THE DEMAND FOR REAL-WORLD DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE (AND HOW TO GET IT)

In a 2018 opinion piece for CNBC on the future of work, the author said something profound. “The future of work won’t be about degrees. More and more, it’ll be about skills. And no one school, whether it be Harvard, General Assembly or Udacity, can ever insulate us from the unpredictability of technological progression and disruption.”

We couldn’t agree more. The modern workforce has entered an era where real-world experience and tangible skills are worth more than a degree. Aimed at budding software developers, this article will showcase a few methods that up-and-comers can use to cultivate experience and become employable.

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REDEFINE THE TERM “HIGHER EDUCATION”

In founding our apprenticeship program, Techtonic Academy, we set out to redefine the meaning of higher education. Long before it was acceptable to openly question the value of a four-year degree, our founder foresaw a shift in public sentiment toward college. Now, as of 2019, a number of iconic tech firms, including Google, IBM, and Apple have followed in our footsteps. While we don’t envision a world where traditional higher education becomes obsolete, we do see one where top-tier talent will increasingly choose alternative forms of learning such as apprenticeship programs, community college, online courses, and trade schools.

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The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

Diverse businesses do better. When you get down to a more granular level of offices and teams, diverse groups do better than homogeneous groups even within the same corporate structure. Maybe you believe those statements already, or maybe you don’t. Either way, I’m assuming you need some cold hard numbers to help convince either yourself or the people around you. For some statistics that can help you make your pitch, and some frameworks that can help lend a sense of urgency to diversity initiatives, keep reading.

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2019 Top Trends in Technology Apprenticeships

Technology is eroding norms across all sectors, from real estate and health care to energy and finance, and everything in between. There’s virtually no industry that’s immune to its influence. Essentially, this means the demand for talented employees who can build and maintain complex IT systems is at an all-time high. Whether they’re installing a local area network or developing a proprietary A.I. – skilled tech workers are being gobbled up at an alarming rate.

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Women in Tech – Developing Daughters For Success!

A coworker recently asked me to take notes at a company meeting. I answered by saying yes, but just to clarify – not because I’m a woman. Fitting in a specific role or category has been something I’ve fought against my whole life, but times are changing (thank goodness). Luckily this coworker wasn’t a sexist or misogynistic male trying to establish dominance over the new female, but a leader utilizing their resources to the best of their ability. You see, I was the new employee, and like it or not I had a long way to go in learning a new role.

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