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

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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 professionals while also receiving the support of their peers in a classroom setting. If you plan to …

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

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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 this.’ You can find out exactly what you like and are good at. …

Women’s History Month Roundup: Women Who Code Edition

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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 programmers. To end the month, let’s look to the future to find …

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

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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 Zip Code Wilmington boot camp? My best friend, Kelsey, was in the first Zip Code Wilmington class. After she started going through the course, she told me I had no choice and I had to apply. So I did. …

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

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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 developer in India, but as the spouse of a visa holder, the law at the time required a multi-year waiting period before obtaining work privileges. As her family grew, she became occupied with those obligations. Sujatha ended up with a 7-year gap in her career history that proved problematic once …

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

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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 Grace Hopper was a computer scientist and U.S. Navy Rear Admiral. Hopper was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, created by IBM and used in the war effort in the latter part of World War II. She invented the first …

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

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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. Q: Kelsey, how did you first learn about Zip Code Wilmington? I had researched other coding boot camps. I …

5 Unmistakable Signs It’s Time For a Career Change

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“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 you have the skills to succeed. Questioning …

7 Crazy Myths About Coding Debunked

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Coding. The very word conjures up myths, misperceptions, and misunderstanding. Most of these misconceptions are tied to the personality traits and abilities needed to succeed at mastering this skill. It’s time you learned the truth. Coding is a viable career path open to everyone. Let’s bust some of the crazier myths about coding skills. You must be a math and science nerd to excel at coding. It’s true, some coding jobs do require a deep understanding of math and science. Most, however, do not. Writing good code requires logical thinking and an understanding of processes. You need a college degree …

On Fire or Fizzled Out? How to Stay Motivated When Making a Career Move

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With all resolutions, you’re on fire when January 1 rolls around. You’re at the gym religiously. You only shop the produce aisle at the grocery store. You swear to limit your Starbucks coffee consumption to only one a week. This year will be different. You’re passionate and ready to roll. Come February…it’s a different story. What once seemed easy is now a chore. You start to lose sight of your end goal. The work gets hard. The passion fades. Your gym bag collects dust. You slowly shift back to old ways and old habits. Like diet and exercise, career moves …