Grace Hopper and I thought that the business model was great.
I recognized that it would take me a long time if I kept trying to teach myself. But that was kind of my fallback plan. Did you consider going back to college or a different coding bootcamp?
What stood out about Grace Hopper? I went straight from high school to undergraduate to grad school — under no circumstance was I getting another degree. It was Grace Hopper or bust for me because of their deferred tuition model which means you train first and pay full tuition only after getting a job in software engineering.
The environment at Grace Hopper was also really appealing. But after thinking about it and understanding that the tech industry is a male-dominated field, it was appealing to learn these new concepts with other women.
Once I got there, I really enjoyed the all-women environment. I went to public school and co-ed colleges, so it was totally new to me. When I started at Grace Hopper, I was feeling really burned out. And this sounds cheesy, but it was a healing environment — a really nice environment to learn in, along with all these really intelligent and driven women.
I actually did not pass the timed assignment my first time around, so I studied really hard for another month, and then applied again. The second time, I passed the online assessment and was invited to a video interview, which involved pair-programming on a problem. I had to study a lot during that time.
There was a wide variety of people. Only one or two people in my cohort had taken CS classes or had pursued a CS degree, and almost everybody else was from different backgrounds, like science, medicine, and other disciplines. It was all over the place in terms of backgrounds. The on-campus portion is separated into two phases.
You have your junior phase, then your senior phase. In a typical day, there were two modes. You had lessons, and then after every lesson, there was a workshop that accompanied that lesson. The instructors would introduce a concept, talk about its history, what the tool does, what people were using before, and how it relates to previous lessons.
And then after that, it was all pair programming. Instructors are always open to answering questions, which we could ask either by raising a hand or writing an anonymous question which teaching fellows would read out. After Grace Hopper, you became a Teaching Fellow — why did you decide to take that role before getting a job as a software engineer?
I loved being at Grace Hopper, so the chance to stay there longer was nice. I liked the environment, the instructors, the people, and the goal of the program. On top of that, I also enjoyed teaching. The biggest benefit of being a Teaching Fellow is that you get to review all the material again when helping incoming Junior Phase students. How did Grace Hopper prepare you for job hunting? What kind of career advice and training did you receive?
We had lectures to show us how to format our resumes, and we did mock interviews. I found it really helpful because I had never had to apply to jobs like that before. Then as a teaching fellow, I accepted a job offer before the next hiring day. For one job interview I had scheduled, I made sure to do a mock interview specific to that company.
I made an appointment with one of the Career Services staff, she did some research on the company, then I did a mock interview with her, which very much helped me prepare for the real thing. I also got feedback on cover letters, the outfit I was going to wear to my interview, and how to negotiate my salary.
I was super nervous, but it all worked out fine. I got the interview while I was still a fellow at Grace Hopper because a woman who was a fellow when I was a student recommended me. I took that interview and got the job. I do quite a lot of candidate outreach and interview scheduling so I have an insight into that process.
I personally want to keep our company as diverse as possible — I believe it makes the company stronger. Anything I can do to contribute to that I was happy to do. Can you tell me what a typical day is like as a developer?
What sort of projects are you working on at Fabric? I have an interest in security specifically. On our front end, we use React and Redux with some additional technologies like Gatsby and Glamor. React and Redux were taught at Grace Hopper ; Glamor and Gatsby were not — but Fabric actually started using Glamor after I started working here so that was a learning process for the whole team.
Part of our code base is written in Java. I have definitely grown exponentially, almost more than I can explain. But I think I am still a junior developer — right on the edge of mid-level. Also, in our SCRUM process, we try to balance working on new features versus working on technical debt or implementing new libraries. Has your background in lighting and set design been useful in your current job as a developer? And like I said, diverse backgrounds make a company stronger because you have fewer blind spots.
My design background has definitely been useful. I used to feel that artistic skills and technical skills were very separate, but in reality, the work that I did as a designer is very similar to how I approach problems with engineering. Having that that pretty solid foundation of CSS and HTML beforehand really helped me because when I got hired, it allowed me to be able to contribute to the front end immediately.
