If you’re a veteran, you likely have personal qualities that help you stand apart from other job applicants. When you serve in the armed forces, you have to be disciplined, focused, and willing to get the job done— no matter what it takes. Over the past several years, countless tech companies have made it their mission to hire more veterans. Through the Joining Forces program, a national initiative implemented in 2011, more than 1.2 million jobs were filled by former members of the military and their spouses. Companies such as Amazon, Sprint, Boeing, Tesla, and Hewlett-Packard hired thousands of workers as a result of this program.
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: can Centriq really teach IT-skills like networking or coding in just four months?
It’s a fair question! If we weren’t already in the biz, our ears would totally perk up if someone told us we could become a fully trained IT professional in just four months. And to be fair, we’d be a little skeptical, too. In a world with information-overload, it can be hard to distinguish what’s a sales pitch and what’s valuable information. The good news? That’s what we’re here for: to break it down without all the glitz, glitter and fancy marketing terms. So, is a four month training program too good to be true?Read More
Think-Piece by Centriq Instructor Jenna Beckett
A career change is a scary leap. One of the biggest deterrents keeping individuals from making such a leap is arguably the thought that they “would have to start from scratch”. However, is that reality? Actually, is that even possible?
From the first day of your first job, you start crafting your lens of professional experience. Each lesson learned, each achievement, and each failure adds a new filter to your lens. When you decide to make a career change, you do not automatically reset your filter. You are still looking at the world with the professional perception that started being developed on day one. Therefore, the line of thought that says you will have to start from scratch seems inherently flawed.Read More
We’ve all heard an inspirational career quote at some point in our lives, whether it’s “do what you love and you won’t work a day in your life,” or “if you can dream it, do it.” And while a solid Walt Disney quote can be good for the soul, it’s tough determining what’s clich and what’s valuable career advice.
It’s safe to assume that we’d all love to find a job that aligns with our passions, assuming you’ve already identified what those passions are. But what if you’re not sure what you actually love doing? It’s a fair concern – if you’ve spent years in a career that’s crushed your spirit, it’s easy to forget what you enjoy doing.
So, how do you start identifying your passions and turn them into a profession?Read More
February is Black History Month, a time where we reflect on the major milestones we’ve marked on diversity and inclusion, but also a time where we step back to identify the remaining challenges. With the black community making up only 8.3% of the IT-workforce, it’s clear that there’s still plenty of work to be done.
Let’s face it: it’s hard not to be stressed in today’s work culture. Job security is quickly disappearing, “passion” and “career” no longer go hand-in-hand and employers aren’t paying what workers deserve. You spend hours in the workplace – often more than 40 per week – and don’t have the energy to enjoy life outside of the office. You’re pursuing a dead-end career to make ends meet and you’re exhausted, feeling undervalued and nearing your breaking point.
Don’t you wish you could just CTRL-X? the keyboard command for “cut” – the stress right out of your life?
For decades, the “computer nerd” label has been a culturally accepted stereotype, synonymous with thick-framed glasses-wearing, computer-loving, “did you try restarting it?” type of guys. This stereotype has been played out all over modern media – even The Office included an ongoing joke about season six’s unsung hero: the IT specialist whose name was so forgettable he was referred to as “man,” “sport,” and eventually “Glasses.”
Spoiler alert: Glasses, whose name was actually Nick, ended up giving the office the finger and quitting.Read More
Forbes recently published the 2017 edition of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Not only is the list composed of impressive girl bosses, but is filled with powerful female tech moguls that are marking major milestones for women in IT. Despite the prominent role women play in the technology field, women are still the minority: they hold only 24% of computer science jobs (a 13% increase since 1995) and occupy about 11% of executive positions in Silicon Valley. Many of these women are on a mission to change that.
Jake Maschger is driven to learn more about technology
Jake is a 2017 senior at Lee’s Summit North High School. He has also taken classes at the nationally recognized Summit Technology Academy. His teachers, Mindy Haesemeyer and Shawn Harrel, confirm that Jake has both a love of technology and a desire to learn much more.
Centriq wanted to help Jake start a career in IT
Deciding what to do after high school – especially if it involves beginning a new career – can be challenging. Monday, I had the privilege of helping Jake make that decision by awarding him a $5000 Technology Scholarship to Centriq. Read More
Sharing information helps us communicate and develop solutions to our problems. But the information flow that facilitates these opportunities for networking and innovation don’t come without risks – data can be vulnerable during transmission or storage.
What does this mean for the value of information security? It means that companies are seeking skilled information technology specialists at a greater rate than ever. Given the abundance of threats and the damage they can do, it is understandable that individuals and organizations want security that stays one step ahead of pertinent threats.Read More