Resources for Women & Allies in Tech: Tech Talk with Janel Hull
Incase you missed it, check out Janel Hull's Tech Talk on "Resources for Women and Allies in Tech"!
ChickTech is a national nonprofit organization, founded in 2012 right here in Portland to engage women and girls of all ages in the technology industry while working to create a better technology culture for all. Janel Hull, ChickTech's Portland Program Manager, introduces the ChickTech organization, how they help women and allies in the tech community, and how you can get involved.
Dan Linn is the President of Hello World Devs. Hello World helps companies create application solutions with their own internal teams, or as supplemental or permanent workers on outside projects.
Have you ever stopped yourself from taking on a new opportunity because you doubted your own abilities and accomplishments? Or because you questioned whether you really "deserved" the chance you were being given? Dan will be presenting on Impostor Syndrome and how to overcome this self-doubt, specifically as it pertains to the work place.
Becoming a Junior Developer after Fifty: Tech Talk with Scott Jansen
Three years ago, Scott broke back into the software industry after spending twenty years on a different career path. His skills in COBOL were no longer sufficient, so he attended The Tech Academy Software Developer Boot Camp to sharpen up on the most in-demand programming languages.
In this talk, Scott shares the ups and downs of learning new technologies after deciding to change his career path, the struggles of finding a job, and his experience working at a new company with younger but more experienced coders.
After overcoming numerous obstacles, Scott Jansen now finds himself in a great career as a software developer. We're excited to have him back sharing the lessons he's learned along the way. Lessons not only helpful for those considering a career in tech after fifty, but anyone at any age looking for a career change!
We’ve all read stories about the difficulties facing millennials in today’s changing job market. Against this backdrop of news coverage, the following statistic is especially astounding: each year there are nearly nine times more open computing positions (Source 1) than their are newly graduated Computer Science majors to fill them.
Jobs in the computing field are growing at pace nearly three times the national average (Source 2). This is happening at a time when 44% of millenials are chronically underemployed (Source 3). Something doesn’t add up.
What is keeping people from snatching up all these well-paying jobs in a growing and exciting field? The issue at hand isn’t a lack of willing applicants. Rather, it’s a lack of feasible education options.
For their part, college and university Computer Science departments are doing their best to grow with the market. Enrollment has skyrocketed (Source 4) over the last decade and the curriculum has changed to reflect the modern workplace. However two major factors put a cap on the ability of Academia alone to fill this nine-fold employment gap. Firstly, higher ed institutions can only accept so many students each year, and so naturally not every applicant will get in. Secondly, CS has one of the highest dropout rates of any major.
But we can’t rely on colleges and universities alone to correct this imbalance. For those looking to change their career later in life, a career in coding or development may seem impossible because the traditional path towards them is inaccessible. After the college age-group, most people already have student debt and/or serious financial or familial obligations that make it extremely difficult if not impossible to attend a four-year degree program in Computer Science.
By offering an alternative education model for an in-demand career field, coding bootcamps promise to be part of the solution. With a curriculum that is rigorous and accelerated and a tuition model that is flexible and affordable, bootcamps like The Tech Academy are making tech industry careers possible to driven, aspiring developers from all walks of life.
A faster, cheaper model of career training is understandably the better fit for those who aren’t capable or willing to pursue and pay for a (possibly second) four-year-degree. In being more welcoming to differing life circumstances, bootcamps are also proving to inject the tech industry with some much needed diversity. As the above infographic from WhatsTheHost (https://www.whatsthehost.com/coding-bootcamp-vs-cs-degree/) shows, the average coding bootcamp grad comes from a very different background than the average Computer Science major.
Different life situations call for different choices. Check out some of the most noteworthy differences in the infographic above that an aspiring programmer should consider when deciding between a coding bootcamp education and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science!
· Source 1: https://qz.com/929275/you-probably-should-have-majored-in-computer-science/
· Source 2: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-and-information-research-scientists.htm
· Source 3: https://www.forbes.com/sites/payout/2017/07/21/the-underemployment-phenomenon-no-one-is-talking-about/#1680eecf5a01
· Source 4: https://www.nap.edu/read/24926/chapter/1
Brian O'Neal works for Atmosera, a certified Microsoft Cloud Services Provider and Cloud OS Network provider delivering managed Microsoft Azure and Azure Pack/Stack (private Microsoft Cloud Platform) to companies and Software as a Service (SaaS) providers globally. In another great Tech Academy talk, Brian speaks about what prospective employers are looking for in technical hiring. Enjoy!