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Talent Acquisition Manager: Sabio Fellows Put in the Extra Effort to Learn More!

- June 21, 2017 No Comments
Domenick Calise is a local talent acquisition manager. He was recently able to speak to Sabio about his experience hiring Sabio fellows and what makes them unique on the local job market. Dom has been able to place several Sabio fellows in jobs throughout the region.

"Can a candidate solve a complex problem on their own with the resources provided by us?" Dominick says is a key question that he keeps at the forefront of his talent search. He likes finding individuals who are able to put in the extra effort to learn more, and Sabio fellows tend to do this because they are always encouraged to continue learning and have the support of the Sabio community.

"The folks that we hire from Sabio are the ones that are putting in the extra work after hours, and a lot of that comes from the environment that they are working in while they attend Sabio. Also, the curriculum that is taught coincides well with our needs. Most of the cohorts focus on C# and SQL, so there is a strong understanding of object oriented programming," Dominick said.

In Domenick's view, Sabio is uniquely positioned because it's close to the big tech companies in Santa Monica and offers opportunities for bootcamp graduates to find work in both startups and the in larger, more established tech companies.

Sabio is always connecting its fellows with recruiters, talent acquisition managers, and other recruiters who have insights into the inner workings of the ever evolving tech industry. One of the advantages of learning to code with Sabio is being able to connect with professionals who have their fingers on the pulse of the industry.

Sabio and Operation Code Create Deploy App to Help Veterans Get into Tech

- June 14, 2017 No Comments
Operation Code is an non-profit organization, which was founded in 2014 by retired U.S. Army Captain David Molina after he couldn’t use his New GI Bill to go to code school. He originally created Operation Code to lobby Congress to expand the New GI Bill to include coding bootcamps and since then has built an all-decentralized and remote community focusing on getting more U.S. military veterans into technology careers. In 2015 Sabio began collaborating with this great nonprofit and has had a strong and long-lasting relationship since then. In 2016, Sabio and Operation Code collaborated on a joint event, VetsHack event, a hackathon that was devoted to finding solutions to problems that veterans encounter once they enter the civilian world.

As Operation Code has grown, the organization’s need for a web platform to coordinate employer hiring and web projects has become more apparent. This is where Sabio comes in. Sabio routinely builds websites and apps for organizations and businesses at a reduced cost. What’s the catch? The new app is built by a cohort of Sabio fellows, majority veterans, and is led by an instructor who has years of tech industry experience.
Deploy is a tool that Sabio is creating for the Operation Code leadership team and membership base. Deploy will be a veteran marketplace to help get veterans hired, and it will do that by building a job marketplace around veteran hiring, focusing on companies that seek out veterans, and by getting veterans trained so that they are prepared to enter the tech industry. The goal is for any veteran who wants to get into tech to be a user of the Deploy platform.

Veterans will be able to search for and apply for jobs via Deploy. Additionally, veterans will be able to receive mentorship via the platform with users grouping themselves together into squads, which is similar to how the veterans operated in teams in the military. Within Deploy, there will also be a project management tool that will help veterans with their own web development projects.

“Let’s say a client approaches Operation Code and asks for help in building an app. The admins for the Deploy site will post a job with the description of what the client is looking for and veterans will be able to respond to the posting and even get started on the project within the platform,” said Phil Percesepe, a prior service Marine who went through Sabio’s coding bootcamp and who is working on the project.

The overall goal of Deploy is to provide an efficient way to increase mentorship and employment, but the project management dashboard is something that will enable veterans to get help and to get the job done once they find an opportunity.

Deploy is expected to go live in a few months. Four of the fellows who are working on the Deploy app are veterans themselves, so they know what their peers are looking for in terms of the utility of the tool. To learn more about Operation Code, click here.

Anna was pursuing pre-med and physical therapy, now she's a software developer

- June 13, 2017 No Comments
Anna C. was working as a physical therapy aid who was considering medical school, but about a year ago, she decided that she wanted to switch paths and do something that she really wanted to do instead of something that she was expected to do. Anna has a degree in psychology from UC Santa Cruz. She discovered that she wanted to code because one of her friends who was a programmer was working on an app. Anna's friend walked her through some programming basics, and she liked what she saw.

Shortly after getting familiar with coding from her programmer friend, Anna started researching bootcamps and found Sabio. She recently graduated with Cohort 28 in the Orange County location. Anna appreciated that the Sabio instructors were patient and able to explain concepts to people who lack a technical background. She says that Sabio was one of the best experiences in her life from the instruction to preparing her for interviews and finding jobs to the new friends she has that she now considers family.

