Where College Students Can Find Mentors

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Tip of the Day Mentors can help college students find the right niche in technology and link up to a ready-made network of industry contacts. So where do you find them? School mentorship programs are an option, but they won’t always do the trick. Sometimes you’ll have to look beyond your college campus. To start, check out trade associations at the state and local level. They often offer programs for students including discounted memberships, scholarships, conferences, mentor-matching and networking. Click… continue…

College Students Must Pay Attention to More Than Just Tech

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 22.8 percent increase in software development jobs through 2022, which is more than twice the projected rise in overall employment. So college students interested in technical careers are in a good place. But one thing: They should bear in mind their success will involve more than a technical education. Executives at tech companies like Mozilla, Reddit and Tumblr tell the Washington Post that it’s important to learn soft skills, too, even though you… continue…

Why Aren’t Graduates Using Their STEM Degrees?

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Lots of people earn college degrees in STEM disciplines. But how many of them actually use those degrees for STEM-related work? According to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the answer is, “Not very many.” In a survey of 3.5 million homes, the agency found that almost 75 percent of those who held a bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline didn’t actually work a STEM job. In a series of interviews with the Washington Post, experts seemed divided about… continue…

Responding to Employers, Colleges Focus on Experience

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Some tech companies—Google notably among them—are de-emphasizing the use of test scores and GPAs in their hiring, and that’s causing colleges and universities to re-think their approach to technical education, says Tech Page One. One reason can be summed up in this quote Google’s senior vice president of people operations, Laszlo Bock, gave to New York Times columnist Tom Friedman: “When you look at people who don’t go to school and make their way in the world, those are exceptional… continue…

CIOs: Current Skills Key for First-Time Job Seekers

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What’s the secret to a successful IT career? To 50 percent of the CIOs surveyed by Robert Half Technology, the answer for recent graduates is learning new skills and staying current in the field. Seventeen percent said they’d tell first-time job seekers to take any opportunity that will help them get a foot in the door with an employer. When asked to identify the most important piece of advice they could give new graduates, the CIOs responded: Keep learning new… continue…

Do You Need a Degree to Work in Games?

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Recently, the International Game Developers Association reported that 40 percent of the respondents to its Developer Satisfaction Survey hold an undergraduate college degree, while 20 percent have a graduate degree and 15 percent hold some kind of trade diploma. A little over half have taken supplemental training in game design in either high school or college. By the numbers, then, it would appear degrees count when it comes to building a career in games. But how much? Click here to… continue…

10 Top College Robotics Programs

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Love it or fear it, the trend toward building more sophisticated robots isn’t going to abate any time soon. Indeed, given their potential to impact everything from transportation to medicine, the need for engineers skilled in robotics is bound to increase. A tidbit: Mechanical engineering ranked fifth on the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ list of most in-demand bachelor’s degrees. So where do you learn to build robots? Business Insider put together a list of 10 universities where you… continue…

Python Tops Popular Languages for College Intro Courses

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Python tops the list of most popular programming languages taught in college-level introductory computer science courses, according to new data from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), which seeks to promote computing as a science and profession. Writing for Communications of the ACM, Philip Guo rounded up the top 39 university computer-science departments, as ranked this year by U.S. News (he didn’t make it 40 because the 40th slot was an eight-way tie). With that list in hand, he parsed… continue…

The Best Way to Get the Job Experience You Need

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David Kurkowski, a senior application engineer with HealthTrust in Nashville, Tenn., built his career on persistence and continuous learning, as well as hard work. Kurkowski spoke with Dice about how internships, classes and studying on his own helped get him break into tech and develop a successful career. How did your IT career begin? When I got out of the Air Force, I wanted to be a firefighter, but I couldn’t really find any jobs–either because there were no openings… continue…

4 IT Master’s Degrees That Could Boost Your Pay

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Specialized master’s degrees in IT are cropping up at an increasing rate to cover everything from data science to technology management to enterprise architecture. Despite the wide range of areas covered, the programs have a common thread: They’re decidedly management-track, representing “a way to understand how technology truly supports the business,” says Priscilla Tate, President and Executive Director of the New York-based Technology Managers Forum. “If you’re a programmer, on-the-job experience is the big thing. But the corporate track is… continue…