Finding a coding mentor shouldn’t be hard.

Chances are, you’re trying to learn how to code. The journey hasn’t been easy. One of the biggest struggles with learning how to code is finding the help you need. You want someone who can tell you if you’re heading in the right direction. There’s no bigger pain than getting stuck on a coding problem and trying to figure out what to do next. You wish there was someone to help guide you along the path to success.

This is where it’s helpful to have a coding mentor. A great coding mentor will help you work through tough problems. …


Learning to program can be brutal. You never know if you’re learning the right things, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed by how much content there is to learn. That brings up a good thought: How do you know when you’ve learned enough to start applying for jobs?

Chances are, you’re concerned with how long it will take you to learn how to code. You feel this pressure to learn as much as you can in as little time as possible. …


AI isn’t for everybody

How to get started with building a neural network

What’s the buzz behind artificial intelligence? Tech and non-tech companies alike have invested substantial resources into incorporating AI into their product offerings and business operations. Companies have sought to use customer service bots, interactive voice response (IVR), and email automation to optimize how they run their operations. The idea of automation alone has enormous allure for any company who wants to get ahead of the competition and optimize their use of resources.

My company, Centerfield Media — Science and Technology, is no different. As an end-to-end customer acquisition company, we always want to ensure our sales agents are placed in…


Fraud! Phony! Fake!

How to tell you’re losing the fight — and how to start winning.

I’ll never forget the time I spent a summer at Facebook. I had an opportunity most people can only dream of. I stepped into a robust engineering culture and a community of mission-driven people. The perks were everything you’ve heard of and more. I ate at gourmet cafeterias, rode free commuter buses with Wi-Fi, and had all the free tech gear I wanted.

That said, I remember my first week being the toughest week of the summer. The people who ran the intern program decided to gather several of the summer interns and set up a happy hour for us…


Yes, I want a mentor. But how?

Don’t know anyone in your field who can mentor you? We’ve all been there.

You’re not here to mess around. You want a job that pays you for your technical skills and you’re willing to do whatever it takes to land that job offer. But the journey’s been tough. You’re concerned with if you’re learning the right things. You’re not sure if you’re heading in the right direction. You’ve tried coding something, looked at coding docs, and then realized the docs weren’t that helpful.

You wish you had someone to help show you the way.

You wish you had a mentor.

But there are a few roadblocks in your way. You may not know…


How to be certain you’ll land a job after completing a coding course

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Learning to program can be frustrating if you’re not sure you’re headed in the right direction. How do you know you’re making real, legitimate progress? Is it when you’ve earned a certification? Completed an online course?

Chances are, you’ve taken a course from Codecademy, Data Camp, or FreeCodeCamp. You may have even completed one. Online courses are great because there are clear goals. They tell you, “if you complete an intermediate class, you are now an intermediate level coder”. You’re meant to feel accomplished after completing each course module.

I remember the time I completed Coding Dojo’s intermediate Python course…


Remove the uncertainty of landing a tech job

If you’re here, you want to land a technical role, but you’re not sure what to do next. Do you get a specific certification? What tools or software do you need to pick up? You want to know you can land an incredible job that pays well, allows you to learn, and stand among fellow techies. Yet, you’re uncertain right now and unsure if your technical skills are at the level companies want. The last thing you want is for a hiring manager to look at your resume and immediately toss it out. …


For all tech enthusiasts, non-techies, and startup story lovers: here’s what you can do after that free coding course

Chances are, if you’re here, you’re excited about tech. You read startup stories on Medium, LinkedIn, or Hacker Noon. The idea of creating a product, launching it, and then raising a Series A is enthralling to read about. You may be an “increasingly technical” analyst or young professional with no technical experience at all. All things aside, you are hungry to learn, develop, and grow your technical skills and you can’t get enough.

However, an enormous gap lies before you. You’re not where you want to be and you desperately want to add technical value. You want to know which…


You’re almost there

Your full-time offer is on the way.

Do you know how happy I was when I received this offer?

Extremely happy. As a disclaimer, the above snapshot is an abbreviated version of my first job offer out of college (typed by yours truly). While I was excited about the company and role, I was happy because I felt all the hard work leading up to that offer had paid off.

Prior to this offer, I had sent out 94 custom job applications and gone through 37 interviews (including phone screens) in the course of six months. I pulled out all the job seeking tricks I knew; here a few stories:

I reached out to a distant connection on LinkedIn…


QOTD: Am I really adding value?

The most valuable projects I’ve worked on

Without a doubt, I can always expect interviewers to do one of two things:

  1. Ask me why I want the job
  2. Ask me about two very specific projects I’ve listed on my resume

The rest of the interview questions vary from hypothetical, problem-solving oriented or culture-fit questions; however, I can always count on interviewers to ask the first two questions I listed.

In the spirit of circulating knowledge and bettering one another, I want to lay out the projects I always get asked about; we’ll save the “Why do you want this job?” question for another time.

Key Recommendations for Building Data Centers

Daniel Chae

Business Analyst, Tech Enthusiast, Big Fan of Home Workouts (What to do after that free coding course → coursetohire.com)

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