Looking back at the last couple of years, what role has Grace Hopper played in your success? Could you have got to where you are now by self-teaching or another method?
But I have the job that I have now because my former teaching fellow recommended me for an interview — Grace Hopper provided me with a network and the tools to start in this new industry. So Grace Hopper played a huge role in where I am now.
What advice do you have for other people who are thinking about making a career change by going through a coding bootcamp? The program is three months, plus four weeks of pre-work. It costs about one year of college tuition and you can get hired in this new field immediately afterwards. Check out the Grace Hopper Program website.
Her background is in journalism, writing for newspapers and news websites. And do students from both programs have the same job placement outcomes? We asked the leadership team at Fullstack Academy and Grace Hopper to explain the differences and similarities in tuition costs, curricula, learning environment, and support, and how a woman can choose which program is right for her. David and Nimit founded Fullstack Academy after they saw a gap in the market for teaching people practical development skills.
They were teaching friends basic programming skills to help them get a promotion or move to a different role, and saw more friends and friends of friends wanting to transition out of waning industries into software. They designed Grace Hopper to address both of those problems: There is no difference in admissions criteria for any of our programs.
The admissions team considers your application, assessment, and interview to reach a decision. How do the tuition costs and payment plans differ between Fullstack Academy and the Grace Hopper Program? Financing options are available via Skills Fund. It is also possible to pay full tuition upfront.
We want to keep working with government organizations and nonprofits to make sure Americans have the skills they need to be successful in an economy that increasingly depends on technical know-how. The facilities are essentially the same, with classrooms, labs, meeting rooms, and kitchens the exception is our production studio, housed on the Fullstack campus, which we use for recording course materials for both programs and for events like the joint Demo Day.
With the opening of the Grace Hopper Track and the growing trust in coding bootcamps, the community at Fullstack Academy Chicago has outgrown its former digs in a co-working space and recently moved to its own campus. Are there any differences between the curricula at Fullstack Academy vs Grace Hopper? Both Fullstack and Grace Hopper are immersive week bootcamps.
This exposes students to many teaching styles and helps build their networks, while instructors stay fresh and get to touch the lives of more students.
One exciting change is that we recently hired our first dedicated Grace Hopper instructor in New York. Grace Hopper has grown a lot, and the community is really strong, so we wanted to have one instructor who would know all the alumnae and be a consistent face on campus.
Our counselors are versed in the different challenges each group may face and work tirelessly to help students succeed in the job market after graduation. What is the ratio of men: Do most women go to Grace Hopper? The ratio of men to women varies by cohort.
In the cohorts where we have more students, we tend to get a more even ratio, and as the number of students drops over the summer, for example , the ratio of men goes up. Grace Hopper has the draws of deferred tuition and an all-female environment, so many women researching bootcamps know that Grace Hopper is what they want, and indicate that preference on their applications. The admissions team does see more women applying to Grace Hopper than to Fullstack since Grace Hopper is only for women.
But women absolutely do come to Fullstack and are happy here. One anecdotal difference we see between the two programs in the Career Success portion is that Grace Hopper students tend to be more on top of scheduling office hours, getting resumes in for review, and generally communicating consistently with our team about opportunities and challenges.
Job placement rates have actually been a bit higher for Grace Hopper grads over the past year. Remember, the Grace Hopper pool is a bit smaller, and it takes less time for a group of 40 people to get hired than it does for a group of 60, so that makes sense.
We know there are more positions available for software developers than there are qualified people to fill them, but we also know that most people get hired from referrals, which is why we focus so much on Career Success. We want all our programs to be synonymous with a rigorous education. Check out the Grace Hopper website and the Fullstack Academy website.
Grace Hopper Program Fullstack Academy. So you know that coding bootcamps can teach you how to code, but will those skills align with what employers want, or are most tech recruiters still looking for people with computer science degrees? In this video tutorial, Ceren shows us how to make your LinkedIn profile, your resume, and your Github stand out to potential employers, even if you have never worked as a software developer before.
