Alternative education is helping women build careers in tech

The 2019 Jobs Report from Flatiron School is the biggest and most comprehensive to date

The 2019 Jobs Report from Flatiron School provides an interesting overview of employability across the tech sector, and this year, alternative education takes centre stage.

According to the report, thirty-five percent of Flatiron’s graduates are women, compared to 26% of all computing workers in 2018, supporting alternative education’s position as a growing pathway to success for women looking to work in tech.

Through a strong digital portfolio and 12 WeWork campuses in London and across the US, Flatiron is committed to teaching tech-related skills in software engineering, data science, cybersecurity, UX/UI design, and other in-demand fields.

Independently verified to ensure transparency and authenticity, the report highlights job placement data for 769 students who graduated from an online or on-campus programme at any point in 2018.

Across all reported programmes and campus locations, 93% of job-seeking students (defined as anyone who completed a job search cycle) accepted an offer of employment within the reporting period of one year after graduation.

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Job-seeking graduates from the London and Washington D.C. campuses saw 100% placement rates across full-time salaried, paid full-time contract, internship, apprenticeship, and freelance roles, as well as paid part-time roles. The average graduate salaries for students who accepted full-time roles and disclosed their compensation were £35,385 and US$71,582 respectively.

Meanwhile, the average starting salary for students who accepted full-time contract, internship, apprenticeship, or freelance roles and disclosed their compensation was £12/hr for London-based graduates, and US$38/hr for those in D.C.

“We’re committed to investing in the student experience and supporting job placement, so we’re very proud that all of our 2018 students in London have gone on to secure employment,” said Selin Ozdiktas, general manager of Flatiron School London.

“Knowing the skills shortages in essential tech roles in the UK, these results are proof that non-traditional education can help people looking to shift careers or upskill in tech.”