Posts about Careers in Tech

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. Is this someone’s opinion, or does it really actually work?

Well, we’re happy to say that we’ve scoured the internet for our four most useful resources for negotiating a raise. Take a look: (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 and opportunities to make a huge impact (or worse – a mistaken flop!). (more…)

Alumni Wisdom Series: Dispelling Tech Industry Misconceptions

October 30, 2018

Breaking into tech: it’s no small thing. Bootcamp is a great way to prepare for that first job as a developer, but as the saying goes, the more you know, the more you don’t know. In other words—there’s always more to learn!

Our most successful coding bootcamp students are those who do their research about the industry before joining the program. Even with such research, though, there can be things you think you know about the industry that are simply not true or can be misleading. It’s important to hear from those throughout the industry to truly understand their experiences. As such, here are some tasty tidbits of insight from Grand Circus alumni on what life is really like working in the tech industry.

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Google Recruiters’ Tips for Job Seekers: Resumes & LinkedIn

October 13, 2018

Google was on site to have their recruiters give their best advice to job seekers during our first Women in Tech Symposium.  Women and men from metro Detroit gathered to hear different speakers and workshops on a wide range of topics. In my final year at U of M, I cannot help but think about all that I need to do to make my job search as successful as possible.  In this blog, I am going to take you through some of the highlights and most important tips from “the Googlers.”

Job-Seeking Tips from Google Recruiters

Your Resume Should be Evolving

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Career Services at Grand Circus

August 28, 2018

career fair, career servicesIt is no secret that there is a severe tech talent shortage in the ever expanding Michigan market. Grand Circus’ mission is to close this talent gap for employers, beginning with our Career Services.    

So, you’ve decided to take the next step in your career by starting a bootcamp at Grand Circus. How do you know that this will be the right move towards a successful career in tech?

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Meet Cody Grant, Company Engagement Manager

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A Complete Resource Guide to a Career in Technology

July 31, 2018

Are you looking to get into a career in technology?

Since opening our doors in 2013, Grand Circus has trained over 1,100+ people from all types of backgrounds as they push forward to a career in technology.

After graduating, we maintain one of the best placement rates in the country as 87% get jobs in technology at one of 250+ companies in our employer network.

We also recognize that there is so much that goes into this life-changing decision. So we put together this resource guide to help you no matter if you have never written a line of code or are about to join us for our next coding bootcamp.

In this post, we have organized resources that were created over the years to help you along your journey to becoming a developer.

6 Topics You will Find in This Post:

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5 Misconceptions About Hiring a Coding Bootcamp Graduate

July 23, 2018

The most daunting challenge for companies today – acquiring and retaining skilled talent. We are in the middle of a digital transformation with companies from all industries investing more in technology.

According to a report by PWC titled The Talent Challenge, “HR has much to prove” with 66% of CEOs surveyed stating that they felt their HR team is not well-prepared to capitalize on current transformational trends.  

Add in immigration challenges, the small amount of computer science degrees graduating each year in comparison to the number of technology-related job openings and you can see why executives and HR alike across the US are worried about how they will meet these business challenges.

With the demand for technology hires accelerating, coding bootcamps are increasingly the solution for talent acquisitions teams across the country. In fact, over 250 tech companies have hired a Grand Circus bootcamp graduate in the Great Lakes area, including Quicken Loans, Meridian, Spectrum Health, GE Digital, Herman Miller, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, GM, Ford, Fathead, Ally Financial, Autobooks, United Shore and many more. (more…)

How to Earn a Career in Tech

April 25, 2018

The tech industry is growing rapidly. By 2024, careers in computer-programming will increase by 27%. That’s four times more growth than the job market as a whole, according to the U.S. Labor of Bureau Statistics. Careers in software development are also among the highest paying, with local coding bootcamp grads making an average salary of $50,000 in entry-level positions.

This translates to a lot of career opportunities. If you’re looking for a career change, want to get back into the workforce or are just starting your professional journey – the tech industry has a place for you! (more…)

Why Learn Programming?

March 14, 2018
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Yasmine, a Junior JavaScript Instructor, shares her insights on why it’s important to learn programming

As a developer, I often get the question: “Why programming?”

During my days as a teacher, I rarely looked at a computer during the day, let alone actually use one to solve my daily problems. I found I was encouraging my students to be creative and make things every day, while not having the skills or ability myself to do the same.

When I became a programmer, I was finally able to gain the skills to be able to create things that tangibly solve problems people run into on a daily basis. Being able to create something from nothing is why I became a programmer, but there are many more reasons why someone should consider the career. Here are my top three reasons why you should! (more…)

For Women in Tech, Mentors Make All the Difference

March 6, 2018

For those not historically included in the tech industry – specifically, women and people of color – mentors that look like them are important factors for individual success. Seeing people who look like you have successful careers in your field can be remarkable and inspiring – it’s proof that success in the tech industry is possible for all women. (more…)