Watch the video or read the summary below. Every year, Course Report does a survey of real coding bootcamp graduates to find out who is attending coding bootcamps and how successful they are. We dug into specific demographics this year, and found some pretty illuminating data about gender in coding bootcamps. We invited two awesome ladies from Fullstack Academy and The Grace Hopper Program to discuss how bootcamps are doing on this front, how the number of women in bootcamps has changed over time, if all-women bootcamps are good or bad for the problem, and how women can use bootcamps to make a transition into tech.
In our first post of this series, we explore the illuminating data we found about gender in coding bootcamps. There will be 1 million more computing jobs than applicants who can fill them by And a coding bootcamp could be just what you need to make a fresh start in as a developer. Most of these have approaching application deadlines, so submit yours quickly if you want to get a head start in ! As the Engineering Manager for the web team, Emily took a chance on hiring her first bootcamp graduates all women and was blown away by the caliber of their skills.
Simple Contacts aims to make it easier and more affordable for contact lens wearers to renew their prescription via a quick vision test taken from home through your phone or computer. The test is designed and reviewed by doctors to replace costly and unnecessary office visits. We are a fairly young startup but growing quickly. As one of the first team members, my role has evolved from engineer to web team lead, managing the development of the web version of our product.
The web team currently consists of three engineers, all women. How many Grace Hopper graduates have you hired and how did you get connected with the Grace Hopper Program?
We have three Grace Hopper graduates on the team. The first applied to us through Tech Ladies and ended up being such a great hire that we were enthusiastic about bringing in more graduates of the program.
Many of our developers, especially earlier on, came as referrals from existing team members. One I even met in a Lyft Line! Do you notice differences in hiring from a bootcamp vs. Does Simple Contacts aim to hire more women engineers?
How does Grace Hopper factor in that initiative? Out of about 14 or 15 developers across all our dev teams, six are women. Three out of those six women came from the Grace Hopper Program. Do you see bootcamps being a viable channel for recruiting developers? In my experience, not all bootcamps are created equal. We took a chance and have been blown away by the caliber of all three of our Grace Hopper grads. Have you worked with any other coding bootcamps yet? What stands out about these Grace Hopper bootcamp grads?
Grace Hopper seems to do an exceptional job preparing its students for the job market, with complex real-world projects for their portfolio, interview practice, and a wide network. We aim to look at all the strengths a candidate brings to the table, not just raw technical ability. Above all, we want to hire people who are smart, motivated, positive, and generally awesome to be around. Did they go through a technical interview? How did they do? Our interviews involve a code-pairing session where we look to see how the candidate works through a problem.
All three did great and clearly demonstrated how smart they were! We also look for the ability to learn quickly and work through challenges see code-pairing session described above.
Do you factor their previous backgrounds into their suitability for the roles? One of our Grace Hopper grads was previously a math teacher; another has a background in penetration testing. Did you have to convince your company or even yourself! What was your hesitation? It was less about hiring a bootcamper specifically, and more about hiring a brand-new developer and whether we had the bandwidth to mentor them and get them up to speed, for our sake and theirs.
How do you ensure that the new hires are supported in continuing to learn in their first jobs? Do you have mentoring or apprenticeship programs in place? I care a lot about helping new engineers especially women develop the tools to succeed. We have small teams with lots of collaboration, and the opportunity to wear many hats and learn about any area that interests you. Since you started hiring from the bootcamp , have your new hires moved up or been promoted?
Or do you anticipate that they will? What does the relationship look like between Simple Contacts and Grace Hopper? Do you pay a referral fee? My understanding is that their graduates pay deferred tuition upon starting their first dev job. What is your advice to other employers who are thinking about hiring from a coding bootcamp or this bootcamp in particular?
We have created an amazingly successful, productive, and motivated engineering department by seeking out people from different backgrounds with different strengths.
We have our very experienced engineers, for sure, but we also have people with awesome design chops, communication skills, and project management abilities. Check out the Grace Hopper Program website! Lauren is a communications and operations strategist who loves to help others find their idea of success. She is passionate about techonology education, career development, startups, and the arts. Why do journalists and industry leaders think that two coding bootcamps are closing?
