All Posts By Kim Driscoll:

Job Search Statistics

April 27, 2019

Sometimes when you’re looking for a job, it can feel like success is all around you but somehow just beyond your reach. We’ve worked with over 1,000 graduates to secure employment in tech, so we’ve got some data to share to say hey – you aren’t alone. And remember our favorite fast fact – you Read more →

Job Search Trap: Victim Mindset

April 18, 2019

It sucks hearing “no” when you’re looking for a new job. The “nos” can feel so deeply frustrating after you put it all out there in your interview. Then, stack onto that overwhelming feeling the fact that other people seem to get one job offer after another job offer? Now that rejection is starting to Read more →

What Are You Building? Project Ideas for GC Alumni

April 1, 2019

When you’re learning how to code, at Grand Circus, we like to say that the most important thing in your control is the hours you put in for fingers-to-keyboard problem solving. Usually, this is where a lot of students and alum alike will nod in my direction and say “yeah, but WHAT should we be Read more →

Our Top Resources for Negotiating a Raise or Promotion

March 13, 2019

What’s more daunting than a career change into a new industry? Not much, except maybe the sneaking suspicion that you have earned a raise – and you’re not sure how to go about getting it! With raises and general financial talk often being a bit taboo, we know finding good, reliable information can be difficult. Read more →

Improve Your Emotional Intelligence, Improve Your Job Search

March 4, 2019

The thing about searching for a job is that it’s a ton of work, right?  Now, add all of the interpersonal work – small talk at the front desk before an interview, phone screens, in-person interviews, a networking event, checking in with your accountability partner, another interview, another networking event…there are a lot of interactions Read more →

Emotional Intelligence 101: Impacting Your Job Search

March 1, 2019

So many things go into your job search – not the least of which is how you present yourself and how you interact with others. For many, this can be the most daunting part of looking for a new job – it’s not honing the skills that’s scary, it’s wondering whether or not you nailed Read more →

Announcing our New 12-Week Coding Bootcamp Model

January 18, 2018

Here at Grand Circus, we’re excited to be starting 2018 by announcing our new coding bootcamp model. Today I’d like to provide more details on this change, why we’ve made this decision and how it will impact our community.  We’re super happy with the new additions, but I get that you’re probably wondering why. Grand Read more →

The Secret To Being A Successful Bootcamp Student: Growth Mindset

September 17, 2017

Being the Director of Learning for a coding bootcamp, I’m frequently asked what makes someone successful in a bootcamp setting. Leaving a career to jump back into school is hard. Going back to school as an adult is hard. Taking a bootcamp, which demands you learn as much as you would work in full-time job, Read more →

Meet Quinn, Small Business Owner turned Software Engineer

July 7, 2016

I’m super excited about introducing a wonderful Java Bootcamp alumni today, Quinn Hamilton. Quinn is originally from Detroit, and came to Grand Circus looking to make a career change from an entrepreneurial background. I remember Quinn staying late, coordinating study groups with her fellow bootcampers and being an amazing culture captain for her cohort. She Read more →

From Teacher to Web Developer, Meet Yasmine

June 16, 2016

Update: Yasmine is now the Admissions and Learning Team Administrator at Grand Circus.   One of my favorite parts about working at Grand Circus is getting to know students as they begin the process of changing careers. As the Director of Learning, I’m lucky enough to get to hang out with all of the students in Read more →