Software Development

Why be a Full Stack Developer?

You may have heard the term “full stack developer” mentioned whenever someone is talking about a web or software developer. But what does it actually mean and are there any benefits to being one? Let’s take a closer look.

In the world of web and software development, you’ll typically find 3 different types of developers: front-end, back-end, and full stack. Here’s a quick breakdown of their responsibilities:

  • Front-end developers: When you log onto a website, all of the items on the screen are part of the front-end. Front-end developers write the code behind the interface a user sees and experiences. In other words, the code that they write dictates what a user ultimately sees in a program or on a website. A designer will typically design the look and feel for a site, but the front-end developer actually turns those designs into an interactive experience. These developers are not only fluent in the languages like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, but also a number of other frameworks such as Foundation, Angular JS, Ember JS, Backbone, and Bootstrap. They’re able to work with designers and other specialists to bring the website from mockup to working model.
  • Back-end developers: Behind the websites and apps you visit every day, a network of servers, databases, and applications work together to deliver the webpages and data that you see on your device. Back-end developers are responsible for building the structures of these components. They have a develop knowledge of coding languages like Python, .Net, Ruby, Java, and PHP in order to create the backbones of these programs. They also use database programs such as MySQL, SQL Server, and Oracle to manipulate the information and deliver it to the user.
  • Full Stack developers: Full-stack developers are a mix of the two. They have a great breadth of knowledge of both front-end and back-end development. These are “big picture” developers who are familiar with the server side as well as the front-end user experience. Full stack developers understand how every facet of the web and software development process takes place to advise and guide stakeholders on overall strategy and best practices.

The Full Stack Developer Salary

Whether you choose to specialize in front-end or back-end development — or position yourself as a well-rounded full stack developer — the job market has never looked better. The role of the software developer is recognized by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as one of the occupations that will have the most growth over the next ten years. In 2018, there were 1.3 million software developer jobs in the US with a projected growth of another 284,100 in the coming years. That is just over 20% growth! There’s also the financial side of the job with a median salary of $105,590 listed in 2018.

Advantages Full Stack Developers

Full stack developers are self-sufficient and well-rounded – in short, they can do it all! With their wide range of knowledge, they’re capable of handling an entire project from start to finish depending on its size.

Here are some advantages full stack developers bring to the table:

Knowledge of both front-end and back-end

A full stack developer is supposed to be a professional player both at front-end and backend. This allows him to easily switch between the two sides; the client and server and vice-versa.

Natural Project Leaders

Because of their wide range of knowledge, it’s easy to trust a full stack developer to lead a project. Their knowledge of the full process, both front-end and back-end, allows them to delegate and oversee a team of specialists.

Proves to be Cost-Effective

There is no doubt that hiring a full stack developer for a project is going to be cost-effective and you can certainly look forward to getting one if your budget is short.

Because of their knowledge of code and design, you don’t have to hire individual professional developers or designers separately.

Fast and Timely Delivery of the Project

Full stack developers often work as a team. This makes it rather easy to divide the work responsibility amongst each of the members and they can coordinate well to produce the optimal result. This also results in fast and timely delivery of the project.

Easy Maintenance and Updates

Since full stack developers are well accustomed with the latest updates and technologies, the process of maintaining and updating the final product gets simplified, which increases the chances of getting good and positive reviews from the potential customers.

Career Advice

COVID-19: Skills for the New Normal

The world’s attention is locked on a virus most people hadn’t heard of a month ago. A global pandemic has borders closed, streets empty, entire countries on lock down. Citizens everywhere are forced to stay indoors, and to self-quarantine indefinitely to avoid contamination. And that’s exactly why it’s time to train for the new normal.

The Old Normal

In January, 2020 nobody talked about COVID-19 unless it was a meme. People were focused on post-holiday recovery, starting new workout regimes, eating healthy, being more social. Basically, things were normal and it was just another new year. 

For many service members it was a time to think about their upcoming transition. A time to answer questions like:

  • “What job should I do when I get ETS?” 
  • “What industry should I work for?”
  • “What skills do I need to thrive?”