Listen to our podcast or read the full August News Roundup below. Watch the video or read the summary. Dev Bootcamp changed thousands of lives , and built a great reputation with employers, so we are sad to see it go. Fortunately, there are still plenty of quality coding bootcamps in the cities where Dev Bootcamp operated. Here is a list of coding bootcamps with similar lengths, time commitments, and curriculums in the six cities where Dev Bootcamp had campuses: With her tech experience and teaching experience, Kate was well qualified to become an instructor for The Grace Hopper Program.
Tell us about your background and experience in programming before you became a Grace Hopper Program instructor. After I graduated, I worked in technology consulting, then I took a bit of time off, tried marketing consulting, traveled a lot, and finally moved to New York City. At first, I was intimidated by my move to New York. Fullstack Academy seemed the most rigorous to me, which is why I went for it. When I graduated, Fullstack Academy hired me to be a Fullstack Fellow, and then I interviewed for an instructor position.
It never occurred to me it would actually happen: I primarily teach at Grace Hopper, but I also understand the benefit of having more female leadership at Fullstack Academy, so I teach cohorts at both Grace Hopper and Fullstack Academy. My teaching style is a little quirky. I like to engage the class as much as possible, which at times they hate me for! I get them to answer questions, and tell me what they think is going to happen next in a problem. I do use slides at times to walk through high-level topics, but I really like using coding examples and live coding.
I like to be as interactive as possible. When I taught at a university, everything moved at a slower pace; it was much more relaxed, which meant there was more time to review things, meet with students, and teach classes.
It felt like I could wander through a subject. When you teach Fullstack Remote, how do you have to tweak your teaching style to teach students remotely? There was a learning curve: But otherwise I often found students to be more engaged. I had fewer students — the on-campus class is usually around 24, but the class online was around I set up many monitors so I could see all the students while teaching them. So at a glance, I could see who was spacing out and get them to engage more.
One thing I enjoyed about the remote group was the wide variety of students. People were coming from different locations and different points in their lives. The variety of students made everyone more driven to pay attention. Do you think your experience teaching remotely has changed any of your in-person teaching methods? Teaching remotely has definitely made me more aware of how important it is to cultivate a class culture, which is more difficult to do in a remote environment.
I was more conscious of that during the remote course, and would enforce hanging out for 30 mins every other day so we got to know each other. On campus, I expect the students to go to lunch together, and hang out naturally. But my remote teaching experience has made me more keen to do retrospectives with my students more quickly and more frequently. But I frequently find that women in both settings are more prone to feeling under qualified, even when I tell them they are on track, or doing better than average.
Sometimes it gets this very intense, winning focus, and the students get a lot done, and work so hard. That can be great for some personality types, but it can stress out other personalities. At Fullstack Academy, when a third of the class is women, then that competition decreases.
It totally depends on the student — I made this decision too! When I was in Fullstack, I had some friends in the Grace Hopper Program, and sometimes I was really jealous of their learning environment! A learning environment is always going to be different from a work environment. But for other women who feel a little unsure about their technical skills, Grace Hopper can be a better environment to feel unsure and grow.
Having been a student and a Fullstack Fellow, how has that put you in a unique position to iterate on the curriculum as an instructor? When I work with Fellows, I can help them figure out what their focus should be and how we can best assist them to become better developers during their time in the fellowship. Grace Hopper is always a work in process, and we always take notice of student feedback and iterate on it for the next cohort.
If you do decide to attend Grace Hopper, feel free to always give feedback. Last year we switched from using Mongo to using Sequelize, and from Angular to React, which are pretty big changes. As a result, it keeps the curriculum updated for students and makes it fun to work here as an instructor.
How is Fullstack ensuring that your grads remain competitive? We introduced CS Saturdays to give students the ability to talk about computer science subjects, so that when they are asked a question in a job interview, they can talk at a high level, and help calm any fears employers have about bootcamp grads.
We are constantly iterating on our curriculum, and changing what we are teaching in CS Saturdays. During Review Week between Junior and Senior phases, I work with another instructor to give an optional web security workshop for a full day.
