Tech & Analytics: Leadership Development Programs & Data Science Careers

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September 30, 2020


Have you seen the position user experience (UX) or user interface developer (UI) or a combo of UX/UI in a job title and wondered what this role entails?  First, it’s important to know the difference between UX and UI.  This article, which dives into the differences, quotes Ken Norton at Google Ventures as he shares his perspective.

“Start with a problem we’d like to solve. UX design is focused on anything that affects the user’s journey to solve that problem, positive or negative, both on-screen and off. UI design is focused on how the product’s surfaces look and function. The user interface is only piece of that journey. I like the restaurant analogy I’ve heard others use: UI is the table, chair, plate, glass, and utensils. UX is everything from the food, to the service, parking, lighting and music.” 

The UI role tends to require more technical expertise as it involves creating an interface that behaves as users would expect it to, facilitating a seamless and efficient user experience, according to IT Career Finder (a fabulous site that shares many IT career paths).  This site states the skills needed in UI include front-end web development, interactive media design, human-computer interaction, usability testing, mobile development, and graphic design, in addition to soft skills and programming skills such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX, JSON, jQuery, Java, Ruby on Rails, and SQL database development.
The UX role (and titles) vary in terms of research, design, and generalist responsibilities, according to the authors of this article.  UX Designers may design prototypes, collaborate with SMEs, or carry out qualitative usability tests.  UX Researchers spend more time researching, writing, and public speaking. Though, with all of the variations in UX roles, soft skills are viewed as a more crucial skill in comparison to technical skills.   The most common qualification is a bachelor’s degree, and the most popular industries that employ this role are  IT and software, followed by the finance and insurance industry, and consulting agencies.  Read the downloadable 90-page report for more details if UX is piquing your curiosity.
If you are interested in learning more about UX/UI design, a fellow student recently sent me the e-learning website, Uxcel, as it has been incredibly useful for her and she wanted to share it with all of you. Uxcel provides free, 5-minute daily lessons to build your design skills.
In other news, LinkedIn recently published a list of 50 startup companies on the rise, many of which are in the internet and software industry. Monster has a list of 100 companies hiring in September. And, the list of Top 500 Companies Hiring Students on Handshake Right Now will be updated in early October.

All the best,
Jodi Schneiderman | (new window)
Assistant Director, Employer Relations and Industry Advising | Health, Science, and Technology

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Women Engineers@ Facebook | Oct 6 | 6:00-7:00pm | Register (new window)
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Laura Allen, Senior Program Manager for Accessibility across Chrome & Chrome OS at Google, will discuss her path to Google, her work with Chrome & Chrome OS Accessibility and Teach Access, and offer guidance on how to make products accessible to all. 

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The Logistics Management Institute is a consulting firm dedicated to improving the business of government, drawing from deep expertise in advanced analytics, digital services, logistics, and management advisory services. Join this session to learn more about opportunities in analytics and data science. 

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Join Okta for their second-annual Okta Showcase, a virtual event where you’ll hear from Okta’s Chief Executive Officer, Chief Product Officer, and Chief Operating Officer as they unveil the latest innovations to the Okta Identity Cloud, while shining a spotlight on identity as the foundation of this new world. Because, now more than ever, it is not where someone is, but who they are that is driving our economy forward.

Tech Talk: Demystifying Tech Careers & the Recruiting Process | Oct 7 | 12:00-1:00pm | RSVP (new window)

Are you exploring a career in the tech industry and wondering what skills are needed to succeed? What are common kinds of non-engineering roles, and what does the day to day entail? Would you like to learn more about how to prepare for tech interviews? Join Stephanie Lio (COL ‘12), a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft, as she shares her career journey and advice.

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Hear directly from Stout’s professionals about their practice, culture, and available opportunities. This interactive webinar will provide an introduction to the Artificial Intelligence & Digital Transformation group.

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Konrad is a global leader in digital transformation and innovation. Team members brings their own strengths to a problem-solving approach that blends creativity, strategic thinking, and innovative technology. If you’re passionate, hardworking, and excited to work with the latest technology for the world’s best brands, Konrad would love to meet you to discuss intern and entry level full-time roles for the Strategy and Design teams. 

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Women of Color Annual STEM Conference offers career networking opportunities, a career fair, and workshops to develop your communication and leadership skills. Attendees have the opportunity learn from executives representing Fortune 500 companies committed to diversity and the advancement of women in the workforce. Companies include IBM, Infosys, AT&T, Abbott, government agencies, and more. To attend the full two-day conference, use code PCIQQRU and bypass the $25 fee.  Or, sign up only for the career fair at no charge with no code necessary.

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The Internet just turned five decades that shaped the world we live in. But what comes next, the so-called Quantum Internet, will be even more revolutionary, likely in ways we cannot imagine yet. The aim of this webinar is to highlight the challenges and the opportunities connected to the design and deployment of the Quantum Internet, which requires a major network-paradigm shift and a multidisciplinary effort to harness the counter-intuitive marvels of quantum mechanics.

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Maria Scovel
College | Computer Science & Psychology
Past internships: Boston Consulting Group, Crowdstrike

Brandon Herren
College | Computer Science & Government
Past internships: Capital One, Hewlett-Packard, Electrical Power Research Institute

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Article of the Day

US election campaign technology from 2008 to 2018, and beyond

Source: MIT Technology Review

The first Obama campaign kicked off a technological revolution in electioneering. Where is it going next? What lessons will candidates for Congress in November’s midterms have taken from Trump’s victory? How will algorithm changes at a Facebook chastened by the Cambridge Analytica scandal alter the mechanics of influencing voters? Will 2020 or 2024 look as different from 2016 as 2016 did from 2008? Read more (new window) to learn about technology’s influence in US elections.

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