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Celebrating Black History Month: 4 New AI Tools by Black Creators

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In Honor of Black History Month

Black History Month serves as a reminder to honor individual experiences and celebrate collective accomplishments. Beyond bridging wage gaps, fostering Black representation in tech is about creating inclusive experiences that empower marginalized communities. In the spirit of celebration, we shine the GA spotlight on four new AI tools by Black creators, embodying progress, equity, and empowerment in technology.

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Like, Learn, Love, Launch: Our Step-by-Step Dating Guide to Find Your Tech Career Match

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At General Assembly, we’re all about connections. We bring tech talent and top companies together to create a future of work where everyone can thrive. And we believe quality tech skill education should be accessible to anyone, no matter where you are in your search for the perfect career.

We offer a variety of learning formats, ranging from free two-hour webinars to full-time, career-changing bootcamps — and many options in between — to help our learners find their perfect tech fit (and ultimately, their dream career). No matter the format, all our courses cover the in-demand tools and concepts of today’s top tech disciplines — coding, UX design, data, product management, and more.

Maybe you’re already over the moon and committed to a certain tech discipline. Or maybe you’re still exploring the field and looking to “date” a tech skill (or two, or three) at GA to find your perfect tech career match. Read on for a step-by-step dating guide to find “the one.”

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5 Real-World Tips for Setting Career Goals in 2024

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It’s only natural: as the new year dawns our ambitions awaken and our optimism for positive change flourishes. You’re feeling the pull to reimagine your career — now, how to make it a reality? 

Commitment and consistency will see you through the months ahead as intentions transform into actions. While the emotional climate is favorable, you can take bold strides forward by setting aside time each day to act and reflect on your goals — goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. And if you’re really serious about career change or career advancement, you’ll need to make skill-building a key element of your goals so you’re prepared to unlock next-level achievements.

As you chart your course, use the following tips to turn ideas into action.

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Career Tarotscopes for February 2024

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GA Astrology Career Card Deck

Rebecca Szymczak, aka Cardsy B, author of The Saturn Diaries and tarot reader to the stars, consulted her tarot deck and has tips for which signs should utilize February’s Aquarian innovation to pitch new initiatives and which signs should work with the mid-month Mars/Pluto conjunction to make moves. She also has some insight into partnerships — this year, Valentine’s Day isn’t just for romantic connections — but is advantageous for business relationships as well.

February begins with Imbolc, the Pagan celebration of the peek into spring, which reminds us we’re beginning to emerge from the slower winter period to bring new ideas to life. We then move into the new moon in Aquarius on February 9, waking up our drive to innovate, especially in humanitarian efforts and social strategies. This is a good time for all signs to plan team brainstorming sessions and look at departmental structures. Right before Valentine’s Day on February 13, Mars will conjunct Pluto in Aquarius, making it an increased time of ambition, but also a time to be mindful of your approach regarding power plays. We have the full moon in Virgo at the end of the month, bringing some much-needed grounding after a big month of shake-ups and transformation.

Whatever your sign, change and expansion around partnerships is on the way this month. Aquarius season is the innovator and changemaker — so read on to see what the cards have in store.

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What is EdTech and Why Should It Matter to You?

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Education Technology (also known as “EdTech”) refers to an area of digital technology devoted to the development and application of tools (including software, hardware, and appropriate technological processes) intended to promote education.

Put another way, “EdTech is a study and ethical practice for facilitating student learning and improving performance by creating, using and managing appropriate technological processes and resources.”

Although this developing field may sound like a specialized niche, its potential implications are far-reaching and affect many segments of the population. Read on to find out if you’re among those most likely to benefit from the advancement of EdTech, and how you can contribute to its growth.

Utilizing Educational Technology to Advance Your Career

Utilizing Ed Tech to advance your career offers numerous benefits, making it a pivotal tool in today’s workforce. One of its key advantages is accessibility, as Ed Tech provides convenient access to educational resources anytime, anywhere. The personalized learning experience it offers tailors educational content to individual needs, fostering a more effective and engaging learning environment. Additionally, collaborative features enable individuals to connect and learn collectively, fostering a sense of community and expanding networking opportunities.

