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Rithm Grads Win First Place in StepZen Hackathon

We met up with new Rithm grads Anita Lee and Melanie Wong to chat about their recent first-place win of the StepZen hackathon. Their winning app, Kid Vault, was built not only with technologies they learned at Rithm, but also with technologies that were new to them, and solved a problem they both had as busy moms and professionals. 

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September 06, 2022

Choosing the Right Bootcamp

The beginning of your bootcamp journey can be an exciting–but scary–position to be in. There’s so much to learn, so many paths to take, and so many bootcamps to consider. There are hundreds of bootcamps in the world right now, and we’re all making you the same promise: Do our program, and we’ll change your life. It’s a big promise on our part, and a big investment on yours. So how do you decide which is the best one for you?

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June 23, 2022

Interview: Rithm Grads at Google

We love staying in touch with our grads throughout their careers. This week, we caught up with Harry Teplow (Rithm’s 16th cohort, aka r16) and Lucas Pagac (r19), who recently landed jobs with Google. They shared with us their journey from bootcamp grad to new engineer to Google engineer, and the things they found helpful along the way.

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May 27, 2022

Three Rithm Students Accepted to the 2022 Pinterest Engineering Internship

With over 1000 applicants this year, the Pinterest Apprenticeship Program is a highly competitive opportunity for software engineers from non-traditional backgrounds (like bootcamp grads) to experience engineering at Pinterest. Apprenticeships are up to one year long with the opportunity to be considered for conversion to a full-time engineer. We’re thrilled to announce that of the 23 people accepted as Pinterns this year, 3 are Rithm grads! We took a few minutes to chat with Vanessa Cheng, Kimberly Lin, and Jenny Liu (all from Rithm’s 23rd cohort) about their experience applying for the role and what their time at Pinterest has been like so far.

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May 13, 2022

The Top 5 Questions People Ask About Rithm School

Taking the dive into a coding bootcamp is a big commitment, and it’s important that you have all the information available to you before you decide whether it’s right for you. At Rithm School, we take the time to talk to each individual prospective student so that you can put a human face to our team and learn about the people who you’ll be working with. That process begins with admissions calls, where you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions about our program that you might have. While every call is different, there are common questions that you may have when beginning your bootcamp search.

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March 21, 2022

Announcing Rithm's 2022 Scholarship Fund

One of Rithm's missions is to help make the tech world a more representative place. We believe that greater diversity in the backgrounds of programmers leads to stronger organizations, more creative thinking, and has the power to change the world for the better.  

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December 08, 2021

October 2021 Women's Scholarship Fund

We have seen the value in providing scholarships to highly motivated web development students over the course of our tenure. The first official scholarship we offered was in late 2016, where we awarded 50% of tuition costs to mission-driven individuals with a positive impact on their community. Since then we have offered many partial scholarships based on merit and need.

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August 18, 2021

R19: 100% Outcomes Within 4 Months Of Graduating

Everything we do at Rithm School aims to take our independent and thoughtful students and turn them into confident and creative full-stack developers. For over four years, we have prepared and watched our graduates gain employment in the software engineering industry. In 2020, while facing the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, our students continued to put in hard work and secure their dream jobs. Our 19th cohort not only continued our outcomes streak, but blew it out of the water with 100% of job seekers securing full-time employment within 4 months of graduating.

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July 13, 2021

Student Interview: R20 On Remote Company Projects

At Rithm, we believe that one of the best ways to prepare students for jobs as web developers is by giving them opportunities to work on real-world projects. Working on personal projects can be fun, but working in a team or on an existing code base gives students insights into the day-to-day challenges of a developer that they might not otherwise learn. One of the company projects our 20th cohort is completing is a web application that streamlines the process of workers making wage dispute claims against their employers. We asked two of our students, Julia and Kathrin, to share their experience working together with us:

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May 25, 2021

Good Ideas for Better Variable Names

A large part of professional programming is communicating clearly with other developers: almost no serious software projects are written by a single author, and it's common for dozens of programmers to be able to understand your code.

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May 04, 2021

TypeScript: How To Get Started

TypeScript is a language extention to JavaScript that is so hot right now. Looking at the 2020 developer survey from stack overflow, you can see that TypeScript continues to gain ground in both popularity and love for the language. If you're new to the JavaScript world and still trying to get a handle on the basics, then you may be wondering what TypeScript is useful for and when you should learn it? We'll try to explore what TypeScript is in this blog post and discuss when is a good time to start incorporating it into what you are learning.

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April 21, 2021

3 Patterns for Refactoring Your Code

When I review code written by people who are relatively new to programming, I find myself often repeating the same advice. There are many patterns we adopt as we learn to code that we have to unlearn or modify once we become more comfortable with the fundamentals. In this post, I'd like to highlight three common patterns I see, and how you can refactor them to write code that is more readable, and often more concise.

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April 12, 2021

From A Rithm Instructor: Technical Job Search Blockers

In order to get your first position as a software engineer, you have to have a certain level of technical ability. However, sometimes it is the non-technical things that can get in the way of breaking into the industry. 

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March 12, 2021

Coming Up in Python: `match`

The next version of Python, 3.10, is in late alpha and is expected to be released in the middle of 2021. It has a number of small changes to the language, but also one later new piece of syntax, the `match` keyword.

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March 03, 2021

2021 Rithm School Scholarships

Here at Rithm School, we have seen value in providing scholarships to highly motivated web development students. The practice of offering scholarships is not only a way to support learners working with tight budgets, but also a method of engaging and motivating nontraditional students of all backgrounds and experience levels who are interested in breaking into tech. We currently have 3 separate partial scholarships we are offering for our 2021 full-time courses.

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February 24, 2021

6 Tips To Push Through The Discomfort Of The Job Search

There comes a point in the job search, when the initial optimism and enthusiasm has worn off and the job search starts to feel like an eternal grind. You have put a lot of work in, but haven’t experienced any of the benefits. You are very aware of how much effort and discomfort you have gone through, and it can feel like you have nothing to show for it. It’s tempting to stop pushing yourself and return to comfort. Here are six ways to keep pushing through the discomfort until you land a new job:

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February 17, 2021

Our Updated Interview Process

At Rithm, our goal is to make our admissions process fair, personalized, and informative, and over the past couple of years, we've seen that candidates have highly enjoyed our admissions process and interviews. At the same time, we've seen that our application process is longer than most, as it requires students to complete a large set of practice problems before interviewing. While this has been a helpful way for candidates to practice problem-solving, it has not always led to the most seamless interview process. In order to make it easier to interview at Rithm School, we're making a slight modification to our interview process.

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January 25, 2021

Using The JavaScript Ternary Operator Effectively

The JavaScript ternary operator is a useful tool that you'll encounter in code quite often. Ternary operators can make statements more concise and easy to reason about. If the syntax is new to you, the operator may seem a little confusing. Let's talk about the ternary operator and discuss some rules of thumb for how to use it.

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November 09, 2020

Seven Tips For Dealing With Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome is a phenomenon where people doubt their skills, talents, and/or accomplishments. They have a constant fear of being exposed as a fraud, and think things like, “eventually everyone will find out that I really have no idea what I’m doing.” Even after one gets a job this can still occur, they would attribute getting a job to pure luck.

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October 20, 2020

Alumni Spotlight: Genna Mergola

I am currently located in San Francisco, CA originally from New Jersey. I love being active, I was previously a professional modern dancer and yoga instructor. I still love to do yoga and plan to eventually teach again once possible.

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October 13, 2020

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