Tips on attracting (and retaining) millennials

August 26, 2012 by  
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If you lead an IT shop today, chances are at least some of the employees who report to you are millennials — young adults in their 20s. Millennials — also known as Generation Y — think about life and work differently than older boom and gen X employees, and hiring and retaining them requires management that understands their needs and a business environment to match, says Jim Finkelstein, president and CEO of FutureSense, a consulting firm the specializes in organization and people.

A recent survey of millennials in the workplace conducted by MTV found that most millennials believe the workplace should be social and enjoyable, and they want flexible hours and less governance over the projects to which they are assigned. About half say they would rather have no job than a job they hate, and nearly two-thirds believe they should be mentoring older coworkers when it comes to tech and getting things done.

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Employers often take these attitudes to mean that millennials are lazy, cocky, unwilling to pay their dues and feel they are exempt from the rules. But Finkelstein, who has authored a book on how to tackle the “co-generational workplace,” challenges those assumptions, believing employers should instead view them as hungry and more moldable than older and more seasoned IT professionals.

“Millennials should not be sold short as slacking, uninspired workers and be seen for what most of them are: innovative, creative and hungry for job roles that they can grow in in an ongoing capacity,” says Finkelstein. “If these are employers’ assumptions of the millennial work ethic, their employees are going to pick up on that, thus creating a workplace culture built on distrust and judgment from the get go, hindering a positive, productive exchange of thoughts, ideas and innovation.”

In fact, given room to run, millennials may even prove more productive, Finkelstein says.

“They’ve got the ability to multitask because their brains have been wired differently from the get go,” he says. “They’ve been in the computer age since they were born. they may actually get stuff done faster and more efficiently. We assume they’re lazy because they’re not going to come in and ask for more work. Well shame on us for not giving them more work.”

Manage your employer brand to attract millennialsFirst off, CIOs and other IT leaders need to get their heads around attracting millennials. half of millennials would “rather have no job than a job they hate,” according to the MTV study, and most consider loving what they do to be more important than a big salary or a big bonus. Millennials will flock to organizations with a reputation for doing fun or interesting work, but CIOs from other firms will have to aggressively manage their employer brand if they hope to attract top talent, Finkelstein says.

“These folks don’t live to work,” he says. “They work to live. You have to build an employer brand that puts out there the environment you expect them to come into.”

Classroom Management Website Soars in Size, Popularity

August 17, 2012 by  
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The free website ClassDojo, the brainchild of a former teacher and a computer game developer, launched quietly about a year ago, and today the education startup announced it has more than 3.5 million teacher and student users in 30 countries, most of them in the United States. It officially shed its beta label, too.

In Higuera’s social studies classes at Toro Canyon Middle School in the Coachella Valley district, he used the website to create avatars of his students that are projected for the entire classroom to see. Throughout the day, Higuera uses the software to note misbehavior and good behavior, including when students ask good questions or give a good presentation to the rest of the class.

One of the sites’ creators, Sam Chaudhary, is a former teacher who sometimes struggled to keep kids on task so they could learn the math and economics he was teaching. he knows classroom management is one of the top reasons teachers quit their jobs, and he and co-creator Liam Don wanted to find a data-driven solution to the problem. They also wanted to put the tool directly in teachers’ hands.

Indeed, said Higuera, who has taught for 14 years, classroom management remains a challenge, but he felt ClassDojo did have an effect on his students. Students and parents could review behavior reports day by day, and they could see both positive and negative actions, something he really liked. Granted, the site doesn’t solve every behavior problem, he said, or write up the classroom rules. But when students heard the sound of the computer dinging one student for doing something wrong, others heard it and they often quickly fell in line—hence affecting how much he had to shout at and over his students.

The site is meant to actually help students change their behavior, not just keep tabs on kids, Chaudhary said, and in the long run, he believes it will help students find academic success. I’m curious if there are any other websites or apps out there that help classroom teachers in a similar way.

