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Whether the idea of networking fills you with dread or excitement it’s an essential part of life. Nothing maximizes your chances of finding amazing opportunities as much as connecting with other people — as long as you approach it in the right way. And it might just be easier than you think.

First, let’s look at the statistics. When you ask someone how they landed their job, 70% of the time they’ll say it was down to networking. If you ask a company how they fill their roles, you’ll learn that 80% of the time they never actually advertise their jobs online or elsewhere. …


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The knowledge economy is in full tilt, as it’s projected that digital transformation investments — a key driver of the knowledge economy — will exceed $1.3 trillion in 2020. And at the heart of the knowledge economy, is software. Software drives the gig, app, and on-demand economies, in addition to many more digital economies.

Building this software are millions of software developers worldwide — writing lines of code that are reshaping the world as we know it — making software development one of the most critical careers of the 21st century. Knowing this, let’s look at what it takes to become a software developer. …


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Going from a freelancer on Craigslist, to a Software Engineer at a Fortune 10 company is no easy feat. It requires hard work and proving your value with each new project. Ibrahim Diallo, a software engineer at Thankful, shared eight tips on how junior developers can contribute to their teams’ success despite having little experience.

Communicate your value

Lacking a computer science degree could be a roadblock for aspiring software engineers. However, Ibrahim leveraged internet technology to showcase his projects and portfolio.

Job-seeking software engineers should use personal websites, GitHub, Stack Overflow, and other platforms to showcase past projects. …


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With almost 70% of jobs being landed through networking, the job searching process is not easy. At Microverse, our career coaches support students as they progress through the curriculum towards employment, making sure they have the tools needed for the greatest chance of success — not just to land their first job — but for their entire career.

We brought four global career coaches together to share their job search advice and discuss how they work with our students. Microverse coaches Jennifer Best, Yvonne Alozie, Crystal Mbanefo, and Eric Newport talked about SMART goals, professional skills, networking, interview preparation, and what happens once students complete Microverse and land their first job.


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A recent EY report concluded working remotely will be the “new normal,” even after the danger of COVID-19 has subsided. Operational flexibility, agility, and other benefits are too valuable to pass up, the report says.

The shift is promising, as it should make us more capable to solve the most pressing problems of the 21st century. But while we may consider the prospect of curbing climate change or ending a global pandemic through remote work, it’s important to confront a hard truth: Not every business is thriving in the new normal.

In Slack’s survey of 2,800 knowledge economy workers, nearly 45% of people who are working remotely for the first time because of the pandemic say their sense of belonging within their teams has suffered. Further, 23% said working remotely is worse for their overall job satisfaction, and 31% said their productivity is worse. …


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A 2018 study by BCG found that companies with diverse management teams generate 19% more revenue through innovation than management teams with below-average diversity scores.

It’s a reminder that diversity is not about optics — it’s about excellence.

When teams comprise a broad range of experiences and perspectives, the ideas generated are more creative, and importantly, more likely to be executed.

And yet, hiring and retaining diverse talent is a challenge that companies face regardless of the state of the job market. It’s a reflection of company culture, which has a massive bearing on the long-term prospects of an organization. …


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Being a successful software developer goes beyond writing great code. It’s also about understanding how to work in a team, how to effectively manage your projects, and how best to approach the process of code-writing itself. Let’s dive into each of these three key things.

1. The Essentials of Teamwork

Be reliable and approachable

Trust is a cornerstone of teamwork. Cultivate trust by being someone your co-workers can count on: if you say you’re going to do something, do it — and do it as efficiently as possible. Additionally, keep approachability in mind at all levels of your career. …


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Kevin Mwangi, who’s based in Nairobi, was already a senior developer with a degree in computer science when he enrolled at Microverse in 2018 — a decision that initially confused some of his family and friends. “They wondered why a senior developer with nearly fifteen years experience was going back to studying code,” Kevin tells us.

Kevin’s Learning Experience

Kevin is candid about the fact he expected to ace the course-only to find his younger coding partner, Sava, sailing through the curriculum with much more ease. But he saw this as a chance to up-skill.

“I wanted to go back to basics, build the foundations, and learn.”


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Remote work has become the most transformative labor trend of our lifetime. Long before ‘social distancing’ became a household term, businesses chose to operate with remote teams because of its benefits.

In a recent survey by FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics, they found there was a 159% increase in remote work from 2007 to 2019. Whether your company has been planning to be remote-based for years or the need to adapt came suddenly, remote work is an opportunity for any business to operate with more efficiency, resilience, and flexibility.

I’ve been building a fully remote team for more than two years, and managing remote teams for many more so have been asked a lot of questions about managing remote teams. These are the most common questions and answers to help you navigate this, broken into 3…


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If you’re among the many people who never worked remotely, but now been working remotely for months, take comfort in knowing that long before this crisis began, an increasing number of companies chose to be remote-first because of the countless advantages it poses. But the transition can be painful without taking proper care, and that’s especially the case when it comes to your daily routine.

As the CEO of Microverse, I stress the importance of routine to the hundreds of Microverse students around the world preparing for careers in software development, as much as I do to Microverse’s completely remote team of entrepreneurs, engineers, and educators. …

About

Ariel Camus

Founder of Microverse, a school for remote software developers that is free until you get a job. www.microverse.org

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