THE NEED FOR COMPUTER SCIENTISTS

“Why the U.S. STEM Initiative Shouldn’t Ignore Computer Science,” is a fascinating “infographic,” (a pictorial presentation of statistics) from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. We’ve shortened the long web address to just tinyurl.com/USlag. The chart shows that 150,000 new computing jobs will need to be filled every year for the next ten years. In five years, there will be three times as many computer science jobs as applicants, yet nine out of ten elementary and high schools offer no programming classes. Ironically, computer science is one of the top five highest paid college degrees. See the books below.

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TOOT-TOOT TUTORS

A new start-up has drawn $4 million from investors to fuel an online tutoring service called InstaEdu.com. So far they claim to have 3000 tutors on hand. It costs $24 an hour to get tutored, and the tutors get to keep $20 of that, an unusually generous split. Tutors can work as little as 20 minutes a month. You have to be 18 and have some tutoring experience to apply. Students choose the tutors they wish by reading online profiles. We noticed that some are graduates from prestigious colleges. (Kind of a sign of the times.)

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MY BEST CAREER MISTAKE

These are all from the social networking site LinkedIn.   Deepak Chopra on ending his career to find his bliss I dumped a pile of papers on my boss and quit on the spot. Read more  Sallie Krawcheck on being sabotaged by a cat My ugly cat awkwardly upstaged Bank of America’s CEO. Read more  Charlene Li on keeping silent about body odor I waited far too long to tell my boss he stank — literally. Read more  Herb Greenberg on botching a drug raid I embarrassed myself in front of my hero, and the cops. Read more  Nicholas Thompson on being fired from his first job I managed to work at 60 Minutes for less than 60 minutes. Read […]

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SMALL JOBS

After we wrote about smartphone apps for small jobs, a reader living on a retirement income asked about apps that don’t require a smartphone. He was especially interested in “mystery shopper” jobs at retirement communities, because they pay well, and only ask that you pretend to be a customer.

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SOME ONLINE COURSES ARE OFF

After logging on to a few free college courses at Coursera.org, which we wrote about last week, we have a few more choice words – and we will try to keep them printable. A lot of the courses are from major colleges, including the well-regarded Ivy League. Too bad. What we learned above all, is that everything depends on the professor, and some of them are very bad. The real duds were in the humanities and social sciences.

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FREE ONLINE COURSES ARE PROLIFERATING

Wow! This is the way to go! Coursera.org offers more than 100 free courses from universities such as Cal Tech, UC Berkeley, Rice, John Hopkins, U.of Illinois, and 11 others. The number of students is approaching a million. Bill Gates’ favorite online learning site, KhanAcademy, has hundreds more college courses, many on technical subjects, and they too are all free. Is this a trend? Is it the future? We certainly hope so. Considering the cost of attending a major university these days, there has to be an alternative. Sending a student to four years at one of the biggies like Princeton, Harvard, U. of Chicago, etc., costs around a quarter of a million dollars. Have two kids? That’s half a […]

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ADDING VIDEO TO YOUR RESUME

PathBrite.com is a free career service aimed at those who want to submit more than a typical resume. It lets you bundle together video, audio, documents and recommendations into one package. You choose whether the results are seen by one person or a long list of potential employers. (Unless you’re an American Idol, our advice is to keep it brief.)

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FINDING A JOB

“Workfu” uses your connections to find you a new job. It’s still in the testing phase, but you can sign up at Workfu.com using a Twitter account. Signing up for Twitter is free. A Workfu score tells you how likely a job is to fit your needs.

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JOB APP FOR THE IPHONE

HireVue is a free app that lets job candidates do interviews from their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

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GET HIRED

GetHired.com offers free job postings for employers. The GetHired link can then be posted on CraigsList or other popular sites. The site encourages video resumes and virtual interviews through video chatting.

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