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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 Graduate Success Stories
Each year, we showcase several students and how they've changed their lives with IT-Ready 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 Employer Success Stories
We know our IT-Ready graduates make great tech employees. But, hear from the employers themselves. For instance, see how Pomeroy hired several IT-Ready graduates and boosted client satisfaction.

Our channel is a combination of two thought-provoking podcasts: Technologist Talk with Charles Eaton and Technologist Talk Radio

 

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Our series of Technologist Talk podcasts complements Charles Eaton's book, How to Launch Your Teen's Career in Technology: A Parent's Guide to the T in STEM.

Flying in Formation: How Technologists across Industries Can Narrow the IT Skills Gap (Guest Interview: Vice President, Strategic Workforce Relationships, CompTIA) Clever ducks fly in formation, working together to go farther, faster. How can this principle from nature be applied to narrowing the IT Skills Gap? Amy Kardel, CompTIA’s new Vice President of Strategic Workforce Relationships, has some answers in this guest interview from the recent ChannelCon conference.

Tech Talk Radio

Curious about how technologists found, shaped, and developed their careers? Interested in their day-to-day experiences? Intrigued by opportunities to explore the T in STEM? Technologist Talk Radio shares bite-sized insights from the experiences of the people who define the field: Technologists themselves.

To lay the best foundation for a career working with technology, should your teen enter a technical training program after high school? Or go straight to 4 years of college? Shouldn’t be an either/or proposition, says Eric Larson of Creating IT Futures, who works with NextUp partners such as TechGirlz and the Technology Student Association (TSA). In this episode, he shares three more signs of a quality school tech program with host Bob Dirkes. Original Technologist Talk Radio theme music by C. Ezra Lange