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How Aysen Unlu Secured a Full-Time Job During COVID-19 — With a Client She Worked for During the Coding Boot Camp

Aysen Unlu’s instructor at The Coding Boot Camp at UCLA Extension encouraged students to find real clients for class projects. Despite having limited coding skills, Aysen and her peers managed to find a client for their very first one. CDS Visual, a digital solutions company, recruited Aysen’s group to design the UI for a new project management website. …

10 Effective Job Search Strategies

Charles Gedeon

After selling the tech start-up he co-founded, Charles Gedeon wondered what to tackle next. While handling operations at his company, he’d always been fascinated by the work done by the coders on his team, so that seemed like a good place to start.  “That whole process pulled me in,” Charles said. “So I started dabbling…

Chain Reaction: How Jhanisus Melendez Went From Chemistry to Coding

To start a chemical reaction, you first need a reactant. That’s exactly what ex-chemist Jhanisus Melendez got one day while he was working as an ophthalmic image grading specialist at the Doheny Eye Institute.   “I was given the opportunity to work on a program that would automatically calculate data about our patient’s retinas. I thought Hey, this…

How Project-Based Learning Helped Alvin Go Escape His Career Plateau

What if your journal—the place where you write your deepest thoughts—could provide insights like a therapist? What if every entry could be analyzed and deliver comprehensive statistics about your overall emotional state? And what if you could use this information to predict your moods, understand your mental wellness, and possibly circumvent negative emotions? Thanks to…