We are constantly iterating, not necessarily with what employers explicitly say that they want, but towards helping our students become more prepared to jump in and quell the fears of employers. Is there an ideal instructor: Most instructors want a high number of instructors per student. Fullstack Fellows are so important when we have a large cohort. We usually have about six students to a Fellow, and every week they get lunch together, do retrospectives, bounce ideas off each other, debug together, or talk about technical or non-technical problems.
The students who excel the most are fast learners. But there are still some people who are surprised at how quickly it goes by, and how much material is covered. Fast learners who are okay with not mastering everything they learn the first time tend to do well. Some people try to internalize everything we teach them every day, which is not what we expect, and probably not possible.
Students who are able to collaborate also tend to do better. We focus a lot on pair programming, teamwork, and collaboration. I sometimes spend way too much of my personal time helping students. I had one student who was amazing. She had been in a car accident and had to relearn how to walk, talk, and write. Once she shared that with me, we started to work one-on-one.
She was so driven, and worked so hard. I was a little nervous about how she would do in Senior Phase, but she just killed our hackathon with a VR project that she built in four days. For our readers who are beginners, what resources or meetups do you recommend for aspiring bootcampers in NYC? The Women Who Code meetup hosts an algorithms meetup every week, where you can talk to people about how to get involved in code, and what languages to learn.
Everyone comes in with a different level of experience. Most people are very supportive and share how they solved a problem and the resources they used. We also host admissions prep workshops, which are specifically designed for women in the applications process because we found that women were less likely to take our admissions test. There is a great support system for women in tech in New York.
I want to see more women in the tech industry, because the more women who work in this field, the safer and better it is for everyone. Check out The Grace Hopper Program website. Learning to code is hard work. After years in sales and marketing, Annika was looking for a mentally-stimulating career change and wanted to try coding.
She tells us how she persevered through 9-hour days in the classroom plus extra hours of studying, why she continues to battle imposter syndrome, and how The Grace Hopper Program prepared her for her first job as a Software Engineer at Jet! I decided to study international business, then got a Masters degree in Marketing and Economics.
I fell in love with the city and decided to stay and work at an organic food company. After 5 years, I was the CMO at that company, and in , I took a job as the sales manager for a small juice company. After that, I went through a period of evaluating my next career move. I thought about starting a business, or getting another degree. Every day I had new ideas, but none of them seemed to make total sense. I wanted to start a career that inspired me and stimulated me mentally.
My husband is a Lead Engineer at MongoDB, and my dad has a Masters in Engineering so I asked both of them how long they think it would take to become a software engineer in New York with a good salary. While my dad guessed five years, my husband knew that I could make the transition in about six months with a coding bootcamp.
Before applying to Grace Hopper, I decided to try coding using Codecademy. Did you research other coding bootcamps? What made you choose The Grace Hopper Program? My husband was my guru on this topic — he knows everything about this field.
There were three stages. First, I sent in an application, then the second stage was an online, minute coding challenge on Hackerrank. I needed a bit of coding knowledge before applying. I still found it extremely hard — I think I passed half of it. The third stage of the application was a Skype and screenshare interview, which was also pretty hard. They asked me about Recursion, which I had never heard of.
My interviewer explained recursion to me, and looked at how I could figure it out on the fly. I had only been coding for a month when I started at Grace Hopper.
The program starts with one month of remote classes plus homework, then I went to the campus for three months. I found the remote work very hard and intense. During the first days on campus, you have to pass an exam to make sure you are ready. I studied for another 6 weeks, which turned out to be the best thing for me.
When I came back to campus, I was much more prepared. How many people were in your cohort? Was your class diverse in terms of gender, race, life and career backgrounds? It was very, very diverse. That was one of the coolest things about the Grace Hopper Program: There were about 18 people in my cohort, and ages ranged from 22 to lates. Many of my classmates had come from a different job and wanted to change careers. Others started Grace Hopper right after college, and one of my classmates had a computer science degree.
The three-month, on-campus time was split into two, six-week sections, with one week in between for checkpoints and reviewing material. During the first section, we had class every day, with interactive, high quality lectures in the morning, and workshops and pair programming in the afternoons. In the second section, we got into the project phase, where we got split into teams, and worked on three different projects, including an individual project and our capstone project.
