An archive of blog posts from 2017

Oct 04

How To Crush It On Instagram

If you’re anything like us, you’ve likely found yourself scrolling through post after post on Instagram thinking that you, too, could have a massive following like the accounts you stalk.

You see that they have countless comments and even more likes, and wonder why you haven’t seen that same level...

Oct 03

Women In Tech Series Heather Cabot

Welcome back to our series focusing on amazing women-in-tech! In the second article in this series, we talked to author of Girl Geek Rising, Heather Cabot.

In this chat, we talked about Heather’s rise as an anchor-turned-journalist-turned-lecturer-turned-author, as well as some of her views about some of the most critical...

Sep 28

Landing And Keeping Your Dream Remote Job

Here at the Institute of Code, we love remote work. After all, nothing beats working in an environment of your making, not having to sit in traffic, and being able to uproot whenever suits you.

But remote working presents many unique challenges, especially if you’re freelancing. Communication issues, lacking support,...

Sep 28

What You Need To Know To Be A Travel Blogger

It’s easy to fall in love with the idea of a financially independent lifestyle that sees you travel the world on a sponsored dime. But it’s incredibly difficult to actually achieve that lifestyle. Popular media has made travel blogging out to be a way to fast track your way to...

Sep 20

The Best Ways Of Keeping Your Coding Skills Sharp

Keeping your coding skills sharp, especially if your job doesn’t require you to code regularly, can be quite difficult. One of the things that surprises new coders the most is how fast they find their freshly learned knowledge slipping away.


Learning how to code is learning a new language....

Aug 18

Women In Tech Series Laura Roeder Of Meet Edgar

In this first article in this series celebrating amazing women in tech, we talk to Laura Roeder, founder of Meet Edgar, one of the world’s most popular social media scheduling tools, that turned over $4M in revenue in just 2.5 years In this interview, Laura tells about her journey from...

Aug 09

How To Prepare For Your First Web Development Job Interview

Going for your first web development job interview can be especially daunting. It’s hard to know what to expect, and no matter how prepared you might be, there’s this perpetual feeling your interviewer will suddenly ask you a technical question that you’re pretty sure was phrased in some alien language.

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Jul 31

How To Land Your First Digital Marketing Job

Digital media is now so deeply embedded into society it’s impossible to ignore the effects. We’re so chronically attached to our phones, to social media, to Googling things, that these things have just become extensions of our lives.

That’s why digital marketing is one of the fastest growing professions in...

Jul 21

7 Ways To Be Productive Working Remotely

So you’ve landed the remote job of your dreams. Congratulations! Now the real work starts.

While there’s overwhelming research out there suggesting working remotely leads to better productivity, this doesn’t always happen automatically. Staying motivated and productive is almost an entirely new ball game when you’re working remotely - without...

Jul 12

Are Coding Bootcamps A Scam Is Institute Of Code A Scam

A lot of people are very sceptical about coding bootcamps. In fact, not a week goes by where we don’t hear a student telling us, “I totally thought you guys were a scam when I first heard about you”, or have a worried parent calling us on Skype, thinking we...

Jul 04

The Epic Resource To Building Beautiful Websites

A website is often the beating heart of many modern businesses. In fact, how audiences engage with your website is often a make-or-break factor for your success nowadays. That’s why designing a website that not only functions well but also looks good is often a business’s top priority.

But designing...

Jun 26

3 Reasons Why You Need To Learn Coding In An Immersive Environment

To start, I want to ask you a question. Think back to the last class you took. How much do you still remember?

If your answer is, ‘not all that much’, that’s ok! You’re just experiencing the very natural phenomenon known as ‘the forgetting curve’, coined by Hermann Ebbinghaus, a...

Jun 21

Student Spotlight Josh Littin Of Cohome

He likes his basketball jerseys meshy, steaks grilled medium rare and cocktails mixed strong. He is the ultimate guy’s guy. Though, the buck doesn’t stop there for the New-Zealand export. Outside of his brawny predilections, Josh Littin has a rank-climbing career that has seen him go from marketing specialist to...

Jun 08

How To Get Your Boss To Let You Work Remotely

Imagine being able to work from home, or better yet, in an entirely different country! Working with your laptop on a balcony, sipping coffee and munching on fresh fruit in sunny Greece would be the dream. But does it sound too good to be true?

​Not really!

Remote working is...

Jun 05

How To Build A Social Media Following

Many brands are starting to realize that a large social media presence is one of the leading tools they can have in their marketing arsenal. Many individuals are also starting to recognize that there is significant value in building an audience.

In this article, I will provide some strategies that...

May 31

Student Spotlight Annie Moon Arkell Of Mo Creative

Better known as “Mo” to her closest friends, Annie is a bonafide hustler. She went from bartending to formulating marketing strategies for a major e-commerce retailer in one swift career move. Never one to get too comfortable, she took the ultimate plunge and decided to open up her own digital...

May 31

10 Jobs Youll Nail If You Learn Coding

Learning coding doesn’t just limit you to becoming a web-developer. Increasingly more employers are looking for people with technical skills to complement their existing skillsets. In fact, many experts, such as Tim Brown from IDEO, and Peter Thiel, co-founder of Paypal, have advocated for hiring generalists, rather than specialists; flexibility,...

May 29

7 Must Visit Spots In Ubud

Jules (@JulesJetsets) is a Los Angeles based travel and lifestyle influencer. She has always valued the kind of independence and freedom that travel could offer. With her camera in one hand and her passport in the other, she’s ready to tackle any new adventure that comes her way!

