Omaha Code School

Why You Should Hire Our Students May 8, 2014 — By Sumeet Jain

With just over a week remaining in our 12-week intensive web development course, our students' thoughts are shifting to their job searches. They're preparing résumés, building portfolios, practicing interviews, and reviewing old lessons.

In the midst of this activity, I'm sharing a few reasons why my students are the best junior developers you're likely to meet.

1. They're capable.

Obviously, this has to be first and foremost. The students can build an application and work anywhere in the stack. They live in Git, document their code, write tests, and get things done. Check out some of their work.

2. They're bold.

These students took a great risk by joining our first class. Omaha Code School is untested in this market, and we don't have the connections or financial support that comes with venture capital. By being in our class, each student demonstrated a courage that speaks volumes about their potential worth on your team.

3. They're self-learners.

Our application process includes a lengthy study of programming basics and timed coding challenge. Our students were selected from over 90 applicants, because they had the patience and aptitude to teach themselves enough programming to pass the coding challenge.

Additionally, throughout this course, the students have had to teach themselves how to build features that I didn't explain directly. We gave them a foundation for learning, and they've already shown that they can build upon it themselves.

4. They're compassionate.

Specifically, our students are compassionate in two unique ways:

1) Part of our curriculum is an allies workshop, where our students learn about diversity and inclusion. They're made more aware of commonly overlooked behaviors that contribute to toxic cultures and workplaces. From 'Day 1', we've been committed to creating kind developers, and we're thoughtful about what that means and how to pursue it.

2) Our students are passionate about technology and building the Web, but they're not zealots. We've talked at length about how the tech ecosystem evolves and the importance of being adaptable and tolerant to new ideas and approaches.

5. They have rich backgrounds.

Each student came from a career before web development. Some have management experience, are artistic or musical, know the construction industry, are also sound engineers, etc. Their backgrounds make them uniquely well-rounded.

6. They're rapid learners.

Consider what these students have accomplished in 12 weeks. From knowing little to nothing of web development, they've blazed through the foundational skills required to build the Web.

When I think about how much more their sponge-brains will soak up in the first 6 months of their new jobs, I get chills. Any company that hires one of my students will gain a junior employee who will rapidly mature into an independent and compassionate senior developer.


We already have several employers signed up for our job fair, and we're likely to sign more in the coming days. If you're looking for good developers, you have a couple opportunities coming up to meet our students:

  1. Our graduation event is open to the public. Come by to celebrate with our students on Friday, May 16. (RSVP)
  2. Represent your company at our job fair on Thursday, May 22. Drop me a line at learn@omahacodeschool.com for more information.