Project Shift Blog

We're Going All In On Our Students

To our knowledge, we’ll be the first coding school in North Carolina (including universities) to ever openly commit to publishing all our hiring statistics and student outcomes. Isn’t that the goal of all this? No one quits their job and invests in a program like ours unless there’s a significant shot that they could transition their careers and change their lives. The same goes for university degrees, but that’s another story.
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The 1000 Hours of Coding Goal

Learning how to code? Let’s face it, this is hard and the odds are stacked against you. If it was easy, everyone would learn to code and get a high paying job, but not everyone was meant to do this and part of this journey for you might be discovering that you’re not meant to do this. But if that’s the case, don’t let it be because you didn’t count the costs, were too afraid to work hard, or worse yet, because you didn’t know what you needed to do to make the career transition. So if you’re going to do this, and make it, you’ve got to face the mountain and not pretend it's just a hill.
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Admissions and Tuition

   
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Why You Shouldn't take a Part Time Coding Course

First of all, nothing is more admirable than the long hustle, grind, hard work and perseverance that one goes through when accomplishing something big like landing a job after teaching yourself to code in your free time. The problem is, that isn’t a story we hear much. In reality, without going “all in”, learning to code to the point of getting a job isn’t as realistic as we’d all like to believe. Educating yourself is absolutely not a waste of time, but if your goal is to go beyond self-enrichment (and to become a software engineer), I’d invite you to go all in, and here’s why.
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The Affordability of Project Shift vs. College

Project Shift believes in making education affordable, accessible and valuable. Perhaps you read that and roll your eyes because you can see on our site that we charge $9,900 (seemingly, NOT affordable) for a 3-month course on Software Engineering and we’re picky about who we let into our course (also seemingly, NOT accessible?). So let’s chat. How is this affordable, accessible and valuable?
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Where We've Set the Bar for Admissions

  Two Models Have Emerged
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A Day in the Life of a Software Engineer

Okay, so what do software engineers actually do? To answer this, I’m going to take you on a journey through a day in the life of a Software Engineer at Spredfast - a younger me. As a disclaimer, this is historical fiction. The content is all real, but some of the details have been changed (names), and others have been synthesized to form a cohesive story.
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How a Mentor will Help You Succeed as a Software Engineer

Despite the fact that programming is all about writing instructions for a computer, you won’t learn to code without face-to-face interactions with actual humans. Finding a trusted and committed mentor is the vital hole you need to fill in order to make it to becoming a software engineer. Here’s what that will look like, and at the end, we’ll explain how we can help you with this as early as next week.
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Software Developer Getting Started Checklist

Seeking to  “become a software engineer” is a better goal than just “learning to code”. Therefore, your focus should be on landing that first job (that’s where the real learning happens). But if you’re just beginning this journey, all of that can be really overwhelming. It’s difficult to know exactly what to do. Wonder no more. Follow this checklist to get started.
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Reasons Why You Should Become a Software Engineer

If you really want to learn to code, go for it. But don’t sell yourself short. Just doing the occasional HTML course on Codecademy.com won’t transform you into a real app creator and it surely won't get you anywhere close to landing a coding job. If you’re going to learn to code, learn to code well enough to be paid to learn to how to code better. Here are 5 reasons why you should go beyond learning to code and become a software engineer, regardless of your background or preferred career track.
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