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How A Former VC Wants To Disrupt American Education

    For more than two decades Ted Dintersmith was a successful venture capitalist at Charles River Ventures, based in Cambridge, Mass. He remains a Partner Emeritus at the firm, but these days Dintersmith has turned his energies to K-12 and higher education. He claims that education in the U.S. has fallen badly behind, stuck in a 125-year-old framework that no longer meets the needs of students or employers. In 2015 Dintersmith produced a documentary on education’s broken state, Most Likely To Succeed. It premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and is available here: www.mltsfilm.org Q: You were...

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Virtual Reality and Immersive Technology are Game Changers for Cybersecurity Job Growth

      New research shows that millennials/post-millennials are more likely to embrace a cybersecurity career with rich interfaces and VA/AR technologies. The Immersive Technologies and the Future of Cybersecurity from ProtectWise revealed that nearly three quarters of respondents (74%) say the presence of VR tools increase their likelihood of pursuing cybersecurity careers. With 1% of employed respondents working in cybersecurity and only 9% of all respondents showing an interest in pursuing a career in the field, the research uncovered that a lack of awareness and perceived high barriers to entry have led younger generations away from jobs in...

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Google Spent Years Studying Effective Bosses. Now They Teach New Managers These 6 Things

    The transition from individual contributor to manager is not an easy one. In many cases, the skills that got you the promotion will not be the same ones that make you effective as a manager. Luckily, we have organizations like Google that have spent years researching this transition, to help us demystify the secrets to new managers’ success. Using Project Oxygen, an internal study that analyzed more than 10,000 manager impressions including performance reviews, surveys, and nominations for top-manager awards and recognition, Google identified eight habits of highly effective managers. Google also designed a management training workshop...

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Colleges Urged to Ramp Up to Fill Cybersecurity Workforce Void

      WASHINGTON — The United States will remain vulnerable to cyberattacks unless the nation’s education system is better aligned to produce greater numbers of cybersecurity professionals, a leading industry expert testified Tuesday at a Congressional hearing. “Simply put, cybersecurity professionals are not produced by the education system in the United States in the quantities or the correct soft skills that are needed,” said David Jarvis, chief information officer at the IBM Institute for Business Value. “The education system is not aligned to produce a workforce that can defend us from today’s cybersecurity threats,” Jarvis said. Rep. Brett...

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The Unfortunate Reason Why Job Search in a Good Economy Is 2x Harder Than in a Bad One

    Finding a job can take longer and be more competitive in times of lower unemployment. The unemployment rate was announced today at 4.2 percent, that’s a 16-year low. Studies show this should create some concern since historically, when unemployment stays under 5 percent for an extended period of time, a recession is not far behind. However, that doesn’t appear to be the case because it was also announced over 60 percent of Americans feel good about the economy and their personal economic situation. When the applicant rate increases, your chances decrease. When unemployment rates are low and...

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‘Cybersecurity’ term might be scaring off young talent

      While 18- to 26-year-olds are showing interest in cybersecurity, there’s a disconnect in the language around the field, skills and opportunities. BOSTON — When the National Cyber Security Alliance asked 18- to 26-year-olds what skills they are looking for in a career, researchers uncovered a list that would, if framed properly, forge cybersecurity professionals. Fifty-six percent, in fact, listed problem solving as the top skill, followed closely by communication at 54 percent, data analysis at 42 percent and programming at 28 percent, Michael Kaiser, Executive Director of the National Cyber Security Alliance said here at the...

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How to Prepare the Next Generation for Jobs in the AI Economy

      Most of us regard self-driving cars, voice assistants, and other artificially intelligent technologies as revolutionary. For the next generation, however, these wonders will have always existed. AI for them will be more than a tool; in many cases, AI will be their co-worker and a ubiquitous part of their lives. If the next generation is to use AI and big data effectively – if they’re to understand their inherent limitations, and build even better platforms and intelligent systems — we need to prepare them now. That will mean some adjustments in elementary education and some major,...

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High Paying Tech Jobs that Don’t Require a CS Degree

    Stack Overflow reports that almost 70% of tech professionals from over 170 countries consider themselves at least partly self-taught (13% being completely self-taught), with only a third of those surveyed having received a BS in computer science or a related field. The diversity in technical training backgrounds in this industry just goes to show how attainable success is, if you’re willing to put in the effort. Indeed Prime has recapped Paysa’s report to show you which 6-figure salary tech jobs you can land without an advanced degree. 1. Web Developer Engineers who specialize in developing websites and web applications...

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Nevada Taps Transmosis to Transition Workers into Tech Sector

    Transmosis is a workforce trainer focused on developing a pipeline of skilled labor by helping job seekers address skill gaps. (TNS) — When someone looks to change career paths and get into a new industry, it can be tough. Nevada has tapped a company to help make that transition easier for those seeking work in the technology sector. Transmosis is a workforce trainer focused on developing a pipeline of skilled labor by helping job seekers address skill gaps. After years of Silicon Valley experience, Chase Norlin, CEO of Transmosis, noticed that most could break into the tech...

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Chase Norlin, Transmosis CEO will be speaking at National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education

          Transmosis CEO, Chase Norlin will speak on Transforming Cybersecurity Workforce through Government Collaborations on November 7, 2017. Cybersecurity has emerged as one of the leading creators of jobs and opportunity for all economic sectors. The demand for cybersecurity positions in both the public and private sector is large and growing, but the talent pool of cybersecurity workers is not yet able to keep up. The NICE 2017 Conference and Expo features thought leaders from education, government, industry and non-profits who are addressing the cybersecurity education, training, and workforce needs of the nation. This two-day...

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