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Episode #63

How To Kick Digital Butt in a 21st-Century Workplace

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Workers of every age have to keep their tech smarts up to date to stay relevant in today's workplace. 

This week on New Tech City, inside tips from three experts on how to upgrade and hone your skills in a constantly changing and increasingly tech-dependent job market. 

Larry Harris, Chief Marketing Officer of ad-tech company PubMatic, does a lot of hiring of recent grads. He offers tough truths, interview tactics and a brash tale for younger workers looking to make an impression with potential bosses. 

Carmen Scheidel, Vice President of Learning + Development at Time, Inc., give tips for mid-career workers. (Hint: She's a big fan of the tutorials at Lynda.com). She also has an idea or two for how not to be the one to be laid off, if it comes to that. 

Tom Kamber, Founding Executive Director of Older Adults Technology Services, talks to a few guests on how to reboot their outlook on technology and working for people a generation older. It gets a little touchy at parts. 

Harris, Scheidel and Kamber were panelists at Tech + Today's Worker, a recent Greene Space event hosted by New Tech City's Manoush Zomorodi. Click on the listen button to hear this week's podcast with the best excerpts from the event as well as interviews with additional experts, audience members and a few surprises too, naturally. 

There's also a short visit to graduation day at General Assembly's web development immersive course to show you the brimming optimism newly minted coders feel as they head into the workforce. 

You can watch the full event here. The talk Manoush mentions in the podcast by Zach Lieberman of the School for Poetic Computation begins at 57:05. Also, check out the slides from the event below. 

6 Tips for Recent College Grads

Larry Harris, Chief Marketing Officer of ad-tech company PubMatic, offers his advice for recent college grads looking to make an impact during an interview and during their first years on the job.

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Advice for Mid-Career Professionals

Carmen Scheidel, Vice President of Learning + Development at Time, Inc., gives tips for mid-career workers.

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Advice and Resources for Seniors Rebooting Their Careers

Tom Kamber, Founding Executive Director of Older Adults Technology Services, talks through a few guests on how to reboot their outlook on technology and working for people a generation older.

 

 

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Ned Boyajian from New York City

Hi Manoush, Interesting topic. If you want to work in, say, digital marketing, should your first priority be learning how to write in JavaScript, or would you be better off putting that time and energy into learning about Web and mobile analytics? Maybe it depends on specifically what job in that field you are after. Maybe a key is to identify the specific skills and technologies that people in your line of work are using every day and focus efforts on learning those?

Dec. 06 2013 05:40 PM
Chevon Drew

The subject of hiring in the modern economy is a tough one to tackle. There are many sides to the conversation and I commend you, Manoush, for tackling more than one side. That being said, I would have added one more: diversity & tech-for-social-good.

I would have had someone from Black Girls Code on to discuss opportunities for people of all ages to spruce up their resumes by VOLUNTEERING with tech-for-social-good organizations like that. It would bring a different level of uniqueness to a person's candidacy.

This works for recent grads, mid-career folks and seniors. Go give of your time or skill and learn something new in the process. Then add it to your resume. Catchafire and Goods4Good are two other examples of ways in which one can get some tech connects by volunteering.

Namaste,
-Chevon

Dec. 05 2013 10:38 AM
CJ312 from NJ

where is the list of resources mentioned in Episode #63
How To Kick Digital Butt in a 21st-Century Workplace?

Dec. 04 2013 01:19 PM

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