Since 2014, Eleven Fifty Academy has graduated over 1,100 developers into the tech market. By expanding to include an online option, Eleven Fifty Academy is now helping students across the country make a career change into tech. Abi Tambasco, Vice President of Career Services and Employer Strategy at Eleven Fifty Academy, explains how her team has created a virtual pipeline of robust career support for students and graduates. With an employer partner network of 250+ organizations and companies, Abi breaks down the types of tech roles graduates land after Eleven Fifty Academy and what sets Eleven Fifty bootcamp graduates apart in the hiring pool.
We know that, unlike other industries, tech can be challenging to integrate into, so Eleven Fifty Academy aims to build a bench of career support offered to both students and graduates. Students begin interacting with our career services team early in the bootcamp. We provide students with career support during the first month of the 12-week bootcamp. We also provide graduates the same career services they received when they were a student!
Eleven Fifty Academy career support generally includes:
We know that students can feel like they are hanging off a cliff during the job search, so we work with students to ensure that they can transition into their new tech roles and the tech industry.
Did career services at Eleven Fifty Academy pivot in response to the COVID-19 pandemic?
Due to the pandemic, we moved everything to a virtual platform. For example, our mock interviews are done online via breakout rooms, and feedback is sent virtually to students. We have also moved our lunch and learn sessions online. We also had to adapt how we prepare students for interviews, as they are being done primarily online now.
Being online has opened up Eleven Fifty bootcamps to more people, which significantly benefits students and us. We have seen about a 300% increase in enrollment since the start of the pandemic. Virtual formats have made key areas of our curriculum and career services more accessible. For career services, it is much easier to hop on a quick virtual meeting to help students with interview preparation or other needs. Previously, we were doing this in person, and we’ve been able to accommodate and help more students.
Additionally, students can enhance their learning through virtual resources and support. Our Learning Gym provides a virtual Tech Tutor to students who need help. Likewise, we have facilitated more virtual meet-ups between students, graduates, and employment partners.
Eleven Fifty Academy graduates typically land jobs as:
Student Success Story: One of our students was an immigrant who began his career as a dishwasher. He eventually moved up to a management position at the restaurant. He decided to enroll at Eleven Fifty Academy and now works at Infosys.
What is the median salary for Eleven Fifty graduates?
The median salary of an Eleven Fifty graduate is $55,000. We do see graduates earn upwards of $90,000, depending on role, experience, and geographic location.
Student Success Story: We had a student who was aiming to reinvent himself and decided to attend an Eleven Fifty bootcamp. He did not have a tech or coding background before enrolling. After graduating, he landed his first job in tech at $50,000, and eight months later, he’s making $120,000 now.
How much time does an Eleven Fifty student spend job hunting after graduation?
Ideally, we aim to have students placed in jobs within three months of graduating. The most successful graduates engage with career services and actively dedicate time to their job search, including networking, interview preparation, and refining their personal brand.
Has the pandemic affected hiring for Eleven Fifty graduates?
We haven’t seen a considerable impact yet; our students are still being placed. We have had 230 external job placements so far this year!
Does Eleven Fifty Academy place students with employer partners?
Eleven Fifty has over 250 employer partners, located within and outside Indianapolis. Our career services team helps with “matchmaking” graduates to jobs and employers that match their career interests and values. We have been able to place many of our graduates with these organizations.
Student Success Story: We had a student who was a native of Indianapolis but, at the time, was a country music artist in Nashville, TN. He came to Eleven Fifty looking to change careers. He went through 20 interviews, and I connected him to an employer partner. He now has over 12 Salesforce certifications.
Top tech employers typically look for graduates who are:
How do Eleven Fifty Academy graduates stand out to employers during the job search?
Our graduates are known to transition well into their positions. One reason is the breadth of career support we provide students and grads in transitioning into tech. Additionally, our students are immersed in the curriculum for 12 weeks and typically hit the ground running once they begin their positions, which employers appreciate.
For those on the job hunt, how do you assess if a company or job is the right fit?
We encourage students to do their research when assessing companies and positions. To get a better sense of the company or role:
How can bootcamp grads incorporate previous experiences in their resume and LinkedIn?
We work with graduates and look through their previous professional history for skills that may transfer well to the tech industry. If a student has a prior background in Human Resources, we will reach out and see if they’re interested in working for a tech HR company. Often, students can gain an edge over other candidates if they have area expertise in addition to a technical background. We also help students include transferable skills on their resumes and LinkedIn.
Jess is the Content Manager for Course Report as well as a writer and poet. As a lifelong learner, Jess is passionate about education, and loves learning and sharing content about tech bootcamps. Jess received a M.F.A. in Writing from the University of New Hampshire, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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