Alumni, recruiters, and teachers have each highlighted how important a portfolio is to getting hired. At a recent alumni event, I had the chance to talk to alums about resources they would recommend to build a portfolio in addition to the work that we do in class. Alums recommended Hack Oregon http://pdxcodeguild.com/resources-to-bui%E2%80%A6olio-hack-oregon/%20%E2%80%8E , Free Code Camp http://pdxcodeguild.com/freecodecamp/%20%E2%80%8E , and StartUp Weekend. http://pdxcodeguild.com/resources-to-build-your-portfolio/%20%E2%80%8E Hack Oregon Mission Statement: Hack Oregon is a community-powered non-profit building civic data projects to promote engagement, awareness, and quality of life.
What does participation look like: Hack Oregon “tries to keep everyone’s contribution between 5-10 hours per week. Part of that estimation includes pizza-fueled discussions during weekly in-person build sessions. If that’s not a fit for you (maybe you’re not local or have kids, or you just like to work alone) we can scale your participation to fit your lifestyle.” http://www.hackoregon.org/what-to-expect/ Code Guild Alums recommend Hack Oregon because: Evan Palmer https://www.linkedin.com/in/evanpalmer1 and Aaron DeVore https://www.linkedin.com/in/aarondevore liked being involved with Hack Oregon because it is an opportunity to make an impact. The project they worked on last year – Raiseeffect.org – was mentioned in the legislature and contributed to the conversation about raising the minimum wage in Oregon. They highlighted it as a good portfolio-builder for recent grads because it is open source, published on GitHub, and an opportunity to work on a team.