A survey of teachers who use ClassDojo found a 45 percent to 90 percent increase in incidents of positive student behavior, and a 50 percent to 85 percent decrease in episodes of misbehavior.

ClassDojo is considered the fastest-growing education startup out there and has raised $1.6 million in investment funds from investors including Paul Graham, the co-founder of venture capital firm Y Combinator; Lerer Ventures, co-founded by Ken Lerer, who co-founded the Huffington Post; the NewSchools Venture Fund, Learn Capital, and angel investor Ron Conway. I wrote a little about ClassDojo’s roots and other education startups earlier this year, including how their time at education business incubator Imagine K12 helped shape their idea.

By the way, another Imagine K12 startup educreations, said this week it has raised $2.2 million from groups including the NewSchools Venture Fund, Accel Partners, and Matt Greenfield, among other investors.

Best College For Computer Science

July 26, 2012 by  
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One of the best degrees that someone can get right now is a computer science degree. There are literally thousands of jobs that are part of computer and technical fields, and computer technology is becoming more and more important to the work force as a whole. For anyone who is interested in computers or technology at all, or even for someone who just wants a degree in a field that will be around for a while, a computer science degree is a great option. once this is decided, however, it is necessary to find the best colleges for computer science degrees.

So many people are getting their computer science degrees that it has become very important to get a degree from a top college or university. the name of the school that a potential employee attends can be the difference between just and interview and getting the job. this makes finding the best colleges for computer science extremely important. There are two main places that computer science degrees can be found. You can get a computer science degree online, or you can get one offline. For the more hands-on degrees, a campus education is better. However, for degrees that have a lot of theory rather than practice, and online degree will work great.

Best colleges for computer science on campus:

Harvard school of engineering and applied sciences: Bachelor in CS. this degree plan offers the CS overview with the additional benefit of coming from one of the greatest schools in the world.

MIT University: Bachelor in CS and Engineering. this degree plan is unique because it not only covers the basics of the degree plan but also comes from one of the most scientifically oriented universities in the world.

Stanford University: Bachelor in CS. Stanford has some of the best computer programs in the world. someone looking for the extra edge with their degree should look into a CS degree from Stanford.

Best colleges for CS online:

University of Phoenix: Bachelor of Science in CS. this degree is a great overview of the whole computer field. a student in this degree plan will learn a semi-detailed overview of the entire CS field and how computers work in the world.

American College of Computer and Information Sciences: bachelor in CS. this course is designed to study computer science as a whole, but the degree focus is on software design. If someone wishes to go into software design this degree would be perfect.

Walden University is a great school to attend for great graduate CSdegrees. They offer programs in computer engineering, computer systems specialization, digital systems specialization, computer science, data management, and many others. this is a great school to look into for someone who wants to get an advanced degree in computer science.

All of these colleges listed are some of the best colleges for computer science degrees.

Learn more about all of these great programs and more secrets to earning your Computer Science Degree

Getting a degree from any of these schools will help someone achieve all of their dreams of working in a computer-related field.

JIBE Goes SaaS To Make All Job Applications Mobile-Friendly – Scott Briscoe Digital Marketing Blog

July 25, 2012 by  
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New York City-based startup JIBE first appeared on the scene in late 2009 as LocalBacon , a job board that required job-seekers to pay 99 cents to apply for positions, weeding out less serious candidates. several months later in March 2010, the company smartly re-positioned itself as JIBE — a recruiting platform to help people find jobs through their social networks. the pivot was a smart one : A $6 million Series A round followed in mid-2011 , and JIBE grew to have a staff of 18 across three offices in the US. despite the decent traction, JIBE recently tweaked its mission once again — and this could be its savviest move yet. JIBE has shifted its core technology to be a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that plugs into company job boards and makes any job posting capable of receiving applications through mobile devices. JIBE believes that in the near future many people will be applying to jobs through smartphones and tablets, not traditional desktop or laptop computers. It may seem far-fetched right now — personally, applying for jobs has always been something that’s will required my full keyboard-and-screen attention. But then again, it wasn’t so long ago at all that people thought digital job applications would never seriously take off. Remember paying extra at Kinko’s to print your resume on really nice paper? so I sat down with JIBE CEO and founder Joe Essenfeld to hear first-hand the details about his company’s shift to a SaaS strategy. Watch the video embedded below to hear him discuss why mobile could own the future of job applications, how JIBE sells its platform to huge Fortune 500 companies as a relatively small startup, what were the signs that have led JIBE to tweak its strategy, and more. Joe Essenfeld, CEO of JIBE

