Iron Journeys: Meet Maira Luna-Flores, Back-End Engineering in Austin

This week in our Iron Journeys video series, we sit down with Maira Luna-Flores – Mira for short – one of our Back-End students in Austin. Before starting at The Iron Yard, right out of college, Mira worked as a bank teller. After a year, she decided it was time to find something that she was passionate about and something she wanted to do long-term.

We sat down with Mira just three days into her Java cohort to see how she was adjusting to the course and what her plans are for the future. Check out the conversation below to see what it’s really like to be a student at The Iron Yard.

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The most comprehensive guide to Austin coding programs and schools ever crafted →

The Austin tech scene is a thriving and lush landscape of edutech, biotech, tech-tech, breakfast tacos, South By, and professionals from all walks of life that are ready to enter the scene and lend their ideas and skills to the vastly growing hub.

With so many schools that offer coding, design, and data science programs, it is difficult to find out which options are the best for you (and your wallet, and your family, and your cat that needs pets at precisely 10:15 pm every night).

Read American Genius’ full list, including The Iron Yard, here.

Skilling up: How to approach your employer about professional development opportunities

You have a great job and love the company you’re with, but you’ve always been interested in software development. You want to find a way to learn to code and grow your technical skills, but do so without leaving your current company. Sound like you? This is a familiar scenario and one we have heard from tons of people over the years. That’s one of the reasons why we recently started offering part-time courses and in Texas, a 24-week part-time immersive program.

One trend we are starting to see among people who are interested in part-time courses is that they are working with their employer to fund and/or support them in a coding course. Asking for professional development opportunities at work can be nerve–racking, but in the tech industry, where trends and technologies change rapidly, it’s important to keep your skills up-to-date in order to progress in your career. The best way to stay ahead of the curve is to take your career into your own hands and simply ask for the professional development opportunities you think will benefit both you and your company.

Below are five steps you can take to make the case for professional development opportunities to your employer:

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Iron Journeys: A chat with Drake Fish, Front-End Engineering in Austin

In our next Iron Journeys video, we meet Drake Fish, one of our Front-End students in Austin. Before beginning The Iron Yard, Drake worked in retail as a store manager. When he started to feel burned out from working 80 – 90 hour weeks, he knew it was time to make a change and seek out a career that he was really passionate about and could see himself doing for the rest of his life.

We sat down with Drake a few weeks before his cohort’s graduation to see how his course is going and what his plans are for the future. Check out the conversation below to see what it’s really like to be a student at The Iron Yard.

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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.