Today’s Friday Q&A question is one we hear regularly from prospective students: who will be teaching my course?
Instructors are one of the most important ingredients in a code school student’s success and “who will I be learning from” is probably one of the best questions prospective students can ask. At The Iron Yard, we often describe our instructors as “part mentor, part development expert and part passionate educator.” This combination that is a tall but worthy order for students who have put everything on the line to pursue a career in tech.
So let’s break those characteristics down a bit further:
- Mentors – Succeeding as a student at The Iron Yard is not easy. Our instructors truly are mentors for our students. They empathize with students, because they know how difficult the demands are. But they also know that demanding much will result in real change for these students. Every single student will struggle at some point during their cohort, and our instructors will be there for each student when that time comes. The truth is, there is nothing better than to be there to witness each student’s “a-ha!” moment. Those moments make this way more than just a job for our instructors. It truly is a passion.
- Development experts – Our instructors are experienced industry professionals. They’ve worked in the industry, they’ve hired junior developers, and they know what our students need to know to get hired and succeed at becoming software developers and designers. The cool thing is, they also continue to develop their own skills even while they are with us full-time by working on their own projects, doing research and staying sharp on the latest development trends.
- Passionate educators – We choose to hire full-time instructors because it ensures we can offer an unmatched quality and consistency for our students. The instructors who are in our classrooms today aren’t teaching these topics for the first time. They have the support of an incredible network of other talented and driven instructors – a group of people who push each other every day to improve at the craft of educating developers. Giving our instructors access to such a strong network of top developers means every student will learn from the incredible expertise not only of their own instructor, but from our entire network of instructors.
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