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Can you learn to code in one week? — August 11, 2013

Can you learn to code in one week?

Rik and Kumar

“Without numerical fluency, in the part of life most of us inhibit, you are like a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest.”

~Charlie Munger, Berkshire Hathaway

This was true and always will be, but what is becoming increasingly important is the ability to code. It’s something I’ve always wanted to learn to code so that I can execute some of the crazy ideas in my head instead of relying on someone else. Thankfully The Fetch gave me the opportunity to attend an intensive week long front end web development course with the equally lovely people at Steer, to learn some of the skills to pay the bills.

My bags packed and an early night sleep I was raring to go on Monday morning. Which happened to be the day after Andy Murray effectively earned himself a knighthood and the start of London’s heatwave, so thank God, Steer’s Farringdon office had air conditioning. We were greeted by the our teachers for the week Rik and Callum, the cat loving Jedi knight and his young ex-rock star Padawan, and then introduced to the rest of the class, an eclectic bunch, mainly consisting of designers but there were also people in private equity, publishing, teaching, those ad types.

The course was excellently put together, we started off with a simple one page CV site, just to get the basics of HTML then moved to a great little photo blog to learn about floats and layout. After which we moved to TeaTime, on which we learnt responsive design for mobiles and tablets. By the end of the week we got to jQuery, that’s when things started to get a little more difficult, but especially rewarding, as we built some really cool expensive looking websites.

Rik is clearly supremely skilled developer, his Jedi skills on demonstration at lunch one day when he was showing us some websites and then decided to copy one which he duly knocked out in approximately seven minutes straight from scratch.

The sequence of sites we built gave us the skills to build real websites and not just learn the syntax of HTML and JavaScript, so all very practical knowledge. They’ve almost nailed the pace, we get a lot packed in whilst still having the support of the teachers so that no one gets left behind. Oh and they have excellent food and drinks to keep us nourished throughout – I love hummus bros now.

Since the course I’ve manage to land a commission to build a site for a little pharma company in India,  so it’s already paying dividends (Rik you’ll see me at your free Thursday drop in help sessions a lot!) and hopefully once I get a bit more experience I’ll be enrolling onto the back end course.

Thanks all of you guys for the opportunity, I’ll won’t forget you guys when I’m sitting in my ivory tower after selling my company for 100 gazillion pounds.

So  yes, it does look like you can learn to code in one week. For a listing of other great offline workshops and future Steer sessions, check out The Fetch in your city. Keep a look out for future scholarships so we can send you along.

About our contributor // Kumar Kolar was the recipient of a Steer scholarship after he submitted a brilliant application for our competition in London. He also visited India recently and blessed a Fetch-coloured tennis ball to bring us prosperity – what more could we ask for! Pic here. Views are his own and not led by Steer!

Image credit: Kumar and Rik during a code session

15 places to find a startup job in London — July 20, 2013

15 places to find a startup job in London


Breaking into the London startup scene and getting your first job can be hard – especially if you are moving from a corporate role or you’re a recent university graduate.

Although, there are no shortage of networking events happening around Silicon Roundabout, we wanted to put together a comprehensive list of job boards specifically listing startup tech roles.

For the larger tech companies, Linkedin is a great resource – especially for getting those important introductions – however the sites below are also a great place to start.

So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are my Top 15 Startup Job Boards for London roles:

1. Google Campus London is a great place to start looking for fresh startup roles and tech and dev jobs.

2. 3beards Jobs Board is the one stop shop for all tech related jobs going in Tech City at the moment.

3. Work in Startups lists startup roles including technical, marketing, intern and co-founder listings.

4. EscTheCity is a website for those who want to escape the corporate rat race and explore all types of opportunities such as working for a startup, volunteer work and anything else in between.

5. Tech City Jobs is powered by TechHub and JobsPage. Regular listings for dev & tech jobs around Silicon Roundabout.

6. Built in London comes from the team at Steer, who have put together all jobs available at startups based in London.

7. Mind The Product includes exclusive listings for product management roles.

8. Hacker Jobs UK lists only technical and development roles.

9. Upstart Jobs posts all types of startup roles from developers, marketing and sales vacancies.

10. UK Startup Jobs has a variety of listings from technical roles, to sales and biz dev to marketing roles.

11. JobPage is a crowd sourced job network and feature listings for all types of roles from sales assistants, to managers and account executives at an agency. But since they are startup themselves check back here for any related tech and startup roles.

12. Mars Jobs was born in Berlin, but has recently started to list startup jobs based in London.

13. Online Community Manager Jobs is the place to look for social media and community management roles.

14. Chinwag Jobs Board is a great resource for all digital, social media, web design, ecommerce, UX and technical roles.

15. Gorkana lists online journalism, social media and editorial and PR jobs.

16. Somewhere Hq London added by @Josef 

17. F6s Jobs added by @ParallelBrains

18. Careers 2.0 UK added by @ParallelBrains

19. Dreakstake added by @carlosdajackal

20. Foundee added by @carlosdajackal

21. Enternships added by @NatashaHodgson @isoworg

Which sites do you use to look for startup jobs? Please add your suggestions in the comments section below or tweet us @thefetchLDN and we’ll add to it.

And don’t forget to sign-up to The Fetch to get the above curated into one weekly email digest.

About our contributor // Chloe Nicholls is the editor and chief content strategist at PublicBeta, video producer at and the curator of The Fetch London.

Image Credit: Helena Carrington

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