As coding bootcamps grow in popularity,
organizations are wondering how to get involved?
Bootcamp grads undertake intense training that
tests their ability to learn quickly, adapt to new virtual environments, and
launch quality digital solutions. The type of people capable of succeeding and
graduating from such programs have proven they have the qualities
companiesdesire in employees.
Here are six ways companies can access
students, browse incumbent talent, and get first dibs on graduates.
Become a Partner
Bootcamps operate independently from one
another and there are variations in their partnerships terms. The majority of
bootcamps require no fees for involvement in their communities, attending any
of their special events, or hiring graduates. Some bootcamps have an additional
partnership tier for companies looking for the pick of the litter. These
partners are invited to exclusive hiring events and speed interview sessions
and are asked to pay a recruitment fee if and when they hire any grads.
Attend a Demo Day
One of the easiest methods of browsing the
talent pool of a particular coding bootcamp is to attend their career day.
Career days are also called science fairs, demo days, or reverse job fairs.
These events come in all shapes and sizes. Some consist of student
presentations while others are set up similar to high school science fair. At these
events guests view student projects, talk to their students about their work
and exchange contact information.
Hiring Days / Speed Interviewing
Hiring days and speed interviewing events can
be stand alone events or tagged on to demo days. Think of speed interviewing as
speed dating but instead of trying to figure out if you are sitting across from
crazy, you are trying to get acquainted with a potential addition to your
development team. These events can be invite only. The best way to get on the
list is to express interest to a bootcamp’s business development or marketing
manager ahead of time. From the events we attended the student to employer
ratio averaged out at about 1:1.
“A common scenario is a company will meet a
student of ours in Employer Speed Dating, and determine a fit. They will
encourage the student to work within that company’s stack for their final
project (for example, using MEAN), and then see that project at the Employer
Showcase upon graduation. If the company is sufficiently impressed, they would
hire them,” said Michael Steele, marketing manager at Lighthouse Labs.
Becoming a thought leader for bootcamp
attendees is a symbiotic relationship. Bootcamps are eager to introduce
students to potential mentors who in return make themselves available for
career guidance and development support. Becoming a mentor is a good way to get
introduced to young talent who in turn could prove to be useful additions to
your team. Mentoring is also great for company outreach and helps strengthen
the local tech community.
Conduct a Guest Lecture / Host a
Some companies choose to take a leadership
role by conducting guest lectures or lunch seminars at a coding bootcamp.
Organizations can use this time to introduce an API or other product, and
display its implementation to develop integrated solution. Students are always
eager to learn about new technologies. Graduates might even go on to recommend
your company’s product to their future employer. Inviting students to visit
your workplace and take part in a real working environment is another great way
to get involved. Who doesn’t like a field trip? Students get the opportunity to
shadow employees and observe the day to day operation of a tech company.
Employers get to observe students in a
true work environment and can gauge their interest in the company’s projects.
Provide a Project
A progressive way to participate in bringing
authenticity to a coding bootcamp’s curriculum while at the same time test
driving potential employees is to coordinate with a school to have their
students work on an actual project for your organization. This special
technique teaches students how to make a polished project, work within
deadlines and coordinate with a true client. Many organizations have been so impressed
by students that they offered them internships and full-time employment.
“Industry projects are definitely a critical
part of every Coding Campus cohort and their preparation for a career as in
development. These projects can end in internships, jobs, or simply a better
understanding of what kind of organization to start your career with,” said
Michael Zaro CEO of Coding Camp
Companies have found a lot of success
exploiting these techniques to enhance their presence in these growing
communities. Whether a bootcamp is local or across the country you’ll find they
are willing to work with you to form a relationship that benefits both parties.
There are many unique opportunities with bootcamps besides those discussed
here. Reach out today and see how they can help build your staff and strengthen