Here’s Why You Should Attend Career Fairs

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College career fairs have a reputation for being frustrating, with seemingly little return. Is it worth putting in all of the effort to prepare, when you may just be asked to apply online? Here’s what Cat has to say on the matter.  

LinkedIn Expands to Universities, Students

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By locking students into the network early, LinkedIn can (at least in theory) maintain a user base for many years to come. continue…

Is a CS Master’s Worth Anything to Programmers?

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Some argue that a master’s degree is “the new bachelor’s.” That is, so many people have bachelor’s degrees that you need a master’s to stand out. There is some truth to that. But is a master’s degree in Computer Science worth it for programmers? There are a number of factors to consider here. What will it cost you? Master’s degrees are expensive. You might pay as much as $40k / year for tuition at a private university. On top of… continue…

Why Soft Skills Give New Graduates an Edge

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Interpersonal skills – those so-called “soft skills” that tech professionals deride so much – continue to be an important consideration when employers make their hiring decisions. However, more than half of the CIOs surveyed by recruiter Robert Half Technology say these abilities are the biggest thing lacking among new graduates. In particular, the CIOs want to see more skills applied to communicating, collaborating and acting diplomatically when it’s necessary. Hiring managers place a lot of value in the ability to… continue…

Interview: Lyla Perrodin, CIO, MRIGlobal

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Lyla Perrodin, Vice President and CIO of MRIGlobal in Kansas City, can attest to the importance of teachers and mentors in encouraging girls to take up tech careers. “I took a programming class in high school. The teacher saw I had aptitude and interest and introduced me to the IT executive at a local bank,” she recalls. “He gave me a part-time job while I was in high school, and that led me to pursue information systems in college.” Perrodin… continue…

4 Things to Do This Summer If You Didn’t Get an Internship

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Not everyone gets a summer internship after every year of college. Nothing came through for you this year? That doesn’t mean you can’t use the summer to your career’s advantage. This week Cat offers four ways to take advantage of the extra time on your hands that will give you something to show for your break — even without an internship.

Schools Push for Women Computer Scientists

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By Ji Hyun Lee It used to be that some professions were thought to be just for men — picture rugged firefighters, those thoughtful doctors in pharmaceutical ads and, of course, the hyperactive geek types associated with programmers of the Mark Zuckerberg kind. Another profession in which women have been missing out on is computer science. Despite the gender stereotype that women can’t do math, many tech leaders are adamant that women computer scientists have the capacity to elevate an… continue…

Rise in CIS Degrees Continues for 2nd Year

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Computer and information sciences degrees continued to climb for the second consecutive year in 2010-11, according to a recent Dice Report. Back in 2008-09, when the number of degrees bottomed out at 37,994, the country was in the midst of an economic crisis that resulted in some students delaying graduation because of financial hardships. But since then, universities and colleges have seen a bump in the number of computer science graduates. This same trend was also evident by the Computer… continue…

UC Santa Cruz Offers New Master’s in Games

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The University of California at Santa Cruz is offering a master’s degree in games and playable media. The program, which will be held at the school’s Santa Clara campus, covers advanced technologies used to produce computer games and interactive media. The 12-month program is intended for students who already have a foundation in computer science and an understanding of computer games. Those who pursue the program will “develop strong design skills as well as strong technical implementation skills,” said Jim… continue…

How to Get a Job at Raytheon

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With 71,000 worldwide employees and $25 billion in annual sales, Raytheon has been one of the nation’s leading defense, aerospace and homeland security contractors for decades. Electronics, guided missiles, command systems integration and intelligence systems are all in its product portfolio. Headquartered in Waltham, Mass., this a company that really does need rocket scientists. How do you staff up a defense contractor? Kristy Kucharczak, Raytheon’s director of Global Talent Acquisition, likes to ask this very fitting question of job applicants:… continue…