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Speed Dating at Flatiron — With a Twist

Flatiron School / 18 January 2016
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This post originally appeared on June 17, 2015.

“Alright, let’s meet your first partner!” a coordinator announces, and a Bruno Mars song begins to blast. Crowds of people shuffle around to black and silver draped tables and a boom of conversation instantly fills the room.

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This is the launch of Flatiron School’s speed dating event, though not the kind you might expect. Students and employers are both looking for love — of coding, that is. Laptops in hand, the students in this Ruby, Rails, and JavaScript class (and soon-to-be alumni) are on the hunt for their perfect match, and they’re in prime territory. Nearly 50 representatives from two dozen leading New York City tech companies have arrived, looking to find their next software engineers, computer scientists, and everything in between.

As the rounds continue for the next hour and a half, a long table laden with bagels and coffee remains virtually untouched. It’s clear that the employers are here to focus on their dates, and vice versa. This is just one of many ways in which Flatiron School makes strong connections with potential employers, and the results speak for themselves. With 99% of active job seekers finding employment in the field after graduation, this class has high hopes that they’ll find the kind of job — and salary — they’re looking for.

“We got a really good sampling of different kinds of places and different types of jobs that are out there,” said participant Stefania Sizurelli. Before the big date, students each had one-on-one meetings with a member of the placements team, mock cultural and technical interviews, and resume help as well. They also had a platform to showcase the projects they had been working on during the past 12 weeks.

“I think they (Flatiron School) did a great job helping us with our pitch and I feel like it got us closer to being ready,” said another participant, Hannah Westheimer. “This was a great way to prepare us.”

As adult classes’ 12-week intensive nears a close, events like these are what will give them a competitive edge as they are about to enter the tech workforce.

“The event was excellent,” said Manager of Student Development and Coaching Jackie Morgan. “[It’s a] different approach that felt very effective in facilitating conversations between soon-to-be grads and companies.”

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