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Job Interviews: 10 Things to Practice

By Mitchell Robertson on

Congratulations, you’ve landed an interview! Here’s how to make sure you don’t blow it.

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How to Land a Job in Tech

By Mitchell Robertson on

How do you land a great job with a tech company? The answer to the question doesn’t require a secret handshake or a hidden map – it requires grit!

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10 Pitfalls That Can Hold You Back From Being Hired

By Mitchell Robertson on

Interpersonal skills can help—or hurt—your path to landing a job just as much as technical skills. Check yourself for these 10 pitfalls to make sure they won’t stand between you and your dream job.

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6 Keys to Writing the Perfect Cover Letter

By Mitchell Robertson on

Let’s stop with the generic cover letters! A great cover letter should help you stand out. When written poorly, a cover letter can make a promising candidate seem like an uncreative, uninteresting boiler-plate copy.

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COVID-19: How to Thrive in This Time of Uncertainty

By Mitchell Robertson on

At Code Fellows, we are passionate about helping individuals transform their lives through education. We believe that it is critical to learn the skills that allow you to pursue your passion while also providing for you financially. Being able to work remote, means you not only have the ability to endure tough times like the ones we are facing now but also live where you want, work where you want, and live the life that you want.

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Defining Impostor Syndrome: How to Own Your Success

By Mitchell Robertson on

Late last year, life coach Micha Goebig gave a presentation on overcoming impostor syndrome at a Code Fellows Partner Power Hour. You’ve probably heard of the phrase, but you might not know exactly what it means. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Here, we’re detailing what impostor syndrome is and breaking down Micha’s tips for overcoming it and learning to feel confident about your success. Everyone lacks confidence sometimes, but with these tips, we hope to help you learn where that’s healthy—as opposed to limiting and destructive—so you can believe in yourself as much as we believe in you.

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Up Your Coding Game: Learn More with Code Fellows Tutoring Program

By Heather Cherewaty on

Discover more ways Code Fellows is dedicated to helping students become confident, knowledgeable, and career-ready software developers.

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Meet Teri: Military Program Manager

By Mitchell Robertson on

Teri is a big part of what makes Code Fellows so special. In an effort to connect with the veteran community and sharing what an amazing resource she is, we’re writing this peice on her so that current and potential students can get to know her and realize the wealth of support and passion she brings.

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Which Coding Language Should I Learn First?

By Brook Riggio on

Code Fellows’ own vice president of education, Brook Riggio, breaks down the differences between coding languages and shares his suggestions about which language you should learn first.

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It's For You!

By Jeff Malek on

I sent the response below to an email we received from someone who objected to one of our ads, which contained the message “coding is not just for the white, the male, the privileged, the wealthy or the college educated”. Hopefully this post will help others who may have been offended to understand the intent behind this message.

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Learning to Code: 5 Paths to Becoming a Software Developer and How to Enhance Your Skills Along the Way - Part 4

By Heather Cherewaty on

Are you learning to code or looking to improve your technical skills? Join us for a 5 part blog series on the many paths to a career in Tech and how you can improve your skills, and your job prospects, along the way! Monthly, from September through January, we’ll be exploring various learning mediums and how to best leverage those resources for success. We’ll cover free online tutorials and courses, coding schools/bootcamps, CS degree programs, interview prep, and continuing education. You can find September’s blog on “The Self-guided Route” here, October’s blog on “The College Route” here, and November’s blog on “The Code School Route” here.

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Why We’re Different Than a Coding Bootcamp

By Mitchell Robertson on

Coding bootcamps have grown in popularity—but we at Code Fellows believe it takes more than the basics, which is why we don’t categorize ourselves as a bootcamp. In this post, we explain why.

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Learning to Code: 5 Paths to Becoming a Software Developer and How to Enhance Your Skills Along the Way - Part 3

By Heather Cherewaty on

Are you learning to code or looking to improve your technical skills? Join us for a 5 part blog series on the many paths to a career in Tech and how you can improve your skills, and your job prospects, along the way! Monthly, from September through January, we’ll be exploring various learning mediums and how to best leverage those resources for success. We’ll cover free online tutorials and courses, coding schools/bootcamps, CS degree programs, interview prep, and continuing education. You can find September’s blog on “The Self-guided Route” here and October’s blog on “The College Route” here.

