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Why We’re Launching a Master’s Program

Sep 15, 2023 9:04:01 AM / by Jennifer Robertson

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Here at Qwasar, we just launched a Master’s of Science in Computer Science program in partnership with Woolf. Our programs have always trained top-level, quality talent, as evidenced by our consistently better outcomes compared to other non-degree programs, so in many ways this was a natural progression for us.

We see our certificate programs, Master’s program, and apprenticeship programs as keys to unlocking new opportunities for learners and significant opportunities for companies to recruit quality talent trained for the modern software industry.

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Technical Interview Prep and Its Effects on Hiring

Aug 22, 2023 9:04:21 AM / by Caitlin Carlton

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Technical interviews are specialized forms of interviews that focus on assessing a candidate’s skills and knowledge in a specific technical field, such as software development, engineering, or data science. These interviews often include solving problems, answering technical questions, and demonstrating practical skills pertinent to the job role.

Technical interviews have long been an industry norm for software engineering or similar technical positions, and they aim to help in identifying candidates who not only have the required theoretical knowledge but are also capable of applying technical knowledge to solve real-world problems and build software or technical solutions.

By delving into the world of technical interviews and comprehensively exploring various preparation methods, this article aims to analyze how effective preparation can impact hiring rates. Whether you’re an aspiring software engineer, a human resources professional, or an intrigued reader, this article offers insights into the role that technical interview preparation plays in shaping careers and the technology sector at large.

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The Rapid Ascent of Software Development: Unpacking One of the Fastest-Growing Professions

Aug 16, 2023 6:43:46 AM / by Caitlin Carlton

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In a digital era, software development stands as a key profession in shaping our interconnected world. This field, rooted in creativity and innovation, is the driving force behind applications, platforms, and technologies we use daily. The soaring demand for skilled software developers across various industries attests to the profession's rapid growth. This blog post will explore the evolution, current state, prospects, perks, and challenges of software development, providing a comprehensive guide to one of today's fastest-growing professions.

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Adopting a Growth Mindset: Being a Software Engineer Means You're Okay with Failure

Aug 9, 2023 7:24:24 AM / by Caitlin Carlton

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In the ever-evolving field of software engineering, embracing a growth mindset is essential for success. While titles and technical expertise are important, true achievements stem from failures, setbacks, and learning experiences. A growth mindset encourages resilience, creativity, and continuous development of skills, empowering engineers to view setbacks as stepping stones to progress and to contribute meaningfully to the ever-changing technological landscape. Understanding the value of failure and competency becomes crucial within the context of software engineering.

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Why is Rust Growing and Why Do Companies Like Rust?

Aug 2, 2023 6:44:47 AM / by Caitlin Carlton

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Rust is a programming language that first appeared in 2010, and in the years since, it has carved out a unique space in the programming world. Rust was designed to be a systems programming language that combines the performance of C and C++ with memory safety and ease of use.

Particularly noteworthy is how quickly Rust has gained popularity among developers. Since 2016, it has consistently ranked as the "most loved" programming language in the Stack Overflow Developer Survey. But Rust’s popularity isn’t just a fleeting trend - it’s based on some rock-solid attributes such as performance, safety features, and a lively and devoted community. Its modern syntax and focus on developer productivity have appealed to those working in systems-level development.

In this article, we will dive into the reasons behind the meteoric rise of Rust and why it’s garnering so much attention from companies big and small. We will explore the features that set Rust apart and examine the various applications it's ideally suited for. We will see how and why different companies have turned to Rust for their critical systems through real-world examples and case studies. In addition to all of its strengths, we’ll also look at the challenges faced by Rust and ponder what the future might hold for this remarkable language.

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What Languages Do Full-Stack Developers Use?

Jul 5, 2023 7:39:56 AM / by Caitlin Carlton

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Full stack development has gained significant prominence in software engineering, as it allows developers to work on both the front-end and back-end aspects of a web application. A full-stack developer is someone who possesses the skills and knowledge to handle all layers of the application stack, from the user interface to the database and everything in between. This comprehensive understanding enables them to build dynamic and interactive web applications that meet the demands of modern users.

When it comes to full-stack development, one of the critical considerations is the choice of programming languages. Different languages serve different purposes and have varying levels of popularity and community support. Understanding the languages commonly used by full-stack developers is crucial for aspiring developers, employers seeking to build efficient development teams, and even experienced professionals looking to expand their skill set.

