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Code 400: Intermediate

Software Development

The job market globally is bright for software developers. Demand for coders is expected to grow 24 percent from into 2026, according to the United States of America's Bureau of Labor Statistics. To land a job in the field or develop your own tech enabled venture, you don't need a college degree—you need the ability to write excellent code or understand what it can do.

But making a career change, developing your own venture, building a network, perfecting a resume, and navigating the job search can be daunting, even for the most capable person.

We create software developers who are leaders in the market and understand how to build tech enabled ventures.

In tandem with our software development education, we train our students in effective career-building strategies and entrepreneurship so they can confidently start their job search or develop their own startup as soon as (or even before!) they graduate.

In Class: Career Coaching

From Code 201 through Code 401, students get over 40 hours of instruction and assignments to help them build their personal brand, network, and interpersonal skills while also being exposed to the principles and processes of successful entrepreneurship. This training helps them become strong team members in the companies they join, and sets them up to become strong leaders in the tech industry or strong startup founders.

Our Career Coaching curriculum has Ten pillars:

  • Professional etiquette

  • Professional pitch

  • Ideation & Design Thinking

  • Creating a network

  • Startup immersion

  • Business Pitch

  • Job search readiness

  • Targeted job search

  • Professional materials

  • Behavioral interview questions

Throughout the entire program, students study each pillar, with assignments ranging from perfecting their professional pitch, to mastering the startup process and interview processing with mock interviews, to creating a compelling resume.

The Qualifying Interview

Interviews can be intimidating, especially for career changers who aren't used to the tech industry's approach to assessing talent. To qualify for the Career Accelerator Program, get some extra interview practice, and ensure they're ready to start their job search, all Code 401 graduates complete a Qualifying Interview.

The Qualifying Interview mirrors a professional interview setting, and helps our graduates know how to exceed the expectations of potential employers. Just like in the career coaching sessions, we offer plenty of guidance and support to help participants feel fully prepared. Before their interview, we provide a guide for professional etiquette and competency that covers everything from submitting quality application material, to preparing for the interview, to properly closing the interview.

If they don't pass their interview on the first try, graduates are invited to reschedule their interview and try again. Regardless of whether they pass or fail, all participants receive feedback on where and how they can improve their interviewing skills. This service is made available on an ongoing basis, so that graduates can continue to hone their personal pitch and behavioral interview stories, and ensure they are fully prepared for the real-world interview process.

After Graduation: Career Accelerator

Through the Career Accelerator program, our students get the chance to meet and network with employers after they graduate from Code 401. 

The Career Accelerator has four pillars:

  • Prepare

  • Immerse

  • Connect

  • Apply

Prepare

To help students prepare for their job search, we offer mentor drop-in hours, professional portfolio reviews, and mock interviews with hiring companies.

Immerse

To give our students the opportunity to fully test out their aptitude and hone their skills for problem solving and value creation we immerse them in real life startups. Working alone with the founders, students apply their newly acquired abilities to help the ventures with product development and problem solving using tech. In the process they learn how a business works and how they can use their coding skills and knowledge to create value.

Connect

We provide opportunities for our graduates to connect with hiring companies through Partner Power Hours with guest speakers from tech companies in the area, software testing workshops where students practice debugging software and logging issues, and industry networking events hosted at the offices of our partner companies.

Apply

When graduates are ready to apply, they can create a profile on our Talent Portal, get job alerts for open positions and internships with partner organizations.