Posts about Career

Don’t Sweat The Stress: How To Thrive In The Workplace

May 4, 2017

Work can be stressful. Use these tips to help keep things under control.From meetings to deadlines and projects that pop up out of the blue, life in the workplace can sometimes get a little stressful. Even if you’re working your dream job, there can be times when the evil anxiety monster sneaks up and makes your day to day a little more difficult. But if you feel like your job can be stressful from time to time, you’re not alone. In a survey by, 40% of workers say their jobs are at least moderately stressful with 25% reporting their career to be the most stressful aspect of their life. While our jobs can be a source of satisfaction and accomplishment, they can also seem a tad overwhelming if not managed correctly.

To help you manage those stress levels, we’ve surveyed our team to figure out what they recommend to stay level headed.


7 Steps for Career Fair Success

March 29, 2017

While on the hunt for a new position, attending a career fair can be an incredibly valuable use of your time. However, as with any aspects of searching for a job, preparation is the key!

Career fairs can be busy – and sometimes overwhelming – events. There are often dozens of companies vying for your attention and numerous other candidates interested in positions just as you are. It’s important to make the most of your time there and use the opportunity to effectively engage with the companies you’d like to work with. Having been a part of many career fairs, we’ve compiled a list of what helps candidates stand.

7 Steps for Career Fair Success


5 Ways to Maximize Your Career Fair Booth

March 17, 2017

As the local tech industry experiences the sixth largest imbalance between the supply and demand for skilled workers, finding the right candidate can be a daunting task! There are a number of approaches to take, but one of the most tried and true is participation in a career fair. We have compiled a few tips to ensure your own success the next time you are tasked with manning the table for a few hours. (more…)

How to (Not) Land A Job: Our Top Interview No-Nos

March 14, 2017

Congratulations! Your resume and initial screening have impressed the company recruiters and you’re one step closer to that dream job you’ve had your eye on for the last few months. Now all that stands between you and the position is the all-important, but sometimes intimidating, in-person interview. (more…)

Is a Coding Bootcamp Right For You? 9 Signs It Is!

December 27, 2016

At Grand Circus, our students not only learn the technical skills they need to earn great developer jobs, they also gain the soft skills needed to land and excel in new positions. With more than 600 developers trained in our programs, we know what it takes to turn your tech career dreams into reality.

But look, we get it. Making the decision to join a bootcamp can be a tough one. That’s why we sat down with our staff, students and alumni to investigate the top 9 signs that a coding bootcamp is right for you!

9 Signs a Coding Bootcamp is Right for You

1. A career in tech is something you’ve always dreamed of but you’ve never really known where to start.


How To Interview For Your Dream Job In Tech

October 7, 2016

A large part of what we do during our coding bootcamps is to prepare our students for “life after.” From a technical standpoint, our students have to be solid. On day one on the job, they need to be a contributing member of their development team. But in order to actually land their dream job in tech, they also have to interview well. So, what are you employers looking for? What aspects of an interview can help folks stand out from other candidates?

Here are some things we coach our students on that’s helped them land jobs at companies throughout Michigan:


5 Michigan Companies that use .NET

August 4, 2016


At Grand Circus, we know that people want to know where they’ll be able to use their skills once the bootcamp is over. One of the awesome things about learning .NET at Grand Circus is that there are lots of local companies that use this framework every day right in our own neighborhood. Here’s a brief sample of a few companies that use .NET where bootcamp graduates could possibly work.

Quicken Loans

Located just down the road from Grand Circus, Quicken Loans is an online mortgage lender that employs hundreds of developers. Quicken Loans was recently listed as one of the top 5 places to work in America by Forbes. The company has a large development team, so there are tons of seasoned developers to learn from as bootcamp graduates grow in their careers. Dozens of Grand Circus alumni currently work for Quicken Loans in a variety of positions—everything from interns to software developers!


How to Mingle (Not) Like a Five Year Old

July 27, 2016

One of my many roles at Grand Circus was Director of Marketing and Admissions. This meant it was my job to create ways for people to learn more about Grand Circus, our work and ultimately decide if a coding bootcamp was right for them. So about a year and a half ago, I started organizing Open Houses where Grand Circus staff and former students would answer questions, tour people around our space and introduce people to our community.

Here’s the thing that I noticed during these Open Houses: people are awkward—everyone, even staff at Grand Circus! (more…)

Do Coding Bootcamp Students Get Jobs?

June 6, 2016

Great question! And the answer is yes, Grand Circus Bootcamp students do get jobs.

During the bootcamp, we tell students to start their job hunt when they’re half way through. This way, they can have interviews locked down during the bootcamp and can schedule more for right after they graduate. Many of our students have signed offer letters before they graduate!

Students in Class Learning


Should MBAs Learn to Code?

January 20, 2016

Technology is changing the nature of the workforce, and it’s impacting what many MBAs will focus on in their career’s future. For students and graduates looking to pursue a career in product development or the tech industry, the question of learning to code has become a pressing one. Entrepreneurs like Vinicius Vacanti and Steve Blank have weighed in with their own views on the benefits of learning to code. But do these benefits really impact the average MBA student?

mba professionals increasingly learn to code

Here’s the thing: coding is hard. And to many MBA students with an already hefty workload, the prospect of adding yet another course, or even extracurricular endeavor, can be overwhelming. But the reality is, if you’re an MBA looking to land a job in the tech industry, learning to code will greatly improve your communication skills and your chances of finding a better job. Plus, at its most basic level, learning to code is learning to build things and solve problems, and these are most definitely skills that can be utilized in any industry. In an ideal world, everyone would learn programming at an early age; it teaches practical and adaptive thinking that can be applied throughout life.

A recent GMAC survey pointed out that U.S. employers see technical and quantitative aptitude as the third-most important skill set for MBA students. Coding on your MBA resume shows employers that you’re a logical thinker and are attentive to detail. It also shows recruiters and employers that you are better equipped to communicate effectively with technical and engineering staff. MBA graduates confirm this. Recently, Harvard Business School ran a survey of students who enrolled in CS50, the introductory computer science course at Harvard College. Of the 18 survey respondents who went on to work in the tech industry, 83% said taking the class was worth it, 17% said they weren’t sure, and none said taking CS50 was not worth it.

Despite the desire from employers to hire MBAs with some technical skills, most B-schools are slow to catch on; many offer no coding classes within the MBA curriculum while a few elite schools are only just adding electives to existing programs. A coding bootcamp can help bridge a gap for MBAs looking to enter the tech industry or pursue a career in product management. With an MBA, you’ve clearly gained the skills to understand what a customer wants. However, the technical skills that come with learning to code will help you communicate those insights to the engineering team, making you more employable and likely simplifying your job’s responsibilities.

In the end, there’s no question that programming knowledge is a valuable commodity to have. Even for graduates who don’t go on to become startup founders, a basic understanding of coding can have considerable impact on your job prospects. Literacy in coding is a major advantage in our technology-driven society and any determined MBA student should ensure they don’t get left behind.