12 Lessons From 12 Months of Teaching at General Assembly

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Natasha (bottom left) with her Product Management students.

Natasha (bottom, farthest left) with her Product Management students.

Like any self-respecting teenager, I had vowed to be different from my elders. My mother and her three sisters have glittering careers in education. After ten years in tech, I now practice the craft my younger version was adamant to avoid: I moonlight as an instructor at General Assembly.

This side-gig, that started as mild experiment, has become a full-blown passion. I have been at our New York campus every month since I joined the instructional team a year ago. Below is a round-up of 12 lessons I learned from 12 months of preaching product management to five classes.

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How to Make the Most of Your Gap Year

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gap year imageWhile delaying college might seem like a detrimental idea to some, a few colleges have actually begun to recognize the importance of allowing prospective students to spend a year enriching themselves in ways other than traditional academia. Princeton, Tufts, and Oberlin are starting to offer scholarships and even financial aid for students to take a gap year before enrolling full-time.

If you’re not quite ready to begin your college career and want to spend your time in a productive way that will make you stand out from your peers, a gap year may be the right choice for you.

With some planning, a gap year can help set you up for success in your future career.  Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your gap year. Continue reading

Everyday Tips for Achieving Bigger Wins

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Everyday Tips for Achieving Bigger WinsAs an entrepreneur, one of the earliest lessons I’ve learned is that big wins are the collection of many small steps. Many people have asked me how, as a solo founder, I managed to build a company with a customer base of 70+.

I wish I had a glamorous answer, but I don’t. The truth is that my company is the outcome of 5 years of 13-16 hour days and many, many dead-ends. My secret is that I’ve positioned each and every day as a baby step forward—an attitude that is even more critical now, since I’m working with my technical co-founder (and husband) to continue our core consulting and content creation business and bootstrap a series of products.

We stay sane by focusing on the small wins. Here are the tips that have helped us:
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11 Skills You Need to Land Your Dream Marketing Job

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Earlier this year, the Harvard Business Review proclaimed that marketing is dead and that loyalty killed it. What does that really mean for established marketers and those looking to forge a career in the field of marketing?

In today’s business climate, consumers are frequently seeking solutions to their problems. Often, they’re able to find multiple possible solutions just from running a simple Google search. These solutions often come in the form of online tools that make us more productive at work, products that make our lives easier, and experiences that help us grow in both our personal lives and careers. On the flip side, you deserve to pursue meaningful work.

This means that the tools, products, and brands who are willing to offer as much value as possible to their prospective customers without requiring them pay or sign up for a 7 day trial with their credit cards, are going to build the most meaningful customer relationships.

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How to Land Your First Job as a Developer, According to Udemy’s VP of Engineering

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Claire Hough, VP of Engineering at Udemy, recently dropped by General Assembly’s San Francisco campus to give our students some insight into the post-Web Development Immersive (WDI) job search. A veteran of the tech industry, Claire managed engineering at several startups before joining Udemy and has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to career advice. Read on for her top 5 lessons for new developers trying to find that first job.

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How I Turned My Passion into a Six Figure Business

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I’ve  wanted to be a writer since I was 11-years-old, but I never thought that I could make a comfortable income doing it. Throughout college, graduate school, and my first few years at work, I did everything that I could to escape my talent—I completed a statistics-based masters program, designed analytics frameworks for a digital marketing team, and landed in a strategic partnerships role.

All the while, I spent my evenings moonlighting on Craigslist, looking for writing gigs to support my full-time income and pay off my six-figure undergrad debt. Eventually, this extra, fun income overtook my $85,000 full-time job, and I had no choice but to quit my full-time job to pursue my childhood dream.

My writing business now generates six-figures of revenue per year, and I could not be happier. As a professional storyteller, I apply my skills in data and storytelling to help companies, VC firms, and higher ed institutions build stronger relationships with their audiences. Here are the steps that led me to where I am now.

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6 Surprising Celebrities Who Know How to Code

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Photo source: Google Creative Commons

Over the past few years, students and workers across the United States (and the world) have heard the battle cry to learn code. With over 120,000 open technology jobs  in the U.S. alone, skilled professionals are needed to take businesses and technology to the next level. Some organizations, such as Code.org, have begun enlisting celebrities to learn code—using their influence to encourage others, particularly minorities in tech, to follow their lead.

While some celebs have unexpected backgrounds in technology, others are learning code for the first time. The range of individuals advocating for diversity in computing spans industries and age brackets—and some of them might surprise you.

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Simplify Your Life with Google Analytics Email Reports

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Are you a web analytics junkie? If so, you might find yourself pouring through your Google Analytics reports on a daily basis. Although it doesn’t feel like it takes much effort, the time you spend navigating and configuring each report can add up. In this post, we’re going to show you a faster way to get your Google Analytics data via email reports.

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Four Ways Studying Abroad Can Advance Your Career

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If you’re a high school or college student interested in studying abroad, you’re probably familiar with the more obvious “pros.” You’ll have the opportunity to explore a new place and culture, of course, and it’s easy to see how broadening your horizon would lead to a wider, valuable new perspective. But did you realize that studying abroad could also help to advance your career?

More and more employers are recognizing the benefits of studying abroad and are actively seeking out candidates with study abroad experience. Here are four reasons why studying abroad can help advance your career.

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The Best Topical Data Visualizations of 2015 (So Far)

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Data visualization is a form of visual communication where data is presented in a pictorial or graphical format. By presenting complex data sets in a visual way, people can comprehend and analyze the information set faster and more clearly.

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