From Amazon to The Iron Yard: Zach’s Story

Zach has always been a numbers guy. For the past four years, he worked at Amazon in southern California and opened a fulfillment center, working as a collator running the numbers for the opps team. It was his responsibility to look at headcount for the staff in the building, analyze the number of packages per category (S, M, L or XL) that had to be shipped that day, and run the numbers to put together a battle plan to get those packages out the door that day.

“What brought me into programming was that within a year of being a collator, I built three Excel macros that would basically do my job for me,” Zach said. “I thought maybe I should give programming a shot.”

For Zach, the tipping point came at the beginning of 2016 when he and his girlfriend started planning their future – getting married, buying a house – and he wanted a job that could support their life together. He began looking at online coding resources and thought, “I can do this,” and started putting a plan in motion.

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5 Days of JavaScript

Sophia Khan is in the first half of her Front-End Engineering course on our Indianapolis campus. She has been chronicling her experience learning to code on her blog, and detailing her challenges and triumphs as she works her way through the course. After her first week, she took some time to reflect on the process so far. 

“I can see why people find coding addicting. There’s something intoxicating about the process of struggling through an issue until you reach that ‘Aha’ moment in which everything comes together,” she said. “It’s frustrating and demoralizing — but then in the space of an instant, intensely gratifying. Having finished week one at The Iron Yard, I feel the addiction beginning. Each new project started has the potential for that ‘Aha’ moment where it all comes together.”

And after her first week learning JavaScript, she shared her day-to-day progress in the post, “5 Days of JavaScript.” Read her thoughts below:

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Prioritizing diversity and inclusion in Indianapolis’ tech industry

Like we wrote about earlier this week, supporting diversity in the tech industry is a top priority for The Iron Yard. This month, we celebrated an exciting milestone on our Indianapolis campus: Not only did we welcome the largest class we’ve ever had, it was also one of the most diverse. This cohort in Indianapolis has a 50/50 split of men and women.

Our Indianapolis campus director, Emily Trimble, recently contributed an article to TechPoint.org talking about the hard work she and her team have done over the past couple of years to ensure the Indianapolis campus is a safe, comfortable learning environment for all.

Below is an excerpt of Emily’s article, “Prioritizing diversity and inclusion in Indianapolis’ tech industry,” that talks about what led to increased enrollment of female students:

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Why MOBI hires from The Iron Yard

The importance of our local advisory boards can’t be overstated. The companies we work with in each of our campus markets provide invaluable support to our students and graduates, insights on local hiring needs and feedback on our course offerings.

In Indianapolis, we have had the privilege of working with MOBI, a mobility management platform, since we first opened our doors in the Hoosier state. Course Report recently checked in with Eric Sendelbach, MOBI’s Chief Technology Officer, to talk about his role as CTO, his experience hiring Iron Grads and advice for other employers who are considering hiring bootcamp graduates.

Below is an excerpt from his interview:

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The teacher becomes the student: Isaiah turns to code school for new career

Isaiah Fasoldt has a penchant for problem solving. For five years, he aimed to solve problems in education by working with Teach for America in one of the poorest districts in the country. When he decided to shift his career, he turned to programming so he could take on a new kind of problem solving with new skills. He enrolled in the Back-End Engineering program at The Iron Yard’s Indianapolis campus (you may remember his blog post from last summer), and today he’s a software developer. Read on for his story. Read More

Planting roots, setting an example and growing a career he loves: Pete’s story

After serving in the United States Navy for 10 years as a nuclear electrician and traveling around the world, Silas Pete Tolliver decided it was time for he and his family to plant roots and become part of a community. He was tired of moving his family around the country and he wanted to give his wife an opportunity to have a career. More than anything, he wanted to see his kids more often.

So, in 2006, Pete and his family joined his mom in Indianapolis, and his stepfather helped him find a job in logistics and transportation. “I basically just got a job, because what I really wanted was for my wife to be able to have the career she deserved,” he said. “I have two daughters, and I wanted them to see their mother succeed and follow her dreams. I wanted her to get to her maximum ability so they would understand how to do the same thing – at least, that’s my theory.” 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 steps to landing your first job in tech →

Landing your first job can be hard. Whether you’re fresh out of high school, recently graduated from college or shifting into a new industry, that first job is usually the most difficult to find. The most important thing to keep in mind, though, is that it’s not impossible and with some hard work, it can (and will) happen.

Read tips and advice from The Iron Yard’s Indianapolis Campus Director Emily Trimble on TechPoint.

Hour of code: Inspiring the next generation of coders

At The Iron Yard, we believe that investing in the local tech economy for the long-run means impacting and inspiring the next generation of coders. Our instructors and alumni regularly volunteer their time to make sure kids in every community where we operate have a chance to be exposed to coding. Plus, our kids coding classes usually include fun topics like how to build games and feature popular characters from movies and TV shows.

Each year, Code.org organizes Hour of Code – a  global movement that introduces students around the globe to coding through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming. Teaching kids is in The Iron Yard’s DNA and we are proud participants in the Hour of Code.

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