Training

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 Spot Your Next Big Skill

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Keeping your career on track is challenging enough without having to worry about timing: If you learn an emerging technology too soon, the jobs won’t be there. If you wait too long, you’ll face stiff competition. So how can you develop impeccable timing? By actively monitoring the evolution of promising technologies that align with your skills and interests. When new tech starts to gain momentum and more and more people get their hands into it, it’s time to make your… continue…

Can Hacker Schools Provide the Training You Need?

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An alternative is rising for people who want to develop new technical skills: Hacker schools, which are billed as quick, cheap alternatives to traditional educational approaches. The schools are cropping up across the country, especially in tech-heavy areas like San Francisco, New York and Boston. They’re not cheap, though. A program at the Iron Yard, based in South Carolina, takes three months and costs $9,000. A two-month program at Atlanta’s Tech Talent South runs $6,250 for full-time students and $4,250… continue…

What the Next 18 Months Hold for Software Careers

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It’s easy to put your head down and focus on the work that you have to do today. To think about the job you’re doing now. To think about the technology you know already. To understand the team structure you’re currently in. That’s what’s now. But what’s next? Let’s take a walk through the next 18 months and see where engineering is going. Focus on Learning What’s Going On: Hiring managers have figured out that tomorrow’s skills won’t be today’s… 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…

Authentication’s New Methods Spotlight Need for More Training

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IT security professionals may want to brace for more training and skills development on emerging forms of authentication following Google’s acquisition of Israeli startup SlickLogin and moves by organizations like the Fast Identity Online Alliance (FIDO). Companies are seeking ways to keep their customers and employees secure online beyond reusable passwords, as cybercriminals become increasingly sophisticated and attacks more massive in scope, as evidenced by the recent Target security breach. Earlier this week, Google acquired SlickLogin, which uses a unique,… continue…

California Regulators Crack Down on Coding Bootcamps

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California regulators are cracking down on a number of coding bootcamps, insisting that they become licensed as private schools and leaving the camps fighting for their survival. The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, a unit of the California Department of Consumer Affairs, sent cease and desist letters to Hackbright Academy, Hack Reactor, App Academy, Zipfian Academy and others. It’s warning that they are being classified as unlicensed post-secondary educational institutions that must seek compliance with state laws or be forcibly shut down, reports VentureBeat.… continue…

No Experience? You Can Still Get the Job

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You hear about it a lot: Employers want job seekers who have the right experience, but you can’t get the experience if someone doesn’t hire you for the right job. In this week’s Dice News Hangout, Sharadon Smith of the Nova Job Center in Sunnyvale, Calif., and Dice Software Engineering Community Guide Catherine Powell look at how both job seekers fresh out of college and those trying to change their career path can break the cycle.

Bootcamp Tries New Approach to Tuition

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Kaplan Test Prep is trying out a new way to finance tuition for participants in its Metis Ruby on Rails bootcamp. It’s partnered with Palo Alto, Calif., startup Upstart to offer financial aid that students pay back over five to 10 years through a pre-determined percentage of their earnings. In other words, rather than commit to paying a set amount each month regardless of their employment situation, Upstart customers pay based on the amount they’re making during the repayment period.… continue…

How Can I Find Free Technical Training?

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A member of the Dice Community asks: I work for a small company that doesn’t offer in-house training or tuition assistance and I can’t afford an expensive boot camp. I really need to upgrade my skills, can you help me find free training? Thanks. Most states offer employers some sort of funding for employee training. So volunteering to find the funds and a qualified training program may be a good first step. For example, the Tech America Foundation provides tax-payer… continue…