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.

Team member spotlight: Jess Scheuring, Front-End Engineering instructor

If you’ve ever wondered what type of person could become a successful programmer, today’s chat with our Front-End Engineering instructor, Jess Scheuring, is a must read. Her professional career has taken quite a few unexpected twists and turns – from quilter to baker to software maker – and her story is fascinating. We are so proud to have Jess as part of our team. Read on for more of her story (and after, don’t forget to check out her personal blog by clicking here).

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Advisory Board member: Why I hire code school grads

One of the most common questions we receive from prospective students is this: Will attending code school help me get a job? And we get it. Attending a code school is not a decision to be made lightly. Most of our students leave jobs and other obligations for three months and immerse themselves in our courses in preparation for beginning entirely new careers as programmers.

We’ve walked this path with over a thousand graduates so far, and here’s what we know. Our Career Support program works. Why? Because of our strong relationships in local markets with companies hiring developers. Those companies are often represented on our Advisory Boards, and our Advisory Board members serve our students so well. They provide a direct line of sight into local industry demands. That means our students know about the jobs that are available and needed right now in the area. And, it helps us asses our curriculum between every cohort to make sure we’re prepping students for those exact jobs. Read More

A high school football coach becomes a software developer: Josiah’s story

Josiah was content with his life as a high school history teacher and football coach in Texas. But after about a decade, he realized that the demanding schedule was keeping him from spending time with his wife and new baby. “In general, I wasn’t very happy at work,” he said. So Josiah did what many people would do – he tried going back to school.

He took a few computer science courses at a Dallas-area community college to see if he had the aptitude and desire to get into technology. “I felt pretty good about it after the first few courses,” he said. So, he planned to get a second bachelor’s degree in computer science. But those plans changed after his wife accepted a new job in Austin. “I took it as an opportunity to quit teaching full-time,” he said. “I have a friend who’s a very accomplished developer who recommended looking into code schools, because he’d heard really good things about them.” Read More