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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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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Are Universities Educating Students For The Jobs of Tomorrow?

Our nation’s student loan crisis has many wondering whether or not college is still worth the price of admission.

As the collective debt balloons past $1.5 trillion, traditional four-year universities seem less and less auspicious. What’s more, thanks to the breakneck speed of innovation, experts predict many jobs of today won’t even exist in the next decade. We’re living in an era when driverless cars, robotic warehouse workers, and AI-based customer service agents are real-world products, no longer the stuff of science fiction.

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ETHDenver – A Techtonic Success!

On Saturday, February 16th, a group from Techtonic made their way to the ETHDenver conference. It was located at one of Denver’s historic landmarks, Gart Sports Castle. The ETH in ETHDenver stands for Ethereum, which is a one-of-a-kind platform used to build decentralized applications [aka dApps]. This event is the largest Ethereum-based hackathon where developers and enthusiasts alike collaborate in building projects, share their dApps, and discuss trends and developer tools in the industry. We also had the opportunity to complete a transaction in bufficoin! The team also attended a variety of interesting panels, and networked with like-minded colleagues at a variety of booths.

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