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Remove “Metadata” From Your Files Before Sharing Them « Tech – for Everyone

July 12, 2012 by  
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Whenever you create, open, or save a file or document, that file will store information — known as metadata — that you had no intention of including or disclosing to others. taking a conscientious “extra step” can prevent  embarrassment, and also make you a bit more secure. Here’s the “how to”.

Hidden Attributes and Tags might Reveal More than you Would Like

You may not be aware that the documents you generate, and the photos you edit on your computer are “stamped” (if you will) with little bits and pieces of information that the computer thinks are useful — called “metadata“. This metadata is not out in plain site for you to notice, but it’s there. Fortunately, it is not difficult to remove.

[note: “Metadata is not necessarily “bad”. Metadata is essentially there to help the computers do their jobs better and faster, and can be helpful to us as well.]

Metadata for a photograph would typically include the date and time at which it was taken and details of the camera settings, such as focal length, aperture, exposure. It would also contain any titles or keyword “tags” we’ve added to help us organize our albums.

Metadata for a document would typically include the date and time at which it was created, title, author, subject, number of pages, and the language of the text.

But the metadata will also contain the number of revisions, how long you spent working on it, (possibly) hidden markups/edits, who it is “shared” with, who else it’s been sent to, the Save path (which usually reveals your User Name), computer name, and more.

This can open you up to embarrassment (What? They took 4 hours and 16 revisions to write this ??? and why did they show it Joe?) and/or provide info a hacker might use to gain control of your PC.

Tip of the day: before you e-mail off your file as an attachment, or turn it in to the boss, it might be a good idea to strip it of the metadata. To do this:1) right-click of the file and select “Properties” from the context menu. in my example, I’ll use a Word document named BarbaraInvoice.doc.

2) Click on the “Details” tab, and look to the bottom area. Click on “Remove Properties and Personal Information”.

3) a new window will open. Here you will see two choices represented by radio buttons. ‘Remove it all’ is the default, but you can be selective by clicking the second button, and using the window scroll, and remove just certain tags.

4) Click “OK”, and the metadata is gone.

Today’s yippee yahoo: 450,000 user passwords leaked in Yahoo breach

“a hacker group claims responsibility for attack on a Yahoo service, exposing more than 450,000 plain text login credentials.” Read more..

If anyone should know better than that, it should be IT Pros, working at a place like Yahoo..? Ya’ think?

One more reason not to Yahoo!

Today’s free link: Amazon’s Game Downloads area lets you try every title – including new releases – before you buy. there are games for all ages and interests.

Today’s free download: Photographers: I believe this small free utility – BatchPurifier Lite– will allow you direct control over exactly which EXIF (metadata) info you want to remove from your image files. (I have not used this myself, but, there you go.)

Germane to nothing at all: in my world/our local slang, a “yahoo” is a happy-go-lucky idjit (aka a “fool”.)

Today’s quote: “All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Some Information About Mini Laptop Computers

June 26, 2012 by  
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As the years go by, our electronic gadgets keep getting either much smaller or much larger. Computers and cell phones top the list of things growing smaller while our televisions and cars seem to be getting bigger. our convenient new mini laptop computers make it so much easier to do our jobs, our schoolwork or anything else we want to do while on the go.

