Posts about Bootcamp Advice

Programming Languages: Which Should I Learn?

December 5, 2018

Interested in learning to code? Determining which of the many languages to learn can be challenging, but we’re here to help!

For our potential career changing students: we encourage making a list of companies you ideally would like to work for and research what language they hire for.  However, once you learn one language, it’s easier to learn others!

Front-End vs. Back-End (Java & C# .NET)

Below, two of our staff members share their experiences to give you a better sense of what type of projects are involved with both front-end and back-end. 

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Yasmine, Admissions and Learning Team Administrator

David, Java & JavaScript Instructor

Front-End Languages

“When I was a front-end developer in digital marketing, I did a great deal with HTML and CSS, solving logic puzzles about how best to get the site to look right for different browsers and screen sizes. Front-end tends to be a more finicky about pixels and compatibility with a variety of browsers. It requires more compromise and maybe frustration, but it’s also more visual and creative.” -David

The Front-End bootcamp is heavily focused on the visual and client-side aspect of a website. This refers to what the user sees and interacts with. While we do teach some server-side “back-end” Javascript, we also touch on the UX and UI of a website, and how to develop a site from a provided design. All the code that you create and data that you have access to needs to be accessible by the user and they need to be able to accomplish their goal on the site in an easy and friendly way. You’ll also have to be passionate about having everyone be able to access a website on any platform/screen size and have responsive layout” -Yasmine

Back-End Languages

“As a back-end developer in digital marketing, I did a lot with using websites to manage data. It involved websites, databases, security, networks, APIs, and server configuration. Back-end tends to be more straightforward with more clear right/wrong answers. Sometimes you have to think more about large-scale problems like managing parallel servers and databases and optimizing performance.” -David

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Mastering the Coding Bootcamp Interview

November 20, 2018

You’ve done it. After weeks of careful research and planning you’ve finally completed your application to a coding bootcamp and taken the next step on your journey to a career in tech. But as you finally build up the courage to hit submit, you can’t help but think: “what’s next?”

While the application is an important part of gaining admission into a coding bootcamp, it is just one step in a larger process that allows tech training companies like Grand Circus to get to know you as a person, a professional and a student. With the application complete, it’s time for you to start thinking about thinking about the next important step: the interview. (more…)

Alumni Wisdom Series: What to do After a Coding Bootcamp

September 19, 2018

Coding bootcamps are designed to train you in the skills necessary to become a software developer. But, what happens after the program is over, graduation is done and you’re on the search for your new career?

Bootcamp: it’s a marathon, it’s a long-haul flight, it’s an intellectual feat. And once you’re done, it’s easy to become dizzy with the amount of free time and flexibility your schedule now has. While rest is certainly well-needed, it’s important not to let your new skills slide. This is, after all, the beginning of your journey.

We sought advice from alumni on how to best use your time post-bootcamp time: How to keep learning and keep growing as developer.

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Alumni Wisdom Series: Our Favorite Coding Resources

September 4, 2018

Whether you’re new to programming or already working in tech, coding resources to continue your growth are vital. A coding bootcamp is a great learning experience, but your growth as a programmer should always continue. Learning new skills after graduation is essential, both on the job and independently. There are a world of free and affordable resources available to developers just like you. Here are a few alumni favorites!

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Alumni Wisdom Series: Feeling Like a Fraud? Tips to Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

July 20, 2018

It’s easy to feel intimidated, even when you’ve demonstrated success. A feeling of “I don’t belong” or “I’m not good enough to be here.” This feeling has a name—imposter syndrome, and it makes it hard for people to really own their successes. Imposter syndrome is common among even the most successful people, including Grand Circus alumni. Even wildly successful celebrities, like Tom Hanks and Tina Fey, have expressed feeling of self-doubt. 

Throughout coding bootcamps, we talk a lot about imposter syndrome, having a growth mindset and the importance of understanding that you do belong here, you are good enough and you can do it.

Here’s their best advice for combating imposter syndrome and embracing the skills and abilities you have.

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Alumni Wisdom Series: Tips for Surviving and Thriving in Coding Bootcamp

July 17, 2018

You’re gearing up for bootcamp—you’ve taken classes, passed unit one and made sure your technical bases are covered. But, have you thought about how to prepare for life outside of bootcamp as well?

Joining a coding bootcamp is a big commitment, but one worth the time and financial investment. It requires support from others, solid organization and some preparation that you might not be thinking about.

Never fear! We have the wisdom of Grand Circus alumni (and one program manager) en masse to share with you. They’ve gone through a bootcamp and can share their best advice for not just finishing a bootcamp, but being your best self, the whole time. (more…)

7 Traits of a Successful Coding Bootcamp Student

October 18, 2017

We are always super excited to meet people who are ready for a career in tech. Our coding bootcamps prepare people like you to work as an entry-level web developer. Our application process ensures students are ready for success in our fast-paced, multi-week training. So, what do we look for? A hearty mix of passion, resourcefulness and preparation.

7 Traits of a Successful Coding Bootcamp Student

  1. Self-led learners with a passion for coding

A passion for working in the growing tech industry draws students to our intensive bootcamps, and should include getting started on your own. Someone who has either dabbled or obsessed in free online coding tutorials is a prime candidate in our eyes. Learning on your own shows that you’re self-driven, resourceful and have what’s called a growth mindset – you believe that you can learn something new, even if you struggle along the way. As a new developer, these traits are key to professional success and what we look for in potential students.

If you want to try coding on your own, you can attend one of our free Intro to Coding Workshops and check out free online resources like Codecademy, Team Tree House, Free Code Camp and Hour of Code. (more…)

The Secret To Being A Successful Bootcamp Student: Growth Mindset

September 17, 2017

growth mindset vs fixed mindset 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, is really, really hard. I know people take huge risks to join the programs I oversee, so I’ve spent a lot of time analyzing what makes someone truly successful. I think it comes down to this: the best bootcamp students have a growth mindset.

Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset

Out there in the great big world, there are two main types of mindsets: fixed & growth. (more…)