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Why UX skills are necessary in 2024

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The UX design job market hit a crescendo in 2022. Following a pandemic-era surge in demand, salaries and job offers have settled into a new normal. No matter what the future holds, there will always be a market for those with user experience design skills, and savvy UX designers will always remain in-demand.

Here’s why:

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Hit Start on a New Career, Without Pressing Pause on Your Life: Introducing GA’s New Part-Time Software Engineering Bootcamp

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Thinking about switching to a tech career? Now’s a great time. Even amidst all the changes happening in the workforce, the demand for tech-skilled workers is still booming. In fact, 26% of tech recruiters anticipate having a higher recruiting budget in 2024.

There’s just one snag — you’ve already got a full plate. Maybe you’re currently working a full-time job. Or you’ve got young kids at home. Or perhaps you’re busy looking after your own parents. Bottom line: you have responsibilities to tend to and can’t drop everything to go back to school full-time. 

We get it — and you’re not alone. That’s why we’re launching a new Software Engineering Part Time Bootcamp that allows lifelong learners to pick up essential tech skills while tending to a full-time job and other responsibilities. 

Let’s take a moment to unpack the first of multiple part-time programs soon to come so you can decide whether it’s the right fit.

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Career Tarotscopes for March 2024

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GA Astrology Career Card Deck

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Rebecca Szymczak, aka Cardsy B, author of The Saturn Diaries and tarot reader to the stars, consulted her cards and has tips for which signs should dive deep into March’s Piscean intuition to implement new strategies and which signs should pause until the equinox at month’s end to make any sudden moves. She also has some cosmic timing suggestions regarding when to schedule important meetings and when to make requests from bosses and clients.

March is the breakthrough month between winter and spring, which also acts as the catalyst for more light and illumination to enter, especially regarding areas where we may have felt stuck or stagnant. We enter March in Pisces season with Mercury, the planet of communication, also in Pisces, meaning paying attention to our intuition and non-verbal cues when making decisions at work is even more critical than ever. Right before the new moon in Pisces on March 10, Venus moves into Aquarius, encouraging us to be mindful of what we share and with whom regarding new ventures and upcoming career plans — timing is everything this month. On March 19, the spring equinox brings a powerful, energetic recalibration of equal parts light and darkness to aid us in re-centering ourselves and our goals. We wrap the month with the full moon in Libra on March 25. This full moon is also a lunar eclipse that, due to its Libra placement, will be particularly beneficial to those working in legal, communications, and tech-related roles.

All signs will receive new insights and a deeper understanding of where you’re headed in the next steps of your career this month. Pisces season is all about getting in touch with your most authentic self and bringing that out to the world — so read on to see what the cards have in store.

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Mastering Data Analyst Skills for Future Success

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In today’s interconnected world where information reigns supreme, strong data skills are a powerful lever for professional success, opening doors across diverse roles and industries. As 2024 gets underway, there’s never been a more opportune moment to embark on a new career path or elevate your current role. 

The question remains: which data skills do you need, and how can you acquire them quickly and effectively? 

Let’s take a closer look.

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Looking Ahead: What To Expect For Australia’s Job Market In 2024

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AUS Job Market Landscape of 2024

During Looking Ahead 2023, General Assembly brought together an exciting panel of industry experts to share their thoughts on the dynamic and ever-changing Australia job market.

As the traditional structures of the job market in Australia continue to transform, being able to not only understand these changes — but also adapt to them — is increasingly vital for both companies and employees in order to stay competitive. 

Moderated by Huon Latham, Senior Manager of Outcomes, APAC at General Assembly, the panel consisted of:

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Coding Skills: The Future’s Most Valuable Asset

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

You heard it here first: In 2024, coding skills will break free from confinement to traditional tech roles and prove their mettle as essential, strategic assets across all industries. Because while “software engineer” is still a hot career to pursue, coding skills are increasingly helping workers solve problems in a variety of non-coding roles. No matter your industry or company, programming proficiency fosters innovation, efficiency, and adaptation — all valuable assets to thriving in this era of digital transformation, automation, and artificial intelligence. 

Let’s dig in to uncover why computer programmer skills are worth your time and effort in the new year. 

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

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Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

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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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

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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