How to Design an Engineering Training Plan

We’ve been exploring the tale of the startup and the engineer, and how their fates became entwined. First, we looked at the hiring wish list — the job description — drawn up by the managers of  WidgetCo, a company focused on Ruby on Rails. Next, WidgetCo met an engineer, and although they weren’t perfect for each other, they all took the plunge: WidgetCo hired a “trainable” Java engineer with a lot of skills with some differing technologies. WidgetCo knew they’d… continue…

Tech Workers’ Top Worry: Keeping Skills Current

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Matching their skill set to a new job is the biggest concern technology workers have when it comes to their careers. Indeed, the idea of closely fitting skills to an employer’s needs is something of a theme, according to a survey by Dice. Being valuable and keeping skills up to date were the next most-cited concerns. Given that layoffs are still touching the tech community, such worries are understandable. Despite the fact that Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that… continue…

2013′s Notable Android Training and Conferences

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The mobile landscape is changing rapidly. BlackBerry has finally joined the smartphone era, Firefox has created a mobile OS, and Ubuntu recently released its first smartphone version. Despite all this, Android remains one of the mobile operating systems to beat, and its opportunities to grow are dramatic. More people predict that one day we’ll buy ourselves Internet-enabled refrigerators with touchscreen interfaces displaying familiar Android menus. The Internet of Things is quite real, and Android is well-suited to support its next generation… continue…

Experience Trumps Certifications for Cloud Jobs

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If you’re a cloud engineer, architect, developer or support specialist with strong cloud computing skills, you’re in luck. Demand for professionals like you vastly exceeds supply. Some 1.2 million cloud jobs went unfilled during 2012, says Marcus Robertson, chief technical officer of True Ability, a San Antonio IT staffing company. Research firm IDC says that number is close to 1.7 million and estimates there will be as many as 7 million cloud jobs by 2015. “I have hired about 150 people… continue…

What Employers Look for in Product Managers

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A blog post last month by veteran product manager Rich Mironov examined what hiring managers actually look for in product managers. The anecdotal results aren’t pretty. Mironov’s research concludes that hiring managers think about the openings very narrowly, which means most are looking for candidates in the wrong places. They’re putting too much emphasis on technical market knowledge and not enough on what makes for a great product manager. Mironov and his researcher examined 41 job postings at American tech… continue…

What Managers Say About Cloud Certifications

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Cloud certifications and other related courses can cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. While there are a number of reasons why this kind of training can boost your prospects of getting a cloud-related job, many tech professionals, including a number of Dice News users, don’t buy it. “Why bother if I’m already doing the work?” one asked in the comments to this story. Another wondered: “Do employers really expect to find the perfect candidate with the list of 20… continue…

When Do Cloud Certifications Really Matter?

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While employers struggle to fill cloud-related jobs, they’re not using certifications as a litmus test to help them identify the right candidates. While they’ll demonstrate that you have some knowledge about the skills they’re seeking, certifications aren’t a magic bullet when it comes to making a hiring decision. “Certification tells me they have knowledge of the topic, and cloud certification will help get them in the door for an interview,” says Erin Swike, director of hosting provider Bluelock’s client services.… continue…

Learn Python Online With Coursera

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In a 30-year programming career, I’ve learned and used many languages, but never got around to picking up Python. In this post I talked about taking a free course on “Interactive Programming With Python,” which teaches Python and how to use it to program graphical interactive games. Eight weeks later, I’ve just completed it. If you’ve never programmed before, this is a great way to get started. Along the way you’ll create a series of mini projects, from the fairly… continue…

Here’s Why Training Will Get You a Job in the Cloud

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Standing in the way of the cloud’s expected growth isn’t technology, but a growing shortage of tech professionals with the right skills, hiring managers say. Currently, companies are struggling to fill an estimated 1.7 million open cloud jobs—more than 24 percent of the 7 million positions expected to be available by 2015. In a study conducted for Microsoft, researcher IDC said the number of workers needed to fill those positions will grow by 26 percent each year during that period.… continue…

Train New Hires Without Making Yourself Dispensable

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What do you do when a manager wants you to train new hires and you worry he’s getting ready to ditch you? Saying “yes” feels like a set-up, and saying “no” makes you seem insubordinate. A no-win situation? Not necessarily. Cat provides some solutions. You can see a related article here. Images: Bigstock