From High School Math Teacher to Software Engineer, Meet Spencer

May 1, 2019

Throughout Grand Circus’ six years, we’ve had students from a range of backgrounds join coding bootcamps. One profession that consistently does well in our programs is teachers. These individuals come to us with a growth mindset, adaptability, excitement and passion for tech, and readiness to help others in their cohort. Spencer is a great example Read more →

Job Search Statistics

April 27, 2019

Sometimes when you’re looking for a job, it can feel like success is all around you but somehow just beyond your reach. Over 89% of our 1,600+ graduates have secured employment in tech and we know you can, too. Here are some stats to keep you motivated and say hey, you’re not alone. And remember Read more →

Job Search Trap: Victim Mindset

April 18, 2019

It sucks hearing “no” when you’re looking for a new job. The “nos” can feel so deeply frustrating after you put it all out there in your interview. Then, stack onto that overwhelming feeling the fact that other people seem to get one job offer after another job offer? Now that rejection is starting to Read more →

Employer Highlight: United Shore

April 4, 2019

United Shore has become an influential part of our Grand Circus Employer Network and family.  Throughout the years, our partnership with United Shore has grown and evolved, and we’ve loved watching so many of our grads start flourishing careers there. In fact, an amazing 60+ Grand Circus graduates have started their careers in tech with Read more →

What Are You Building? Project Ideas for GC Alumni

April 1, 2019

When you’re learning how to code, at Grand Circus, we like to say that the most important thing in your control is the hours you put in for fingers-to-keyboard problem solving. Usually, this is where a lot of students and alum alike will nod in my direction and say “yeah, but WHAT should we be Read more →

Start Learning to Code for Free with Grand Circus

March 26, 2019

This blog post was guest written by Amanda Littleton, a digital marketer in Greater Grand Rapids.    If you’ve been hesitant to learn code because you thought courses would be like stepping onto the set of Silicon Valley, then set that fear aside. There are no coding sprints where everyone in the room is frantically writing JavaScript Read more →

When You’re Here, You’re Family: The Culture of Grand Circus

March 19, 2019

Everyone knows that “Workplace Culture” is all the rage these days.  Culture is a buzzword used to apply to businesses and their values, attitudes and more –– describing the overall experience an employee would be expecting when coming into the work environment. However, “culture” is a little bit different when it comes to a bootcamp Read more →

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. Read more →

Tips for Filling out a Coding Bootcamp Application

March 7, 2019

Are you wondering how to make your application stand out?  Curious what our Admissions team looks for? Our hope is this blog can send you in the right direction in creating the best application possible!   Our coding bootcamps prepare students for a complete career change into tech.  Many of our students start in entry-level Read 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 Read more →