When General Assembly students graduate from their course — whether it’s user experience design or data science — it’s always exciting (and sometimes surprising) to see the range of products and passions that actualize as a result. In the case of Nathan Maas, a Web Development Immersive alumnus of GA Seattle, the product was an idea called pennypost. The passion? Connecting the world with homemade digital postcards that are easy to send and share.
Nathan — who took a range of night classes in product management, front-end development, and data science at GA before choosing WDI — developed a web (and soon-to-be iPhone) app, pennypost, which was inspired by his travels to nearly fifty countries across the globe. Though he bought postcards everywhere he went with the intention of sending them home, constraints like time, postage, and tracking down mailing addresses, meant he never actually sent them. An idea was born.
Whether you’re looking to level up in your current role, or change careers altogether, coding can be a powerful tool in helping you land your dream job or build products that you never thought possible.
Learning a new skill may seem daunting, but the payoff is great, and you’ll find confidence in knowing that you can expand your skill set. Here are four questions to ask yourself to see if you’re ready to get started. Continue reading →
Will took a chance on General Assembly when he enrolled in our Web Development Immersive to learn fullstack coding skills. He is now exploring brand new job opportunities where he can ABL: Always Be Learning. He has shared his journey with us to inspire others. Enjoy!
Not even the bright lights of Tokyo and a solid internship in finance could keep Mike from his dreams of starting a business. After learning to code in our Web Development Immersive, he started Bookmarq, an app that allows you to find book recommendations from peers and thought leaders.
James Traver is a WDI instructor in Chicago. Having learned programming on his own from a very young age, James enjoying helping his students avoid the pitfalls that he endured as a new developer. Continue reading →
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Kourosh has years of experience in business development for both media companies and startups. Before joining San Francisco’s Web Development Immersive, he worked for Tugboat Yards. Post-course, he launched a startup with a classmate and landed a new role as the VP of Strategic Partnerships at the Wikimedia Foundation.
I was recently invited to attend Write/Speak/Code, a workshop-based, three-day conference to help female software developers increase their visibility in the tech community. I had the opportunity to meet and work alongside seasoned developers and code newbies on everything from writing a compelling bio to brainstorming talk topics, and finally contributing to open source.
Whether you’re a hardcore nerd who’s been coding since grade school or a recent bootcamp grad, getting hired for a developer position will always come down to more than just your aptitude for code. At my firm,
At my firm, DevShop, a Ruby on Rails web and app development agency based in NYC, my partner and I easily spend 20% of our time recruiting. We’ve found that the best hires are people who are dedicated, passionate about learning, and clear about what kind of role they really want.