How to Break Into Statistical Programming in Pharma

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Pharmaceutical companies have a seemingly insatiable demand for statistical programmers. Because the process of getting a drug to market requires an inordinate amount of clinical data analysis, they play a key part in the process whether they’re working at a drug company or a clinical research organization. Though a deep understanding of life sciences and significant experience with the clinical process is needed to move into a leadership role, employers in the space are beginning to bring in and train… continue…

2 Little-Known Certifications That Could Get You Promoted

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When it comes to earning certifications, tech professionals always worry about whether it’s worth their time and money. For enterprise architects and IT specialists, there’s some good news: Two credentials earned through the Open Group — including its Open Certified Architect and Open Certified IT Specialist — pay off, though not as you might think. Their value seems to be higher when it comes to moving up within your existing employer, as opposed to getting the attention of new hiring… continue…

How to Tell If an Employer Takes Training Seriously

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Software engineers, architects, programmers and project managers are often left to their own devices when it comes to training. If they’re interested in learning new programming languages or updating certifications, the work often gets done on their own time. But according to Edmond Freiermuth, a Los Angeles-based management consultant, there’s a link between training and corporate culture. Companies that want to train their people, he contends, generally pursue a longer-term commitment to their workers, one that translates to the employee’s… continue…

Techs Protest End of Microsoft’s Masters Certifications

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Microsoft’s decision to end Masters level certification exams has generated a flurry of protests from IT professionals, some already upset over the demise of the company’s TechNet Subscription program. Microsoft said the Masters program has only generated “a few hundred” new certifications over the past few years and reached “only a tiny proportion of the overall community,” according to a Microsoft executive quoted in InfoWorld. The certifications tests that will end Oct. 1 are Microsoft Certified Master, Microsoft Certified Solutions… continue…

Two Security Training Resources Worth Your Time

There are lots of expensive security conferences and training classes out there that can deliver certifications and skills. But if money’s tight, you can find free classes and lower-cost local conferences that might be worth investing some time in. Here are two such options that come highly recommended from those who have participated in them. First is the website OpenSecurityTraining. It offers dozens of lengthy and well-crafted tutorials on a wide range of topics including introductions to network forensics and… continue…

Unemployed? Use Your Workforce Investment Board

If you’re looking for a tech job in Silicon Valley, and want to refresh your skills or learn completely new technologies, you might want to start with one of the local workforce boards operated through federal One-Stop Centers. Many job seekers assume these programs are limited to providing basic training in manual trades, but that’s actually pretty far from the case.  Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) help with job search tools through resume instruction and makeovers, interview practice and help with… continue…

Georgia Tech Unveils $7K CS Master’s Program

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Georgia Institute of Technology is launching an online master’s degree program in computer science that’s expected to cost approximately $7,000, a staggering discount to its traditional $40,000 program, and a move that could have wide-ranging implications for not only other academic programs, but certification courses as well. “Although online courses have been around since the 1960s, the differentiation for our program is its low cost and the platform we use,” says Zvi Galil, Dean of Georgia Tech’s College of Computing.… continue…

A Hung Jury on Certifications

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When it comes to enhancing skills, the most often-asked question is about certifications: Are they worth the time and money? Do they really help you get that new job, or do hiring managers just shrug them off? Once upon a time, the right certification was a ticket to job security, but more recently the tech industry has reshaped its attitude. While some employers still require them, a growing number are giving more weight to experience. Some certifications are still in… continue…

New Certification: HP Focuses On Embedded IT

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Hewlett-Packard has created a certification, focused on skills needed to implement cross-department IT initiatives, as a way to achieve business goals. It’s another indication that technology departments — and technology staffers — are being incorporated into business units as opposed to being operations unto themselves. The Accredited Technical Associate-IT for Business certification (ATA-IT) will provide coursework and practical experience on business-driven technology initiatives. Last fall’s Business Intelligence Congress called for more real-world experiences in college curricula to prepare students for… continue…

5 Stories on Tech Degrees and Certifications

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Certifications. Advanced degrees. Do they really mean that much? In some camps, hiring managers downplay their importance in favor of experience. But others — especially during economic downturns — say advanced credentials help a candidate get their attention. And which is better to invest in — certifications or advanced degrees? Recruiters say advanced degrees usually win out. On the other hand, the time commitment and expense required for a master’s degree or doctorate far outweigh what’s needed to obtain a… continue…