In this episode, Staacy and I held a Zoom Q & A. I was happily surprised by the wide-range of topics that we got to dive into. Questions ranged from knowing if you’re on track for Capstone, when and how to get a job, how your age affects a career in tech, how to know if Launch School is for you, and how the Deferred Payment Program works.

Whether you’re new to Launch School, been here for awhile, or trying to figure out if you should try it, I shared a lot about why we do what we do and…

A few weeks ago, the Fall 2020 Capstone cohort finished their career search. Like all our previous Capstone cohorts, this one was a resounding success.

Salaries for Fall 2020 Capstone Cohort
Salaries for Fall 2020 Capstone Cohort
Salaries for Fall 2020 Capstone Cohort

But success in 2020 wasn’t always assured. As we all know, last year was one heck of a year. With so much uncertainty in the world, I advised Capstone students to be prepared for anything. We’ve always had industry leading salary numbers at Launch School, but for 2020, I wasn’t sure how it was going to play out.

Well, here we are in 2021, and I’m happy to say Capstone results improved worldwide, and we…

The pitfalls of transitioning to a career as a Software Engineer, and how to avoid them

Since founding Launch School I’ve spoken with hundreds (thousands?) of people wanting to transition to a career in software-engineering. During many of these conversations I’ve encountered a particular myth; one that seems to be fairly widely believed.

The fallacy of the idealized journey

I call this myth ‘the fallacy of the idealized journey’, and it goes something like this: if you can transition from a non-tech job to an entry-level tech job, getting from there to a high-end tech job is easy.

In the context of the above image, people believe that getting from Step 1 to Step 2 is the hard part, and moving from…

In this episode, I caught up with Liz, Jesse, and Katarina to chat about another peer-led community group at Launch School called “The Social Network”. We previously chatted with The SPOT community leads here on the podcast, but The Social Network differs in that its mission is geared towards social events and having fun.

Last month, The Social Network put on an amazing Conference on Study Habits. I have never heard of a conference on studying before, even though studiousness is the primary attribute for success in any learning endeavor. And that is certainly true for us at Launch School…

This has been a weird year, to say the least. I’m happy it’s finally over, but also proud of the work we accomplished this year. While looking over my notes for the year, there was just too much to mention everything. I decided to focus on just a few areas for this recap.

I didn’t mention all the wonderful student articles, Tech Talks, Capstone presentations, and a myriad of other activities that occurred. For those, check out the Events and Videos sections after logging into

Ok, here’s what I wanted to highlight for 2020 in review.


We launched several…

Like many things this year, RubyConf was a little bit different than usual. The event still ran virtually as a series of online talks hangouts, and workshops, including a presentation by one of our own Capstone alums, Sunny. We sponsored tickets for a couple of dozen current Launch School students to attend. Here are some of their take-aways from the event (extracted from our Slack chatroom).

Chris: For those who attended RubyConf, I hope you all enjoyed it! Any major reflections or talks that you enjoyed?

Sunny: My favorites were Mach 2.0 at Scale, The Bug that Forced Me to…

If Launch School is my last job, I’d be happy to never put another entry on my resume ever again. I’ve never had a job that I enjoyed this much.

I was thinking of why I felt this way. There’s the impact we effect: life changing results, industry leading salaries, showing the world a more transparent and student-centric education model. I get that those results are worth the grind and may require all the grit I have to reach those ends.

But for the most part, that grind and grit hasn’t been part of my daily experience. Instead, the past…

Welcome to another episode of the Launch School podcast. This is a slightly different episode in that it’s a recording of a webinar we did a few weeks ago about our Deferred Payment Program. Now why would we include a webinar in the podcast? Well, the reason is because this webinar is actually a panel of Launch School students and the conversation is mostly about their journey through Launch School, so I thought it’d be suitable for the podcast.

The student panel includes:

  • Derick Gross, Capstone alum, Software Engineer at Ridgeline
  • Catherine Emond, Capstone alum, Software Engineer at Shopify
  • Graham Robertson, current Core and DPP participant

You can listen from your favorite podcast app by searching for “Launch School”, or listen directly from your browser.

Studious Learners

Three years ago, we changed our motto from Serious Beginners to Studious Beginners to better reflect the type of students learning with us at Launch School.

Today, we’re making one more tweak: changing Beginners to Learners. Similar to the change made three years ago, this is not a reflection of changing priorities. It’s a result of better understanding our students.

It turns out that beginners aren’t the only ones coming to learn with us at Launch School. While we do have many students who have never programmed before, we also have a significant percent of students who have been programming…

In this episode, I caught up with Leena, Rodney, and Christian who started a peer-based study group within the Launch School community called SPOT, which stands for Study, Practice, Overlearn, and Teach. This is, arguably, one of the most important topics for us as a mastery-based learning program.

I’ve been observing this group for a few months and have been blown away by their organization, professionalism, quality of the study sessions, quality of the session leads, and in general the culture of giving back they’ve established.

Everyone is at Launch School because they are ambitious and they want to become…

Chris Lee

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