One of the best perks of working at General Assembly is that employees can take any part-time class or workshop for free. Last year, I took General Assembly’s Backend Web Development Course (BEWD) to learn how to code. As someone who works in Talent Acquisition at General Assembly, I thought this would be valuable so I could better understand our product offering. I also figured it would be easier to interview technical candidates if I understood the lingo.
Next week, I’m attending the Greenhouse Open, a three-day gathering of talent acquisition and HR professionals in San Francisco from May 25-27. I am really looking forward to the “Programming for Recruiters” workshop with Michael Bouffard, VP of Engineering at Greenhouse, on Friday, May 27. I think every recruiter, especially one who speaks with engineers on a regular basis, should understand programming basics. As I prepare to attend Greenhouse Open next week, I’m reflecting on my experience taking BEWD and how it’s been helpful in my day to day role recruiting talent, as well as managing our systems and tools.
Salman came to General Assembly as an engineer looking for a tech community to jump into. He ended up as a beloved Back-End Web Development instructor, both in New York City and San Francisco. Realizing the importance of “soft skills” for developers, he started the Laugh & Learn newsletter to provide a well-rounded continued learning experience for his students and job-seeking techies.
A trained musician, Noah was looking to take his career to the next level. While working as a front-end web developer, he saw an opportunity during his Back-End Web Development course to launch a music streaming service with a classmate. Most recently, he’s taking on Le Web with his team at Bop.fm while developing the company’s mobile app.
You may know the feeling. An idea is brewing for years. Then, one day, you find the courage to make your dream a reality. That’s how Celeste transitioned from Product Manager at The Los Angeles Times to entrepreneur with her virtual wardrobe app, Boudoir. Here’s how she did it.
Have you ever written down a great idea on a scrap of paper, only to have it vanish a few minutes later? Well, not anymore. After a little BEWD andDash, Sean is on the road to success with his app Trapper, a writing tool that helps people capture ideas in the moment. Don’t take our word for it—try it for yourself! You can download the app in the iTunes App Store.
Working as an engineer on major New York City projects, Andrea wanted to shift careers. He loved the problem solving and design of engineering and construction, but wanted a different challenge. Andrea decided to take BEWD to introduce him to the world of web development and he hacked his way into a new career.
When Martin isn’t relaxing by the campfire with one of his favorite sci-fi novels, you may find him coding his next project. Having worked as a Civil Engineer for years, an NPR marketplace segment (ironically featuring one of our Web Development Immersive graduates) inspired him to make a career shift. Twelve weeks later, he’s on the hunt for his first job in his new career.
Who says you can’t find a job on your phone? Companies have been dabbling in mobile networking for years now, and Renuka Agarwal thinks she can do it better. With her newfound back-end web development skills, she launchedBOND, a user-friendly mobile app that makes networking easy and fun.
The advent of services like Squarespace has an increasing number of people asking whether learning code is still a worthwhile endeavor. They offer clean, well-designed templates with myriad customization options. They’ve received glowing feedback from even picky critics. Furthermore, Software as a Service (a.k.a. SaaS, software that is delivered remotely) like that of Squarespace offers some tantalizing perks; in addition to making sites a cinch to build, they provide hosting and support, and are constantly being retooled for greater refinement and accessibility—all for a low monthly fee.
So those debating their next Dev step are left with an interesting question: Why learn to code at all, when there’s Squarespace? The potential answers—like good code—pertain to the things that may not be readily apparent, but make all the difference in the world: what you need, what you love, and what will best serve you at the end of the day. Continue reading →
Along with Chelsea Clinton, Girl Scouts of the USA, Mindy Kaling, MIT Media Lab, TechCrunch and more, Google has launched Made with Code, an initiative to inspire girls to code.
We’re thrilled to share that one of our Back-End Web Development graduates, Maddy Maxey, is featured alongside talented young women using code to further their passions. Maddey is the co-founder of Crated and heavily involved at the intersection of technology and fashion. Learn more about Maddy’s work on Made with Code in this video preview:
We had a chance to sit with Maddy and hear about this exciting initiative and everything that’s going on with her company, Crated:
1. What is it about wearable tech that’s so fascinating to you?
I find most things about the world interesting. Wearable tech has become my silo because it combines my background in fashion and my love for technology and tinkering.