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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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Grand Circus 2017 Outcomes Report

June 26, 2018

Curious what life after a coding bootcamp looks like? Or who Grand Circus students are? We’re excited to introduce you to our 2017 Outcomes Report that includes more on that!

Since 2015, Grand Circus has released an outcomes report that outlines how soon after graduation our students are finding their first careers in IT,  graduates’ salary information as well as demographics. We believe in transparency – for our alumni as well as current and future students alongside the broader tech community. (more…)

Making a Career in Tech Accessible to All. July 2018 Scholarships

May 22, 2018

2018 has already been a busy year for Grand Circus From graduating our 1,000th coding bootcamp student to extending our full-time bootcamps and even launching a new After-Hour Bootcamp,  our team has been working on some major improvements to ensure a career in tech is accessible to everyone. We’ve also been working behind the scenes on some big goals and announcements that will further support our community and their ability to thrive in the tech industry. We recognize that the goal for the majority of our graduates is to land a new career in tech. Because of this, we’ve worked even harder in recent months to connect with more employers and dig deeper on their needs when it comes to attracting and retaining talent. (more…)

Introducing the Grand Circus Academy

May 15, 2018

What is the problem we’re trying to solve?

There will be more than 1 million unfilled computer programming positions by 2020 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Michigan’s tech industry is booming, however, a talent shortage remains a major hindrance to growth. Grand Circus’ vision is to close this talent gap for employers.

A technology training institute founded in Detroit, Grand Circus opened in 2013 and has trained more 1,500 developers. These graduates have landed new tech careers at over 300 companies.

Our mission: to make a career in technology accessible to all our immersive coding bootcamp students. We believe that anyone can be a developer if they have the tenacity, hustle, and commitment. Through this training, we’re working to fix the talent shortage Michigan is facing. (more…)

Announcing our New 26-Week Bootcamp Model: After-Hours

May 10, 2018

“We never shall have any more time. We have, and we have always had, all the time there is.”

Arnold Bennett, How to Live on 24 Hours a Day

What can you accomplish in 24 hours? In 26 weeks? A lifetime?

You spoke, and we listened. Beginning in July 2018, Grand Circus is offering 26-week After-Hours bootcamps. This new model offers the full-scope of coding curriculum, covering the entirety of a full-time bootcamp experience, including soft skills, and does it during weekday evenings. (more…)

Announcing our New 12-Week Coding Bootcamp Model

January 18, 2018

Here at Grand Circus, we’re excited to be starting 2018 by announcing our new coding bootcamp model. Today I’d like to provide more details on this change, why we’ve made this decision and how it will impact our community.  We’re super happy with the new additions, but I get that you’re probably wondering why. Grand Circus had full-time bootcamps for nearly three years around a 10-week model with good success! Why change the model?

Grand Circus family photo

Well, at Grand Circus we pride ourselves on being committed to student success and being responsive to feedback. As we looked toward celebrating our 5th birthday and our 1,000th bootcamp student, we took time to reflect on how we could better serve our community as we continue to grow. We listened to our partners, surveyed our community and identified a few areas that could lead to even greater student success. Feedback is something we’ve taken very seriously since Grand Circus was founded, and this anniversary was the perfect time to take a deeper dive and implement a few changes. (more…)

Grand Circus Celebrates Five Years

January 9, 2018

The beginning of 2018 marks an important milestone for Grand Circus – we’re turning 5!

To mark the occasion I wanted to share some of our proudest moments, and let you know about some exciting changes for the coming year.

When Grand Circus was founded, the simple idea was to teach the masses job skills for the modern digital economy.  While we have always been true to that vision, I never imagined the profound impact we would have on people’s lives.

These student stories inspire us every day, and they also serve to reinforce our belief that anyone can learn the skills of a developer. 

A few coding student stories – 

Matt Terrian

(Left to Right) Segilola, Matt, Michael and Jefferson graduated our Front-End coding bootcamp

There’s Matt…He was delivering sandwiches for a local cafe when he heard about Grand Circus’ bootcamps.  Matt took a Front-End bootcamp, now he’s a software developer at Accenture.

Or Deeann…She was a stay-at-home mom for more than 10 years who was finding it difficult to break back into the workforce.  She took a Java bootcamp and now works at Pillar Technology, a leading software development firm.

Or Terrell…He’s a current high school senior who learned HTML/CSS in a Grand Circus youth program.  Terrell picked a class project which took his mom’s clothing business online and has since started his own web development business! (more…)

Start Your Tech Career With Grand Circus

November 21, 2017

It’s no secret that Michigan’s tech industry is not just growing, it’s thriving! From Detroit to Grand Rapids and everywhere in between, the state is attracting attention from startups and major companies alike. And with major developments on the horizon, the need for quality talent and ideas in the industry is at an all time high. But the opportunities don’t just stop at the Ohio border. By 2020, there will be an estimated 1 million unfilled computer-programming positions throughout the United States.

But how can you get in on the action? At first, finding a way into the tech industry can seem a little tricky. After doing some research, you may be left asking: Where do I start? What if I don’t have a technical degree? How long will it take? (more…)

Grand Circus 2016 Outcomes Report

November 9, 2017

We’re excited to share with you our 2016 Outcomes Report. A lot has changed since our last report was written, and we’re thrilled to share the updates with you!  We’ve doubled the size of our team, opened a second location, made substantial investments in our curriculum and employer network, and continue to take serious steps to include alumni feedback in everything we do.  

We graduated 93.8% of the 163 students that were enrolled in our tuition-based programs. 86% of those graduates were employed in paid, technical positions ranging from full-time developer, to internships, contract and freelance opportunities and some even being hired by Grand Circus directly (we love having alumni on the team!). (more…)

Women in Tech: DEVELOP(her) Scholarship and Bootcamp Field Notes

August 23, 2017

While there were dozens of men who invented, improved and created the first computers, women were an essential and fundamental part of the development of modern programming. Today women are a presence the tech industry sorely lacks and sorely needs.

Each of us is fighting a whirlwind of career and job challenges that are often hard to wrap our strengths around. Such challenges are particularly fundamental to the experiences of women in the workplace. Those challenges are further magnified by the minority gap in tech. The DEVELOP(her) scholarship is our way of being responsible stewards of the coding knowledge we have at Grand Circus. It’s a scholarship and bootcamp combo that are awarded to women who want to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors (Grace Hopper, anyone?).

The DEVELOP(her) recipients train in the coding skills necessary to launch careers in tech, and participate in the tech industry’s growth. (more…)