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Can Boot Camps Really Boost Tech Employment?

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Earlier this week, the White House unveiled an ambitious plan to train and employ millions of tech pros in 21 regions across the United States. Carrying out the plan—dubbed “TechHire”—will depend heavily on coding boot camps and accelerated training programs, which (at least in theory) will make candidates technically proficient in weeks or months rather than years. In addition, a number of big-name tech companies such as Facebook have pledged to take on certain candidates as interns, for on-the-job training.… continue…

The White House’s New Plan for Hiring Tech Pros

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If you’re a tech pro—or aspire to become one—President Obama wants to find you a job. The White House has announced the “TechHire initiative,” which will supposedly fill jobs in everything from software development and network administration to cybersecurity. In order to fill those jobs, the initiative will offer a combination of investment and job placement, with a focus on underserved communities. Here’s the proposal: $100 Million in ‘Federal Investments’ That money will go to training and recruiting workers for… 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…

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…

How to Build Your Skills in Big Data

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Big Data is a big growth area for tech pros. But how should people interested in the field build up their skills to become competitive in these hot new roles? Building Your Foundation Skills The first place to start, if you’re brand new to Big Data, is to learn as much as possible about the concepts underlying it, which will make the learning of actual tools and techniques that much easier. For example, that means tackling the “engineer” part of… continue…

6 Essential IT Certifications for 2015

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Figuring out which IT-related certification program to pursue, from among more than 100 of them, can prove a daunting task for anyone. ITworld recently posted their top suggestions, based on a study from consulting firm Foote Partners. Add to that a very comprehensive annual evaluation guide from Pearson’s IT Certification website, which contains detailed information on many programs. Both are good places to start your own investigation. Any certification program is a compromise between your own skill and learning gaps,… continue…

New Service Aims to Be the Yelp of Boot Camps

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Switch is a website that helps you decide not only what kind of tech career might be right for you, but which boot camp will help you get the training you need to pursue it. It’s been described as a Yelp or TripAdvisor for careers, and offers lists of boot camp offerings along with reviews and access to financial aid. The site was founded by Jonathan Lau, a graduate of Stanford and MIT with degrees in civil and environmental engineering.… 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…

Inside Apple University, Its Secretive Employees-Only School

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Several years ago, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs realized that he would have to imbue his company with an institutional memory, so that future generations of employees could follow an “Apple way” long after he was gone. With that in mind, he founded Apple University, a secretive institution on Apple’s campus where students attend courses taught by full-time instructors, some of whom once instructed at Yale, Berkeley, and other prominent schools. According to a new piece in The New York Times,… continue…