These questions helped plot a course of transition back into civilian life – life in the “new normal.” Unfortunately, that new normal just disappeared. Now everyone, including veterans, faces radical change.

COVID-19: The New Normal (for real)

The world is in a state of pandemic and it isn’t clear how the situation will evolve. We’re dealing with a virus that came out of nowhere and affected seven billion people in a matter of months. There is no vaccine and no solution except social-distancing and self-quarantine. So schools, businesses, and all other industries have shut down and sent their people home.

While we don’t have a complete picture of what the future holds, we can make predictions based on what is happening now. For instance, colleges around the country moved to online learning environments. Employers did the same wherever possible, allowing their workforce to go remote.

Lacking quality data about how long the pandemic will last, we can predict that the new normal involves a world that comes to terms with digital life. That means everyone, everywhere will have to make adjustments to adapt, survive and thrive in this strange new landscape.

Who Will Thrive During?

With supply chains disrupted, businesses closed and mass populations not spending money, many will be forced into unemployment. The United States government is talking about supplementing incomes, but that may not be enough depending on your lifestyle and expenses. However, there is a group who will thrive even in times of economic hardship and chaos..

Those positioned to do best as we transition into the new normal are those with skills that are still in-demand

Since the entire economy, not just in the U.S., but everywhere is migrating to online systems, that opens up a broad opportunity and high-stakes demand in the information technology and cybersecurity sectors.

I.T. and cybersecurity professionals were already in-demand due to recent breakthroughs in technology and the rising need for digital solutions. With the pandemic, that need compounds because every company everywhere is suddenly forced to make the move online. The alternative is to shut down operations completely.

As companies transition to this new work environment they’ll need a lot of I.T. and cybersecurity support because they don’t have experience in these areas (which is why they avoided doing it in the first place). Plus, because they’re all making the move at once, there’s a lot of competition for professionals in these fields which drives up pay.

Who Will Excel After?

Once the pandemic slows and organizations begin to review their crisis performance, they’ll aim to mitigate and prepare for future disasters. If they haven’t adapted online systems yet, they’ll aim to do that because all of their competitors will have done the same and not doing so puts their ecosystem at risk.

Traditionally,  I.T. and cybersecurity professionals have positioned themselves to jump straight into high-paying careers with many crossing the six-figure mark. In this new digital era, we might see those numbers rise significantly compared with other industries. Add a global transition to online systems, and you have the right ingredients for a very lucrative career that will never decrease in demand.

In short, I.T. and cybersecurity prepares you with the skills to help businesses and other organizations transition to online environments. Since these will be among the most critical skills in the world as we go forward into the unknown, you can expect that those who get trained now will position themselves to do very, very well.

Get Trained for the New Normal

It may not be completely clear how the future will turn out. But you can beat the odds and thrive in this new normal when you learn skills that every business, school, church, and government needs. 

Veteran’s Transition Mission can help you do that. 

In our program you’ll train for 13 weeks in a real-time online environment with a live instructor. You will receive books, testing vouchers, practice programs and even job placement assistance. Finally, you will gain enough competence in your skills to go directly into a high-paying career.

Please consider what this means for you. This is a chance to position yourself for a radically different life once you leave the military, and it costs you nothing out of pocket when you use G.I. Bill.

It’s time for pre-emptive action. Take the high-ground and set yourself up to beat the odds right now. 

Click here to apply today!

Software Development

Top 3 Reasons Veterans Should Learn to Code

Changing careers and learning something new can be hard and many people find it overwhelming where to get started or which industry to choose. The good news is there are tools and resources to help you learn in-demand coding languages that can completely change your life. Here are our top 3 reasons veterans should learn to code.

Reason 1 – Code the future

If you’re unfamiliar with software development, it involves the use of “code,” also called programming or coding languages. There are various coding languages you can learn and each one offers different, but equally valuable skills that can help you create the future.

What do coders do?

From day to day you will work on unique projects depending on your skill set. For instance, you might learn HTML/CSS and build small business websites, or you could learn Python and build the next YouTube. Maybe you learn Swift language and code an Apple gaming app that gets played by millions of people.

