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Crowdfunding Support For Building A Start-Up
By: CareerCast.com
Crowdfunding—collecting money from a bunch of people to fund a project—has in the last few years gone from “doable but tough” to “so easy we can’t remember how we lived before,” thanks to sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Particular beneficiaries of the new era are those wanting to make physical devices, who have often struggled for funding because of the higher risk and capital requirements of hardware development over software. “Crowdfunding validates the product-market fit early in the development cycle, before you’ve spent millions of dollars creating something nobody wants,” says Scott Miller, CEO and cofounder of Dragon Innovation, in ... more
Juggling Life And Work In IT
By: CareerCast.com
The United States is one of the worst countries for a work-life balance, reveals a recent report from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development. In IT, finding this elusive balance can be even more challenging with the constant call of technology and various mobile devices — but it is possible with the right employer and position. If you're searching for a new IT job, here are some specifications to look for to find more balance between your work and personal life. Flexible options Flexible jobs are becoming more common in IT. According to a report from Gensler, employees who ... more
Computing Jobs Driving New Generation Of Students
By: CareerCast.com
High school seniors nationwide are preparing to graduate, receiving college acceptance letters and possibly enrolling in a college or university. The challenging economy has made many of these young adults acutely aware of the important role their degree can play when they face commencement once again, this time entering the job market. Some schools offer degree programs that address the skills required to enter fast-growing fields, such as cyber security, cloud computing, health care and accounting — U.S. News & World Report included accounting in its ranking of 25 Best Jobs in 2012. This strong connection to a promising career ... more
Computing Technology Changes In The Next Five Years
By: CareerCast.com
Since 2006 at about this time IBM comes out with five predictions, dubbed 5-in-5, about how technology will affect the world within five years. Each year the predictions look at how technology innovations will change the way people work, live, and play within the next five years. They are based on market and social trends combined with ideas from the thousands of biologists, engineers, mathematicians and medical physicians in IBM research labs around the world. Anything that suggests change also means opportunities. IT consultants should thrive on change. This is your cue to step up and offer ideas, strategy, and ... more
Learning Programming Is A Long-Term Investment
By: CareerCast.com
It's safe to say that many people's New Year's resolutions include "learn programming." If you're one of them, what are your odds of succeeding? Not very high. According to SkilledUp, a curator of information about online classes and boot camps related to programming, only 5% of people make it all the way through an online programming course, although 10% complete it if they pay for it. It gets worse. Experts say that even if you complete an online coding class, you're still not close to being prepared for a job in the industry. "The myth that anyone can wake up ... more
Robotics Growing In The Workplace
By: CareerCast.com
The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) expects new installations of industrial robots to reach 200,000 units in 2014, and grow 12 percent annually between 2015 and 2017. That would boost the world’s industrial robot population to more than 2 million in 2017. In 2013, the latest year for which the organization has complete data, sales of industrial robots rose 12 percent, to 178,132 units worth $9.5 billion. IFR’s data comes from projections of its members, the world’s top robot manufacturers. The data include robots, but not peripherals (grippers, welders, cameras, and the like), software, and systems engineering. Those installed costs, ... more
Age And Wisdom In The IT Industry
By: CareerCast.com
Prejudice against older programmers is wrong, but new research suggests it's also inaccurate. A dandy natural experiment to test the technical chops of the old against the young has been conducted—or discovered—by two computer scientists at North Carolina State University, in Raleigh. Professor Emerson Murphy-Hill and Ph.D. student Patrick Morrison went to Stack Overflow, a Web site where programmers answer questions and get rated by the audience. It turned out that ratings rose with contributors' age, at least into the 40s (beyond that the data were sparse). The range of topics handled also rose with range (though, strangely, after dipping ... more
Eight Hot Tech Jobs in 2014
By: CareerCast.com
If there's one job market that isn't slowing down, it's tech. As legacy companies continue to digitize and exciting new startups pop up everywhere, we're encountering an increased demand for qualified tech professionals. According to a recent survey from recruiting company Robert Half Technology, 16% of chief information officers plan to expand their teams in the first half of 2014. That means right now employers are looking to fill positions for software engineers, mobile developers and IT managers — a few of the hottest tech jobs this year. CONTINUE READING AT MASHABLE.COMmore
The Best Places for IT Workers in America
By: CareerCast.com
Looking for a great place to find your next job? Move to Texas. A new WalletHub study finds Houston and Austin to be the two top metro areas in the United States for those with science, technology, engineering and math careers. The Raleigh, NC, Denver, CO and Omaha, NE metro areas round out the top five on the list. For the study, WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country. It looked at 11 key metrics including job openings per capita for STEM graduates, percentage of all workers in STEM occupations, STEM employment growth, and annual median wage ... more
Steps To Stand Out In The Engineering Job Market
By: CareerCast.com
There’s a lot of talent out there on the job market. To compete, you need to clarify what you offer that sets you apart from the crowd. And as “Managing Brand You” notes, the word brand no longer applies only to dishwasher liquids, frozen foods, and the world of inanimate products; it’s about what you need to create to boost your odds of success: Brand You. There’s a great deal of advice on offer, and an abundance of candidates for every job. To stand out with your brand, here are some basic steps: • Write a quick introduction to your ... more