These laptops are used by people who are in business, in school and in the arts. Business people use them to communicate while on the go, students use them to do research and take notes while in school and parents enjoy spending time in the park with their children while still getting some work done.

The latest technology is included in many of the laptops offered in department stores everywhere. most of the very small laptops do not have any kind of CD or DVD drive. The body of these tiny laptops is too small to hold one.

The smaller laptops are called netbooks. This is because they are made so that the user can connect to the Internet and download information that they would normally receive from a CD. Today, we have the good fortune of using flash drives, which is the latest invention for storing information from a computer. Easy to use, these little storage devices plug into a USB port and are much more durable than CDs. They cannot be scratched like a CD but they can be smashed or broken and if they get wet, a lot of valuable information could be lost. They have storage capacities that are equal to most CDs.

Most laptops, regardless of size, will come with a slot for external speakers and a microphone. Newer models often have webcams directly installed in the top of the monitor so that while someone is using the computer, the camera stays focused on them.

The battery life on one of these smaller laptops is usually several hours. However, the more screens are open on the screen, the less battery time you will have. It is best to use small laptops plugged in if possible and only rarely used with battery only. This way the battery does not get worn down and will still work when it is really needed.

Many people prefer to use mini laptop computers because they are easy to transport due to their light weight. The price depends on the features that are included and where it is being bought. They are not hard to find today, as many people rely on them for their everyday business.

Workaholics: Extreme Workers

May 30, 2012 by  
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In the May 23, 2007 edition of USAToday there appeared a feature article about the growing number of workaholics in our country. My experience with my clients confirms that it is becoming an epidemic in the workplace where employees are given increased tasks and then achieve increased performance by paying for it out of their hides, putting in more time rather than acquiring better time management skills to learn how to get more done in less time.

About 60% of high earners work more than 50 hours each week and complain that their health and sleep suffer as well as their relationships with their spouses and children. About 35% of the workforce is giving up some vacation time to work more and more and a third of those surveyed felt guilty about taking time off.

The causes for this increase of workaholics include a more competitive business environment, less job security and technology such as BlackBerries, laptops and cell phones that keep people tethered to their jobs 24/7.

This article offers some warning signs to tell if you are an Extreme Worker.

Do you find your enjoyment of social activities is less?

Are you thinking or worrying about work?

Does your family complain about your work hours?

Are you the last one to leave the office?

Effective personal productivity is not working harder but getting the most important items done. you will leave undone more that you ever get done. you will only accomplish a tiny fraction of what you would like to get done. Having a goal, then, of getting it all done just buys stress and frustration and more hours for work and less time for you as you become ensnared in the Extreme Worker trap.

What to do? two strategies might be helpful.

Start by setting in advance the total number of hours you wish to spend on the job. This will help you to take advantage of Parkinson’s Law which says, in part, that a project tends to expand with the time allocated for it. If you give yourself ten hours in the day to do your work it will take ten hours to complete. you will fill in that time.

On the other hand, if you chose to give yourself eight hours in the day to do your work, you will find yourself generally getting it done within that time frame. you will automatically become more effective at planning and managing your time. you will be less willing to spend time in wasteful meetings for example and will suffer fewer wasteful interruptions.

Second, take a regular, hard look at your To do list and identify the items that can be delegated. there is a big difference between I do it and it gets done. what is more important is that it gets done. And the hardest part about delegating is simply letting go, especially for Extreme Workers.

I have had many executive coaching assignments helping clients to get free of the workaholic syndrome and as is often the case, the problem stems from an inability and unwillingness to delegate. If you want a job done well you have to do it yourself, leads you to the prison of an Extreme Worker.

If these ideas were helpful, we have prepared an additional article entitled, your just might be a Workaholic. It’s a humorous take on the Extreme Worker that you will find amusing and instructive. If you would like a complimentary copy, email your request for might to:

Fairview Park’s Gilles-Sweet students show off computer work at Technology Fair

May 18, 2012 by  
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Gilles-Sweet computersJOSEPH CLARK/SPECIAL TO SUN NEWSGilles-Sweet principal Barb Brady, left, and first-grade teacher Angela Hillman watch students iMovie presentations on the school’s tablet computers.

