Posts about Bootcamp Advice

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…)

Find The Right Bootcamp For You

May 16, 2017

With more than 10,700 jobs added in the last year, Michigan’s tech industry is booming. If you’ve ever dreamed about taking a coding bootcamp and pursuing a career as a web developer, then now is the perfect time to take the first step. But how do you get started?

Having trained more than 650 developers, our staff has a lot of experience when it comes to helping people find the right program to fit their personal experience and professional goals. Just like programming languages, no two bootcamps are the same. It is important that you choose a program that is going to give you the best return on your investment. So if you’re looking to start a new career in tech this year, we have a few pointers from our staff. (more…)

What to Expect After the Grand Circus Coding Bootcamp

January 4, 2017

Taking a coding bootcamp can be scary; that’s why it’s so important to us that we provide the resources students need to be successful in their long-term careers. Student support from Grand Circus doesn’t end after you graduate and receive your certificate of completion. The support continues as you begin the job search, once you receive a job offer and throughout your entire career. We’re lucky to have many Grand Circus alums come back even after working in the field for over a year to participate in events, sit on panels and mentor current bootcamp students.

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How To Be Successful In A Coding Bootcamp

July 14, 2016

You’ve committed the next ten weeks of your life to coding bootcamp. Tuition is paid, software is downloaded, pre-work is submitted…now what?

In order to be successful in a Coding Bootcamp, you have to understand that it’s so much more than just showing up at 9am and going home at 5pm. Our most successful students are the ones who truly dedicate themselves to the program and are fully committed to the opportunity to kickstarting an amazing new career.  Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your time at Grand Circus:

8 Tips to Being Successful in a Coding Bootcamp

Treat it like a job opportunity

You wouldn’t show up late to a job three times a week. You wouldn’t wear sweatpants to work (unless, of course, it’s Pajama Day). You wouldn’t leave a project incomplete. You wouldn’t opt out of professional development opportunities.

Inside a Bootcamp classroom
Come in with the mentality that this is a job and treat it as such: be on time, be professional, finish your labs, do the readings, ask for extra challenges, take that second round mock interview even though it was optional, and aim to be the best student in the class. Bootcamp is an eight-week interview, and you’ll be on your way to is landing a job and having a career that you love.

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Five Reasons Prospective Bootcamp Students Should Attend Demo Day

May 31, 2016

Have you been lying awake at night, pondering whether to take the leap and sign up for a coding bootcamp? Does the thought of stepping away from your current career path seem a bit frightening and you aren’t sure if this is the right choice for you? Perhaps you are on the fence and just have a few more questions you would like answered? If you answered “YES!” to any of these, then attending the upcoming Demo Day at Grand Circus may be just what you need.

Grand Circus students present projects at demo day.

1. See the space

In case you haven’t had the opportunity to visit Grand Circus in person, this is a wonderful time to come see where the magic happens! Located in the historic Broderick Tower, this newly renovated building combines Neo-classical architecture with a clean, modern interior.Standing tall on Woodward Avenue with a killer view of Comerica Park, our building is in a neighborhood with tons of great food and fun shops to explore during your coding bootcamp experience.

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How to Get Ready for a Coding Bootcamp

August 11, 2015

A coding bootcamp can feel like your first day of middle school. You had that cool outfit picked out and some jazzy pens to match your Trapper Keeper, but those nerves bubbled to the top when your combination lock just would not open. Maybe you should have listened to your mom when she told you to practice unlocking it.

Full Classroom with Bootcamp Students Working

Here are four things I recommend to our incoming bootcamp students to make sure they’re prepared to begin their career as a developer and prepared to start their bootcamp on the right foot:

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