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Meet Ada Lovelace (and Other Women Who Shaped Technology)

By Mitchell Robertson on

Without women, technology would be nowhere near where it is today, but that’s a narrative that many people don’t yet know. Today, we’re introducing (or reintroducing) you to some of tech’s finest female trailblazers so we can all celebrate the women who pioneered the industry—and paved the way for generations to come.

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Learning to Code: 5 Paths to Becoming a Software Developer and How to Enhance Your Skills Along the Way - Part 2

By Heather Cherewaty on

Are you learning to code or looking to improve your technical skills? Join us for a 5 part blog series on the many paths to a career in Tech and how you can improve your skills, and your job prospects, along the way! Monthly, from September through January, we’ll be exploring various learning mediums and how to best leverage those resources for success. We’ll cover free online tutorials and courses, coding schools/bootcamps, CS degree programs, interview prep, and continuing education. You can find September’s blog on “The Self-guided Route” here.

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Learning to Code: 5 Paths to Becoming a Software Developer and How to Enhance Your Skills Along the Way - Part I

By Heather Cherewaty on

Are you learning to code or looking to improve your technical skillset? Join us for a 5 part blog series on the many paths to a career in Tech and how you can improve your skills, and your job prospects, along the way! Monthly, from September through January, we’ll be exploring various learning mediums and how to best leverage those resources for success. We’ll cover free online tutorials and courses, coding schools/bootcamps, CS degree programs, interview prep, and continuing education.

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Field Notes: How to Prepare for the Technical Interview

By Misty Hays on

Interviewing can be brutal. But it doesn’t have to be.

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Field Notes: Impact is Greater Than Visibility

By Jeff Adelman on

As you progress in your career as a software engineer, one piece of advice you may hear, from coworkers, friends, or a manager, is that you need to be more “visible.” What do these well-meaning people have in mind when they tell you to increase your visibility?

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Field Notes: Advice for a Career in Programming

By Ted Spence on

When I meet programmers about to embark on a career in the exciting and rewarding field of software engineering, they often ask for advice. The most common question I am asked is what programming language they should learn (I happen to like C#), but I’d like to share different advice today.

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Cooking, Coding & Career Changes: A Chef’s Journey in Learning to Code

By Kayla Asay on

Hello! My name is Kayla Asay and I am a software engineer.

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Why Code? A Veteran's Take on Learning to Code at Code Fellows

By Victor Benavente on

By now the news is out: Code Fellows is an approved school with the Veterans Association and Washington State, and you can use your GI Bill® to attend this coding bootcamp. So why do it?

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How to Assess and Negotiate a Job Offer

By Mitchell Robertson on

Effectively evaluating and negotiating an offer involves understanding individual priorities and knowing the hiring market. When switching careers, be prepared to ask potential employers for what you’re worth—and then negotiate for it.

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Meet Clare: Scientist, Yeast Engineer, and Code Fellows Graduate

By Lauren Sauser on

Clare Monahan spent half a decade as a protein engineer. As she neared her financial limitations as a scientist without a PhD, she turned her attention to writing code. Clare shares with us about her transition from the lab to the classroom, and then to a new career as a software developer.

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8 Tips Before You Hire from a Code School

By Mitchell Robertson on

With the recent rise in code schools and the number of new devs entering today’s tech market, how can you be sure the grad you’re about to hire is the kind of quality you need for your team? Here are 8 tips to make sure you’re hiring the best.

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15+ Programming Books to Keep on Your Shelf

By Sarah Fischer on

Every developer needs a set of go-to resources, whether writing their first lines of code or building on 10+ years of experience. Our instructors are avid readers, and we’ve pulled together a few of their top picks to help you get started, stay current, and advance your skills.

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Student project harnesses brain power to fly AR Drone

By Sarah Fischer on

Before graduating from their Development Accelerator, students complete and present a final project. Robert, a JavaScript student, brought in an idea that involved an AR Drone 2.0, Mindflex Duel headsets, and an Internet connection. He teamed up with two other students and a TA to get his project—quite literally—off the ground.

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Code Fellows is hiring instructors for local teams across the USA

By Mitchell Robertson on

Are you an experienced web/mobile developer with a passion for teaching? If so, we’d love to talk to you.

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Example Blog Layout and Tutorial

By Ivan Storck on

Starting a blog to share your new coding knowledge with the world? Use this tutorial to get started.

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