What Does a Software Developer Look Like?
That’s easy: You!
It doesn’t matter what you’re doing now, or if you don’t think that you can break into the industry — our partner Code Fellows is here to help you.
Since 2013, they’ve been offering workshops and courses specifically designed to help folks from all backgrounds and levels of experience transform their careers and find highly satisfying gigs in the tech industry.
Get started with their 1-day Code 101 workshop, which gives you a taste of what it’s like to code, and what it’s like to learn how from Code Fellows.
Find out more about their background, mission, and approach.
Tell us about Code Fellows — what inspired you to found the organization, and what is your mission?
Our vision is to provide software development skills for a better life, for a better community, and for a better world.
Code Fellows was founded in 2013 to address the need for more software developers in Seattle. Since then, we’ve graduated over 800 software developers. In our most recent audited data, 95% of our grads are placed in industry jobs — 80% are working in development roles and 15% pursue supporting roles in tech.
We wanted to create an education model that was accessible to all, regardless of finances, previous education, socioeconomic status, or any other factors.
Because of the diversity imbalance in the tech industry and the large demand for developers, our goal is to provide a place where everyone has access to education.
How are your classes different than those offered by other organizations?
Since the beginning of Code Fellows, we have focused on providing courses that meet students where they are.
In the beginning, our focus was on more advanced courses, but we now offer courses that range from beginner to advanced so that students can start at the level that is most appropriate for their skill set.
This means that our graduates have the training necessary to meet the demands of the industry.
Tell us more about your Code 101 Workshop.
Because of the high amount of commitment required of our immersive courses, Code 101 is a great way to “test out” our training style for a day, before signing up for a longer-term class.
In Code 101, you will learn the fundamentals of CSS and HTML to build and launch a multi-page website with a team.
You’ll not only learn some coding — you will also work with a team, learn some development tools, get acquainted with your computer’s command line, and learn more about a career in tech.
It’s a great intro for anyone exploring a tech career, even if you have never written a line of code.
What do you enjoy the most about teaching these classes?
Our students, who are hard working, passionate people, are incredibly inspiring to be around.
Many have been in unfulfilling careers for years and want to enter an industry that is more fulfilling and offers more opportunity — whether that means improved job security, more flexibility, the chance to be more creative, or getting to work in such an innovative industry.
Tech touches so many different industries, which is why so many people have been able to find the career they’re looking for by adding coding to their resume.
Who would benefit the most from taking your classes?
We won’t lie — it’s hard. Going from no experience to proficient in software development in approximately five months takes a lot of hard work, as our students will tell you.
But it’s definitely worth it if you are willing to show up, work hard, and never quit.
Student Success Stories
We love telling the stories of our students, and often share them on our blog.
Here are interviews with some recent grads who are currently working in the industry:
- Meet Rae: Yogi Turned Software Developer
- Meet Eve: Social Worker Turned Software Developer
- Meet Kaylyn: Nurse Turned Software Developer
- Meet Lee: Project Manager Turned UX Engineer
- Meet Victor: From Military Intelligence to Booz Allen Hamilton
- Meet David: Navy Veteran Turned Data Developer
- Meet Stefanie: From Psychology to Microsoft’s LEAP Program