CodeClan students presenting their projects to employers

Introducing Project Showcase

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Recently, CodeClan launched our Project Showcase, a unique opportunity for a panel of industry professionals to observe our recent software development graduates as they showcase their projects.

Practical development projects are a central part of our students’ learning. With a ‘learn-by-making’ ethos, all of our students complete one solo and two group projects during their 800 hours of training. Projects are built using curriculum technologies like Java, JavaScript and React as well as a number of additional languages like C# and Python that students frequently pursue outside the course. All projects are available for prospective employers to review on GitHub.

Pushing project code to GitHub not only familiarises our students with an industry-critical resource, it also provides what for many is the first opportunity in their careers to build a software development portfolio to showcase their coding abilities. As such it can be a key part of our match-making service between graduates and employers.

In the flesh

However, there’s nothing quite like standing up in front of a panel of seasoned, in-the-flesh experts and pitching your work, justifying your decisions and answering tricky, unpredictable questions about your code.

And that’s exactly what a few brave CodeClan graduates do. Our kick-off Project Showcase happened in front of panelists from Craneware, J.P. Morgan, Sumdog, Scottish Widows and Student Awards Agency Scotland.

The projects

The projects on show range from cryptocurrency trackers to an educational language web apps and learning dashboards. Graduates find the Project Showcase a great opportunity to get out of their comfort zone and relish the opportunity to meet employers and get more experience talking about their code. 

One previous attending employer said:

“We came along to see the end result and get a feel for the sort of candidates we are likely to encounter as well as get a better insight into the applied learning from the programme.

Getting to talk to the presenters after the session was very useful and allowed us to get an idea of their ambitions. We have already recommended this event to our colleagues.”

Get involved

We’re always looking for panelists for the next Project Showcase, so if you’re scouting for new digital talent and want to see what our graduates are capable of, get in touch with Graeme Jarvie, Industry Engagement Manager, to register your interest: graeme.jarvie@codeclan.com.

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