"Sabio is really good about prepping you for interviews. They take professional head shots of you so you have a professional photo on linked in. They also help you with your resume. You really are well prepared not only in your knowledge, but also in how Sabio gets you ready to interview," Anna said.

Anna recently was offered a position as a Junior C# Developer.  Congrats Anna!

Kimberly transitioned from working in the entertainment industry to becoming a full stack developer

- May 23, 2017 No Comments
Kimberly had worked in the entertainment industry for about a decade doing a bit of acting in film and television, a bit of production, and some print modeling. When she became a mom, she decided that she wanted a more stable career. She wanted something that would allow her to be both creative and analytical at the same time. After doing some research, she decided that she would pursue coding, and her research brought her to Sabio.

"I did the typical searches for coding bootcamps in Los Angeles. I ended up on a review website, and something about the reviews on Sabio really struck me and seemed really genuine. When I went to the information session that Gregorio holds once a week, I had an opportunity to ask all the questions that I wanted to ask. It just seemed genuine. I loved the vision and that they were intentional about bringing diversity into the bootcamp. This really appealed to me," Kimberly said.

Kimberly was in Mike's cohort at the Culver City location. She appreciated how Mike delivered the content and helped her to not feel overwhelmed with the amount of information.

The ability to have an idea and then create something is what excites Kimberly about being a software developer. She finds that the process is a bit similar to working in film production where she would work on different elements like finding a location, actors, pulling together a script, etc.

Kimberly has a bachelor's degree in management information systems, but she had not used her degree in any meaningful way until she started to code.

A week out of bootcamp, Kimberly landed a position as a full stack developer for a marketing company. In her current job, she's doing mostly front end development. She feels challenged and is learning a lot even coding some of her own projects on the side to continue to build her skills.

Congrats on your new gig Kimberly!

Reviewing Your Bootcamp: How Your Story Can Help Future Students

- May 19, 2017 No Comments
By Mary Bergeron, SwitchUp

Before you decided on a bootcamp, chances are you started your research online. Maybe you read through reviews on a site like SwitchUp, browsed posts on Medium, or even reached out to alumni through social media.

For bootcamps and future students alike, reviews and feedback are extremely important. Bootcamps have grown quickly in recent years, largely driven by excellent student outcomes. According to SwitchUp’s research, there are now over 120 in-person bootcamps worldwide, and hundreds of part-time and online programs. While the growth means that there is more choice than ever, it is sometimes difficult for prospective students to find the program that is the best fit for them.

A thorough review is important because it gives students a detailed, first-hand look at a bootcamp outside of marketing claims or outcomes statistics. Depending on when a review was written, it can also give students a glimpse into post-bootcamp life at a variety of stages- from the first job search right after graduation, to an alum’s outlook once they are well into a new tech career.

If you are a bootcamp grad (or soon-to-be grad), your perspective can help “pay it forward” to the next cohort of students, and give your school helpful feedback as well. We suggest the following tips to write a review that is valuable to future students:

1. Weigh the Pros and Cons

Reviews are most helpful to students when they balance out both the pros and cons of the experience. Even if you have a very strong opinion about your bootcamp, try to balance out your feedback to make it more constructive. Keep in mind that everyone is looking for something a little different in a bootcamp, so something that was a big “pro” or “con” for you might not be viewed the same to someone else.

In our experience, prospective students are most interested in the quality of the curriculum, teaching staff, and job support, so be sure to mention your thoughts on these areas. If your school has multiple campuses then you’ll want to list the campus you attended, as these variables change from campus to campus.

2. Talk About Your Complete Experience: Before, During, and After The Bootcamp

The entire bootcamp process - from pre-work to your first job offer - is part of your career transformation, so it’s important that you include how the program prepared you before and after the bootcamp itself. Did the pre-work adequately prepare you for the main program? Did career services help you ace an interview with your dream company? By talking about the whole process, you’ll give future bootcampers insight on how the program can help them both learn to code AND meet their career goals.

3. Tell Your Story

Maybe you embarked on a career change into coding from a completely different background. Or maybe you took a semester off from college to gain UI/UX skills at a bootcamp. Whatever the case may be, your path will inspire others and show them the possibilities. This perspective is  especially helpful if you do not have a background in computer science, since many bootcamp students come from a completely different field. Your story will show future students that as long as they are committed, they too can switch to tech career.

