Written by German Flores on 03:35 reading time

Last week a few in the Leapfrog team attended the Anyone Can Learn To Code (ACLTC) showcase at 1871 Chicago. Our goals in attending the showcase were to: share with these graduates who Leapfrog is, increase the pool of candidates for Leapfrog engineering job openings, and get an early chance to talk to people as they transition to their software engineering careers. The ACLTC showcase was from 11am-1pm, during which we had the opportunity to converse with almost all the graduates. The conversations started with the graduates individually sharing a demo of their project at their tables, our team asking questions, and us sharing who Leapfrog is and what we do.

Demos

Demos from graduates were generally succinct and well communicated. The demo format allowed the audience to understand the purpose of the project, its functionality, and, in some instances, features that the graduates were planning on adding. The best demos gave us an insight into the graduates’ development process: the development...

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Written by Kris Schultz on 10:10 reading time

I was inspired by a blog post I read the other day about a junior software engineer’s experience of being hired by a company, knowing she was junior, and being let go because she was “too junior”. In her blog post, Jenn identifies several issues a company should consider before hiring junior engineers. As a company that regularly hires junior engineers I thought it would be a good idea to share our experience.

Teaching Hospital

For all of my time at Leapfrog (going on seven years at this point) the technology department has been referred to as a teaching hospital. We hire junior engineers and give them the environment and tools they need to succeed as software engineers.

We view our junior engineers (test and software) as the latest batch of interns to our fine hospital under the tutelage of our other software engineers. We give the junior engineers the opportunity to apply what they have learned academically on the job and expose them to technologies, tools, and situations that they probably would...

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