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Cachinko 12 in 2012 Computer Science

  1. 1. 12 in 2012: Computer ScienceJoin the conversation on Twitter: #cachinko Contact Tony at
  2. 2. Contact Tony at
  3. 3. Introduction• 12 in 2012 webinar series – 12 top industries of 2012 • January: Hospitality • February: Computer Science • March: Human Resources • April: Healthcare • May: Law • June: Entrepreneurship & Business • July: Finance • August: Education • September: Engineering • October: Retail • November: Administration • December: Government Contact Tony at 3
  4. 4. About the Moderator• Tony Morrison – Cachinko, VP of Business Development• Cachinko – Employer-branded career application on Facebook • Leverage social networking platforms • Connect job seekers and employers Contact Tony at 4
  5. 5. Introduction• Computer Science – Broad application in nearly every sector. – Boomed in recent years – 7 of the 19 fastest growing jobs were computer science-related. Contact Tony at 5
  6. 6. About the PanelistsRenee Mesh • Professional Job Search Coach • Founder of RMesh Associates • B.S. Industrial Engineering – Rochester Institute of Technology Contact Tony at 6
  7. 7. About the PanelistsDr. Beverly Magda • Associate Dean, Technology Management, Georgetown University • Ph.D. Systems Engineering, M.S. Telecommunications Management, B.S. Computer & Information Science • 20 years experience in the technology field Contact Tony at 7
  8. 8. Renee Mesh How I got here… • Former Recruiter and Hiring Manager • Job Search Coach • Technical Base, Operations Minded, Business Understanding, People Focused Contact Tony at 8
  9. 9. Renee Mesh In my opinion the "hot" jobs in computer science right now are… • Mobile HW/SW, Apps, Touchscreen Tech • UI Design / Website Dev. / eCommerce • SAAS / Cloud Development • SDLC, Product Manager, Test and Release • Database Admin, yes still • Legacy system/software upgrades, transitions • IT - LAN/WAN and infrastructure architects • Security (Energy, Medical, Government) • Sales and customer implementations Contact Tony at 9
  10. 10. Renee MeshIn my opinion, the qualities/skills that are vital for someone in this industry are…• No hard lines• Know what you’re good at• Able to articulate• Ego is in check• Watch the horizon• Outside projects• Grow others• Commitment to the business Contact Tony at 10
  11. 11. Renee Mesh In my opinion, it is especially valuable for someone in the computer science industry to have experience in…• You can’t be a fit for everything and everyone, so…• Actual projects and work experience in the field you are specializing• If you don’t have it, go get it through volunteering or internships • Small start-ups • Small businesses • Non-profits Contact Tony at 11
  12. 12. Dr. Beverly Magda How I got here…• Did not take traditional path• Wanted to major in Sociology• Looked at IT field as a way to help people• Reviewed job descriptions for positions I wanted and learned those skills Contact Tony at 12
  13. 13. Dr. Beverly Magda In my opinion the "hot" jobs in the computer science industry right now are…• Project/Program Managers• Mobile/App Development• Information Security/Information Assurance/Cybersecurity• Healthcare IT Contact Tony at 13
  14. 14. Dr. Beverly Magda In my opinion, the qualities/skills that are vital for someone in this industry are…• Soft Skills o People skills, Leadership, Negotiation• Management o Project, Time, People• Technical Aptitude Contact Tony at 14
  15. 15. Beverly In my opinion, it is especially valuable for someone in the computer science industry to have experience in… • Techies that combine computer science with other disciplines, such as business, science, healthcare, etc. have advantages Contact Tony at 15
  16. 16. Q&AContact Tony at 16
  17. 17. Q&AHave you worked with job seekers who have been able to get into a short term contract that later brought them into a full-time gig?-Renee - As a recruiter…• Has hired people for contract work o Work with small start ups – for about 3 months or so o Get the experience in specific software, learn from other professionals• For entry level- stay busy while searching o Volunteer, take on contract, post your resume online where recruiters and employers will find you-Beverly• Non-profits have to meet the same requirements as companies that are for profit• While working at non-profits looked for short-contract work o Often looked for Grad students who did work for college credits Contact Tony at 17
  18. 18. Q&A What are some of the challenges that the health care industry will have to overcome in order to implement electronic patient records and how does that relate to the hot jobs in this field?-Beverly• Standardization is a big issue. The government just revealed last year what they considered standard for every medical facility and software companies.• Collaboration is another issue. Different departments in the hospital might not be talking to each other.• As someone in IT, hopefully those gaps can be bridged. Everyone is concerned with security with their health records, but we’ve been able to succeed with banks so we should be able to succeed with this. Contact Tony at 18
  19. 19. Q&A What is the best way to break into the industry and how do you get noticed?-(Renee)• First, be on the hunt.• Secondly, try to let people find you. o Have a social media presence and participate in forums. o Meet up in person.• In terms of resume/cover letter… • Showcase the problems that you have been able to solve. • Make a list, on one side write “why I can’t do this job,” and on the other side write “why I can do this job.” Whatever you wrote on the “Why I can” side, that should go in your cover letter for that job. Contact Tony at 19
  20. 20. Q&A How can you use social media to break into the industry?-Beverly• LinkedIn, look at the various groups.• Using your own network of people.• Might be out of the norm for Computer Science people, but you have to get comfortable.• Set up informational interviews with companies.• Social groups on Facebook (Ex. DC Tech, DC Social Media, DC Web Women.)-Renee• Follow companies on LinkedIn.• Join job group communities. Contact Tony at 20
  21. 21. Q&A Do you feel certifications are important? With or without experience?-Beverly• It depends. You have to decide where you want to head. o Management or technical? Many students have a mix of both. So it depends on where you want to be.• Positions with the Federal Government for example, will look for specific certifications.-Renee• You might have to add the certifications depending on job postings that you are seeing. Contact Tony at 21
  22. 22. Q&AWhat career can you go into where you do not have to do English or any other Liberal Arts courses? What career can you just do math and sciences?-Renee• Not uncommon to not be as strong at L.A. o A few Universities just focus on Math and Science (Ex. Full Sail University in Florida)• IT is a great field - They have support for students in the areas they might not be as strong at.-Beverly• Being well rounded will help you in the future for your career.• Look at universities that have schools of Professional Studies, or schools of Continuing Education Contact Tony at 22
  23. 23. Q&A Who are some of the top companies in Computer Science?-Renee• Companies hiring over 1,000 people in Comp Sci: HP, Lockheed Martin, Dell, Microsoft, IBM, Apple, Accenture, VM World, Intel, GE, Sisco, L3 Communications, Yahoo, Sungard, SAIC, CSC, EA, Sony, Semantic-Beverly• Federal jobs, especially in government in health care and security (CNSI, Mider.)• Small start ups hiring too (such as DC Tech or DC Social Media people are constantly posting jobs) Contact Tony at 23
  24. 24. Q&A Would you consider a job at a major retailer (such as Macy’s or Target) for a Computer Science job?-Beverly• Absolutely, every company (even restaurants) need someone setting up systems o setting up programing and logistics and development• Technology permeates in all areas of an organization Contact Tony at 24
  25. 25. Q&A What are the best forums for a job seeker to make themselves present and to get noticed by opinion leaders and professionals in their field?-Beverly• Meet ups, networking, informational interviews, conferences in your specialty area• For every organization there is an Association and there usually is a technical part of that. Contact Tony at 25
  26. 26. Thank you! For more tips: blog.cachinko.comJoin us for our next “12 in 2012” webinar at: 2 P.M. (EST) March 15, 2012: 12 in 2012: Human Resources Contact Tony at 26