|FROM ||Ruben Safir
|SUBJECT ||Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Degrees to get back to work after 50...
On Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 02:57:11AM -0400, Brian Gupta wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 5:03 PM, Ruben Safir wrote:
> > On Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 02:17:28PM -0400, Bryan J Smith wrote:
> >> From: Carl Friedberg
> >> > I've been away from school too long, but calculus is something you need to
> >> > master if you want to be teaching a highly technical subject. If what you
> >> > want is a teaching position where the topic is Business aspects of managing
> >> > tech development, you could probably do OK without calculus. You still need
> >> > a grounding in math, including statistics and probability.
> >> >
> >> Understand I personally believe IT does _not_ require a college degree. I
> >> have stood "toe-to-toe" with HR/procurement departments and argued why a
> >> very qualified individual should be hired. It upsets me to no end when
> >> snotty HR/procurement departments -- most of them with BAs -- get this "oh,
> >> we have college degrees, so we require them too" -- attitude.
> > At my age, nobody is going to even look without a degree.
> I've been thinking about it, and I feel the best way to get approached
> for work in tech, is to provide meaningful code contribution to an open
> source project that is commercially important, and has a scarcity of talent.
This is exactly what Avi Flombaum does at the Flatiron School. More
important than any education, IMO, and I've only observed them a little
bit and been there once. But from what they write, they are not selling
a huge heapingful of technical knowledge. Infact, they guarantee you to
be a 12 week wonder.
Become a Production-Ready Developer
The Ruby program is a 12 week, full time, intensive program, designed
give you the equivalent skillset and experience of an entry-level Ruby
developer. Because we focus heavily on collaboration, you are required
to be on campus Monday Thru Friday, 9AM-6PM throughout the duration of
the program. There is certainly a fair amount of work to be done beyond
those hours (many students choose to stay late and come in on weekends),
but that???s the minimum.
Prior to arriving to campus, you???ll also complete 4 weeks (80-120 hours
in total) of prework assignments at home. This, plus the following 12
weeks of on-campus learning, amounts to a 16 week commitment.
The cost for the semester is $12,000. However, if you accept a position
through our job placement program, we will refund $4,000 of your
tuition. Grants and scholarships are also available for students from
underrepresented groups like women and minorities.
We Teach What We Love
We ??? Ruby so you'll be spending a lot of time in the Ruby ecosystem. The
goal is to make you a full-stack developer, so we'll also teach you the
other required technologies, buzz-words, and acronyms.
What they are really selling is a preselection process of getting the
most politically happy and most likely to succeed students:
The Students //
Here???s what we look for in future developers:
Learning is a team sport. As such, we value diversity in background
and perspective. We accept about ***10% of people who apply **** into the
program. While we could probably admit 30 investment bankers who would
make awesome developers, that would make for a much less interesting
group dynamic. Our student backgrounds have ranged from professional
poker players, Major League Baseball scouts and entrepreneurs,
designers, lawyers and, yes, investment bankers.
Our students are smart. Real smart. Sure, we???ve got the Oxford,
Harvard, etc. grads. That being said, we see code as a form of
expression and value creativity above all else. Throughout our first two
Ruby semesters, we realized that over 80% of our students have a
background in photography, design, writing, or music. Go figure.
Ultimately, students learn more from each other than from lectures.
Smart students means great teachers.
There are lots of great reasons to learn how to code. You can get an
awesome job at a sexy tech startup! Or launch an app and be the next
Mark Zuckerberg! While those are great goals, if that???s what you???re
looking for, this program is not for you. We approach coding as a
lifelong craft, rather than a means to an end. Our students are
passionate about being great developers and writing code that impacts
people. As a recent Ruby alum told us in week 7, ???I dream in Ruby.???
See that quote that they are only accepting about 10% of the people that
apply? And those are people with a spare 12 grand to toss around.
But then, from the start they are grooming these kids, and they are
KIDS, to eat drink and think like a young dotcom maven. These guys have
their individual profiles up and every profile has links to every social
media available. their profiles look like CLICK modeling company
Look at these guys! they are having so much fun it looks like a
and EVERY profile has links to github
Here is my favorite from the 2004 class. I very very nice Jewish girl
"If hell is other people then purgatory is airports" -- Neil Gaiman.
Go To Top
I grew up and went to college in New York City. I studied Analytical
Philosophy at Columbia University and I now live in Brooklyn, New York.
The greatest social network you've never heard of.
And here is her link to github:
and the other social media points are also listed there.
And this is the schools link.
I was amazed when I went there. They have a regimentation I haven't
seen since I used to see the Merril Lynch brokers in training file out
of 1 Liberty Plaza in the 1970's, all in their exact same 3 peice suits,
ties and pattent leather shows. These guys are all cackie jeans,
button bown shirts, sockeless, with either sandle and sneakers wearing
happy faces, making a change in the world through code and software (and
beer and piazza).
And the school apears to be connected to venture capital
I've been an idiot!! I've been convinced that a depth of knwoledge and
experience would count before corperate culture.
> Ideally these contributions would be to projects that host on Github, and job
> seekers would list their contact info on Github.
> Summarized, recruiters have figured out enough to trawl github for
> talent. If you have contributed publically, hiring managers can get a better
> sense of what you are capable of, and put a much lower emphasis on
> traditional metrics like education/gpa, etc. I'll add that real work experience
> can bridge that gap too, but in your situation you've got a bit of chicken and
> the egg situation, since your job experience isn't IT.
> Going back to the degree. I'll say I am a bit hesitant to encourage
> people to seek undergrad degrees much later than their mid-late 20s.
> Employers are generally willing to give newly minted engineers a pass
> when it comes to experience if they are new graduates, but I don't feel that
> necessarily extends to folks changing careers later in life. After a
> certain point
> the experience section of the resume becomes the most important.
> Remember the fact that the richest man on earth, who has worked
> his entire life in tech, does not have a college degree. (Let alone a
> degree in CS).
That is not a measure...
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that Brooklyn, like Atlantis, reaches mythological
proportions in the mind of the world - RI Safir 1998
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