As a creative, entrepreneurial sort of person, you probably have more skills than you market.
And this is good. While marketing yourself as a jack or jill-of-all-trades broadens the number of potential clients you could work with, it can also make your marketing scattered, your value propositions hazy, and may give the impression that you’re a master of none.
These two took a leap of faith when they crossed the Atlantic to settle in the UK. While in London, Maite completed WDI and Chris completed UXDI at our London campus. Now, they’re are giving back by helping current students master their new skills.
Nearly five years ago Luke Wroblewski, formerly the Chief Design Architect at Yahoo! Inc, advocated a radical new concept. Shocking the audience of web developers at An Event Apart in Seattle, Wroblewski announced that it was time for ‘mobile first!’ Given an undeveloped app market for the 700 million people with mobile devices globally at the time (that number has since more than doubled), he believed that mobile offered an opportunity for explosive growth that products for PCs could not match.
He also underscored the importance of constraints and capabilities that mobile realities enforce and provide for product managers, a critical factor for innovation that Peter Sims has detailed in Little Bets.
From a humanities graduate to a full stack web developer, General Assembly Hong Kong’s WDI graduate, Stephanie Siaw hopes to break the myth that coding is a scientific, mathematical skill. She hopes that others like her can embrace its creativity.
Today, we are pleased to announce a partnership with Andela, a global talent accelerator that produces world-class developers and connects them with top employers. Andela finds the brightest young people in Africa and gives them the training and mentorship needed to thrive as full-time, remote developers for companies around the world.
When I began designing websites at the age of 17, I had lofty aspirations. I was going to one-up the status quo. But, as many do, I quickly discovered how difficult it can be to build a truly inspiring user experience. I found myself instead relying on the oft-repeated adage, which has become something of a cornerstone of user experience design for novices (and even some experts, like Picasso): “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”
Web development programs, like General Assembly’s, are generating a lot of talk. Just last month, The New York Times heralded computer programming bootcamps as 21st Century trade schools, offering a path to professional success at a time when good jobs are hard to find. Bootcamps and accelerated education programs are part of a trend that is set to strengthen America’s competitiveness, encourage new ideas and innovation, and impact the economy over the long term.
I entered my first day as a programming mentor just as timidly as I had when I first started General Assembly’s Web Development Immersive back in June. After finishing the 12-week program, I was confident that I knew a lot about programming, but I was not-so-confident that I could pass on my knowledge to impressionable children.
However, as an Opportunity Fund Fellow with GA, I agreed to volunteer 100+ hours to mentor youth to impart the valuable skills that I learned during WDI, so mentoring was part of the deal, whether I was nervous or not. Luckily, the kids at CoderDojo weren’t nearly as scary as I’d thought, and I picked up mentoring right away.
There’s never been a better time to start a career as a web developer. From startups to Fortune 500 companies, there’s consistent demand for web developers who can creatively solve problems and implement robust, sustainable solutions.
Whether you’re a career-changer serious about becoming a full-stack web developer, an entrepreneur with an idea you want to build from scratch, or a recent undergrad ready to ramp up your technical skill set, you likely have a number of questions about the best way for you to learn web development.
Here we’ve compiled a list of most frequently asked questions about our flagship Web Development Immersive course — also available online — to help give you a better sense of what this full-time, 12-week program is all about.
Since General Assembly’s founding, we’ve seen that both students and employers need a clear, unbiased way to gauge candidates’ skill sets. For years now, our talented curriculum team has worked at building more and more effective internal assessments to help our students and instructors understand and learn from the progress made and skills achieved in our programs. Today we are announcing our intention to make that work more public and useful beyond our own walls. After building a network of more than 150,000 instructors, students, alumni, and employers around the world, and several years of truly global and hands-on experience delivering world-class education in practical skills, this is the next logical step for our community, and for the ecosystem at large.