Ever thought about a career in software development but didn’t know where to start? Eager to test your skills and immerse yourself in a holistic bootcamp experience? At 8th Light, we’re excited to announce the 2022 8th Light Apprenticeship Program schedule. The 2022 Apprenticeship Program will feature four cohorts throughout the year in a rolling […]
Ever thought about a career in software development but didn’t know where to start? Eager to test your skills and immerse yourself in a holistic bootcamp experience?
At 8th Light, we’re excited to announce the 2022 8th Light Apprenticeship Program schedule. The 2022 Apprenticeship Program will feature four cohorts throughout the year in a rolling cadence. That tentative schedule is:
For those of you currently in a bootcamp, this is the perfect opportunity to see if the cohorts align with your schedule.
Curious where you can get started? Check out our advice for early-career developers.
We are currently hiring for the first two cohorts of 2022. Here’s the timeline you can expect with our hiring process.
Interested in the upcoming cohort? Sign up for updates via our Talent Community.
Since 2006, our apprenticeship program has been the engine of our success. This program allows us to prioritize curiosity and creativity over credentials. Because of that, we hire people who are wired for collaboration, ingenuity and are destined to be our future leaders.
Each apprentice’s curriculum is tailored to their needs, pulling from a matrix of concepts, frameworks, and skills we’ve identified as integral to a successful software development career. Self-study projects, pair programming, and joining client teams are all part of a program aimed to provide a holistic understanding of delivering complex software systems.
Apprentices are hired in small groups (or cohorts) to build strong connections and offer a collaborative learning environment at all levels of your employment.
If you’d like to receive the latest on our Apprenticeship Program, sign up for our Apprentice Talent Community. We’ll periodically send updates, information, and event opportunities for you to connect with us.
At 8th Light, we strive to create an interview process where everyone feels excited, welcomed, and encouraged to share their ideas and past experiences with the team.
Our hiring process is an integral part of our culture. It is also reflective of our core values — education, humanity, and ownership. We have a proud tradition of hiring talented colleagues regardless of their experience at previous companies or degrees they’ve earned.
We recognize that creating a truly diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization begins with a fair and transparent hiring process.
Virtual Video Screening
The Virtual Video Screening includes a 30 minute conversation with an 8th Light Recruiter. This stage provides an opportunity for you to share your past professional experiences in addition to your motivations for pursuing a career within software development.
Have questions about the types of projects we work on, clients we serve, or perks of being an 8th Light? Don’t be afraid to ask!
Take Home Technical Assessment
Our Take Home Technical Assessment is a chance to demonstrate your abilities through building a small program in a language of your choosing. This assessment component will also require you to review a piece of source code to identify potential issues.
Pairing Technical Interview
The Pairing Technical Interview will present you with an opportunity to code incrementally with an 8th Light Crafter. It’s okay if you’ve never pair programmed before. Check out these helpful tips and insights on Pairing.
Throughout the pairing exercise, do not be afraid to ask questions and seek out help from your pair if you face any blocks or challenges.
Non-Technical Consulting Interview
During the Consulting Interview, we’ll be asking you to draw from your personal experiences to tell us about a time when you exhibited a particular behavior — describing the situation, actions you took, and the outcome. The focus will be on interpersonal and consulting skills.
You also will have the opportunity to ask questions toward the end of the Consulting Interview.
The next apprenticeship cohort will begin recruiting in November/ December 2021 with approximate start dates in February/April 2022. We plan to open applications in June 2022 for additional start dates in August/ October.
We hire apprentices in cohorts and we open applications at several points throughout the year. Our most recent cohort began in early September 2021. These are full-time paid positions.
Certainly, anyone can apply. Our program tends to be a great fit for people early in their software careers. Many applicants attended a code school or took programming courses elsewhere. Some studied Computer Science in college, while many are career changers. Some are self-taught and others took a formal route.
For five to seven months, you’ll be matched with a primary mentor and support mentors and be a part of a cohort of new software developers. You spend the first four months building skills through mentor guided self-study, small team projects, pairing, and workshops. You’ll then spend about a month shadowing a client project, and then completing a capstone challenge. The vast majority (95%+) of our apprentices successfully complete their apprenticeship and become full-time Crafters at 8th Light.
In the US,
In the UK,
In the US
In the UK
In the US, we have a remote-friendly setup and regional location (within the continental US) will not be a disqualifier.
For the UK, we have a remote-friendly setup however are hiring candidates within commutable distance to London
We work with Ticketmaster, Groupon, GrubHub, Cars.com, Shure, LegalZoom, and more. We’re in many industries including Fintech, Healthcare, Ecommerce, Logistics, and Inventory Management
Our teams often work alongside existing tech teams, mentoring client developers explicitly or implicitly, and for some clients we are the entire tech team. We work across all kinds of platforms: cloud APIs, native mobile, microservices, web front-end, and more.
We have a staffing specialist that works to match skills and client needs. The staffing specialist works to align with your interests and goals to the best of their ability.
During your approx 5-7 months in the Apprenticeship program you will be supported through mentorship, coaching, guidance and technical learning on key competencies in our Learning Outcomes Matrix. Once you have sufficiently covered a base line of those key learning outcomes you will be evaluated as ready to be placed on a client engagement as a crafter. The expectation is that learning will continue on the job (during client engagements) but that you will have the foundational/ corner stones in place through the Apprenticeship to thrive.
Growth beyond the apprenticeship is still somewhat guided on the Learning Outcome Matrix, but our Career Grid will also allow you to deepen your technical prowess and demonstrate more technically as well as your increasing organizational/ client influence and decision making capabilities.
Yes, this is virtually always the case (of course there can inevitably be a range of unforeseen events in any employment arrangement). We are deeply tied to a long history of successfully hiring, retaining and growing apprentices into future leaders within the organization. Our desire is to use a customizable approach to ensure all hires reach their potential.
No, no such knowledge base exists, since we are amendable to hiring people who are self taught, or boot camp trained. What we’re really looking for at the end of the day is how a person can actively demonstrate a dedication and commitment to pursuing software as a career path and the proactive and preparatory steps they are taking to support that endeavor. In addition, research and a clear idea of how 8th can support them in turning their technical and consultative passions and interests into a career path.
You can always apply this year or next year or both — we do not turn away applicants that have applied in previous years.
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