Why Our Programming Knowledge Needs an Upgrade

Posted on December 6, 2013. Filed under: Career Management, Programming, Software Development | Tags: , |

Technical job searchIn the article, “Sorry, College Grads, I Probably Won’t Hire You,” Kirk McDonald, president of PubMatic, an ad tech company in Manhattan, made a provocative case for why despite the plethora of computing jobs that will be available over the next decade (120,000 as of his count), the 40,000 computer science majors who will graduate from American colleges during that same time frame are going to struggle when they should have smooth sailing.

In Kirk’s eyes, it comes down to one thing: the inability to speak computer code.

He goes on to say that this doesn’t mean you have to become a top-notch programmer, but you must be able to speak the language and understand “how the back end of the business works” even if you aren’t necessarily going for a technical position with companies like Kirk’s.

With software engineers and developers being in highest demand across the computing field, and with close to 1 million of them currently employed, it is going to be important to communicate in their lingo.

Hiring managers want all staff members to understand what makes their company tick…literally.

The sentiments here mimic those in the CNN Money report we reblogged earlier this week: “Why getting into tech isn’t as easy as you think“. Essentially, gone are the days when only techies spoke “Geek.” In today’s tech industry, everyone from sales to marketing to operations needs to be able to see the bigger picture. And that bigger picture boils down to coding.

So, what is Kirk’s advice? “Get acquainted with APIs. Dabble in a bit of Python.” He suggests learning at least two programming languages, basically “just enough of the grammar and the logic of computer languages.”

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Software Developers: Where Have All the Good Ones Gone?

Posted on June 6, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , |

Each week the Tech Career Forum hosts a Wednesday afternoon chat called #TCFchat on Twitter at 3pm Eastern. This week (today) the discussion will be centered around software development, programming, QA, and the like, and the various career issues associated with those roles.

In 2012, developer and programming positions are booming. The U.S. Burear of Labor Statistics software developer careeris expecting a 28% increase in Applications Developer positions and a 12% increase in Computer Programmer positions.

The problem, however, is that companies and recruiters are reporting that finding good candidates is harder than ever. So, now more than ever, candidates for these roles need to prepare for how to present themselves as qualified.

Here are the questions that will be discussed in today’s chat.

1. How do you distinguish yourself from the competition on your resume and online profiles?
2. How do you communicate your technical value and your business value?
3. What strategies can help improve your odds of conducting a successful job search?
4. How do you translate this into a successful interview?


If you miss today’s discussion at 3pm Eastern, you can follow the recap on Twitter by searching on #TCFchat, you can see the discussion on Storify (and see past #TCFchat discussions), or participate in the aftershow discussion on LinkedIn with the Tech Career Forum group.

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