One of the biggest complaints non-techies have is that software they want doesn’t exist. But when you learn to code you don’t have that problem. Whatever technology you imagine becomes something you can build. With skills in software development you can literally create the future and that’s probably the single biggest reason veterans should learn to code.

Reason 2 – Work with the best companies

Whether you code mobile apps, websites or something more advanced (like the next VR system), coding skills put you at the top of the list for high-paying companies all over the world.

It’s not easy to find skilled developers because the technological landscape changes fast. Plus, outsourcing projects to software agencies can be extremely expensive. That’s why big companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and others are happy to pay huge salaries even for entry-level developers.

We’ll talk more about that in a minute, but for now just know that when you learn to code you instantly stand out as a top candidate for virtually any company you’ve ever wanted to work for.

Reason 3 – Earn a lot of money fast

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for Web Developers is around $70,000 with job growth expected at 13% (much faster than average) through 2028. Software Developers can expect to earn closer to $105,000 with job growth projected at 21% through 2028.

Since coders are in-demand and hard to come by, even veterans with entry-level skills land top positions. For instance, did you know that 80% of students with no prior coding experience land salaries of $76,000 within 180 days after training with us?

Skip the line and go straight to the top.

You don’t have to be a nerd to learn to code. Nearly anyone can learn in-demand coding skills in a matter of a few months (about as long as a semester of college). Plus, you don’t have to pay a fortune to get proper training.

You don’t need a degree or any previous experience. All you need to secure your future is a good attitude, a willingness to learn, and to get trained by experienced instructors who can teach you how to code. Do that and you can transition into a career that most people only dream of.

Think about that for a moment. Instead of battling against an army of candidates for entry-level jobs, why not learn to code and find rewarding work that will change your life forever?

If that’s something you want to do, click here to learn more and see how joining KO Tech Academy can help you jumpstart your career in tech.

IT & Cybersecurity

Top 5 Reasons People are Transitioning to IT & Cybersecurity

Today, let’s explore life after serving with the top 5 reasons people are transitioning to IT and Cybersecurity.

1. Earn high-paying jobs without experience

One of the top reasons people are migrating to IT and Cybersecurity is that the fields are booming with growth. With technology on the rise, and automation replacing jobs, few industries are safe. IT and Cybersecurity are among those industries because someone has to keep the robots in check.

No. You won’t go toe-to-toe with Schwarzenegger like Sarah Connor in Terminator, but IT and Cybersecurity let you defend your country in other ways. It’s an exciting career field expected to grow 12% by 2028. Experts predict half a million jobs will open up with a median annual wage of $86,320. Plus, there are so many openings that companies will hire you even without experience or a degree.

2. Make a real difference for your country

Put your thinking cap on because IT and Cybersecurity require street smarts, quick wits and outside-of-the-box creativity. Every day you face new global threats that can be a lot like solving those dungeon puzzles in Zelda. That means you gotta be adaptable, ready to change tactics at a moment’s notice.

Part of the reason IT and Cybersecurity grow so fast is that criminals around the world use the internet to carry out attacks. Bad guys are smart, and they spend their whole day finding ways to hurt people for their own benefit. So when you join these fields, you get a chance to protect the innocent and make a real difference in the world.

3. Land lucrative federal jobs faster and easier

The good news for most that have struggled finding jobs in other industry is, IT and Cybersecurity are major focus areas for companies and there are tons of positions for those who get trained.

Both IT and Cybersecurity can land you lucrative positions starting at the GS-9 payscale and quickly rising all the way to GS-15 depending on your background.

Top 5 Reasons Veterans Are Transitioning to IT and Cybersecurity

4. Earn high pay without a degree

A lot of employers will only hire for entry-level positions unless you have a Bachelor’s degree. So what are you supposed to do if you don’t already have a degree?