Gilles-Sweet Elementary School students showed off projects made in computer programs at their second annual Technology fair.

Besides giving the Fairview Park youngsters a chance to display their work for the community, the may 2 event reinforced the growing importance of technological proficiency, said Barb Brady, Gilles-Sweet principal.

“We’re preparing them for jobs that don’t exist yet,” she said.

“It’s not so much about a specific program, but to adapt to different programs. they need to know it changes and how to adapt,” added Matt Dunlap, a computer teacher, event organizer and moderator of the school’s Technology Club.

“more and more schools are trying to get technology in the hands of students and not just teachers,” Brady said.

Gilles-Sweet has one computer for every two students in fifth and sixth grade, for use in learning and projects on school grounds.

The fair also showcased the school’s iPads, used especially by the English as a second Language and special education programs, but also by the general student population.

At the fair, third-graders unveiled a website on Fairview Park history and contemporary businesses. it can been viewed at tinyurl.com/fphistory. the project was collaborative, allowing students to access and edit the website based on their independent research. Representatives from grades 1-6 all presented projects in iMovie, a video editing program, appropriate to their level of proficiency. Younger students combined text and pictures to create slideshow presentations on topics of their choice.

“Technology is definitely a tool we can use for display. it can show written work in a visual format,” said Angela Hillman, a first-grade teacher who supervised the projects. “I think most children have access to this technology at home. they are familiar, and young children learn easily and help each other when they have trouble.”

The school’s Technology Club, an extracurricular organization for sixth-graders interested in expanding computer skills, screened interviews conducted before the 2011 talent show. the footage was edited for length and content, and students added titles and other textual information.

Grace McDevitt, a Technology Club member, was an interview editor.

“I just like working with technology and learning how to figure things out,” said McDevitt, who hopes to further study editing, and possibly computer programming.

“She’s always been interested in technology. Once the club was offered, she was pretty self-motivated. it absolutely allows her to explore, play and get her hands on this,” said Mandy McDevitt, Grace’s mother.

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Best Jobs 2012: Database Administrator

March 7, 2012 by  
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The Rundown:

In just about every industry, data must be stored, organized, and managed. Database administrators set up databases according to a company’s needs, and make sure they operate efficiently, fine-tuning, upgrading, and testing modifications as needed. Aside from ensuring the database performs properly, DBAs implement security measures to safeguard the company’s data. these professionals often work as part of a team with programmers and managers, so communication skills are important, as is the ability to troubleshoot problems when they arise. Ongoing maintenance of the database frequently requires being on call. Database administrators work in a wide range of settings in the public and private sectors; you may end up working for a large corporation or break out on your own as a consultant.

[See The Best Jobs of 2012.]

The Outlook:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 30.6 percent employment growth for database administrators between 2010 and 2020. During that time period, about 33,900 jobs will need to be filled. The profession’s strong expected growth (as well as strong job satisfaction scores) helped boost database administrator to the No. 5 spot in our ranking of The Best Jobs of 2012, right behind medical assistant, but ahead of Web developer.

Money:

The Labor Department reports that database administrators made a median salary of $73,490 in 2010. The highest-paid 10 percent in the profession earned $115,660, while the lowest-paid earned $41,570 that year. The most highly compensated positions are in the natural gas distribution, rail transportation, and securities and commodities exchange industries. The highest-paid positions can be found in the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif., area, the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif., area, and Raleigh-Cary, N.C.

[See a list of The Best Science & Technology Jobs.]

Database Administrator Salary Range:

75th Percentile Wage: $95,170

Median Wage: $73,490

25th Percentile Wage: $54,250

Education and Preparation:

Employers generally require a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field such as computer science or management information systems, although some favor applicants with a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in information systems. Database administrators are often certified for a specific database platform, such as MySQL Database Administrator, Oracle DBA, and Microsoft Certified Database Administrator.

