Career Paths

Discussion: Should I Jump to a Startup?

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A Dice News reader asks: I’ve spent my entire career in the corporate world, but there’s an interesting startup I’d like to work for. How can I decide whether to make the jump? The answer, of course, depends on how you feel about your own situation and the company’s prospects. Ask yourself these questions: How will this move impact my career? If you’re a well-connected professional with highly marketable skills, then you may have little to lose — and possibly… continue…

How OSU Medical Center’s CIO Got Her Job

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A system to track dog licenses at the Franklin County Auditor’s Office in Columbus, Ohio, set Phyllis Teater on a path to her current position as CIO of Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. Teater was a clerk in the auditor’s office — having left Purdue University two years earlier — still undecided about what she really wanted to do with her life. Younger than other members of her team, she was the one sent to talk to IT about… continue…

Where Women Find the Value of ‘Leaning In’

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Carla Gentry would have laughed if she’d been advised to just “lean in” when she was a divorced mom trying to raise two boys. Gentry, who operates her data analytics business from Louisville, Ky., recalls being greeted with a blatantly sexual comment from the head of a previous employer on her first day on the job. Eight months after Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book came out, people are still talking about it, largely because workplace issues persist for women in… continue…

Red Hat CTO: Success Comes to the ‘Brave’

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Brian Stevens joined Red Hat’s senior management team in 2001. As the company’s Executive Vice President and CTO, he oversees an engineering team that focuses on Linux, virtualization, middleware and cloud computing. Most recently, he’s been touting the all-in-one Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Edition that bundles platform and cloud together. Stevens began his career at Digital Equipment Corp., where he was a developer on the first commercial release of the X Window System. He spent 14 years there. He… continue…

What Does a Project Manager Do, Anyway?

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A few months ago, we looked at what a developer does all day. This month: What on earth is the project manager up to? Project managers don’t actually make anything. They don’t write code. They don’t make graphics. They don’t sell the software. Yet a good project manager can be the glue that holds a project together. So how does that actually happen? What does a project manager do all day? Meet Jeff Jeff is the sole project manager at… continue…

Code.Org Founder Applies Startup Lessons to CS Education

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Startup founder and investor Hadi Partovi knows about leverage. The founding team member of iLike and Tellme Networks is putting his startup experience to work on building the high-profile computer science education non-profit Code.org. Since its 2012 launch, the non-profit has displayed many of the same traits as hot startups: It was kicked off on a shoestring budget, is mission-driven and has gotten plenty of buzz. Code.org, which aims to get computer science classes into every K-12 school in the… continue…

Startup Trains Autistic Workers for QA Jobs

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Semperical, a San Jose, Calif.-based startup non-profit, has completed a pilot program that coaches and trains adults with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome to conduct software testing and QA services. Adults with these conditions tend to have excellent visual skills, attention to detail, are highly focused and show great perseverance, says Jennifer Sullivan, a consultant with the Morgan Autism Center in San Jose. Semperical plans to leverage those skills for its testing and QA business. Founder and CEO Steve Perricone… continue…

New Programs Encourage Girls to Pursue STEM

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Last month, Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World ­Ultimate Mentor Adventure announced the 10 winners of its program to give girls in grades 9-12 an opportunity to explore STEM careers. From the news release: Through the collaborative efforts of Marvel, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), Dolby Laboratories, National Academy of Science, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Discovery Science Center, girls had the chance to go out into the real world and ask successful women in STEM fields about what they do, how… continue…

What Does an IT Architect Do?

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What does an IT architect do? It’s an interesting question not only for those thinking about a career as an IT architect, but also for anyone working in IT, because there isn’t a consistent definition of the job within the industry. Architects who do more or less the same things with the same skills may be referred to as enterprise architects, solution architects, project architects, IT architects, technical architects, data architects, application architects, business architects, cloud or SOA architects, and… continue…

Does Tech Advocate Code.org Go Far Enough?

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Code.org’s Computer Science Education Week kicks off Dec. 9 to encourage young people to get into STEM careers. But as the hype around the event builds, some question whether the efforts to get computer science classes into every U.S. school — with the help of volunteers such as Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and VC powerhouse John Doerr — are using up financial resources that would be better spent elsewhere. Though they say there’s real value to the program,… continue…