Posts about Careers in Tech

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. (more…)

Preparing For Your First Tech Talk

January 5, 2016

We’re taught to believe that there is a logical progression when it comes to our careers, that there are just certain things you can’t do in entry-level positions. One of those things is undoubtedly speaking at conferences. Conference speakers, in this collective narrative, are subject matter experts with years and years of experience under their belts. They know their stuff better than just about anyone. I’m here to tell you that, at least in tech, this isn’t always the case. You can start speaking like a developer quite early on in your career!

Aisha Blake Speaking at a Conference (more…)

Why Teachers Make Good Developers

November 24, 2015

Why Teachers Make Good DevelopersYou’d be wrong to think teachers and programmers lie on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to careers. In fact, many of the characteristics that make a teacher successful are also qualities needed to become a great web or software developer. Just ask the four former educators in our current Front-End Bootcamp. Here are four of our favorites:

They Love Learning.
Teachers are always looking for ways to (more…)

How to Craft Your Elevator Pitch

November 16, 2015

An elevator pitch is a brief and persuasive sales pitch, something you could start and close during the duration of an elevator ride. You can use elevator pitches for all sorts of things, like your flashy startup idea or your new dog walking business, but in our bootcamps, we focus on people’s personal elevator pitches. These are the 30 second answers to the dreaded question… “so, tell me a little bit about yourself.”

Crafting your Elevator pitch.

So, how do you distill your entire glorious existence into 30 short seconds? The answer is…you don’t! You have to figure out the purpose of your pitch, and at Grand Circus,  it’s to get you a job. That means it doesn’t much matter to include your favorite Detroit beer shop, or how many kids you have. Let’s get to the meat of it – who are you, what’s your immediate goal, and what do you want from me?

one. Who Are You?
If you’re introducing yourself for the first time, start with your name. If the person you’re talking to already knows your name, jump right into your 1 sentence summary.Keep it concise! 

I’m a new Java developer.


Why Coding is an Important Skill for Digital Marketers

October 20, 2015

Let’s face it. Jobs are becoming more interdisciplinary, especially in the digital sphere. In the last year, there were over a quarter million jobs advertised seeking hybrid talent. For digital marketers, the breadth of knowledge required seems to grow every day. While some programming languages need to be left to the professionals, basic knowledge in HTML, CSS, and even JavaScript are becoming useful, if not necessary, tools for digital marketers striving to be effective and innovative in their work.

But why? Why not just leave it to the professionals? If you work at a small company or startup then you already wear many hats and learning basic coding skills will only make your job easier. For digital marketers who have access to a team of developers, you may be surprised that learning to code will make your job easier, too! And best of all, it will make your marketing more innovative and effective. Here are three reasons digital marketers should learn coding skills: (more…)

How to Address an Employment Gap on Your Resume

September 21, 2015
According to the U.S. Department of Labor August’s statistics, 8 million Americans are unemployed so if you’re worried about a career gap on your resume, rest assured you are not the only one. The unfortunate truth is that, on paper, a gap in employment can be troublesome. Your resume paints an overall picture of your professional ambitions and accomplishments and that gap in your employment history has the potential to impact the story you’re hoping to tell. The problem is, often a career gap is more about what it implies; such gaps can give employers the wrong idea, leading them to believe you were incapable of keeping or landing a job, or that you’re lazy and don’t care about your career.
Resume and Glasses

We know you have good reason for that space on your resume; took a year off to travel the world, devoted yourself full time to the care of a family member, or took a career-break to raise your family. Whatever the explanation, there are a few steps you can take to ensure that it comes across in the most positive light possible to potential employers, both on your resume and once you land that interview. (more…)

After the Bootcamp: A Day in the Life of a Bootcamp Alum

September 3, 2015

Update: Antonella now works for Grand Circus as a Java Instructor.

An entrepreneur at heart, Antonella joined our Java Bootcamp in February after a career in insurance. After building a company from scratch, Antonella decided to take the leap into a career in technology, a love she had since early school. After graduating, Antonella nabbed a job building software for Milliken Millwork.

antonellaWhat does a typical morning look like at your job?
A typical morning at my job usually consists of a small 5-10 minute meeting (sometime between 8-8:30am) to discuss our objectives for the day and anything that we think may be a problem or we may need additional help with. The rest of the morning is usually spent working on any projects that we need to work on. (more…)

Tips for Beginning Developers

September 1, 2015

I get a lot of questions from new coders who are just taking their first steps into the wide world of software development. These questions typically range from job availability, what language they should learn first, or how I became a developer.  


For background, I started out as a musician and got into software development in my early 30s. I pretty much had all the same questions when I was getting my start. There’s a lot of stress and tension when you’re making a decision as big as changing careers. First let me say this – take a breath. It’s not as bad as it seems. I’d like to focus on some of the technical advice I received and now give to the padawan learners I encounter (for you non-Star Wars fans, padawan = beginner) (more…)

Interning at a Startup: What to Expect When You Don’t Know What To Expect

August 21, 2015

So what should you expect while interning at a startup? In short: expect everything.

Interning at a startup is an experience unlike any other.  Most likely, there will be under 50 employees and you will be among the youngest in the office.  This was the case in my experience, and while I had dedicated tasks every week and reported to a small team within the office, I still worked extensively with everyone else.  “It’s like a family.”  You’ve probably heard it before. But, you do develop a cozy sense of familiarity.  This definitely makes approaching a new internship less intimidating.  Soon enough, it’ll feel like you’ve worked at your
startup for way longer than you actually have.

Interns from 2015