Real world developer: 6 code school skills I actually use

Iron Yard graduate Ashly LaMarr recently reflected on the code school skills she truly uses now that she’s six-plus weeks into her new job as a real-world developer. She decided to learn to code after more than a decade in accounting, and shares parts of her journey on her blog (read it here).

In her new position as a developer, there are six skills from code school she’s using every day. Her advice? Spend as much time focusing on the soft skills as you do on the actual code. It’ll pay off.

Read more – in Ashly’s own words – below.  Read More

The Iron Yard experience: Insight from current students

On any given day at any given time, you’ll find students on our campuses who are at varying stops along the journey to becoming programmers. Today, we wanted to give you a glimpse into the minds of some of our students at The Iron Yard Tampa Bay – St. Petersburg. These students have finished up four weeks of their cohort, and several of them have started blogging and sharing their reflections on the experience so far.

Below, meet a few of our students and hear more about what it’s really like to be a student at The Iron Yard.  Read More

Is it possible to love your day job? This graduate says yes.

Jasper Furniss spent the first decade of his career in ministry as a worship leader. Though he’d already received both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in ministry-related fields, Jasper knew he wasn’t finished learning. When a friend mentioned The Iron Yard, he was intrigued. Though he’d dabbled in code before, he had never had any formal training. “I love to learn,” he said. “I feel like the opportunity to learn something so complex as programming so quickly and develop a passion for it is what really interested me and brought me here.” Read More

Thoughts on education: learning and comfort

We absolutely love teaching people how to wield the powers of technology. The side that most people see is an instructor in front of a classroom or helping individual students during lab time.

What many people don’t see is the learning that our staff does behind the scenes. We’re constantly evaluating new technologies for our curricula, but we’re also studying the craft of teaching. Educating is far more than knowing a lot about a subject and explaining it to someone else. Our instructors are students themselves, always refining the skills and knowledge they use to guide our student body. Read More

Thoughts on education: Thinking for the future

In 2013, the New York Times published an op-ed piece titled “Thinking for the Future.” Author David Brooks posits that we live in an, “era of mechanized intelligence, an age in which you’re probably going to find yourself in a workplace with diagnostic systems, different algorithms and computer-driven data analysis. If you want to thrive in this era, you probably want to be good at working with intelligent machines.”

He goes on to quote Tyler Cowen’s book, Average is Over:

If you and your skills are a complement to the computer, your wage and labor market prospects are likely to be cheery. If your skills do not complement the computer, you may want to address that mismatch.

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Orlando Tech Association will sponsor our fall cohort in Orlando

Our Orlando campus launched its first cohort just over a year ago. Since then, we’ve graduated nearly 50 people and developed deep relationships with the local tech community.

Today, one of our local partners announced some really exciting news. Orlando Tech Association will sponsor our fourth cohort in Orlando, which begins class Oct. 5. They will take an active role in adding to our student experience by providing speakers, special events, resources and support during the cohort, which runs until Jan. 8. Read More