Congratulations! Going to college and earning a Computer Science degree is a huge accomplishment and should be celebrated!
But after walking across the stage and throwing graduation parties, what happens next? No one tells you about the struggle of trying to break into the industry as an entry-level software engineer with little to no experience. Even though the market is saturated with great software developers, there are over a million roles open and available.
So, what’s the disconnect? “I need a job and employers have empty roles to fill.”
Well, shockingly there’s a disconnect on both sides. Employers have a hard time finding that “unicorn” candidate, and new graduates find it difficult to market themselves. Whether it’s due to poor interviewing skills, underselling resumes, or the absence of specific programming skills, entry-level software developers struggle to find that first opportunity. Often, it takes more than 6 months for Computer Science graduates to find a job in their field, if at all.
But don’t worry! These things can be overcome, and GenSpark can help! At GenSpark our daily mission is to close the talent gap by upskilling a diverse candidate pool to recast our clients’ workforce. How do we do it? Glad you asked! GenSpark brings in talent and we pay for them to train for 6-12 weeks. Afterwards, our GenSparkers begin working with our network of fortune 500 clients. It’s as simple as that.
Continue reading below on how GenSpark can help spark your career after you’ve completed your Computer Science Degree.
Tailor Made Training!
GenSpark was founded when our CEO, Namita Tirath, met a waiter with a computer science degree who couldn’t find a job as a programmer. In that moment she decided to give individuals the access they need to proper career connections. And that begins with proper training. At GenSpark, we offer training in over 20+ skillsets including Java Full Stack, .NET, Guidewire, Cybersecurity, AWS, Data Analytics, and more! Training begins once individuals are fully accepted into the program and can last anywhere from 6-to-12 weeks.
“But I have a Computer Science degree, why do I need more training?”
The training provided at GenSpark builds upon the foundation that you gained while completing your CS degree. We have job-specific training in skills that employers are looking for. Because our trainings are much shorter than 4-year college degrees, we can adapt to market demands much more quickly and provide you the exact skills that employers are looking for.
Our curriculums are custom-made with our clients’ needs in mind. Therefore, our GenSparkers don’t run the risk of being underprepared or underqualified for their future employment opportunities. And unlike most colleges and coding bootcamps, GenSpark pays you a weekly stipend to train.
Our GenSparkers leave GenSpark with 2-3 years’ worth of IT knowledge and professional practice. Allowing those individuals to be fully prepared to enter the IT workforce. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved and will be the cherry on top to go along with a computer science degree.
But don’t take our word for it. Meet Juan Trejo — Java Developer & GenSpark Alumni! After graduating from university with a degree in computer science, Juan found he wasn’t fully prepared for the job market. He needed connections and experience to move forward. GenSpark filled that need.
Juan says, “I didn’t have much industry experience under my belt, so I was mainly applying to entry-level positions. I wasn’t having any luck.
After a few months of job searching on my own, I found GenSpark. I saw the opportunity to start my career in the industry that I wanted to be in so I joined. During my training, I interviewed with a GenSpark client and they offered me a position to get started! After completing GenSpark’s training, I was confident and knew that I was well prepared for the job.
I would recommend joining GenSpark to get your technology career started. It’s a great way to gain more industry experience, no matter what your current level of experience is. It’s also a great way to meet new people, learn new technologies, and prepare for interviews with clients. It works!”
Landing a job is about more than having a great skillset. Employers are looking for a good combination of both technical skills as well as professionals who know how to properly present themselves. In the long run, professional skills show employers you’re capable of performing the required job responsibilities as well as being able to fully function within a professional work environment.
At GenSpark, we want our GenSparkers to be solid candidates across the board. That’s why in addition to technical training we also offer soft skill training, resume assistance, and interview prep. Colleges and universities can teach technical skills, however many schools fall short on teaching the little things like how to prepare a resume, corporate work attire vs casual work attire, or how to conduct a proper interview, etc.
And believe it or not, those little details can be the deciding factor between you getting hired over another candidate.
At GenSpark, we’re not solely focused on building the perfect programmer. We’re focused on building solid IT professionals. We prepare individuals for real professional settings during and after GenSpark.
Building Avenues of Job Connections
Having technical training, resume assistance and interview preparation is good but what about the job connections? Thankfully GenSpark has done the hard work already! We’ve built relationships with a network of Fortune 500 clients looking for IT talent.
Employers come to GenSpark with specific roles they need filled, and we make sure our GenSparkers are ready to take that leap when its time. But how does it work exactly?
Good question. Towards the end of your training, GenSpark sets up interviews with clients on your behalf. Our clients are familiar with the GenSpark model and have complete faith in our ability to find and train top-performing talent. In the interview, you will leverage the technical and soft skills that GenSpark trained you in. And once you nail the interview, you’ll begin working with that client and thus you’ve broken into the industry with the help of GenSpark!
Most universities have employers knocking on their door, but GenSpark goes the extra mile by deeply understanding client needs and setting you up for success.
Getting that first opportunity is often the hardest.
At GenSpark we don’t just train you, we ensure that everyone that comes through our program has the opportunity and skills they need to be successful in their future IT careers. So, no matter your background, if you’re someone looking to break into the IT industry or sharpen your skills in addition to your Computer Science degree, let GenSpark help you.
Apply now and spark your future!