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Cruise Past the Competition: 4 Steps to Attract & Retain Non-Traditional Talent

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Recruiters around the world are facing a labor shortage unlike anything they’ve experienced in the last decade. 63% of recruiters say talent shortage is their number one problem. The good news? There’s a solution that not only benefits businesses but society. By tapping into the wide non-traditional talent pool–from veterans and military spouses, to caregivers and people in their 60s and older, to those with disabilities or who were formerly incarcerated–organizations can bridge the labor shortage gap and build a robust pipeline of talent.

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New Job in Tech? Here’s Your 90-Day Plan for Success.

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The first 90 days are crucial for anyone starting a new job, but the stakes feel higher for a career changer who is eager to get off to a strong start in a new field. You’ve worked hard to get here and you’re excited to jump right in, no doubt—yet, before you can reach the satisfying peak, you have to claw your way up through a landslide of information, sort through intricate workplace dynamics, and discover the new “you.” 

Why are the first “90” days so important? Well, according to Jobvite’s annual survey, 1 in 3 workers quit within the first 90 days of accepting a job offer. Most often, company leadership, culture, or duties differ from employee expectations. Perhaps there’s a change in the role’s responsibilities or flexibility. Sometimes better pay is offered elsewhere or a negative incident leads new employees to promptly quit. 

In a perfect world, every company would invest heavily in a well-planned onboarding program that gives new tech employees all they need to thrive. The reality is that, oftentimes, you’re on your own—sink or swim!

The first tech job you land out of boot camp may not be your forever home, but you can at least gain a strong foothold—picking up valuable skills, experience, and references by using a goals worksheet as your North star. The following action items can help you become acclimated to the waters of your new position with a refreshing sense of purpose and direction. 

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Is a Product Management Career a Good Fit for You? Top Things To Know.

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With the sheer scale of innovation in the tech industry today, product management has become an in-demand skill. There’s a reason why Glassdoor has ranked Product Management as #10 on their list of the “50 Best Jobs in America for 2022”. With a median USA salary of $125,317 per year and 17,725 current job openings, there’s something for everyone.

But is a Product Management career the right fit for you? Keep reading to find out.

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3 Benefits of an Immersive Program for Career Transformation

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So, you’ve been Googling immersive programs late at night and you’ve stared into the smiling faces of alumni on bootcamp websites, wondering if you see your future self. You’ve cycled through the stages of online bootcamp shopping:

📱 Searching for hot jobs in tech
👩 LinkedIn stalking people with those jobs
🧑‍🎓 Googling courses and bootcamp programs that teach those skills
😮 Reading about time commitments and cost
📵 Closing your tab in a panic 
🤷‍♀️ Starting over the next day

Reading about immersive programs can be intimidating. Is it really full-time? Do I need to quit my job? Can I keep up with the coursework? How will my life change? 

  • You’re interested in working in tech but don’t have the technical skills you need to get started
  • You want a tangible certificate to add to your resume to help you go after that promotion or new job
  • You’re a lifelong learner and want to level up your skills to use in your current job or small business

Let’s start with the reasons you may have been looking at immersive programs to start with:

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The Ultimate Game-Changer for Writing a Career Changer Resume

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If you can’t imagine slogging away for decades in loyal service to a single company, only to be rewarded with 3pm cake and a gold watch to celebrate your retirement, you’re not alone. For today’s workers, who change careers about as often as they change hair styles, that sort of employment monogamy seems positively naivet. Whether in search of a better work-life balance (currently noted as the number one driver for a career change), higher compensation, or more fulfillment, people are moving from career opportunity to career opportunity at an increasingly rapid pace, picking up valuable–if not disparate–skills along the way. 

The challenge for today’s career changers isn’t putting a positive spin on “career hopping” (which is no longer viewed as a negative), but simply standing out in a sea of candidates. In order to get noticed, job applicants can’t just write a resume, they need to craft a compelling career narrative. Sound daunting? It’s really not. This ultimate guide will tell you in five easy resume-writing steps exactly how to land a career you love, even if you have no prior experience in your area of interest. 

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WORKSHOP WEDNESDAYS: TRY OUT A NEW CAREER IN TECH– FOR FREE

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Trying something new career-wise can be as scary as it is exhilarating. That’s why we’re excited to launch Workshop Wednesdays, which gives you a way to dip your toe into doing something different.  So, whether you’re looking to change your career and break into tech or if you’re just looking to level-up your skills, Workshop Wednesdays allows you to test the waters, so you can dive into either track with confidence. 

Just like our courses, these workshops will be led by our team of expert instructors, who have real world experience in today’s most in-demand fields including data, coding, UX design, product management and marketing. 

Every Wednesday from September 14th until October 19th, join your peers from all around the world to experience our most popular workshops (ranging from $60 to $200 USD in value) — completely free.* Better yet? All Workshop Wednesday participants will get $200 (in your local currency including: USD, AUD, SGD, GBP, EUR) to use towards a GA part-time or immersive course of their choosing (T&Cs apply). 