The IT and Cybersecurity industries have degrees too, but you don’t need them to get started and make a good living. In fact, the demand for IT professionals is so high, most companies only ask for one or two industry certifications before they make an offer. The best part is you can train with organizations like ours to get those certifications fast, and you may not pay anything out of pocket. Here’s how…

5. Take advantage of online training at a fraction of the cost of college

One of the best benefits of the times we live in now is the ease of access to an abundance of information. There are so many things you can learn now without having to get a formal education. Furthermore, there are reliable, high-paying jobs you can secure and grow in without needing a traditional 4-year degree.

With training like ours, you’re able to get access to training on industry-standard IT certifications with state-of-the-art online labs included, so that you can quickly gain the skills and knowledge you need to earn a few certifications and change the course of your career at a fraction of the cost.

So those are the top 5 reasons people are transitioning to IT and Cybersecurity…what are yours?

Even if you’re not sure what you want to do when you transition, at least consider the IT and Cybersecurity fields. You don’t have to be a specialist. You don’t need a degree. Anyone who wants to help others, has the drive to succeed, and the will to win, can enjoy a rewarding career that pays well and guarantees you’ll always have a job.

Think about it, and when you’re ready to start a career that will change your life, we’ll help you take your first step.

IT & Cybersecurity

Do I Need a Degree to Work in IT?

As more companies begin their digital transformation, IT (Information Technology) work only continues to rise in demand. It’s expected that 1 in 3 organizations will increase their IT staff in 2020. That number is a misnomer. Though many companies don’t plan to expand their IT staff, they do intend to continue backfilling positions that they have traditionally had a hard time filling.

Do I need a degree to work in IT, or can I work in IT with just certifications? You will find arguments supporting both opinions all over the internet. The simple answer is, it depends. Getting an IT job with only certifications very possible. Let’s explain this further.

IT is an incredibly broad term. IT means nothing more than information technology. That can be software or hardware and everything in between. IT doesn’t just mean computers, either. In fact, in most organizations today IT is called ICT (Information and Communication Technologies). IT spans phone systems, mobile phone systems, and more.

First things first, there is no such thing as an IT degree. It doesn’t exist. You can study for a Computer Information Systems degree. You can study for a degree in Computer Science for example, but you can’t get a degree in general IT.

A degree in Computer Information Systems will teach you the basic fundamentals of how networks work, how computer hardware works, how software works, how to program, and most importantly, soft people skills. You will learn soft skills like how to analyze a system, create an RFP, identify the stakeholders, identify roadblocks, how to plan to deploy a system, and managing people in this process.

A Computer Science degree is designed to teach you math theory and how software works. You’ll learn why sorting data is so difficult and what big O means. You’ll understand the difference between a bubble sort versus a sorting tree. You’ll learn what a hashmap is and where and why it can be used. You’ll learn the theory and math that makes public and private key crypto algorithms work.

To some degree, Computer Science and Computer Information Systems degrees overlap in many areas.

There are other various degrees you can learn, but the concept is the same. Degrees are four years of intense studying to learn complex, high-level knowledge and theory. Those skills can be broadly used and adapted to be applied to various functions within the IT field.

Certifications are a completely different beast. Certifications are highly optimized, highly focused, short studying stints to learn very specific skills. For instance, the CompTIA A+ certification will verify that you understand the basic fundamentals of how computer hardware and networks work. A CompTIA Network+ certification will state you understand how to design, implement, and fix computer networks. A CompTIA Security+ certification means that you can lock down networks and computer systems. An MCSA certification from Microsoft will state that you know the ins and outs of the Windows operating system, and likewise, a CompTIA Linux+ certification will show that you know how to use and configure the Linux operating system.

Here’s the thing, the IT field has such a shortage of workers. People with hyper-focused skill sets are in high demand. The IT field is so broad that it’s near impossible to be a master of all things IT. Businesses want people that can fix specific things and solve their issues. Businesses only need one CIO or Information Operations Manager. They need a lot of support staff, though, and these support workers get paid well!

In theory, you could earn a certification next week. The process isn’t hard. You find a testing center near you, book a test, pay the fee, and pass the test. That’s it. Learning the knowledge to pass that test isn’t hard, either. Good IT boot camps, like KO Tech Academy, can teach you the fundamentals to pass these exams in 9 weeks.