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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General Assembly and United Purpose Host The Hero’s Ball This Halloween

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Join General Assembly and United Purpose and for a night of intelligent debauchery as we celebrate our heroes with purpose and panache. Come dressed as your greatest inspiration, real or fictional. Yes, Mr. Peabody counts.

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Moving Past Paper & Ink: An Interview with Shira Goodman, Staples President of North American Commercial

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Shira Goodman, President of Staples North American Commercial, recently sat down with General Assembly to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by digital’s rapid rise within retail. Additionally, Goodman discusses how Staples is adapting to these changes in customer behavior. “It’s probably not overly surprising that people are buying less paper and ink,” says Goodman, “but that’s also an opportunity for Staples because customers trust us to deliver what they need.”

Watch the video above.

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A New Initiative: The GA Credentialing Network

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Since General Assembly’s founding, we’ve seen that both students and employers need a clear, unbiased way to gauge candidates’ skill sets. For years now, our talented curriculum team has worked at building more and more effective internal assessments to help our students and instructors understand and learn from the progress made and skills achieved in our programs. Today we are announcing our intention to make that work more public and useful beyond our own walls. After building a network of more than 150,000 instructors, students, alumni, and employers around the world, and several years of truly global and hands-on experience delivering world-class education in practical skills, this is the next logical step for our community, and for the ecosystem at large.

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Father and Son Take on Web Development Immersive, Together

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I’d like to say that parenting our three kids has been a 50:50 project. I’d love to say that. I’d love to believe it. But as in most marriages I know, despite everyone’s best intentions, mom almost always carried the bigger share of the attention, planning, and outright work of parenting. And despite the overall imbalance, I think everyone in our house would put me into the “he’s a really good dad” column. Yay! I drove. Read stories. Carried little people. Wrapped gifts. But all-in-all, it was more mom than dad.

Years have gone by and our kids are older. In fact, they are all somewhere in the pipeline of launching out into the big wide world. Our youngest is in high school, our eldest is navigating a thoughtful and mature mid-stream college rethink, and our middle child is starting a gap year between high school and college.

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3 Ways Your Internship Can Actually Hurt Your Career

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I’m sure you’ve heard many times that without an internship, you’re not going to find a job in your desired field. While there is some truth to this (without experience it’s much harder to find a full-time job), there may also be ways that your internship is actually preventing you from getting the necessary experience.

Before you commit to a business and become their summer or school year intern (or if you already are), watch out for these signs that the position may actually hurt your career.

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