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How Changing Technology Drives the Need for Coders and Software Developers

In our last post, we talked about why coding has become the new go-to professional skill. http://www.zipcodewilmington.com/blog/myth-you-need-a-compsci-degree-to-succeed-as-a-developer  Significant numbers of employers now assume new hires will arrive with at least basic coding skills. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the job growth for software developers is expected to grow by 17% from now until 2024, which is much faster than average compared to other occupations. What drives that...

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Myth: You Need a CompSci Degree to Succeed as a Developer

You don’t need a CompSci, math, technology, or in fact, any degree to succeed as a developer. This profession is roomy enough to accommodate many education levels and backgrounds. Let’s back that up with some stats. The StackOverflow 2016 Developer Survey received responses from 50,000 developers. They found that 56% of respondents did not have a degree in CompSci or a related field. Don’t most job postings specify degree requirements? Even if a developer doesn’t have a degree in math, science,...

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What You Need to Know Before Arriving at a Coding Boot Camp

Intense. Rigorous. Immersive. Those are some of the words we use to describe the Zip Code Wilmington Software Development Boot Camp. Many Zip Code Wilmington students are new to coding and have never attended a boot camp. In our information sessions, we set the expectation to prospective students that this is a full time, immersive program that requires a lot of hard work and commitment. But being at Zip Code gives our students the best of both worlds: they’re being trained by industry...

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Myth: Coding Skills Will Only Get You A Job In the Tech Sector

A few weeks ago, one of our Zip Code Wilmington alums, Kelsey, made an insightful statement: “Learning coding is a door to a million other doors.” Kelsey also described her point of view before attending our Java Boot Camp: “I didn’t understand there were so many different fields you could go into. I never knew there were so many options out there, so many different places you could work, and so many different specialties. During the boot camp, I realized, ‘Oh wow, I could go anywhere with...

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Women’s History Month Roundup: Women Who Code Edition

We’re in the last week of National Women’s History Month. So far, we’ve celebrated the month by following a few of the women who have graduated from the Zip Code Wilmington Java Boot Camp. Kelsey who came to realize that learning coding was like opening a door to a million other doors. Sujatha who says coding is like solving puzzles. Jocelyn who now sees you have to take risks for your own happiness and career growth. We also celebrated the place in history of other women coders and...

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“You have to take risks for your own happiness and career growth”

Jocelyn graduated from Zip Code Wilmington in spring of 2016. She say, "Coding challenged me to a whole new level of solving problems." This month, in conjunction with National Women’s History Month, we’ve been sharing Q&A sessions with some of our recent female graduates of the Zip Code Wilmington boot camp. So far, Kelsey and Sujatha have recounted their experience. This week, we share Jocelyn’s story. She attended the boot camp in the spring of 2016. Q: What motivated you to apply for the...

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“If you can solve puzzles, you can ace coding”

Sujatha attended the boot camp in September 2016. Her favorite part of the boot camp was the people she met. She says, "It was the exposure to the people that I enjoyed. I loved the people." Recently, we posted Kelsey’s take on her Zip Code Wilmington experience. This week, we’re learning about Sujatha’s experience at the Zip Code Wilmington boot camp. She attended the boot camp in September of 2016. Sujatha and her husband emigrated to the United States from India. She had worked as a...

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For Women’s History Month, Let’s Celebrate Innovative Coders and Programmers

March is Women’s History Month. The National Women's History Project chooses a new theme each year. This year's theme is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” Let’s kick off the celebration by exploring some of the leading female leaders who have blazed a trail in computer science, software development, and video games. Grace Hopper Commodore Grace Hopper, 1984 Grace Hopper was a computer scientist and U.S. Navy Rear Admiral. Hopper was one of the first programmers of the Harvard...

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“Learning Coding Is A Door To A Million Other Doors”

Over the next few weeks, we’re touching base with a few of our female alums. We’re finding out what their experience was like during the Zip Code Wilmington boot camp and what it’s meant to them and their careers. First up is Kelsey. She attended the boot camp in the fall of 2015. At the time, she liked her workplace but didn’t care for the work that she was doing. She needed a change and the boot camp inspired that change. Kelsey attended the Zip Code Wilmington Boot Camp in fall of 2015. She...

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5 Unmistakable Signs It's Time For a Career Change

“I’m giving up too soon. I need to give this place a chance.” “I just graduated. Why do I already feel like I’m on the wrong path?” “Things will change. I just need to give it time.” “Maybe being happy at work is just a pipe dream.” Have you made statements like these before? To feel out of place in your chosen field is not uncommon. Nearly everyone, especially early in their careers, has doubts. You wonder if you chose your field wisely. You question if you picked the right employer. You doubt...

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