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3 STEPS TO TAKE TODAY TO RECESSION-PROOF YOUR TALENT — AND YOUR BUSINESS — FOR TOMORROW

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2022 has been a year for the history books for business leaders–and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

Amidst an ever-growing talent shortage and seemingly indomitable virus, leaders are juggling a wholesale re-envisioning of the workplace (do we go hybrid? Full-remote?) while trying to attract and retain talent who are still in the mindset of the Great Resignation.

Now, a looming recession threatens to strike just two years after the last one, leading many to fear sweeping layoffs of the global workforce. 

This presents a catch-22 for already-overworked HR leaders. How can companies cut back to survive a shrinking economy when they’re short-staffed to begin with? The tech skills required to stay afloat — let alone competitive — are on the rise without talent to fill them. By 2030, there will be a global talent shortage of more than 85 million tech workers, representing a loss of $8.5 trillion in annual revenue for the economy. This begs the question, can companies afford to downsize?

We know this complex problem just piles up competing priorities for business leaders to process. You’re already busy, with constant pressure to show immediate results. However, in a landscape where recessions typically last about ten months on average, it’s necessary to act in the long-term interest of your business and, more importantly, your people to come out stronger on the other side. To help you make a plan, we’ve outlined 3 steps you can take right now to start recession-proofing your talent.

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10 Steps to Break Into Tech – Real Stories from Real People (UK Edition)

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Getting into tech doesn’t have to be complicated. Nowadays, it’s common for people to change careers even if you don’t have a university degree. As a result, it’s becoming increasingly common for career changers to do online courses, part-time classes, or bootcamps to pivot into a new career.

Despite Brexit and the pandemic, UK’s tech industry is booming. According to last year’s Tech Nation Report, the number of unique tech jobs advertised in the UK outweighed that of other European countries by 259% on average.

UK employers are always looking for new tech talent — keep reading to discover our top 10 tips to break into tech without a university degree.

Tip #1: Your Transferable Skills are a Gold Mine

You’ve probably heard about transferable skills as someone looking to change careers. But what are transferable skills, and which are the most important?

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One Way to Recession-Proof Education Investment? Work-based Learning

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Despite budget cutbacks and headlines warning of Big Tech’s hiring slowdown, overall employer demand for technical skills is still on the rise and projected to grow, with job postings across technical sectors still twice as high than any other fields.

But many workers are struggling to access the opportunities that put these in-demand jobs within reach. COVID-19 has driven the skills gap even wider, with nearly six in 10 U.S. workers expressing that a lack of skills prevented them from applying for a job they wanted in the last two years and countless employers complaining of a labor shortage. Automation and digitization are accelerating, and millions of low wage workers are at risk for displacement.

Resolving the global training deficit is a massive and complex undertaking – and while significant, meaningful work is underway, it cannot be accomplished without wide-scale public and private sector collaboration. As rising inflation wears away personal disposable income, and the college debt crisis reaches new heights, it’s clear the onus cannot be on individual workers to bankroll solutions. Instead, for an industry known for cutting edge innovation, a tried and true model is emerging as an effective tool: apprenticeships.

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Alumni Success Stories: How this GA Grad went from Farmer to UI/UX Designer Build Blog

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Ming Xuan Teng Alumni Portrait

Meet Ming Xuan🧑‍🎓, a proud GA User Experience Design graduate and successful UI/UX Designer. Read first-hand about her difficult but rewarding career change journey and see how General Assembly’s User Experience Design Immersive (UXDI) helped prepare her for a career in the UX Industry.

What were you doing before joining GA?

I was a farmer (farm specialist trainee) looking for full time opportunities but had little luck. I started taking up free online courses and learnt about UX. I later heard from my boyfriend that GA was offering an immersive course and, with his encouragement and support, I decided to take the leap of faith for a career switch.

What inspired you to decide to change careers and move into UX design specifically?

I have always been interested in design and found that UX was a great combination of art (design) and science (research). I was fascinated by how research could lead to designs which were both intuitive and aesthetic. 

What was your GA journey like?

My GA journey was really great! I had super fun classmates who were a joy to work (and play) with. Many of my classmates were already in the creative industry and were very willing to share tips and tricks, and discuss various topics. The instructional team was also very experienced in the field and were super supportive and helpful throughout the intense course.

How did you feel throughout this career transition?

I was very nervous quitting my previous position to enter this completely unrelated field and afraid that I won’t be able to pass the course. Through the duration and intensity of the course, I got more confident in my abilities and skills. 

When I graduated, I was faced with Imposter Syndrome and was very worried about not being able to land a job. A couple of us from class formed a support group and we just cheered each other on whenever any of us felt burnt out. 

As a UX Designer,  I find it most fruitful to see my designs slowly come to live and work through technical limitations with the developers. I look forward to seeing real users interacting with the products and further improving from there!

What advice would you give to someone who is keen to join a GA Course?

Do your research! Take up free online courses first to have a taste of what it’s like. If you like it and are ready to commit yourself to it, just take that leap of faith! It won’t be easy but “nothing worth having comes easy” right?