Iron Journeys: A chat with Jesse Flores, UI Design in Austin

Our next Iron Journeys student conversation is with Jesse Flores, one of our UI Design students in Austin. Before beginning The Iron Yard, Jesse was in sound engineering. He landed at The Iron Yard after trying several tutorials online and part-time but realizing that he needed an immersive learning environment to really grasp programming.

We sat down with him about halfway through his cohort to see how things are going. Check out the conversation for more about what it’s really like to be a student at The Iron Yard. (full transcript below video) Read More

Iron Journeys: A chat with UI Design student Betty Koshy

Next up in our Iron Journeys student story series, we’re talking with Betty Koshy, one of our UI Design students in Austin. Before beginning The Iron Yard, Betty was frustrated. As a customer support tech for an education site, she hated how her company’s database was so poorly developed. She soon realized, “I want to be in the beginning stages of those kind of things where I keep the end user in mind and kind of come at those problems beforehand so we’re not getting so many phone calls.”

She landed at The Iron Yard after doing tons of research because she really wanted to focus on UI design. We sat down with her during week six of her course – the halfway point – to hear more about how it’s going. Check out the conversation for more about what it’s really like to be a student at The Iron Yard. (full transcript below video) Read More

How to land your first job in tech

Landing your first job can be tough. It takes hard work, persistence and patience. But rest assured, the time you spend perfecting your resume, talking to people at networking events and scouring the Internet for job postings, can – and will – pay off.

Last week, two of our amazing team members, Sam Kapila, Director of Instruction, and Emily Trimble, Campus Director in Indianapolis, shared their tips on how to land your first job in tech. Below are a few of their top pieces of advice: Read More

4 Austin career coaches share job searching tips for recent coding school grads →

While there’s always a demand for quality tech talent in Austin, finding a job after graduating from a coding boot camp can still be difficult. To help, we caught up with four career advisers from area coding schools to hear resume and cover letter tips as well as common mistakes to avoid while you launch your job search.

Read the full article on Built In Austin, which includes insights from The Iron Yard’s Sam Kapila.

Coding schools face increased scrutiny from Texas Workforce Commission →

Demand for technology workers and the relatively high pay of such jobs has led to a proliferation of computer programming schools in Austin and across the nation. Now state regulators are grappling with how to make sure such institutions are held accountable — especially when some charge tens of thousands of dollars in tuition.

Read the full article, which includes The Iron Yard as a licensed option in Texas, in the Austin Business Journal.

Spotlight on Gil Pratte: Austin Java instructor

Austin is skyrocketing to the top of list of tech hubs, ranking as the number one city to launch a tech startup, in the top 10 U.S. cities for jobs and even earning the title “City of the Eternal Boom.”

The Iron Yard has been offering courses in Austin since early 2015 and has since graduated nearly 150 students from the campus. Now, we’re excited to announce that this fall, we will be expanding our course offerings and introducing a new Java class in Austin taught by Gil Pratte. Gil is an industry veteran with 19 years of Java experience and 25 years of experience as a professional programmer. He holds a master’s degree in computer science from Florida State University, and a B.S. in math from Ohio State, where he also played college soccer.

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Naghmeh’s Iron Journey: Setting an example for her daughter

When Naghmeh’s daughter was in kindergarten, she noticed that more boys were playing video games than girls. “She wasn’t ok with that,” Naghmeh said. Then and there, she decided to set an example for her daughter by going into the technology field.

Naghmeh recently finished our Back-End Engineering with Ruby on Rails course in Austin. She used to run her own family business – a home-based bakery. She made everything from scratch and offered tons of specialty items for clients with food restrictions. “For my business to take off, I had to have a website, because I didn’t have a storefront,” she said. “The person who managed my website moved out of town, and I was left alone and had to manage the site. I had no clue what HTML or CSS was, tags…I had to look it up online.” She started going to Meetups and began coding more than she was baking. That’s when she realized she wanted to make the move into technology and inspire others (particularly women) to get into the field.  Read More

Iron Yard grad featured on Austin tech podcast

Nearly every day, we hear about the amazing things that our grads are doing out in the world. One of our Austin grads, Cecy Correa, was recently featured on the “Non Breaking Space Show,” where she shared her story of shifting from marketing to tech to software development. She’s worked for some pretty big brands during her career – from Dell to Time Inc. to PRI – and now she’s an Associate Software Engineer at Return Path. Read More

Where do Google, MakerSquare engineers spend their free time? →

Austin startup Hello World has enlisted a litany of tech company employees for its altruistic mission. The list reads like some supergroup mashup featuring the city’s highest-profile tech companies: Dell Inc., Google Inc. and IBM Corp., plus coding bootcamps The Iron Yard and MakerSquare, to name a few.

They’re working part-time for Hello World, which runs after-school programs teaching kids skills such as computer programming, web design and data analysis.

Read the full article including quotes from The Iron Yard’s Director of Instruction Sam Kapila in the Austin Business Journal.