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Learn how others got their start in tech and what their jobs are like. Plus hear about other STEM programs making a difference in the lives of teenagers.

 

Test Drive an IT Career
Check out the IT careers of 17 tech professionals. For instance, how is IT like a crossword puzzle? Go for a spin with Vivian and find out. Vivian loves to solve problems, which makes her career as a customer relations manager a great fit.

 

Tech Career Tips
Hear from Creating IT Futures staff on how to land the job and move your way up the tech career ladder. Smart planning before, during and after the job interview — paired with a bit of sleuthing — is the best way to make a great impression!

 

GameChanger STEM Programs
Whether it's developing after school IT programs for youth or sharing best practices in classroom-based IT training, our GameChanger video series highlights the best of tech-based STEM programs across the country. Our latest video features the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands in Omaha, NE, where technologists who are passionate about their craft offer youngsters insight into what an IT career might look like.

 

Early College STEM Schools
We worked with five Chicago Public Schools' Early College STEM Schools (ECSS) to place their students in paid, skills-based internships, gaining valuable business and career experience. Funded by a grant from the Chicago Workforce Funders Alliance, we connected dozens of local employers with the students, vetting the students and employers and helping to structure the internships to give the best possible experience to both the students and employers.

 

IT-Ready Technical Support Graduate Success Stories
Each year, we showcase several students and how they've changed their lives with our IT-Ready Technical Support program and launching their tech careers. For instance, hear about divorced mother of two teenage boys, Linda Ulliman, who kept her spirits high by running marathons, but when her finances became pinched, she decided to go after a new challenge: a new career in the IT field.

 

IT-Ready Technical Support Employer Success Stories
We know our IT-Ready Technical Support graduates make great tech employees. But, hear from the employers themselves. For instance, see how Pomeroy hired several graduates and boosted client satisfaction.

Podcasts

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Technologist Talk is an award-winning podcast produced by Creating IT Futures, CompTIA ’s tech workforce charity, featuring conversations with business leaders, workforce professionals and talent developers about shaping the careers of today’s and tomorrow’s technology workers.

 

The Latest Episode

Episode 40 – Talking Tech Careers: Why Military Veterans Make Excellent Candidates for IT Help Desk Jobs Why are military veterans excellent candidates for jobs as IT support specialists? Is it the technical training they receive during service? Is it the work ethic they acquire during service? Or is it both? Listen as Stephen Padilla, an instructor for CompTIA Tech Career Academy’s IT-Ready Technical Support program – and a U.S. Air Force veteran – shares answers to those questions, because he’s lived them.

Technologist Tales, from CompTIA’s award-winning Technologist Talk podcast produced by Creating IT Futures, shares profiles of people from an array of backgrounds who discovered and shaped successful careers working with technology – and, now, help others do the same.

The Latest Episode

Chapter 43 – Kelly’s Tale: “Think Differently, Think Bigger” How does a technologist become Social Media Professional of the Year and Nonprofit Communicator of the Year? By thinking differently and thinking bigger about technology’s role in business challenges like the pandemic. A conversation with Kelly Stone, lead social marketing strategist for CompTIA, kicks off our November series celebrating the upcoming 10th Anniversary of WITS, the Women in Tech Summit. Original Technologist Tales theme music by C. Ezra Lange.