On Landing a Database Administrator Job:

Database administrators must be savvy in the platform on which a given database operates, says Loretta Mahon Smith, vice president of communications for DAMA International, a nonprofit association for technical and business professionals. "Colleges turn out people who can build databases from a textbook, but all the analysis and design that goes into building a database [at the business level] is hard to learn in college—these are mostly things learned on the job," she says. Obtaining a certification for the employer’s platform is critical, she says.

[In Pictures: The 10 Best Jobs.]

What is a Database Administrator Job like?

Database administrators support multiple projects, so you’ll need to be comfortable working independently as well as on a team. "you must be very good at multitasking, you need to have a strong attention to detail, and good time-management skills," says Mahon Smith. Database administrators typically work in offices, often spending long periods of time in front of a computer. A 40-hour work week is standard, but deadlines may require occasional evening or weekend work. your job may also require you to be on call.

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If You’re Entering Information Technology, You Have To Roll With It – HispanicBusiness.com

February 22, 2012 by  
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DEAR JOYCE: maybe I worry too much as a mom, but my l5-year-old son is a born geek. Reading about all the jobs going to Asia and other low-paying spots, should he pursue an education in the computer field or look into another profession? – M.G. The information technology (IT) field is looking good, especially for its managers. the field’s changed enormously in the past 10 years, as a new wave of innovation has shifted the field from pure computer science to finding ways to use technology for business or mission advantage. IT professionals who don’t want to see their jobs floating across oceans are continuously encouraged to take advantage of learning opportunities ranging from formal education to free webinars. an example of the latter is a recent webinar titled “The new IT Manager: how IT is Changing in the Age of Cloud, Consumerization and Mobile.” Caveat: although IT managers enjoy more job security than computer operators, there are no guarantees that better educated people won’t have to worry about future job loss. Technology and globalization mean some kinds of high-level professional work – including IT – can be done anywhere in the world. On the upside for those who are considering a career in IT, I like what information systems professor Robert St. Louis said in the online article and podcast, “What the new IT Manager Needs to Know”: “Virtually anybody who’s in the computer industry says there’s going to be more change in the next 25 years than there was in the last 100 years. over the next 25 years, things that have been on the drawing board for years are going to become realities. … Self- driving cars are a reality now, for instance. and this is true in every industry.” As another car innovator, Henry Ford II, said, “Nobody can really guarantee the future. the best we can do is size up the chances, calculate the risks involved, estimate our ability to deal with them and then make our plans with confidence.” DEAR JOYCE: Is it true that most jobs are obtained through social networking today? – V.V.S. Nope. Job boards remain the leading source of candidates, according to recent studies in which job boards tied for first place with internal transfers as the leading source of all hires. You can get chapter and verse in an article appearing on TLNT.com: “Job Boards Are THE Leading Source of Candidates, But who Believes It?” by John Zappe. As Zappe says: “So often pronounced dying, dead, and all but useless for job seekers and employers alike that they’re passing into legend, job boards somehow manage to rise phoenix-like from the ashes of their pyres to successfully deliver candidates and hires to employers worldwide. The reason that boards remain popular with job seekers is simple: Job boards identify current job openings; social networking may lead to an actual job opening or a dead end. DEAR JOYCE: I’m feeling more and more depressed after being laid off four months ago. other than seeing a shrink, which I can’t afford, how can I get out of this funk and become a more attractive job seeker? – F.J.S. Start by sharing the uplifting experiences of a man who’s walked in your shoes. Seasoned executive Rob Harper was laid off by a big bank on his 15th anniversary. He wrote about his feelings and how he overcame the blues in his new book, “That Job just Isn’t into You! Starting over when It’s over.” Find the book at online bookstores, available in paperback or ebook.

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