“The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn,” Flynn says of his numerous GA courses. “After learning Ruby on Rails ... I was confident that I wanted dive deeper into web development.” That confidence and his faith in the Web Development Immersive curriculum gave Flynn the courage he needed to make the tough decision to leave his role with GA and jump into the program with both feet.
The GA Alumni community turned out to be Flynn’s path to his next adventure and first web development role. Though not a GA alum himself, Joshua Brueckner of Air Tailor (an online service that helps users effortlessly have clothes tailored and repaired) found Flynn through a GA alumni list and brought him on as technical co-founder. In the summer of 2017, they were part of the 1% of companies accepted into the Techstars accelerator program, a program for emerging startups that gives founding teams access to funds, facilities, and guidance from seasoned entrepreneurs.
In the end, Flynn’s experience at GA — both as an employee and a student — improved his ability to adapt to changing situations: “When building a new tech startup, founders have to wear a lot of hats. The classes I helped build and the classes I’ve taken have given me a broad set of knowledge and a network of smart, creative people to look to for guidance.” His new day to day might pull him in a lot of different directions, but Flynn says he’s happier than ever: "My favorite part about my job is developing new digital features for our customers and retail clients, but honestly, I love it all. The responsibility I get to have working on a big idea with a small team pushes and inspires me to keep learning and growing, and has challenged me to be a better person in a lot of ways." Between the training, support, and post-graduation connections, General Assembly Flynn’s comprehensive solution for education and tech-world success.
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