We designed our career services to help our students achieve their professional goals by providing tools and resources to help them find their first software engineering job after graduation.
Not only do we incorporate job-search-related topics into our curriculum — such as project presentation, portfolio design, resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, and salary negotiation — but we also provide our students with a behavioral and a technical coach to help them through the process.
Our coaches play an important role in career support. In fact, they’ve helped over 5,000 alumni learn how to market their new skills during their job search. Students will meet with their coaches regularly on a one-on-one basis. They’ll also always have access to any coaches holding general office hours.
Some standout features of App Academy’s career coaching include:
Cover letter review
Personal pitch development
Salary negotiation training
Weekly coaching opportunities
Alumni network access
Students can take advantage of a range of resources after graduating to help them in their job hunt, including seminars, workshops, partnerships, and their career coaches.
Students can attend weekly group seminars that focus on both technical and non-technical training. These learning opportunities help answer questions about the job search process, and participants have the opportunity to prepare for technical tests and interview scenarios.
App Academy has a number of long-standing partnerships with companies that are big names in the tech industry or the business world. These companies have trust in App Academy graduates, and our career coaches can help make the connection between open positions and graduates that might be a good fit.
Students will be informed that one of App Academy’s partner companies is hiring, and the career services team will send along resumes of students who have expressed interest. Our partner companies then prioritize reviewing resumes from App Academy students and often reach out with interview opportunities. Connections like these can help App Academy graduates stand out from the competition.
After graduation, students are paired with a career coach. Students typically meet with their coaches once a week, but they can arrange more frequent meetings if the graduate has an upcoming interview or phone screening. On a weekly basis, graduates are expected to spend 40 hours looking for a job and submit between 25 and 40 applications. Their coach can help make sure they’re on track.
Career coaches maintain regular office hours, so students aren’t limited to meeting only with their designated coach. Some coaches specialize in different elements of the job hunting process, and graduates can meet with any of them if they need guidance in a particular area.
Technical coaches have technical expertise. They can help students prepare for screenings and mock technical interviews as well as review projects and provide feedback on certain skills.
They also provide students with the opportunity to participate in technical workshops on various subjects, including data structures and algorithms, the fundamentals of computer science, interviewing skills, and more. These can help students solidify their confidence in these skills.
Behavioral coaches assist with the non-technical aspects of the job search. They can review non-technical materials like cover letters, resumes, and online presence profiles such as LinkedIn to make sure students present themselves well to hiring managers.
They can also conduct mock non-technical interviews and provide non-technical workshops on topics like creative outreach, networking, and behavioral interviewing. When a student receives a job offer, they can help them negotiate their salary.
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Does App Academy Have an Alumni Network?
Yes! App Academy has over 5,000 alumni who may be available to speak with recent graduates, provide guidance, or even offer a referral for an open position at their company.
How Long Do Graduates Have Access to Career Coaching?
App Academy graduates have access to their career coaches for up to a year after graduation to help them find employment. Most career coaches will continue to work with a student who has been job hunting for more than a year, but this decision is up to each individual coach.
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