Five Easy Steps for Breaking Into the Tech Industry

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Switching careers can be daunting — you might feel as though you’ve been doing the same thing for too long or it’s too late to try something new — but it doesn’t have to be that way. 

Follow these five steps to stand out from the crowd as you transition into the tech industry:



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Reasons Why You Should Pursue a Career in Tech This Fall

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It’s no secret that the job market in the tech industry is one of the most lucrative there is. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for web developers are projected to grow 15% between the years 2016 and 2026. Keep in mind, the rest of all other occupations only has a projected growth of 7% in that same time span.

Basically what that means is that the tech jobs are abundant! There are seats to be filled and companies are itching to hire. In 2019, it’s a job seeker’s market.

So why should you work at a tech company? Here are 4 of the top benefits you will get if you work at a tech job:



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Jobs in AI: What They Involve and How to Nab One

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These days you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t interrogated Siri (or Alexa), enjoyed the movie Netflix suggested, or fallen victim to purchasing that additional item Amazon recommended—all of which are only possible due to artificial intelligence. AI has been a field of study as far back as the 1950s, but advances have skyrocketed in recent years. These days AI is everywhere and has increasingly become part of all of our everyday lives. Thanks to AI, once tedious tasks are now simple, single-click activities. And as technology becomes even more pervasive, it will only continue to impact our personal and professional lives.

From healthcare to education and everything in between, AI and related technology are also changing the nature of work across the globe. Gartner estimates AI will create 2.3 million new jobs in 2020 while eliminating 1.8 million positions. And according to a 2019 Dun & Bradstreet report, 40% of organizations are adding more jobs as a result of adopting AI, while only 8% are cutting jobs because of the new technology. 



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Sebastian Thrun Tells Harvey Mudd Graduates To ‘Stay Curious and Always Believe in Themselves’

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The class of 2019 is entering one of the most dynamic job markets we have ever seen. According to Glassdoor, tech jobs dominated their list of the top 25 highest-paying entry-level positions. Some of the hottest tech careers include software engineers, machine learning engineers, and data scientists to name a few.  That’s why it’s so imperative for new graduates to be skilled in the jobs of today and tomorrow.

As Harvey Mudd College’s 2019 commencement speaker, Sebastian Thrun shared his advice for the graduating class as they prepare to enter the job market. He encouraged the students to be curious and to believe in themselves. He stressed that one of the most rewarding qualities a student can have is to open his or her mind and to think outside of the box. He shared how these qualities helped him grow into the innovator he is today. Watch the full speech here.



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The New Udacity Talent Program Will Connect Even More Alumni with Amazing Jobs

Since the first Nanodegree programs launched in 2014, Udacity has had a simple mission—to connect our highly-skilled graduates with job opportunities. This focus has produced some great successes, with talented candidates getting offers at incredible companies like Amazon, AT&T, Bosch, Facebook, Google, and IBM.

We’re pleased to announce that we are building on that success by launching an improved AI-based process for matching candidates with employers—the Udacity Talent Program. Alumni who graduated from a Udacity Nanodegree program in the last six months are eligible to share their resumes with our network of employers. And participating employers are able to browse a brand-new platform, powered by GLIDER.ai, to source their ideal candidates—even in traditionally difficult-to-source technical areas like Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, and Autonomous Systems.

“The quality of the job candidates is really impressive. The candidates have these totally different backgrounds, but have made all these efforts to reinvent themselves. They want to be the person that creates solutions.”

Jennifer Langston, Lead College Recruiting Manager at AT&T

With the release of the updated Talent Program,we’re streamlining access for students and employers. It’s going to be a better experience for everyone!

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These Are the Most In-Demand Jobs of 2019

Make 2019 the year you set yourself a new career goal, learn new skills, and change your life. To give you some ideas on where you should focus your efforts, we’ve profiled some of the hottest tech careers you should consider right now.

Blockchain Developer

LinkedIn’s recent 2018 US Emerging Jobs Report profiled the jobs and skills growing most rapidly across the US. All of the jobs on the list have been experiencing tremendous growth, but one role still managed to stand out—Blockchain Developer. Driven by the surging interest in blockchain and cryptocurrencies, the number of people who added “Blockchain Developer” to their LinkedIn profile experienced 33x growth between just 2014 and 2018!

So how do you become a Blockchain Developer? Well, in an interview with Aaron Brown, VP of Engineering at Madhive, that we published last year, Aaron gave us this great insight into what recruiters are looking for in new recruits in the blockchain space:

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A Moving Career Change

20 years of hard-earned experience managing the logistics of military relocations led to a programming career helping other military families move more easily!

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While it’s not necessarily thought of as a conventional “career,” 20 years of organizing regular house moves for her military family (including four children!) has been a LOT of work for Kimberly McCaffrey. She has managed a constant cycle of organizing movers, schools, housing, and logistics, in whatever location the Navy sent them next. When her husband decided to retire, Kimberly knew everything was about to change, and so she started on an exciting new journey—embracing her childhood fascination with computers and launching a career as a programmer. Along the way she won a hackathon, and is now building a new app focused on a subject she knows very well—helping military families relocate!

We were lucky enough to chat with Kimberly to hear about her experiences learning to program, and what she plans to do next.

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