Definitely my capstone project: That was an amazing experience — I was very happy with it. We took on a pretty big challenge, to build a neural network graphical user interface. The website explains what neural networks are and shows you how you can add and remove inner layers and neurons, in a beautiful way. We were lucky to have the CS graduate in our group, and we could not have done it without her because she had already worked with neural networks in the past.
We had classes on writing resumes, general job-seeking information, and a LinkedIn workshop. Once we graduated, the Grace Hopper team kept in touch with us very actively. We used Asana, a project management software, to track our job search, and they were very communicative and supportive. I always felt like I could call people from the careers team. How did your job search go?
What advice do you have for other bootcampers going through the job search? If I could give advice to future students, I would say put a lot of effort into the hiring day event. I was living in some sort of dream world where I thought it would be super easy and fast to get a job, but that was just too optimistic.
If I did it again, I would research the partner companies more, talk to more people, and try to present myself really well. I felt like a maniac.
I applied for about 60 jobs in total, and interviewed with 12 companies. I definitely improved in every interview. In my case, I felt like I had to put more time into interview practice, and am older than many other applicants, so I wanted to find a job ASAP. But in hindsight, I think it could have been great for me.
I think the Fellowship is a huge advantage and the students who do it usually get jobs very quickly. At Jet, Category Managers use several tools to handle all the different categories on Jet.
I contacted everyone I knew in the tech field. I knew two people who worked at Jet, and they both seemed to love working there, which was important to me. After I did the on-site interview at Jet, I became obsessed with getting that job. I was interviewing with another company at the same time, and both options would have been amazing.
Everyone I met seemed really smart and inspiring, and they were all so excited, passionate, energetic, and loved what they do. Those things made me feel like I really wanted that job.
There are lots of women at Jet, but only one other female developer on my team. Do you think your previous background in marketing has been useful in your new job? In terms of learning to code, not at all. During the Jet job interview, I asked my boss what the most and least important qualities they were looking for in a developer.
He said the most important quality was curiosity and being able to dig deeper. After being a manager and leading teams, communication is something I have a lot of experience with. Did Grace Hopper teach you everything you need to be a developer, or have you had to learn a lot on the job? There is so much new material to learn. At Jet we use Angular 2, which is pretty different. When I started, Jet gave me instructions about everything that I needed to install on my computer.
They also put all new hires through a couple of bootcamps. There was a two- to three-day front end bootcamp, and an F bootcamp, which I was able to take too. I really love being a software developer.
There are so many cool opportunities in tech — you can be creative, and have a sense of innovation and flexibility. I had never felt Imposter Syndrome before this. Changing careers into tech was hard on my ego; and I respect it so much because of that.
How do you stay involved with Grace Hopper? Have you kept in touch with other alumni? Grace Hopper and Fullstack host a lot of events and the alumni are all very involved. Our cohort was very tight, so we stay in touch and get together regularly. What advice do you have for people making a career change through a coding bootcamp? A coding bootcamp is like drinking out of the firehose — you really have to take in all the information at once.
If you had told me, even two years ago, that I would be a software developer, I never would have believed you! Learning to code at an intensive bootcamp takes dedication and focus. So how do you stay on top of the ever-evolving tech scene? So what did it take to land those coveted jobs?
As the Tech Recruiting Lead, my team and I are responsible for building out our technical talent pipelines within the engineering, design, and product verticals. We have 42 developers in total. The majority work remotely spanning 12 time zones.
We also have 10 product managers and 14 designers. Fullstack Academy came highly recommended through word of mouth. We hired two graduates, one Fullstack graduate, Ian Allen, and one Grace Hopper graduate, Jisoo Shin , for our three-month apprenticeship program, which is our version of an internship program. Both were so successful in the program that after 3 months they both accepted offers to join the team as full-stack devs. They both have the same title as any other developer on our technical team.
Ian is on the Marketing Engineering team, which is part of the Internal Development organization. Our primary hiring source for our dev team is our own platform. We advertise our positions on Stack Overflow Jobs which is a place for developers and employers to meaningfully connect with each other. Developers can get matched with jobs and companies they love; employers can engage with the community and recruit the right talent.
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