Tag: Career

16 Steps Every Tech Professional Can Take To ‘Recession-Proof’ Their Career

While the tech industry tends to be more resilient in the face of recession than others, no industry is wholly immune from economic downturns. Even with technology becoming an increasing necessity in the wake of Covid-19, tech companies have still experienced layoffs, adjustments and other shocks to the system.

That’s why it’s vital for tech professionals to “recession-proof” their skills and their careers as far as possible. Below, the members of Forbes Technology Council share 16 things those working in the tech industry can do to protect themselves from the impacts of an economic downturn.

1. Master cloud-based skills.

Companies are rapidly shifting to a “cloud-first” strategy, and they are looking for employees who have cloud expertise. Update your skills to ensure you have cloud certifications and experience with

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State senate candidates: Career and technical education key to environmental, economic success

BRUNSWICK — Supporting career and technical education programs for young people could go a long way toward ensuring a future for Maine that is both economically and environmentally sustainable, according to four candidates vying to represent the Midcoast in the Maine Senate Districts 23 and 24.

Sen. Eloise Vitelli, the Democrat incumbent, and Holly Kopp, a Republican, are running to represent District 23, which encompasses Sagadahoc County and Dresden. Rep Mattie Daughtry, a Democrat, will face Republican Brad Pattershall for the seat representing District 24, which includes Brunswick, Freeport, Harpswell, North Yarmouth and Pownal. 

The four candidates participated in a virtual forum hosted by the Southern Midcoast Chamber of Commerce on Friday. 

Vitelli, Kopp, Daughtry and Pattershall all expressed staunch support for making Region 10 Technical High School, the area’s vocational and technical school, a full-fledged, four-year comprehensive technical high school where students learn career and technical subjects alongside their

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PlayStation Inventor Starts New Career Making Robots for No Pay

(Bloomberg) — Ken Kutaragi, the legendary inventor of the PlayStation gaming console, is taking on one of the hardest jobs in robotics. And he’s getting paid nothing to do it.

The founder of Sony Corp.’s gaming business is the new chief executive officer of Ascent Robotics Inc., a Tokyo-based artificial intelligence startup. Kutaragi, 70, wants to make affordable robots that can safely move around and do physical work alongside humans in factories and logistics centers, and aims to have a working prototype in about a year. He said he receives no salary to save precious capital.

Ken Kutaragi standing in a room: PlayStation Inventor Ken Kutaragi Starts New Career Making Robots

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PlayStation Inventor Ken Kutaragi Starts New Career Making Robots

Ken Kutaragi in Tokyo on Oct. 8.


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“The Covid-19 outbreak has turned the old argument about robots taking our jobs on its head,” Kutaragi said in his first interview since taking the helm in August. “It’s pretty clear

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Making Your Own Luck In Your Career

Napoleon famously remarked that he would rather his generals be lucky than good, and it’s something that a recent study from the University of Catania explored, with the researchers attempting to understand the role luck played in our success. They did this by modeling human talent, and specifically how that talent is used by us through our lives. This allowed them to understand the role chance played in our outcomes.

They ran a number of simulations to explore the distribution of wealth and talent and found that it generally wasn’t the most talented that came to be wealthiest, but rather those who were regarded as the luckiest. The model worked by assigning people a given level of talent, which consisted of things such as intelligence and skill. This talent would be randomly assigned throughout the population according to a broad bell curve distribution.

The model then tracked each person

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After one of tech’s biggest conferences for women postponed its career fair, attendees organized their own with recruiters from companies like Apple and Google

a sign on a stage in front of a crowd: The Grace Hopper Celebration is the world's largest conference for women in computing. Anitab.org

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The Grace Hopper Celebration is the world’s largest conference for women in computing. Anitab.org

  • Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC), one of the largest conferences for women in tech, recently postponed its annual career fair due to technical difficulties.
  • Many students rely on the career fair as a way to land jobs and internships at some of the biggest tech companies like Apple and Google. 
  • In response, some attendees have come together to arrange an alternative option for candidates and recruiters to connect. 
  • Companies like Dropbox, are also hosting their own live interactive networking events and 1:1 chats to meet conference attendees and recruit diverse candidates. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) is one of the largest conferences for women in tech.


