General Assembly started as a small project in the heart of NYC—we set out to build a community of entrepreneurs and creators in our city’s burgeoning ecosystem. I’m in awe of the evolution we’ve seen take place—in 5 years we’ve become a global organization, now equipping tens of thousands of students with the skills they need to succeed in the new economy.
At this time of great debate around the future of higher education and workforce development, our worldwide team has succeeded in creating and scaling a model solely focused on bridging education to employment. But we are even more ambitious about our future goals: To make a visible dent in the skills gap, clearly connecting education and employment to show an ROI positive model of higher education, and build our alumni community into one of the most powerful professional networks in the world.
Whether you’re just out of college, or facing an impasse at your current job, you’ve likely considered going back to grad school. If you’re going to be a doctor, scientist, or professor, it’s not really a “consideration,” rather than just “the next step.”
But for those of us who are more general in our education, and even less specific on our career aspirations (like I was), going to grad school is an easy answer to “what are you doing when you graduate?” Especially if there’s no job waiting for you when you do graduate. But is it the right answer?
Before you sell your car and take out a loan, here are some questions to ask yourself about grad school. The goal is for you to challenge yourself into honestly assessing what your next step should be. These questions, presented to and discussed with a trusted, objective mentor (who knows you and is not afraid to say things you might not want to hear), should get you to a solid decision point for your next move. Continue reading →
Danielle left a cushy job as an Investment Specialist to teach others how to become more financially stable. With a little help from her Front End Web Development instructors, she launched Invibed, a website that teaches Millenials how to save money and be more fiscally responsible through shared money-saving tips.
When you graduate from college, you have a degree in some specific subject(s). But it is becoming increasingly important that you have practical skills when you enter the workplace, in addition to the specific knowledge you gained during your college career.
When you enter the workforce, no matter who you work for, there will be some learning curve as you learn how they do business, what tools they use, and their processes and procedures. But wouldn’t it be great if on day one when you arrived at that sweet new job, you were teaching them new tricks?
If you learn these three digital age skills, there’s a good chance that you will blow their doors off when you start work on Monday.
By 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings, according to the Department of Labor. There is much debate over whether or not everyone should learn code, but in a time when communicating with a computer seems almost more important than communicating in a second language, it makes sense that computer science skills be taught to all kids as part of their curriculum. The basics of coding are not necessarily difficult to master, and starting to learn young teaches kids how to ask questions, problem solve, and see new possibilities for what they are capable of creating.
I encountered the Beckett quotation “fail better,” as a grad student in an MFA program years ago. I was drawn to its simple imperative wisdom. Fail, keep on failing, and then maybe you’ll get something right. It so simply encapsulated the creative process. That you need room for risk and tolerance for failure, before you can expect to produce anything really worthwhile.
Jillian is a 2013 graduate of General Assembly’s Web Development Immersive and is now Director of Communications at Noodle, a site that provides advice on education decisions. She loves writing about why you should think twice about what you’re doing and consider learning to code. This post was originally published on Noodle’s blog.
On the heels of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) release of its employment numbers for the class of 2013, Noodle has launched an innovative, easy-to-use new tool to help prospective students find the right law school.
Our unique algorithm provides superior guidance by considering the factors that are most important to both applicants and law schools in the admissions process. The ABA’s data shows that employment prospects are slightly better than last year for new JDs, but still have not recovered from a difficult few years. Here’s a look at the job market for new law school graduates:
When General Assembly decided to add a new full-time, immersive program to its suite of educational offerings, user experience (UX) design was the clear topic of choice. UX is a rapidly growing field looking for talented designers passionate about shaping the future, and we were excited to design a program that prepared these folks to do just that. With that, the User Experience Design Immersive (UXDI) program was born.
UXDI is truly the first of its kind. We’ve been able to take skills and methods that have developed over the last 20 years and turned them into one of the first formal programs to teach UX design. Through the process of creating the course, we learned a lot about how UX should be taught, and developed the following three guiding philosophies:
1. Embrace Ambiguity
“It depends” is a key part of any UX designer’s vocabulary, but its use in a classroom environment can lead to pretty significant frustration. There are plenty of reasons why teaching UX is quite ambiguous; this is, after all, a rapidly evolving field that prides itself on prioritizing the user and not trying to find the best answer, but rather going after better answers.