Nobody is born an expert programmer or cybersecurity specialist. It takes years of work to gain the skills and experience necessary to even get started choosing a field of specialized expertise.
The tech industry is one of the most dynamic fields in the modern marketplace, constantly changing, evolving, and developing new norms among its members. Simply keeping up is a full-time job, and it’s still virtually guaranteed that some new development or specialization will pop up in the most unexpected of places.Read More
As more and more companies migrate their staff to O365, the question IT leadership’s evaluating is whether their organization needs SharePoint. Data is telling us that companies are electing to adopt SharePoint, with an increase in online deployments from 2016 to 2017 of 167%. Centriq has also documented an increase in students signing up for SharePoint training over the past two years. But, numbers aside, your IT leadership has to decide what’s best for your organization!Read More
Conditional Formatting is one of the best features in Excel, is relatively simple to use, and provides very powerful results.
Conditional formatting applies colors to cells that meet specific criteria—such as “greater than $40,000”. If the condition is true, formatting occurs; if false, formatting does not happen.Read More
My love for technology started at a young age when I would take apart and rebuild video game consoles in an attempt to make them run faster without overheating. On top of that whenever a family member got a new TV or VCR, I would be the one in charge of hooking them up and making sure they were configured correctly.Read More
Whether you’re someone looking to change careers or advance in your field, today’s competitive job market makes it imperative to stand out in the hiring process. With the ever-growing ways to go about your job search, knowing where to start and how to stand out can be overwhelming. Take a look at these five steps to guide you on a successful job search that can land you that dream job.
Since childhood, I’ve had a penchant for technology, which resulted in taking every computer class in high school from keyboarding and multimedia design to introductory programming and web design. I joined the US Navy after high school as an IT where I did two deployments to the Middle East, administrating the ships’ networks. I also worked as an IT Assistant for the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. At this point, I’m pretty sure I dream of electric sheep!
As early as 11 years old, I had been building my own computers and diving into the evolving internet as a hobby. I studied Psychology and Mathematics at the University of Kansas and initially started work as a Technical Support Specialist and had moved on to Software Testing but couldn’t stomach the notion of cubical life at such a young age. I have worked as an Arborist until I had broken my leg in a skateboarding injury in March of 2017. During recovery I picked up Mountain Biking as a low impact form of rehabilitation and have traveled across the US from KC to Oregon exploring trails along the way and back.
Every year, we rave about how much we admire Django Girls and everything they do for our tech community. And, every year, we get blank stares and questions like, “what the heck is a Django Girl?” No worries— it’s a fair question! We had to ask ourselves the same thing before we started teaming up with the incredible organization.
I received my bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology and spent two years working as a Zoo Keeper. My most recent position was at the Reptile House at the St. Louis Zoo. I enjoyed working with my team to create enrichment for the animals, and used critical and logical thinking to solve problems. My greatest accomplishment during my time there was working with my coworkers to create a new enclosure for a group of our animals. It was the first time I was able to create something that I could share with the public, and took great care in helping to make it perfect.
In addition to my love of animals, I am also an avid gamer. I have been playing since the mid 90’s, where I started to make basic games in my spare time. I just started to delve into Unity, a product used to create both 2D and 3D games. Although I enjoyed my job as a Zoo Keeper, I realized I couldn’t see myself doing it as a career for the rest of my life. While I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, I kept going back to technology. My dad received his degree in Computer Science, and we always had technology in our house. We got our first home computer when home computers were just starting to become commonplace, and since then I’ve always had an interest in figuring out how programs run. That interest pushed me into coding and development.
Achieving IT certifications through the Microsoft Certification Program shows a person’s competence in a specific Microsoft technology, and it can result in all kinds of work-related and personal benefits. For example, studies show that IT certifications increase the chances of landing a job (or getting a promotion), and more than 80 percent of hiring managers report that IT certifications are a medium or high priority in making hiring decisions.Read More