Where To Find & Write Your Review

Many bootcamp alumni are choosing to leave reviews on sites like Quora and Medium, or on a review site like SwitchUp.

If you are interested in writing a review of Sabio, check out their SwitchUp reviews page here. As an added incentive, you’ll be automatically entered to win a $350 Amazon gift card once you submit a verified review.

By taking a few minutes to write a review, you’ll provide invaluable feedback to Sabio and help “pay-it-forward” to future students!

Derrick Transitions From Sales to a Career as a .NET Developer and Doubles His Salary

- May 16, 2017 1 Comment
Derrick C. has a degree in business administration and management. Before he decided to learn how to code, he was working in business to business sales selling internet service. He was around technology, but not immersed in creating it.

Some friends who were working in tech encouraged him to look at coding bootcamps, and after doing some research, Derrick ended up at Sabio's Newport Beach location. He recently graduated with Cohort 27 in April and was offered a job within a month of graduating. Derick now has a job as a .NET developer where he will be earning twice what he was earning when he was working in sales. The Sabio experience has been a game changer for Derrick.

"I would tell anyone who is interested in coding to go to an info session and ask questions. As you start to ask questions, you will get an idea about the training program and what to expect. Sabio has given me the skills to not only earn more money in the job market, but a foundation to build upon so I can learn more programming languages," Derrick said.

Congrats Derrick!

How does someone with a literature degree become a web developer?

- May 15, 2017 No Comments
Glen P. was working doing financial research, but he wasn't really happy with the direction of his career. He had graduated with a degree in modern literature at the height of the financial crisis, so he didn't have the luxury of being selective about the job that he would ultimately end up in before learning how to code. After six years on the job, Glen quit his job and started to explore his options by volunteering, reading, and learning as much as he could about a bunch of topics that he was interested in.

Eventually, Glen found his way back to computers. He had a little bit of experience with building websites for friends and family, but he wasn't formally trained. He ended up finding Sabio after looking on CourseReport for coding bootcamps.

"After I met Gregorio [Sabio's co-founder and Chief Technology Officer], I pretty much decided that I was going to Sabio," Glen said.

Now Glen has a job building tools for a video game company. He is trained in the .NET stack and is positioned to learn more programming languages.

When asked how someone with a background in literature and who has not had technical jobs can transition to software development Glen offered the following,"I would say definitely go to an info session. Try coding out on your own first, and shop around. I encourage you to do your research. Making the transition to technology is definitely doable and rewarding. You can learn so much in a short amount of time once you make the commitment."

Congrats Glen!

How does a recent UCLA graduate with a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics become a software engineer?

- May 5, 2017 No Comments
Ariana R. arrived at Sabio’s bootcamp with an undergraduate degree from UCLA in applied mathematics with a minor in statistics. She had always wanted to be in tech, and decided that Sabio would be her leap into the field. 

With time, Ariana became convinced that information technology and technical skills were the necessary tools to keep her head above water monetarily. Determined to learn software programming, she marked a path that led directly to local coding bootcamps. Sabio instantly presented itself to her as the best software coding program in the Los Angeles area. She selected Sabio because the bootcamp curriculum is project based.

While still studying with cohort 25, Ariana participated in the Expedition hackathon. That experience alone presented its own immediate challenges because it forced the team to utilize Python, which isn’t taught in Sabio’s bootcamp. Now professionally employed as a software engineer, Ariana is now preparing to compete in a hackathon for ZipRecruiter. Hackathons give Sabio an opportunity to highlight its instructional community preparation expertise. As coding teams intellectually compete with one another, these competitions test the fellows’ newly acquired coding skills in a public setting.

Ariana's math background did come in handy when she was in bootcamp because she was already used to applying logic.

"I think my math degree did help me a lot. Math trains your brain to think logically and helps you think out of the box to solve problems. When applying this way of thinking to coding, it helped me pick up the language and understand what I was coding much faster," Ariana said.

Ariana recently was hired by the PDG Group, a technology consulting firm that specializes in the media and entertainment industry. Her title is an associate software engineer. Currently, her task is focused on a PDG Group client, Jafra Cosmetics performing backend SQL/Server programming.

“It’s really rewarding that I did this in three months. It’s empowering to know that you can do a lot for yourself in a short amount of time,” Ariana said of her Sabio experience.

Ariana now dreams in code. As a software engineer, she hopes to inspire young women to excel in tech and eliminate any doubt related to their success in a male dominated field.

Congrats Ariana!