Posted at 17 Jul 2014 by Alex Botsford
Following graduation, students have the option to participate in a week long, intensive, Career Week. Note that I said optional, but about 95% of students opt into the week of activities.
While the curriculum is not designed to be nearly as intense as in Phases 1-3, the students have about seven hours a day of structured lectures, pair reviews and solo work throughout the week.
What is covered during that time, you ask? Everything from LinkedIn and Github profiles development, to resumes, to understanding how to approach the dreaded "technical interview" questions. You will also learn a new, more effective way to job seach and the art of building meaningful relationships through networking.
Our goal is to give you all the skills you need to get your first job, and then hopefully your second and third ones too!
Landing a Job Outside of one of our Campus Locations
A frequent question we get is, "What if I want a job outside of New York, Chicago or San Francisco? Should I still do the program?" Absolutely. We have two full-time careers professionals at each location who can help you get a job at one of our locations or in other cities or countries where our partners are located.
Now do not get me wrong, we do have a network of companies that are excited to meet you after graduation in the cities where we are located. That said, you will also have a LinkedIn profile, resume and cover letter that you are proud of following the activities of career week. You will have practice in cold outreach to companies, so you can write emails you will get responses to and not just archived.
Our students practice white boarding problems and practice with technical interview questions. When all is said and done, you will be ready to tackle the job search!
How Long the Job Search Will Take
The third question I want to focus on in regards to careers is: "How long will it take me to get a job?" Our answer: "It depends!" This is not said to be discouraging. We say it because it is the truth. We have students finish DBC and want to stay on that intensive 80-90 hour work week trying to find a job. Most of those students have a job within a month or two. We have students that, understandably, want to take a break after DBC, who then tend to take about 3-4 months before they land their first job. The job hunt is all about what you put into it. Luckily, DBC will be here to help and support you as best we can along the way.
Hear it From a Student
While I have not personally gone through the process our students are experiencing, I have seen over 200 students from Chicago graduate and land a job they are happy with. But if you do want to hear from somone who experienced Career Week, I asked a graduate about her experience.Tam Dang is a student who graduated in June of 2014, who just accepted a job at 8 Bit Studios. When I asked her about her experience with Career Week, this is what she said:
"Talking upfront about anxieties, money and negotiations, interview preparation — basically all the deep, burning questions you have about entering the tech world are fair game, and that eases a lot of people’s fears. It also kind of “lights a fire” under you to get going: finish your resume, keep coding, go meet people, put yourself out there. I probably wouldn’t have been so brave in going after jobs if it weren’t for career week talks."
Posted at 03 Jul 2014 by Lateesha Thomas
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Posted at 01 Jul 2014 by Jill Felska
Below is an answer from our careers team on a commmon question we receive from students about life after DBC
Directly following graduation most students choose to participate in Career Week at one of our three locations. It's a week of job search prep, including Linkedin and resume revision, job search tips and tricks, interview practice and much more. Following that, grads start the job search process. Over 90% of our graduates are employed within 4 months of graduating from DBC.
Most commonly, graduates find and accept jobs as junior developers, usually as backend or full stack developers. Alumni also accept jobs as apprentices and interns, which in every case I've seen (I've been at DBC since Sept.) turn into fulltime jobs with the company after that engagement.
There are also a few cases of students going back to grad school or starting their own business, but those are few and far between.
How much they get paid?
I'm not sure what campus you'll be attending (or where you plan to live afterwards) so I'll give you the average employment salaries across all of our locations. The average junior developer makes $73,000 post-DBC. Salaries tend to be significantly higher in San Francisco and NYC, but keep in mind these are offset by higher costs of living in those cities.
Sometimes our students will go into Apprenticeship positions which average closer to $40,000 in smaller markets like Chicago. This may sound less than ideal, but come with the HUGE benefit of a very structured, intentional learning program and great mentorship. Most students see this as a very beneficial trade to a temporarily lower salary as they make the transition from "paying to learn" to "paid to learn."
What are their jobs like?
All jobs are incredibly hands on, as it's an industry fraught with need. You can expect to continue learning and growing everyday. Some of this will be on the job and some will be after hours on your own. Some students will continue on to code in Ruby, while others will learn a completely new language such as Python.
Everything from the size of the company, to the type of organizational structure to your specific boss or mentor can affect what your day to day life is like at the office. We've had only a very, very small handful of cases where students were not satisfied in the job they ended up in. When that's been the case, we've worked with those students to find something new and more suitable.
Hopefully this insight is helpful, as you gear up for your time at DBC. We look forward to meeting you at one of the campuses soon.