Please keep in mind that the following discussion focuses on programming languages commonly used in full-stack development for web applications. It does not include languages and frameworks specifically designed for mobile app development.

Whether you are just starting your journey as a full-stack developer or interested in understanding the landscape of programming languages in this domain, this article will provide you with valuable insights. So, let's dive in and explore the diverse world of languages used by full-stack developers!

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New Financing Option Available for Learners at Qwasar Silicon Valley

Jun 22, 2023 1:10:09 PM / by Kristen Capuzzo

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Learners looking to enroll in programs at Qwasar Silicon Valley who need tuition or financial assistance will now have access to an innovative new financing option to pay for their courses, thanks to our partnership with the Meritize platform.

The new financing option will help trainees finance their careers in Software Engineering, Full Stack Development, Data Science, AI/Machine Learning, and DevOps/Cloud Engineering. The rate at which software development jobs are expected to grow over the next decade is 22%(BLS)

The financing option will enable learners to enroll for $0 upfront, delaying tuition payments until 3 months after graduation from either our part-time or full-time options. Payments may also be made during your studies if you choose.

Unlike traditional lenders that rely solely on FICO scores, and other financial records to determine whether to lend to an individual, the Meritize platform considers the full depth of an individual’s academic or military achievements to enhance credit evaluation and potentially improve loan options. 

Because the new financing option considers previous academic or military experiences, merit-based financing may provide a significant source of financial and credit assistance for students who are self-financing their Silicon Valley standard certificate.

Fill out a contact form for more information about this financing option.

*Qwasar Silicon Valley does not endorse a particular lender, nor is it affiliated with Meritize Financial, Inc. ("Meritize") or the Meritize Platform.

Meritize Lending, LLC, NMLS ID 1661035 (NMLS Consumer Access https://www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org/)
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Terms and Conditions apply. Meritize branded loan products are educational loans issued by Meritize Lending, LLC**. Meritize reserves the right to modify or discontinue products and benefits at any time without notice. To qualify, a borrower must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or hold an Employment Authorization Document and meet Meritize’s underwriting requirements. If approved for a loan the actual loan amount, term, payment, and APR amount of loan that a customer qualifies for may vary based on credit determination, state law and other factors. Meritize does not warrant or guarantee any claims made herein, including, but not limited to, gaining admission to a program, concerning the quality or financial strength of any educational institution, securing funding or obtaining employment. Our final loan offer may differ as a result of the school chosen and the associated cost of tuition. Not all schools are eligible for funding. Meritize does not offer educational loans in the following states: IN, ME, NV, SD, VT, WI, PR. All rights reserved.
**For residents of SC, loan is made by Meritize Financial, Inc.
*Variable rates are subject to change.

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4 Step Guide on How to Transition from Healthcare to Tech

Jun 13, 2023 9:05:12 AM / by Kristen Capuzzo

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Returning to the Tech Workforce for Mothers

Jun 6, 2023 9:53:35 AM / by Kristen Capuzzo

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Every year, thousands of mothers put their jobs and careers on pause to have children or look after their family, often for an extended period of time. Every year, there’s also thousands of mothers who return to the workforce, arguably with more to offer than when they left.

As more companies start returnship programs, we look at how mothers can benefit from updating their skills, how to talk about their career breaks, and why mothers can have an advantage over other candidates for engineering positions.

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Only Running Internships for Early Tech Talent? Here’s 8 Things You Need to Know

May 31, 2023 7:03:15 AM / by Caitlin Carlton

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In today's competitive job market, companies are constantly looking for new ways to find and develop tech talent. Many turn to internships as a way to identify promising candidates, providing them with work experience for a short period then hopefully recruiting them after they finish their degree.

While internships can be an effective tool for technical talent recruitment, relying solely on them limits a company's talent pool, is concerning from a diversity and equity point of view, maintains high recruitment costs, and puts a company at greater risk for high turnover. This is particularly true for companies that only offer internships.

On the other hand, software or tech apprenticeships offer a more comprehensive approach to talent development and can help companies find and develop talent from a broader range of backgrounds.

Many people in engineering leadership or HR haven't been exposed to key data points about technical talent training to truly understand the implications of only running internships. Below, we share key insights related to internships and highlight some of the benefits of implementing apprenticeship programs to improve a company's talent pool, ROI, and turnover.

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