While there...

May 24

Student Spotlight Millie Cooper Of Design By Mouse

Coming in hot at number one among search listings for “Sydney Freelance Designer”, Millie is a force to be reckoned with in her field. She came to us with a specific goal in mind: to finally be able to speak intelligently to her team of developers. As a business owner,...

May 23

How Traditional Education Has Messed Us Up

I have an inkling everyone suspects by now our traditional education is a little bit of a let-down. But much of the criticism has been levelled at how performance is measured (judge a fish on it’s climbing abilities and what-not). But how damaging is traditional education, particularly higher education, to...

May 19

5 Of The Biggest Digital Marketing Myths

Living in this incredible age of information is a double-edged sword. Sure, it puts all we’ve ever wanted to know (and sometimes, not wanted to know) at our fingertips. But just as it allows heartwarming stories, cute cat videos and memes to go viral, false information too can spread like...

May 10

Why You Need To Upskill Now

Disruptive technology is a fascinating topic. For most people, it’s an extremely exciting concept. Disruptive tech is constantly changing our lives, making everything more convenient, more affordable and more accessible. It has made the world a much smaller place, putting everything right at our fingertips, making some of the most...

May 05

5 Of The Best Hangout Spots In Canggu

Jules (@JulesJetsets) is a Los Angeles based travel and lifestyle influencer. She has always valued the kind of independence and freedom that travel could offer. With her camera in one hand and her passport in the other, she’s ready to tackle any new adventure that comes her way!

Bali has...

May 04

Coding Is So Hard Do I Just Suck

When you’re learning something new, there will always come a time where you’ll hit a wall. You feel your development slows down, or even grinds to a complete halt.

With coding, everyone experiences hitting this wall. But because coding has such a steep initial learning curve, people often hit that...

Apr 29

7 Most Common Digital Marketing Mistakes People Make

If I could draw a picture of how the digital media landscape looks like, I’d draw a neo-Tokyo type rendition of a sprawling city, filled with neon lights all clamouring for your attention, and captivating, omniscient skyscrapers owned by a few corporations that seem to never stop growing. On street-level,...

Apr 25

Is It Still Worth Learning Web Development

Time is never on our side - that’s why we have to invest our time in the things that matter! That’s why a lot of people ask us, ‘Is it still worth learning web development in [insert year here]’.

As a company that teaches web dev, you’d expect us to...

Apr 12

Which Course Should I Take

We’re proud to have just launched our brand new digital marketing course! In building The Institute of Code, we realised there were very few places people could learn updated digital marketing skills. Most were too theoretical or completely outdated. On top of that, very few places taught the technical skills...

Mar 25

7 Things You Can Do Now That Youve Learnt Coding

Learning web development can expand your horizons in much more ways than you might expect.

Yes, it’s true, you might now be able to build beautiful websites, and it’s true you’ll be joining an industry always thirsty for new talent. And while yes, it’s also true there will be over...

Mar 24

The Best Ways To Learn Web Development Fast

When it comes to learning new things, we can’t help ourselves wanting to hurry the process along. It’s natural to want to learn faster so we can do ‘the real things’ faster (and get paid for it!). That’s why here, we naturally get a lot of questions like, ‘What’s the...

Mar 14

Epic 2 Day Instagram Tour Of Bali

We’ll take you to the most scenic, photographic, Instagrammable locations around northern Bali where you’ll snap, ‘gram and experience the beauty of Bali.

We’ve always enjoyed concluding our coding retreats on a high. After each student has bracketed their last element and triple-tested their media queries, we spend an afternoon...

Mar 11

Why Every Blogger Should Learn To Code

When you can set up a basic wordpress theme so cheaply, why should a blogger bother learning to code? We lay out the top 5 reasons, and ask the experts why they think it’s important.

1. Your blog is your brand

Sure, you could just pick an off-the-shelf theme...

Feb 28

5 Skills Digital Marketers Need To Know

Digital Marketing is currently one of the most in-demand skills. In fact, according to LinkedIn, digital marketing related jobs claimed multiple top 20 spots in both 2014 and 2015.

Because of its growth, marketing has become an incredibly broad field, with many different disciplines coming under its umbrella. As a...

Feb 26

How To Score Cheap Flights And Other Travel Hacks

In the original Wall Street movie, the infamous Charlie Sheen wistfully tells his girlfriend “I think if I can make a bundle of cash before I’m thirty and get out of this racket, I’ll be able to ride my motorcycle across China.”

Feb 07

The Ultimate Resource For Getting Traffic To Your Website Pt 2

In our last post, we listed out 19 ways to get new customers to your website. In this post, we’ll be talking about how to work through those channels to make sure which one is right for you.

19 ways to get your product out there is a lot to...

Feb 07

Learning How To Code From Scratch Vs Using Drag Drop Editors

There are now heaps of drag-and-drop web development platforms out there, all selling the premise you can build an entire website, without needing to understand a line of code.

Evolving web technologies have seen the proliferation of WYSIWYG web editors, otherwise known as drag-and-drop editors. Services such as Squarespace, Wix,...

Jan 30

The Ultimate Resource For Getting Traffic To Your Website Pt 1

Getting traffic back your shiny, newly-built website is a challenge. That’s OK though! We’ve put together the ULTIMATE resource in acquiring visitors and sales. Part 1 of our epic guide!

You’ve slaved and laboured over your website, built it up from scratch and torn your hair out a million times...