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Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground in U.S.

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Millennial tech workers are entering the U.S. workforce at a comparable disadvantage to other tech workers throughout the industrialized world, according to study from Educational Testing Services (ETS), a nonprofit skills assessment service. Despite higher spending than any other developed nation on education and a world-class collegiate system, America’s young workers are reportedly lagging further and further behind in core skills. “A relatively large percentage of our young adults cannot perform literacy tasks that ask them to ‘identify, interpret, or… continue…

What Are the Best Coding Boot Camps?

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For anyone who wants to break into a programming career, coding “boot camps” can offer a lot of benefits: In exchange for a few weeks of your time, you learn a new programming language that can eventually translate into a well-paying job. But which boot camps are worth the time and money? Switchup, which collects data on boot camps and programming courses throughout the country, has a new list of what it considers the top 32 coding boot camps. In… continue…

5 Tips to Learn Programming Faster

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The tech sector has long been considered one of the best for job seekers, and two recent reports suggest that demand for tech careers will only continue to grow. This is particularly good news for aspiring software developers, computer programmers, and Web developers, who all make the Top 10 list of best Technology Jobs of 2015, according to U.S. News and World Report. Check out the latest programming jobs. There is one downside to this, however: Learning to program is… continue…

Metro Areas Offer Top Prospects for STEM Jobs

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Which U.S. cities boast the highest percentages of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) jobs? According to a new report from the Brookings Institution, some 23 metropolitan areas feature workforces with sizable concentrations of workers in advanced industries, including San Jose (16 percent), Wichita (15.5 percent), and San Francisco (14 percent). The Brookings Institution groups more than 50 industries under the umbrella of “advanced industries,” including computer systems design, data processing, information services, software building, and telecommunications. For good measure,… continue…

Stanford Will Teach You Apple’s Swift for Free

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Interested in building iOS apps with Apple’s new(ish) Swift programming language? Want to learn Swift for free? Stanford University’s School of Engineering now offers a set of lectures (available on iTunes) on Swift, covering everything from user-interface design and animation to networking and performance considerations. But this isn’t a beginners’ series: Prerequisites include C language and object-oriented programming experience “exceeding Programming Abstractions level” as well as “completion of Programming Paradigms.” (Fortunately, Programming Abstractions and Programming Paradigms are likewise available from… continue…

Lack of Mentorship Hobbles Women in Tech

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New research from nonprofit firm Catalyst suggests that women who earn their MBA are far less likely than men to use that degree within a “tech intensive” industry. According to the firm’s latest survey, any blame for a lack of women in tech-intensive industries shouldn’t rest with the education system, which is the frequent target of executives who complain about gender discrepancy in tech; instead, women decline to participate in those industries due to a lack of role models, concerns… continue…

5 More Things to Learn About Computer Science Degrees

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Thanks to offshoring and other trends, there’s precious little job security in IT—or that’s the perception that many people have of the industry, at least. The reality is, (nearly) every tech company wants to produce a quality product, and they’re willing to pay generously in order to make that happen. “Rumors about offshoring continue to be fiction,” said Dr. H. E. Dunsmore, associate professor of computer science, and chair of the College of Science Undergraduate Education Policy and Curriculum Committee,… continue…

Top Tech Degrees for 2015 (and Beyond)

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Technology degree programs of all types may enjoy booming enrollments these days, but which diplomas are the most useful for next year’s grads? While computer science is a perennial favorite (and always a good choice for students), other paths of inquiry are rapidly gaining in popularity among those who want lucrative and fulfilling careers once they graduate school. These five top tech degrees for 2015 (and beyond) are shaped by changes in the global economy, industry and technology. They may… continue…

Degree Pedigree Matters Less to Today’s Employers

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As they struggle to find experienced technology professionals, managers aren’t as focused on hiring from top-flight schools as they have been in the past. Just two years ago, we reported that employers were growing ever-more picky about hiring candidates with the “right” college degree. But while they’d still love to attract candidates from Stanford, MIT or Carnegie Mellon, today’s low tech unemployment rate means many companies don’t have that luxury. “If you say, ‘I only want a college graduate and… continue…

Report: Boot Camp Graduates Find Jobs, Better Pay

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There’s an interesting report out from Course Report, a company that provides information to students considering technology boot camps. Billed as “the first cross-school study of its kind,” it indicates that these non-college-based programs actually do help their graduates find jobs. Bear in mind that it’s in Course Report’s interest for students to want to attend a boot camp, so it’s got a definite ax to grind here. That said, the report presents some impressive numbers. Of the 432 graduates… continue…