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What is a JavaScript framework?

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A JavaScript framework is a collection of JavaScript code libraries that provide a web developer with pre-written code for routine programming tasks. Frameworks are structures with a particular context and help you create web applications within that context. JavaScript is a powerful coding language used in both frontend and backend development.

It is completely possible to build strong web applications without JavaScript frameworks, but frameworks provide a template that handles common programming patterns. Each time you have to build an application, you don’t need to write code for every single feature from scratch. Instead, you can build upon an existing feature set. 

All JavaScript frameworks, like most other frameworks, provide some rules and guidelines. Using these rules and guidelines, any developer can make complex applications faster and more efficiently than if they decided to build from scratch. The rules and guidelines help shape and organize your website or web application too!

For example, think about a potter’s wheel where you can build pots. The potter’s wheel is your framework; it has certain consistencies that you have to work with. The wheel rotates, and you can use that rotation to build pots of different shapes and sizes.

You can build pots, plates, cups, bowls, or even cylindrical sculptures. But you can’t build a house with it; you need to find a different framework for that. 

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How to Create Perfect Elevator Pitch for a Career Change

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As the founder of a career mentorship platform for women, I spend my days speaking with people who want to change careers but aren’t interested in starting over. They’re terrified that taking risks might mean losing everything they’ve achieved. They agonize about explaining “gaps” on their resume during an interview or at networking events.

Lucky for them (and you), I have good news: changing careers doesn’t mean sacrificing your past. It means building from the experience you have and leveraging that in a strategic way.

What’s more? There’s a simple (seriously, it’s four steps) way to incorporate both your career change and past experience into your elevator pitch. It’s the perfect solution to that dreaded question: “So, what do you do?” for those of us who, frankly, have done a whole lot.

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Fresh year. Fresh deal.

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There’s no better feeling than stepping into the new year with fresh perspectives and a re-energised soul. And there’s no better time to get a fresh start on working toward your goals.

If progressing in your career is on your 2024 to-do list, register for our new Break into Tech series. This week-long virtual event series will give you an inside look at what it’s like to really work in tech. 

Then, take advantage of our exclusive Break into Tech discount to get $750 off a bootcamp or $250 off a short course in your local currency.*

HOW TO ACTIVATE YOUR DISCOUNT

  1. Attend a Break into Tech event.
  2. Find your course.
  3. Start your application and jump on a call with our Admissions team.
  4. Mention code BiT-2024 to activate your discount.
  5. Start your course between January 22 and April 30, 2024 (inclusive).

We also offer a variety of financing options, so be sure to talk with your Admissions Specialist to see what you qualify for. We’re here to help you find your best financing fit and can’t wait to help you make 2024 your best year yet.

*TERMS & CONDITIONS

  1. Students must be 18 years or older.
  2. Discount eligible for legal residents of Singapore, Australia, and the U.K.
  3. Discount amount of $750 off a single bootcamp and/or $250 off a single short course.
  4. Discount amount applies in student’s local currency.
  5. Discount is applicable only for bootcamps or short courses. Paid workshops aren’t eligible for the discount.
  6. The discount can only be applied to one bootcamp and/or one short course per student.
  7. The discount isn’t available for those already enrolled in a bootcamp or short course, and can’t be applied retroactively.
  8. Prospective students must start their course between January 22 and April 30, 2024 (inclusive) to be eligible for the discount.
  9. Discount may not be applied to the non-refundable registration fee.
  10. Withdrawals will forfeit deposit if using the discount during enrollment.

University vs. Bootcamp: Which Path Is Right For You?

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Tech skills are in high demand, leading many people to consider going back to school for tech skills. Most of the fastest growing roles today are tech related, including AI and machine learning specialists, data analysts, and systems engineers, according to The World Economic Forum

So, you might be wondering: what’s the best way to go about gaining those skills? Should you take the higher education route and go back to university? Should you do a tech bootcamp? Are tech bootcamps really worth it

It’s important to choose the right education path based on your circumstances and learning style. Let’s dive into the details of a coding bootcamp vs. degree and help you determine which is right for you. 

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