How Mentoring Made Me a Better Programmer

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I entered my first day as a programming mentor just as timidly as I had when I first started General Assembly’s Web Development Immersive back in June. After finishing the 12-week program, I was confident that I knew a lot about programming, but I was not-so-confident that I could pass on my knowledge to impressionable children.

However, as an Opportunity Fund Fellow with GA, I agreed to volunteer 100+ hours to mentor youth to impart the valuable skills that I learned during WDI, so mentoring was part of the deal, whether I was nervous or not. Luckily, the kids at CoderDojo weren’t nearly as scary as I’d thought, and I picked up mentoring right away.

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Designing for Exponential Impact on Diversity in Tech

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Mercedes Bent is the Global Director of New Ventures at General Assembly

In recent years, there has been an increased focus on diversity in the tech world, primarily on the need to bridge the gender gap by making tech a more available and welcoming industry for women and men of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.

As a Black woman working at a tech education startup, I’m thrilled that these conversations are happening. Reading through statements by companies promising to make diversity a top agenda item, I’ve seen the appalling statistics: Only 24% of engineers graduating from undergrad are female, only 1% of all startup founders are Black, and so on. Great organizations have sprung up to address the dearth of underrepresented groups in tech including: Girl Develop It, Code2040, AllStarsCode, Black Girls Code, and Railsbridge, to name a few.

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6 Ways to Network Within Your Company (and Score That Promotion)

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Searching for a new job doesn’t always mean leaving your current employer — in fact, some of the most exciting career opportunities may lie within your company.

Unlike an external job search — where you might reach out to contacts on LinkedIn or apply to roles on Indeed.com — an internal job search will rely on the strength of your relationships with the colleagues you encounter at work every single day.

Here are a few strategic ideas to build a network within your organization that will propel you into an elevated role or a new department.

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Content Strategy: How to Shape Your Narrative

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Everyone is a publisher. You, your organization, your new business, your clients; as traditional media struggles and technology advances, everyone has the opportunity to publish content. But, just like great power, publishing comes with great responsibility. Each piece of content you publish defines your story and controls the narrative around the topics you care about. You have a responsibility to your business and audiences to tell your story in a way that is consistent, realistic, and responsible. To do that, you need a content strategy.

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12 Signs You’re Ready to Go Freelance

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Escaping the 9-5 prison and voyaging into the Great Unknown can be a bit intimidating. Many people who want to freelance take years to make the leap (and that’s not necessarily a bad thing).

But how do you know you’re ready? Here are 12 serious and not-so-serious signs it’s time to make the leap.

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We’re Building a New Mobile App, and We Want Your Help

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We’re building our first community-driven mobile app, and we’re looking for awesome curators to help us make it great.

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Meet Burbio, The Digital Community Calendar Perfect for Busy Families

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Overwhelmed with your ever-growing schedule of events? Us too. Thankfully, dream team Julie & Dennie Roche have a solution for us. Burbio let’s you find your local school, community, and sports calendars, making daily event organization simple and pain-free. We caught up with Julie, the company’s CEO and a Front End Web Development graduate, to hear her story as business continues to boom.

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All of Your Web Development Immersive Questions Answered

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Web developers are in high demand, but the path to learning to code outside of a college classroom can be unclear. From jerry-built online tutorials to overpriced bootcamps, it’s hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Whether you’re a career-changer serious about becoming a full-stack web developer, an entrepreneur with an idea you want to build from scratch, or a recent undergrad ready to ramp up your technical skill set, you likely have a number of questions about the best way for you to learn web development.

Here we’ve compiled a list of most frequently asked questions about our Web Development Immersive course to help give you a better sense of what this full-time, 12-week program is all about.

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Is Negative Reinforcement The Best Way To Motivate?

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If you ever watch a youth soccer or basketball game, it is interesting to observe how the coaches choose to motivate the kids. Some coaches seem to focus on the positive, motivating them by pointing out what they have done right and cheering when they do something well. Other coaches seem to focus on the negative, yelling at kids when they do something wrong, berating their playing ability.

Both of these coaches are hoping for the same outcome: They want the kids to win the game. They are also likely hoping that the kids will learn skills like perseverance, dedication, sportsmanship, and leadership along the way. What some coaches do not always seem to realize is that the kids are not just learning from their teammates and the actual playing of the game, but they are very in tune to what the coach is doing and how the coach leads and motivates the team.

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Top Chef Fan Launches Ultimate Foodie Fantasy League

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There’s nothing better than mixing business with pleasure. Anne Nicholson, a Business Fundamentals & Tactics graduate, decided to do just that when she left a career in law to launch Top Chef Fantasy League, a platform that allows friends to play against each other as they root for their favorite contestants. 

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