Have you tried independently learning how to code but need some formal training? Do you want a better career but lack qualifications? Do you think about going back to school, but worry about the time and cost, or whether you'll learn anything that actually helps you advance? Are you being overlooked because you don't have a Bachelor's degree?
Merit America provides a pathway to skilled technology careers with tracks that are fast, flexible, and focused on what employers need most. While working with Merit America, you will gain in-demand programming skills while preparing to connect with employers and advance your career. We are currently recruiting hardworking individuals to apply for our next cohort in DFW launching in August/September 2020.
We encourage you to read this overview in its entirety and to learn more at meritamerica.org before applying. Commit to learning and Merit America will help you take your career to the next level.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
This program is designed to get you ready for an entry-level Junior Java Developer role with opportunities for ongoing career advancement. The time commitment is 25+ hours per week for 21 weeks. This includes 20 hours per week of online skill development (on your own schedule), and 3-5 hours per week of in-person meet-ups with your coach and a small group of peers (weeknight, weekday, and weekend options available). Participation in coaching sessions that include both technical (Java and related concepts) and professional (resume and cover letter development, etc.) learning to make you competitive for entry-level developer roles.
You can learn more about the different components of the program at https://www.meritamerica.org/career-seekers.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Strong self-motivation and “grit”: You are ready to commit to building a better future for yourself and your loved ones through a tech career and you rarely give up when faced with challenges. Team player: You easily work with all types of people and you're the person teammates call on to help fix problems; you love a good challenge and communicate clearly. Excellent time management: You are great at balancing and meeting your personal and professional commitments, even when it seems like there’s not enough time in the day to get everything done. Passion for learning: You pride yourself on learning new things and taking control of your education through self-directed learning and ongoing professional development.
EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE:
Familiarity or prior experience with coding, any language, is strongly recommended but not required. Professional work experience with colleagues and/or managers who would strongly recommend working with you. High school diploma or GED, but no Bachelor’s degree or higher. While those with Associate’s degrees are welcome to apply, those with a Bachelor’s degree or higher, or who are currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree program, are not eligible. Fluent English speaker, reader, and writer. Authorized to work in the U.S. and able to pass a background and reference check. Live within ~40 miles of downtown Dallas, with access to public transportation and/or a car for any meet-ups in DFW. Savvy using modern technology with consistent internet access through your personal devices
WHAT THE INTERVIEW PROCESS WILL LOOK LIKE:
Phase 1: Online Assessment Phase 2: Video Interview Phase 3: Background Check Total Application Timeline: Depending on how quickly you complete each step in the process, you can receive a decision within a week!
One last thing: Diversity is integral to our success and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We believe that all workplaces should be truly inclusive of underrepresented individuals in terms of race, gender and/or socio-economic status, and any other characteristics protected by applicable law. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply.