“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 …

5 Reasons Why You Need to Learn Java Programming

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If programmers run the world, then Java programmers sit at the center of that power structure. If you plan to be a programmer, below are 5 reasons why you should start with Java. It’s the most commonly used programming language in the world. It’s a de facto standard. According to Oracle, 3 billion devices run on Java. The TIOBE Programming Community Index is updated monthly and regularly lists Java as the most popular programming language. Why the constant popularity? Because it has many real-world applications. IEEE Spectrum ranked it as #2 among the 2016 top programming languages. It’s a good …

10 Signs That You’d Make a Great Java Programmer

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Who runs the world? If you ask Beyoncé, the answer is girls. But there’s another good answer to that question: Programmers. Programmers write code, develop apps, engineer automated processes. Just look around you. In how many ways does technology touch your lives? Paying for coffee with a phone tap, tracking a package that you just ordered as it moves through the shipping process, regulating your home’s thermostat by learning when you are and aren’t home. These processes, and so many others, are driven by programming and coding. Do you want to run the world? Here are 10 signs that you …

Why You Need to Apply for Zip Code’s Java Bootcamp Right Now

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If your mantra for 2017 is “New Year, New Career,” you’re in luck. Our next Java Bootcamp starts in April. We’re accepting applications now. If you need an extra push, here are 6 reasons why you need to apply now. You’re unemployed or underemployed and ready for a change. According to this article about the future of work, 30% to 45% of the global working-age population is underutilized. That means a huge chunk of people who want to work are unemployed and are so frustrated that they have stopped trying to look for work, or are actively working in a …