One of the smartest women in tech that I know, Peggy Smedley, just posted a great article highlighting gaps and opportunities in the U.S. related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education and careers, especially for women.
"The worker of the future is so vital to everything we do as innovators. Without offering students a proper STEM education, there’s no doubt in my mind we are failing to do what is necessary to raise up the next generation of IoT innovators.
Clearly, a lot of women... “leaked” out of the pipeline between school and career. And this is where we as an industry need to talk about why women don’t make it into and/or stay in STEM careers.
Is it bias in hiring? Is it the glass ceiling that keeps women from advancing in their careers? Is it unequal compensation for equal work? Is it a difficulty balancing work and home life? Whatever it is, we can do better. We are smarter, stronger, and we are innovators. Need I say anything else? The fact remains we keep saying the same things over and over and we just aren’t doing enough together… Perhaps that is the operative word here: Together. We don’t have to make a choice, we just have to work together to make it happen."
Read the full article and join the discussion here: https://connectedworld.com/making-a-mockery-of-u-s-in-stem/
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Sharepoint - for those that use Sharepoint to collaborate with your team...do you find it useful to use the feature to select a "color" for your folders?
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I recently asked my director if I could partake in my company’s health and wellness program.
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I was recently given an individual award for my work and I take very little vacation time. I am not a slacker. He is a project manager that feels that all my time is his time. I sit so much at work that my back hurts. I need to move around.
My project manager has changed the narrative of the policy to fit his personal feelings on the matter. It’s a good cop/bad cop situation between my director and my manager. Managers sometimes do not stand behind policy when it doesn’t benefit them. What is the best way to handle this?
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Should they be asking for my birthdate and year?
Received an error email from Onramp.io which sparked my memory that I do have a profile on the website. Reviewed profile and found that they had my birthdate and year in the profile which I probably filled out and I have not heard from them regarding job opportunities or training for over 2 years.
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Anyone been through company closing?
I've been working for a small company as a developer for about 3.5 years. We've run out of work/contracts and the owners have decided they want to retire so they are closing the company down. They let us know about 2 months ago and the closure is only a little over a month away. I've been applying all over the place with hardly any nibbles. I'm terrified that when it's all said and done I won't have anything new and therefore no income. I also don't know how to deal with the question about why I'm leaving my current position. Anyone ever been through this before? How did you handle it?
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Does anyone have any tips on how to find a job thats willing to sponsor you? Ive been struggling on finding a way to move from NYC to London.