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The event boasts more than 30,000 participants and over 300 partners from major tech companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, and

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Career Technical Education Pathway Gives Students a Chance to be the Expert-on-Call

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — When Learn4Life high schools transitioned to distance learning, distributing laptops and hotspots to all students was fairly easy. The challenge was the increase in requests to the Learn4Life information technology (IT) help desk. The staff had been serving about 2,800 employees with tech problems. Now, the IT help desk needed to respond to 23,000 students as well. So, they turned to their own students in the IT career technical education pathway, building a corps of interns to support fellow students and staff with help desk requests – with great success.

“The program is working remarkably well and we’re so proud of our students,” said Nick Carlson, IT teacher. “Just imagine the confidence boost when a student can solve problems for a teacher or principal and be zealously thanked for it. Especially for many of our at-risk students who come to us

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From Microsoft VP to law student: What this exec’s career transition says about AI and the law

Mike Angiulo, a former Microsoft vice president, is now in his third year at the University of Washington law school. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop)

Mike Angiulo worked at Microsoft for 25 years as an engineering manager and vice president for products including Windows PCs, Microsoft Outlook, Xbox, Surface, and cloud and artificial intelligence technologies. But it was actually not the work Angiulo originally envisioned doing. He had planned to be a lawyer, delaying those plans after he started at Microsoft in his early 20s.

Now, at age 47, nearly three decades later, he’s circling back to his original plan — going back to school and preparing for a second career, as a lawyer focused on some of the most interesting and difficult questions facing the same types of technologies that he helped to create for so many years.

“I am a big believer that just the prevalence of big

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Bexley superintendent to lead Eastland-Fairfield Career Center

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| The Columbus Dispatch

Bexley City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Pietsch Miller is leaving to take the top job with the Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools.

The Eastland-Fairfield schools board announced Wednesday night that it was hiring Pietsch Miller as its new superintendent. She starts her new job on Oct. 7.

She replaces Bonnie Hopkins, who announced her retirement in April after leading the district for more than 11 years. Hopkins has agreed to stay on until Jan. 1, 2021, to help with Pietsch Miller’s transition.

The Bexley City Board of Education is expected to formally accept Miller’s resignation from its superintendent position on Tuesday, said Tyler Trill, a district spokesman. 

“I am honored to have been selected to lead Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools in the coming years,” Pietsch Miller said in a press release. 

Bexley is one of the 16 school districts in central Ohio that

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New JFF Report Highlights Companies Pioneering Technology for Career Navigation

BOSTON, Sept. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — JFF, a national nonprofit driving transformation in the American workforce and education systems, today released the fourth report in its series of market scans—this one focused on emerging career navigation technologies designed to help working adults successfully identify, select, and prepare for new career opportunities. The pioneering study, Career Navigation Technology 2020, highlights companies deploying new technologies to help frontline workers navigate the complex world of career search and planning and address the recruitment, hiring, and talent development needs of employers.

“Against the backdrop of unprecedented labor market volatility, the experience of searching for a new career is too often chaotic, confusing, and difficult to navigate. This is particularly true for low-income workers who could expand their career opportunities through access to information and social networks that create a leg up in this economy,” said Maria Flynn, president and CEO of JFF.

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Pandemic Highlights Vital Role of Career and Technical Ed / Public News Service

Many workers on the front lines of the COVID pandemic are Career and Technical Education graduates. (Syda Productions/Adobe Stock)

September 29, 2020

HARRISBURG, Pa. — During the pandemic, frontline workers have shown the importance of career and technical education, and a new report outlines how Pennsylvania can become a national leader in the field.

While school closures and remote learning are challenging for all students, the impact on the kind of hands-on training offered at Career and Technical Education Centers can be huge. Kari King is president and CEO of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children. She said by increasing state funding, adopting best practices from other states and improving data collection and analysis, the Keystone State can make sure students will get what they need to aid in the post-pandemic economic recovery.

“There’s no greater return on investment than the school-to-workforce pipeline, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic when so many front-line

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