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. Read more →

Why I’ve Stopped Using Float in my CSS

October 26, 2015

Float is one of the most ubiquitous CSS properties that new students learn. As soon as the concept of using CSS for layout is introduced float becomes the standard option and is frequently one of the first taught. It has become so entrenched in web design as a tool for layout, that any curriculum that omits Read more →

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 Read more →

Coderetreat: A Day to Practice Clean Code

October 14, 2015

One of the ideals we strive for and try to impart to our students at Grand Circus is clean code. Clean code is a broad topic deserving it’s own series of posts, but in brief, code is clean if it exhibits all of the following characteristics: Passes all tests (you are writing tests right?) Is as Read more →

NewCo Detroit: Coming in October!

September 21, 2015

When you wake up to the sounds of Canadian geese flying south, you know Fall is upon us. Sad, yes, but it means that NewCo Detroit is around the corner! NewCo Detroit is “a mashup of an open studio tour and a business conference, with the vibe of a music festival.” You get to pick Read more →

How to Address an Employment Gap on Your Resume

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 Read more →

A Day at the (Grand) Circus

September 14, 2015

Beep. 8:41 AM: With the swipe of a badge, the front door opens, and I enter the main space.  Another morning at Grand Circus, another pot of coffee to brew.  I get everything going prior to the onslaught of under-caffeinated bootcamp students. Bootcampers from various classes slowly trickle in, ready to start a new day. Conversation Read more →

JavaScript Testing: A Breakdown

September 10, 2015

Experienced developers agree that testing your code is important. Testing is a big subject worthy of thousands of blog articles, screencasts, conference talks, and consulting businesses. But let’s start small. One of the key steps in learning to create automated tests is creating unit tests. Unit tests are intended to test the smallest chunk of Read more →

Top Four Things to do in Detroit

September 3, 2015

If you’re visiting Detroit there are a few places that you HAVE to go to. They’re my absolute favorites and I take friends from out of town all the time. One, Cafe de’ Mango’s – it’s on Griswold Street downtown. The owner, Mr. Mongo has been in the space for over 20 years, he was Read more →

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

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. What does a typical morning look Read more →