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What Next? Stepping Forward into Your Career in Technology

Speaker: 
Dr. Erin-Elizabeth A. Durham
Affiliation: 
Manager, Enterprise Applications Momentum Telecom
Time: 
Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Capital Suite, Student Center

Getting a job after completing your degree can seem like an overwhelming task. In today’s difficult economy, what does a student need to do in order to stand out as a candidate, without compromising their hireability? In short, what are the best ideas available to current university students for making yourself a good candidate for a technology position in today’s economy?

  • GSU Certifications Link (Oracle DBA, etc): 

http://technology.gsu.edu/technology-services/it-services/training-and-learning-resources/skillsoft/

  • GSU Lynda: Brush up before an interview / Learn technology skills 

http://technology.gsu.edu/technology-services/it-services/training-and-learning-resources/lynda-com-training/

  • LinkedIn (getting your resume out there):

http://www.linkedin.com/

  • GSU Career Services

Panther Career Net (internships, jobs, etc - these employers are specifically looking for students like you)

http://career.gsu.edu/home/about-us/panther-career-net/

  • Career Fairs

http://career.gsu.edu/news-announcements/#upcoming-events

  • MeetUps (folks stand up at the end of these meetings and state what jobs they have available in the specific technology that the group is about):

http://www.meetup.com/find/

Step 1: enter #miles from your location.  

Step 2: choose Tech 

Step 3: pick which groups to read about (click on them) 

Step 4: read the clicked website, and attend meetings if you're interested 

ex:  

  • Atlanta Java meetup group:

http://www.meetup.com/atlantajug/

  • Atlanta mobile developers group:

http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-Mobile-Developers-Group/

  • Atlanta Javascript meetup group:

http://www.meetup.com/AtlantaJavaScript/

  • Hackathons (usually 2-3 days: start on a Friday and run through Saturday or Sunday) - good place to learn to work with a group, sharpen your skills, and even possibly dazzle a potential employer into offering you a job.  

http://developer.att.com/community/events

AT&T Mobile App Hackathon - Atlanta

When: Friday, February 20, 2015, 06:00 p.m. - Saturday, February 21, 2015, 09:00 p.m. Where: AT&T Foundry, 75 5th St. NW, Atlanta, GA, 30308

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Amplify 4 Good Corporation

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7:00 PM - Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 7:00 PM (EST)

Atlanta, GA

Already have an awesome idea/involved in a startup (product must currently be in stealth or private beta)?  TechCrunch is coming on to ATL on Feb.24: http://techcrunch.com/events/meetup-pitch-off-atlanta-2015/

  • Georgia Hot Careers PDF Sheet (Georgia Employment Information):

ALL CAREERS:

http://explorer.dol.state.ga.us/mis/current/hot_careers_current.pdf

STEM CAREERS:

http://explorer.dol.state.ga.us/mis/current/stem.pdf

Georgia statewide average earnings by week, by hour, by county and by career:

http://explorer.dol.state.ga.us/mis/current/hearningcurrent.pdf

More data is available at the Georgia Department of Labor, Reporting and Statistics site:  http://explorer.dol.state.ga.us/gsipub/index.asp?docid=356

  • USA Jobs - Must be an American citizen - great opportunities!

http://www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads

Speaker's Bio: 

Erin-Elizabeth A. Durham is a technologist and IT practitioner with 15+ years of experience in IT operations, management, and consulting. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Erin-Elizabeth was raised in Roswell, Georgia. Dr. Durham received bachelor’s degrees in English and Computer Science from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Georgia State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia State. The mother of four amazing children, Dr. Durham balances motherhood, full-time employment at Momentum Telecom, and teaching computer science part-time on the Georgia State University and Southern Polytechnic campuses. Prior to joining Momentum, Dr. Durham worked at General Electric, Home Depot, BDO Seidman, and startups like Global MailExpress and 4T-Technologies. Dr. Durham’s areas of interest include software engineering, databases, fuzzy logic, and deductive programming. Her current research revolves around fuzzy logic, databases, and big data. In her tiny moments of “spare” time, Dr. Durham enjoys painting in her Atlanta studio (http://www.erinelizabeth.org)

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