Advice from a current student: Aaron’s story

Aaron is in week six of his journey at The Iron Yard, taking our Front-End Engineering with JavaScript course in Durham. He only has six weeks left and has been updating his blog, Aaroninbeta, weekly.

We love his take on life at The Iron Yard and are impressed with how he has learned to embrace failures and celebrate wins. We asked Aaron if we could share his thoughts here and he was happy to pass on what he’s learned to future Iron Yarders. Read his advice below, in his own words: 

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Team member spotlight: Meet Kelly Murray, Front-End Engineering Instructor

Kelly has been coding since she was 12, taught her first class on computers at 13, and is truly passionate about diversity and mentorship in the tech industry. We’re so lucky to have her as our Front-End Engineering instructor for our Durham campus. Kelly is focused on finding creative solutions to the world’s problems, and we can’t wait to introduce her to you.

Here’s a bit more about Kelly, in her own words:  Read More

How to find a job after code school: An IronGrad’s perspective

Andrew graduated from our Back-End Engineering with Python program in Durham late last year. Today, he’s a Junior Web Application Developer at AT&T. As he became more comfortable in his new position and reflected on his code school experience, he decided to write out some tips for others who are interested in how to find a job after code school.

“Andrew took advantage of tons of opportunities for career support as he got close to graduation, from resume reviews to mock interviews to really engaging with the local tech community,” said Dana Calder, our Campus Director in Durham. His persistence and passion helped him begin his new career less than three months after graduating, and his tips for other code school grads are definitely worth checking out. We shared some of Andrew’s story with you back in March – click here if you haven’t read his story yet.

Here are Andrew’s tips for how to find a job after code school, in his own words:

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From Aerospace Engineer to programmer: John Buscemi’s story

John left a career as an Aerospace Engineer for something he found even more exciting: programming. The perfect balance of fast-paced problem solving, creativity and teamwork, coding quickly became a passion for John – who tried to learn to code on his own but turned to The Iron Yard for help. He now works for Red Hat in Raleigh, N.C. as a Software Application Engineer. 

Here’s John’s story, in his own words: Read More

Am I really doing this? Jefferson’s journey to The Iron Yard

Jefferson is currently in week 10 of his Back-End Engineering with Ruby on Rails cohort in Durham, NC. At 30 years old (and with a wife who is currently expecting!), he decided to leave his stable job at a bank to find a career path he loves. He’s already hard at work on his final project, and he’s been diligently tracking his experience via his blog, WizardofRails.

We think his first post, “Am I really doing this?” is such an insightful look into the thought process that goes into making the decision to attend The Iron Yard. Jefferson graciously allowed us to share his first post here with you. It’s worth the 3-minute read. Oh, and we love his weekly “comfort-to-panic” scale. Read More

From biology major to full-time programmer: Andrew’s story

As a senior in college at UNC Chapel Hill, Andrew was preparing for graduation with a degree in Biology when he was first introduced to computer programming. Specifically, he was fascinated by environmental science and ecology, and enrolled in every related course he could. As he approached graduation, Andrew began looking into his career options in the field of biological research, and he discovered the programming language Python was used often in the field. “I started playing around with Python on my own, and I really enjoyed it,” he said. Read More

Girl Develop It provides support, training for Triangle women in tech →

Amy Gori certainly wasn’t lacking for education – she has a Ph.D. in Renaissance literature – but she had no training in computer coding before taking a course offered by the local chapter of a nonprofit group called Girl Develop It.

Gori, who was an assistant dean at UNC-Chapel Hill before becoming a parent and temporarily dropping out of the workforce, quickly became hooked on coding. She signed up for another Girl Develop It class, then took a more intensive 12-week course offered by a code school in Durham called The Iron Yard. The end result: Today she’s a web developer at Durham startup Adwerx.

Read the full News & Observer article about Girl Develop It and the support the group provides to women in the Triangle area here.

Alumni spotlight: Ruti Wajnberg, back-end developer

Ruti Wajnberg knows what she wants. If you didn’t know her well, it may appear as though she’s so innately intelligent that things happen easily for her. The truth is, Ruti’s success doesn’t only come naturally. She’s earned her stripes by remaining intentional, motivated, eager and laser-focused on her goals.

Actually, Ruti is so focused on her goals, she doesn’t have time to think about her identity as part of an underrepresented group in the technology industry. “I’m just a capable person like everyone here, and I don’t find that it comes with any special treatment – good or bad. I feel that [being a woman is] just one of many things that I am,” she said. “If I focus on the fact that I’m a capable, intelligent person who has earned my opportunities and who brings a lot to the table, the fact that I’m a woman should really be less of an issue.” Read More